MOTOR PREMIUMS RISE BY £68 YEAR-ON-YEAR

Published: 08/04/2022
  • Cost of car insurance has increased by an average of £68 year-on-year in Q1 to £688– the highest average price for a three-month period since Q4 2020
  • Rising cost of car insurance is a ripple effect of higher inflation and an increase in road traffic 
  • Cheapest premium typically available has risen to £568 – so drivers could save an average of £120 by switching to a better deal instead of auto-renewing 
  • Young drivers have seen a £163 jump in premiums on average but could typically save £257 by shopping around for the cheapest deal

The average annual car insurance premium has risen by £68 year-on-year in the first three months of 2022, according to the latest Premium Drivers research from comparethemarket.com. The average premium is now £688 compared to an average of £620 for the same three-month period in 2021. 

The rise in car insurance prices also means this is the most expensive average for car insurance since Q4 2020, when a typical policy cost £724. The Association of British Insurers has stated that higher premiums are a result of increased cost pressures, including an uplift in the value of second-hand cars, a growing accident rate since the end of pandemic travel curbs, and repair cost inflation.

Time Average Premium Cheapest Premium (average) Price difference
Jan – Mar 22 £688 £568 £120
Jan – Mar 21 £620 £526 £94

Cheapest quoted premiums have also increased to £568 from £526 – a £42 upswing year-on-year. This widening gap between the cheapest and average premium means greater savings are now available to motorists who switch insurers. Drivers could save an average of £120 by shopping around for the cheapest deal.

Young motorists could benefit from the biggest savings by switching car insurance. The average premium for drivers under 25 stands at £1,225 - £163 more than in the same three months in 2021. However, if young drivers shop around for the cheapest deal when their policies come up for renewal, they could typically save £257 by switching.

Alex Hasty, director at comparethemarket.com, said:

"Drivers will be disappointed that motor premiums are less affordable than in previous years as household budgets continue to be impacted by rising fuel and energy costs. Insurance prices began to increase rapidly at the end of last year and premiums have remained high in the first three months of 2022. This is concerning as lots of motorists are already struggling with the cost of driving. 

"Switching to a cheaper deal continues to be one of the best ways to cut the cost of car insurance, with our research showing drivers could save an average of £120. Shopping around when your policy comes up for renewal can significantly benefit young motorists who face the biggest increase in premiums. Drivers below the age of 25 could save a substantial £257 by switching. These savings could help to offset rising petrol costs or household bills."

To view past Premium Drivers reports, please visit:

www.comparethemarket.com/car-insurance/content/premium-drivers/

Notes to editors:

All data is sourced from comparethemarket.com. 

When the “average price” is referred to, this is the mean average of the top five cheapest prices presented to a customer, where a consumer has clicked through to buy. Buying from the top five cheapest prices presented represents 90% of all car insurance sales. When the “cheapest price” is referred to, this is the average cheapest price presented, where a customer has clicked through to buy.

Premium Drivers calculates the cost of premiums where the customer has clicked through to buy the policy. If the average premium cost was instead calculated on the basis of all prices returned then the average cost would be significantly higher.

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