Do I need comprehensive car insurance?
What is comprehensive car insurance?
Comprehensive car insurance – also known as fully comp cover – is one of the higher levels of protection you can get for your motor.
Why should I consider upgrading to comprehensive cover?
It also applies when fault can’t be proven, eg if you return to your car after shopping to find that someone has hit you and driven off.
A comprehensive policy gives you that added level of protection and peace of mind that you won’t necessarily have to pay for expensive repairs – just your compulsory and voluntary excess.
Is comprehensive insurance more expensive than other policy types?
You’d be forgiven for thinking that a comprehensive policy is always more expensive than third-party only cover, or third-party, fire and theft.
This is usually the case, but not always. So when comparing policies it’s worth looking at the difference in price between comprehensive and third-party policies.
Hang on. How come comprehensive cover is sometimes cheaper?
It’s because a lot of high-risk drivers tend to go for third-party cover as a way of lowering their insurance costs.
As a result, the statistics begin to skew towards a higher number of claims on third-party policies.
This means that the overall cost of third-party cover goes up. That’s why it’s worth checking the cost of all levels of cover, just in case.
Where comprehensive cover could fall short
Despite its name, a comprehensive insurance policy may fall short in some areas.
Certain policy extras may come as standard with some insurers, whereas others might charge you for the privilege.
It’s always best to check the policy details before you buy – don’t assume that you’ll be entitled to all the bells and whistles.
Two of the most common policy add-ons are:
Usually an optional extra that comes at a cost, though some insurers may throw it in as an incentive. If it doesn’t come as standard, it’s worth shopping round for the best breakdown deals.
Other ways to save on your car insurance
Having the minimum level of cover means that you might end up paying out more in the long run, especially if you’re involved in an accident where the fault is yours or can’t be determined.