Temporary Car Insurance

Flexible and immediate short-term cover

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Planning your ideal weekend getaway or need to move stuff to your new home? Temporary car insurance can give you the essential cover you’ll need so that you’re insured for as long as you need to be and can get going almost instantly. Find out more about temporary car insurance below.

Please note: we do not offer temporary car insurance through Asda.

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What is temporary car insurance?


As a form of short term cover, temporary car insurance gives you coverage when driving for anywhere between 1 hour and up to 30 days. This gives you as much flexibility if you’re borrowing a car or driving a different vehicle for a little while yours is being repaired or if you’re visiting relatives. It’s also handy if there’s an emergency which means you need to drive someone else’s car if they’ve been injured or otherwise.

What is temporary car insurance useful for?


The main benefits of temporary car insurance can be that it’s good for getting you coverage in specific situations which require you to drive, typically ones which aren’t planned. Some examples of ways in which temporary car insurance can be a practical solution are:

  • Borrowing someone's car if yours breaks down and you don't have access to a courtesy car
  • Test driving a new car or coverage while you look at longer term policies
  • Borrowing a friend or relative’s car for an event or short break
  • Insuring a second car such as a sports car or kit car for occasional use
  • Using a parent’s car to learn to drive in if you don't have your own lined up as a learner driver
  • Using someone’s car to move to a new house
  • Emergency usage of a car

What does temporary car insurance cover me for?


Temporary insurance for your car typically gives you comprehensive coverage for the duration you chose it for, covering you against theft and fire damage, third party repairs or compensation and damage to your own vehicle in the event of an accident.

It’s worth checking if there are any additional areas of coverage specific to each policy you’re looking at as it usually varies from provider to provider, with some including personal accident cover, new car replacement and more.

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What's the best car insurance for you?

Finding the right car insurance for you and your wheels can be complicated because there’s so much choice out there. With Asda we do the shopping for you and help you compare quotes from some of the UK’s leading providers so you don’t have to.

All you need to do is pick the policy and price that’s right for you.

All levels of cover for your car:

How to get cheap car insurance quotes with Asda

Getting cheap car insurance quotes with Asda has never been simpler and you can get covered in minutes.

All you need to do is complete a number of simple questions about you, the car you’re looking to insure and your driving history.

You’ll be asked very basic questions like your name, address and date of birth, as well as questions about how long you’ve been driving and the number of no claims bonus (NCB) you have.

From there you’ll need to complete some questions about the car insurance cover you want and then we do the hard work. Plus, some providers will offer multi-car discounts if you insure multiple cars under the same policy.

What happens when you compare car insurance with Asda?

When you compare car insurance, your details are run through the various car insurance providers on the panel.

Over 60 of the UK’s leading providers, including the likes of AXA, Hastings and Swinton, will return the cheapest quotes they have to offer.

You'll see your quotes, starting with the cheapest first, and you’ll also be able to see prices for Comprehensive, Third Party, Fire and Theft and Third Party Only policies.

At that point it’s up to you to select the quote and cover you want! It's also worth taking a look at any optional extras you might want to include with your policy, like a courtesy car if yours runs into trouble or legal cover in case you do happen to get into an accident.

What are your levels of car insurance cover?

When you compare quotes you’ll automatically see all three levels of cover when your quotes display but car insurance is a little more complicated than just Comprehensive, Third Party, Fire and Theft or Third Party Only. You'll also want to consider what other car insurance benefits you want, like cover for driving abroad, and what optional extras you might want for your policy for complete peace of mind when driving.

If you want a telematics (black box) policy, one that covers you for work or social only, or you're ahead of the curve and have an electric car, you can still compare quotes and get covered with Asda.