When it comes to car insurance, there are three levels of cover you can choose from: third party only, third party fire and theft, and comprehensive cover. This guide explains all you need to know about third party fire and theft cover.
To be able to drive on public roads, third party car insurance is the minimum level of cover required by law. If you're involved in an accident, the policy covers costs if a third party's car or property is damaged, or if they're injured and need medical treatment. However, you'll have to cover personal costs if you're at fault; for instance if your car needs repairing or you need medical assistance.
Third party fire and theft is one level up from a third party only policy. It includes all the same features with the addition of covering your car if it's stolen or damaged by fire.
While it's a legal requirement to have third party insurance, it's up to you whether to boost cover with a fire and theft policy. It will simply mean that you're protected against more eventualities, which could bring you greater peace of mind when you're both in your car and away from it.
You'd be forgiven for thinking third party policies are the cheapest types of cover. While this may have been the case, things have changed recently.
Research shows that drivers who typically take out third party cover are more likely to be involved in accidents, due to their age or lack of experience. Insurance providers have had to offset this increased risk by charging higher premiums to all drivers, across all types of insurance levels.
Things like your occupation, where you live, and how many years of no claims discount you have are also taken into account when insurers calculate your premium. Meaning, what's the cheapest policy for one driver might not be the cheapest for you.
Yes. So long as your the main driver on the policy (and not just a named driver) you can build up a no claims discount on all types of car insurance. Generally speaking, the more years of no claims, the greater the discount to your car insurance premium when you come to renew.
You're only able to drive someone else's car if you have a comprehensive policy and the owner's permission. Even then, there may be some limitations – for instance, some insurers say that drivers must be aged 25 or above to get behind the wheel of someone else's car.
If you're covered by comprehensive insurance and entitled to drive another car, you'll have third party protection.
You won't need to pay any excess if a third party claims against you after an accident – your insurance provider will cover this. However, if it's a personal claim (for instance, your car is stolen) then you'll have to contribute whatever excess was agreed when you first took out the policy.
With comprehensive policies working out just as – if not more – affordable for many drivers these days, it's a smart move to protect yourself with the highest level of cover.
Even if third party policies are coming up cheaper when comparing quotes, you mustn't forget to include any personal costs you'd be expected to pay if you make a claim. You need to make sure there's enough in the bank to repair or replace your car – if your car is cheap or you could do most repairs yourself, you might feel protected enough with a third party fire and theft policy.
Ultimately, the decision is yours. But if you think you'd benefit from a little extra cover, then comprehensive insurance will be a safer bet.
Hastings Direct third party fire and theft car insurance comes with a wide range of benefits as standard, but has been designed so that it doesn't stretch the budgets of cost-conscious drivers.
All our policies have features such as monthly payment options, no claims discount and access to our 24/7 claims helpline desk. You can also tailor your policy to suit your needs, choosing from a range of optional extras.
If you've decided third party fire and theft cover is the right choice for you, get a competitive quote today with Hastings Direct.
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