Admiral

Admiral car insurance review

Find out how we rate Admiral's car insurance policies against other top providers.

4.0 ★★★★★ (469 reviews) Write a review
Finder rating
★★★★★
Expert analysis
Customer rating
★★★★★
Satisfaction survey
Customers appreciated the refunds given during lockdown
Initial renewal quote can be high and require negotiation

Admiral offers 3 levels of car insurance cover and 6 different types of policy. The company is particularly known for its multi-car policies, and our insurance experts picked Admiral as the best provider in this category, based on their analysis. Admiral’s multi-car policy allows you to have just one renewal date, aligning each time a new car is brought onto the policy. Each car that’s on the policy for more than 3 months also gets a full year of no-claims bonus added. And if you need to make a claim, the no-claims for other cars on the policy won’t be affected. Our review covers MultiCar – including how much you could save – and Admiral’s other options.

Compare Admiral car insurance policies

Name Product Courtesy car cover New car replacement EU Cover Personal accident cover Multi-car discount Link
Admiral Third Party
No
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Finder's summary: Whether you have third party only, third party, fire and theft, or comprehensive cover will determine what is covered under your policy. Third party only is the minimum cover required by law and only protects you against any damage you cause to others or their property.

Who it might be good for: Someone looking to be covered by the minimum cover required by law.
Admiral Third Party, Fire and Theft
No
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Finder's summary: In our 2021 customer satisfaction awards, Admiral car insurance got 4 out of 5 stars for their car insurance service. Admiral has a range of products on offer to cater for a variety of needs, including black box, classic car and learner driver policies.

Who it might be good for: Someone looking for a trusted company policy that has the option to easily upgrade to a higher level of cover.
Admiral Comprehensive
Up to £5,000 personal injury cover
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Finder's summary: Admiral has a range of products on offer to cater for a variety of needs, including black box, classic car and learner driver policies. The company’s comprehensive policy offers a good level of cover, with benefits including courtesy car and windscreen repair. Customers love the company’s policy, which is evident in the awards Admiral has received.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a well rounded comprehensive policy that caters to a range of needs.
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Who is Admiral?

Admiral is a UK-based company which began in 1993, selling car insurance. Since then, Admiral has branched out and now sells a range of insurance products including home insurance, travel insurance and pet insurance.

There’s also an option for combined home and car insurance, labelled Admiral MultiCover, and temporary car insurance with Veygo.

Who underwrites Admiral’s car insurance?

Admiral car insurance is arranged and administered by EUI Ltd. There are a few underwriters for different cover options and some of these include:

  • AmTrust Europe Limited
  • Admiral Insurance (Gibraltar) Limited

For more information on all of the underwriters, please refer to your policy document.

What’s covered under my policy?

Whether you have third party only, third party, fire and theft or comprehensive cover will determine what is covered under your policy. Third party only is the minimum cover required by law and only protects you against any damage you cause to others or their property.

Below you can see what the other 2 cover options offer.

Product NameAdmiral Third Party, Fire and TheftAdmiral Comprehensive
Damage to your car
Damaged windscreen and window glass
Fire and theft
Liabilities to third parties
Using the car abroad
No claims discount

What are Admiral’s different policies?

Admiral offers 2 main policies (single-car and multi-car) and five additional policies. So whether you want to insure just 1 car or multiple cars, it will have a policy to suit you. Admiral comprehensive policies come with a range of benefits and features included as standard which are included below.

How do I make a claim?

On Admiral’s site, go to the “Contact us” page, where you can choose from a wide range of options (including information on how to make a claim).

If you’d like to speak to someone in the customer services team, call 0333 220 2000. The opening hours are:

Monday to Friday: 8am–7pm
Saturday: 9am–5pm
Sunday: 9:30am–4pm

Calls to 03 numbers will cost no more than calls to national geographic numbers (starting 01 or 02) from both mobiles and landlines.

What is my excess?

When you make a claim, you have to pay an amount of money towards it – that is called an excess.

The exact amount varies according to a few personal factors, like the type of car that’s covered and the age of both the car and the driver.

Taking out protected or guaranteed no-claims bonus protection will also affect your excess.

All the details about your excess terms can be found in your policy schedule.

Admiral car insurance customer reviews

In our 2021 customer satisfaction survey, Admiral car insurance got 4 out of 5 stars and 79% of customers said they’d recommend the service. Feedback included praise for its pricing, customer service and refunds given during the pandemic. Some found the claims process tricky and had trouble stopping auto-renewals.

Here is some of the feedback we got from Admiral car insurance customers:

“Their premium was the most competitive at the time of my search.”

“Good price, easy renewal, simplified car insurance for me and my wife. They even refunded us both some money due to COVID. Fantastic response at a time we were personally struggling.”

“Admiral are a fair car insurance company and have always been able to resolve any issues I have.”

“They provide a reliable service at an affordable price, I always feel like a valued customer.”

“Always send renewal exceptionally high then basically manage to half it when I call up – why not just use the cheaper price to start with?”

“Fantastic service but very expensive.”

Admiral pros and cons

Pros

  • Admiral’s comprehensive policies include the use of a courtesy car if yours is being repaired at an Admiral-approved garage.
  • European cover for up to 90 days.

Cons

  • There isn’t that much information about Admiral’s third party only or third party, fire and theft policies on its website.
  • Claims helplines are not open 24/7. Calling outside of the opening hours will mean you’ll be redirected to a contracted third-party recovery service.

Verdict: Is Admiral car insurance any good?

Admiral has a range of policies including black box, classic car and learner driver policies.

The company’s comprehensive policy offers a good level of cover, with benefits including courtesy car and windscreen repair. Its rating based on customer feedback in our 2021 survey shows that customers think highly of the service.

The downside is that the claims line isn’t open 24/7, though there is an emergency third-party recovery service available outside office hours.

If you’ve decided that Admiral car insurance isn’t for you, you can also compare other car insurance policies to find a better fit.

Car insurance ratings

★★★★★ — Excellent
★★★★★ — Good
★★★★★ — Average
★★★★★ — Subpar
★★★★★ — Poor

Our customer satisfaction scores ("Customers say") are based on a survey of 1,841 customers carried out in December 2021.

Learn the details of our methodology and scoring.

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