Which Is The Cheapest Car to Insurer For Learners?

Research by the experts at Quotezone.co.uk has revealed the five most popular cars for young drivers ranked by insurance costs and tips to keep costs down once on the road. Sky-high costs of learning to drive combined with higher insurance premiums and new emissions costs for older cars, all hit younger drivers in their pockets.

Buying the car itself is usually the biggest cost and five cars stand out for their affordability and popularity with younger drivers. Data from Quotezone.co.uk shows the most popular car for 17-24-year-olds in the UK is the Ford Fiesta, followed by the Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo, Volkswagen Golf and Renault Clio.

But despite being the third most popular car, the Polo is actually the cheapest to insure for young drivers at £966.04 per year with the Golf being the most expensive option at £1104.93. Most people know a small, low power car is generally cheap to insure. But the engine size isn’t the only factor as location, car modifications and previous penalty points and claims can all push insurance premiums up.

Next up in the cheap car insurance charts is the Renault Clio 1.0, with the Vauxhall Corsa 1.0 being close behind. These humble one litre engine cars are also good on fuel consumption and service items or spares. All this stuff matters when choosing a first car because cheaper replacement parts prices affect the insurance Grouping system – cheaper to fix means a lower Group rating, in general.

Quotezone.co.uk CEO Greg Wilson advised young drivers to research their first car thoroughly and get a clear picture of all potential costs before committing.

He said: “It’s quite complicated right now for those entering the car market for the first time, reviewing the most popular brands and wondering how to get what they want from their first car, yet keep the costs affordable. The best thing for new drivers to do when researching their first car is to make sure they do an insurance quote right from the outset.

“Comparison sites make that easy, simply refresh the car spec each time to see what’s affordable. It’s also important to remember that insurers will be looking at engine size, how easy it is to find parts and the cost of repairs for that particular model when analysing the risk and formulating premium rates – something drivers should also be aware of and take into consideration when choosing a new car.”

Quotezone.co.uk’s Tops Tips – How Young Drivers Can Get Cheaper Insurance

1.               Check your mileage

When taking out insurance, you will be asked to estimate your annual mileage. The costs will rise in incremental bands so the more miles you drive, the more you pay so try to be accurate and realistic with your prediction.

2.               Park in a safe place

Car owners that make use of their garages, driveways or carports for overnight parking can make big savings on their car insurance – parking on driveways rather than on the road can save you over £140 on average every year. Carport owners can do even better, with savings coming in at £230 on average.

3.               Avoid penalty points

Penalty points on your licence may not only result in a steep fine but will also bump up your insurance costs too. Drivers can expect premiums to rise by 5% for three points and 25% for six points if they’re starting from a clean licence.

4.               Consider switching to a smaller engine

Be sure to check your vehicle’s engine size and horsepower, both can impact the cost of your premium. Also, some small engines are turbocharged and that can give them more power than might be expected, which will likely cause the premium to increase.

5.               Keep modifications to a minimum

It comes as no surprise that adding a custom exhaust or putting in lowered suspension might cause insurance premiums to rise, but even seemingly innocuous changes such as adding branding to a vehicle can affect the cost.

6.               Consider a black box

Young drivers or those with penalty points may be able to get cheaper insurance by opting for a telematics policy, or black box insurance – which starts collecting data on their driving immediately, if they’re a good, safe driver, this can help the insurer see you as less of a risk and may result in a more competitive price.

7.               Shop around for insurance

Car insurance is competitive and it’s always worth shopping around to get the best deals, three weeks before your policy is due to expire is usually when it’s the most competitive on cost and never allow your policy to auto-renew.

If you’re looking for insurance for learner drivers or young drivers, Quotezone.co.uk can help

About alastair walker 11422 Articles
20 years experience as a journalist and magazine editor. I'm your contact for press releases, events, news and commercial opportunities at Insurance-Edge.Net

Be the first to comment

Leave a Reply Cancel reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.