Bell car insurance review

Bell specialises in insurance for young people, who typically face sky-high premiums. Find out what its policies include, the pros and cons of cover and how to find the best deal for you.

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Our verdict

If you’re a young driver looking to save on your car insurance policy and you don’t mind having your driving monitored, Bell and its black box policy could be a great option for you.

The cover is not as comprehensive as what’s on offer from some other providers, but it’s generally more affordable. Bell’s black box policy comes with less restrictions than most other black box providers and there’s a 24/7 emergency helpline available to all customers.

Get started by visiting Bell’s website and sign up for a policy. If you have read this review and decided that Bell car insurance is not for you, you can also compare other car insurance policies on the market.
Pros
  • Affordable policies.
  • Fewer restrictions than many other black box providers.
  • Audio equipment and European cover included as standard in higher policy levels.
  • 24/7 emergency helpline.
Cons
  • Only black box policies available, which means your driving will be monitored.
  • The cover on offer is not as comprehensive as some other providers.

It’s a legal must to have at least third party insurance for your car in the UK, and by agreeing to have your driving monitored by a black box in your car, you could lower your premiums. Bell claims to be able to offer a better deal on this type of insurance. We’ve looked at what the policy includes and whether there are any restrictions.

Who is Bell?

Bell is an insurance company that was launched in 1997. It is a subsidiary of Admiral Group plc. Bell specialises in “black box” telematics insurance for safer drivers.

Who underwrites Bell car insurance?

Bell’s car insurance is underwritten by Admiral.

What’s covered under my policy?

CoverThird party onlyThird party, fire and theftComprehensive
Black box and installation
Driver feedback
Audio coverMax £1,250Max £1,250
Windscreen cover
European cover
Courtesy car
Personal belongingsUp to £100
Personal injuryUp tp £5,000
24-hour emergency helpline

Optional extras

You can increase your level of cover with Bell’s optional extras, making sure your car is protected to the level you want:

  • Breakdown cover. Available as Local, National Plus and European Plus, Bell’s breakdown cover includes roadside assistance and a choice between onward travel and return expenditure or overnight stay expenses should your car be unable to carry on with the journey.
  • Motor legal protection. This means you can claim for the cost of legal expenses that arise from any accident you find yourself in as well as any legal disputes about your car or the cost of claiming back expenses if an accident is not your fault.

What are Bell’s different policies?

There are 3 levels of car insurance with Bell:

What is my excess?

It’s important to read your policy carefully as it will detail how much of any claim you will be expected to pay before your insurer will pay out. This is called the excess, and how much it is depends on your policy and what kind of claim you are making.

How do I make I claim?

If you need to make a claim, you can call Bell’s claims team on 0333 220 2041 at any time. Alternatively, you can claim via Bell’s online claims form, available on its website.

Bell car insurance customer reviews

On customer review platform Trustpilot, Bell has 1.6 out of 5 stars and a rating of “Bad”, based on more than 275 reviews.

On similar platform, Reviews.io, the company has 3.3 out of 5 stars, based on nearly 200 reviews. 58% of customers say they would recommend the service.

Customers like the good service, but some report price hikes and a lack of transparency (updated May 2024).

How to cancel Bell car insurance

To cancel your policy you need to call 0333 220 2008.

Frequently asked questions


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*Based on data provided by Consumer Intelligence Ltd, www.consumerintelligence.com (Mar ’24). 51% of car insurance customers could save £539.54
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