Multi-car insurance

While plenty of car insurance providers offer a discount if you insure more than one car with them, how can you be sure it’s the cheaper option? Here’s our insider’s info to help you work out if it’s the right deal for you.

And while Compare the Market doesn’t yet offer a comparison service for multicar insurance, we’re a great place to compare separate car insurance policies and check the cash savings on your choices.

While plenty of car insurance providers offer a discount if you insure more than one car with them, how can you be sure it’s the cheaper option? Here’s our insider’s info to help you work out if it’s the right deal for you.

And while Compare the Market doesn’t yet offer a comparison service for multicar insurance, we’re a great place to compare separate car insurance policies and check the cash savings on your choices.

Kate Hughes
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Last Updated 1 SEPTEMBER 2022

What is multi-car insurance?

Multicar insurance lets you insure two or more cars under a single car insurance policy.

Considering 36% of households owned two or more cars by 2020, according to a Department for Transport survey, this could save hassle, paperwork and offer up a useful discount.

How does multicar insurance work? 

The number of cars a multicar insurance policy will cover depends on the provider you choose – it typically ranges from two to five or six cars, which usually have to be registered at the same address.

Multicar insurance policies offer the same features and levels of cover as a standard policy for one car, with similar optional add-ons – like breakdown cover, for example. The only real difference is that most insurance providers offer a discount on each car added.

You’ll usually have just the one set of paperwork to manage and one renewal date - which will probably be a year after the last car was added to the policy.

But the really useful bit is that even though all the cars are insured on the one policy, they can each have their own level of cover. So, for example, one might have fully comprehensive cover, while another might have third party, fire and theft.

That means you can choose different levels of excess – the amount you pay towards a claim – and keep your no-claims discounts separate. So, if your partner damages their car, it shouldn’t affect your no-claims bonus. Which might avoid one awkward conversation, at least…

Who is a multicar insurance policy for?

A multicar insurance policy could be worth a closer look if you’re:

  • A family with more than one car – if you have older children who live at home but drive their own car, for example
  • A couple that each has their own car
  • A group of individuals sharing a house
  • Someone with more than one car

Some multicar insurance policies cover drivers living at different addresses, so you might be able to cover older kids at university, for example. But not all do, so you’ll need to check your policy’s small print before adding them.

Top tip

Most of us assume multicar policies are only for family members. But that’s not true. You don’t have to be related to take out a multicar insurance policy; the cars typically just have to be registered at the same address. So, for example, a group of friends living together could be quids in by putting all their vehicles on one policy.

Can multicar insurance save me money?

Many insurance providers offer a discount on each car added to the policy, so it might save you money insuring them in this way.

But a discount doesn’t automatically mean that your car insurance will work out cheaper. Like any insurance policy, a whole heap of factors are used to calculate your car insurance premium, including age, driving history and the type of car you have.

Remember, too, that these factors will be considered for each car and each driver. That might sound complicated, so here are some examples:

  • Let’s say you and your partner are over 40 and both have a clean driving record. You then add your 18-year old daughter who has just passed her test. As a younger, inexperienced driver, she’ll be considered high-risk for insurance purposes. So, even with a discount, your premium could end up costing more than separate policies for you and your partner.
  • Alternatively, you might have a small run-around in a lower insurance group, but your partner has a more expensive sports car in a higher group. It could work out cheaper to insure the cars separately.
  • On the other hand, if you and your family are experienced drivers with clean licences and cars in lower insurance groups, a multicar policy with a decent discount may work out cheaper.

To see what works best for you, get a separate quote for each car, then compare these to a multicar insurance quote.

Frequently asked questions

Can I add named drivers to a multicar insurance policy?

Yes, you can. But they can only drive the cars for which they’ve been added as a named driver. Check with your insurance provider before adding someone, in case it changes your cover or the cost of your premium.

Will I be able to drive all the cars in the policy?

No, you’ll still only be able to drive the car(s) that you’re insured to drive.

To be able to drive another car, you’d need to be added as a named driver. This is true whether the car is part of your multicar policy or not.

Will my no-claims bonus be affected?

If another car on your policy is involved in an accident, only the person who claims should be affected. But if another named driver on your car has an accident and makes a claim, then yes, it could impact your no-claims discount

When you take out a multicar policy, your renewal dates are combined, which, unfortunately, means anybody on an existing separate policy may miss out on the no claims discount for that year. However, you might not have to all join the multicar insurance policy at the same time. Some insurance providers will let you add extra cars as they reach renewal. This could also help you to avoid paying any cancellation fees for cancelling your existing policy to join the multicar one.

Can I add vans or motorbikes to a multicar policy?

No, you won’t be able to add vans or motorbikes to a multicar insurance policy.

However, there are multi-bike and multi-van insurance policies available, allowing you to group those vehicles together, just as you would a multicar policy.

What happens at renewals?

Some multicar insurance policies will sync your renewal dates when you take out the policy, or when a new driver is added. The renewal date is usually set to the date the first car(s) took out cover. If you’re unsure, check the policy wording or speak to your provider.

How many years am I tied into the policy?

Just like a regular car insurance policy, a multicar insurance policy usually lasts 12 months.

If you’re adding cars to the policy at a later date, you may need to sync up the renewal dates.

Can I compare multicar insurance policies through Compare the Market?

Compare the Market doesn’t offer a comparison service for multicar insurance. But, we’re a great place to start if you want to compare separate car insurance policies.

Our price-comparison tool is quick and easy to use – and it only takes a few minutes to get a range of quotes to compare.

Once you have an idea of how much separate policies will cost, you can then look up insurance providers who offer multicar policies.

Remember, it’s not all about price. The most important thing is to choose a policy that’s right for your needs.

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