Car insurance statistics

Is the UK paying too much for car insurance?

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Despite car insurance being a legal requirement, some drivers in the UK are choosing not to insure their cars. We have carried out research to find the stats behind car insurance claims, uninsured drivers and the technology that can help to reduce your car insurance cost.

Overview of car insurance in the UK

  • £460 is currently the average cost of a car insurance policy in 2020.
  • £11 fall in the average insurance policy cost from 2019.
  • 23% of those aged 21-29 have a black box installed as part of their insurance policy.
  • Over 11 million drivers in the UK recording using dash cams.
  • 79,000 motorists were caught driving illegally without insurance in 2018.

Average cost of car insurance

The cost of car insurance has been the hot topic of discussion for many UK drivers, with policies seeming to rise year on year. However, since 2017, the average policy cost has actually been decreasing. In fact, in 2020, the average cost of a car insurance policy is currently £460, the lowest level in four years.

£21

Decrease in average insurance policy cost from 2017 to 2020.

Most common types of claims

Third party claims are the most common in the UK, at 44%. As third party only insurance is the minimum legal requirement for driving a car on UK roads, that is not surprising.

This is closely followed by claims for windscreen damage, which is less expected, considering windscreen cover is often an added extra to many car insurance policies, and not included as standard.

Own damage and fire bring up the rear in claims, which might indicate that people are less likely to claim for damage to their own car as they are for damaging someone else’s vehicle.

What impacts car insurance prices?

Insurance prices have fluctuated since ABI records began in 2010 – but what impacts prices? We explored some of the possible reasons.

Age

The amount Brits are paying for car insurance varies massively depending on age. Explore the graphic below to find out more.

Age Average price per month
18-20 £973
21-30 £599
31-40 £432
41-50 £364
51-60 £325
61-70 £272
71-80 £298
81-90 £437
90+ £546

Drivers aged 20 and under pay the most, with their car insurance costing £374 more than the next highest age group. Those in their 60’s pay the least for car insurance, at £272 a year on average.

Insurance premium tax

One factor that can be identified as affecting the cost of motor insurance is insurance premium tax.

The government first introduced this tax in the early 90s, mostly to make up for the fact VAT does not apply to the insurance industry. While this is supposed to be a tax on insurers, the extra cost is usually passed on to customers through higher premiums.

Insurance premium tax has increased significantly over the years, as indicated in the table below.

Year Insurance Premium Tax
1993 2.50%
1997 4%
1999 5%
2011 6%
2015 9.50%
2016 10%
2017 - Present 12%

Some types of car insurance are subject to the higher tax rate of 20%, including insurance for vehicles used for people with disabilities and policies taken out with a car dealership when buying a new car.

Uninsured drivers

Motor insurance companies all have to contribute towards the Motor Insurance Bureau scheme which compensates individuals injured by uninsured or untraceable drivers. This is ultimately paid for out of insurance premiums. So how many drivers are driving illegally?

  • As of 2020, more than 2 million cars have been seized by Motor Insurers’ Bureau (MIB) since 2005
  • 79,000 drivers were caught driving without insurance in 2018
  • A 33% reduction compared to 2017, where 118,000 drivers were caught
  • 872 of these offences in 2018 were committed by individuals under 17 years of age
Year Number of offences
2012 108,616
2013 108,486
2014 102,417
2015 92,804
2016 113,502
2017 118,698
2018 79,713

Dash cams

Dash cams are becoming increasingly popular amongst drivers in the UK. These handy little dashboard-mounted cameras record the road ahead and can prove very useful if you’re ever caught up in an accident.

  • Over 11 million drivers use dash cams in the UK
  • 27% of drivers are using dash cams in the UK
  • 72% of drivers believe all drivers should use a dash cam
  • Some insurance companies may even offer a discount if you have a dash cam fitted

Black box insurance

Telematics or black box insurance is a type of policy that calculates your insurance premium based on your driving performance. This is measured by a GPS box fitted in your vehicle that reports on your performance behind the wheel.

These policies have become much more popular in recent years as they typically offer cheaper premiums, sometimes in return for certain driving restrictions (such as total mileage or time of day).

Age group Percentage
17 13%
18 18%
19-20 23%
21-29 26%
30-49 13%
50+ 8%

Sources

  • Aviva
  • Insurance Post
  • Money Advice Service
  • RAC
  • ABI

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matt.mckenna@finder.com@MichHutchison/in/matthewmckenna2

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