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Weekend car insurance: get short term car cover

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Weekend car insurance: get short term car cover

Weekend car insurance to suit your Saturday and Sunday plans

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Can I get car insurance for a weekend?

Yes, you can get car insurance that only lasts over the weekend. By taking advantage of insurers’ short term insurance options, you’ll find cheap and comprehensive cover that will give you peace of mind and let you drive a different car on Saturday and Sunday.

To ensure you qualify for weekend car insurance – check out our simple guide to eligibility.

To get car insurance for a weekend, you must

To get car insurance for a weekend, your car must

Be aged 17-78 years oldBe valued between £1,500 and £65,000
Hold a UK or EU driving licencebe in a roadworthy condition with a current and valid MOT (unless you are using the insurance policy to take the vehicle to a pre-booked MOT)
Have been a permanent UK resident for the last 12 months or a British expatriateThe vehicle must be taxed (unless you are using the insurance policy to obtain tax for the vehicle immediately after purchase)
Have no more than 7 licence points in the last 3 yearsNot be modified in any way except for those designed to aid disabled drivers
Have not been disqualified from driving for the last 2 yearsBe a right-hand drive car
Have no more than 2 fault claims in the last 3 yearsHave no more than 8 seats
Have no criminal convictionsNot be declared SORN
Not have had a previous policy of insurance declared void by an insurer

Please be aware that each insurer on our panel has its own eligibility criteria and so you should pay close attention to their Proposer’s Declaration.

When would I need car insurance for the weekend?

If you’re planning a weekend away or just need to borrow a vehicle at the end of the week, weekend insurance could be the best way to ensure you’re properly covered.

Only paying for the time you need means you’re not forking out for expensive and unnecessary long-term cover.

Weekends are a great opportunity to run errands or spend time with the family and if you’re using a car you’re not already insured to drive, you’ll want cover that’s fast and flexible to suit whatever you’ve got planned.

  • Borrowing a friend’s car for the weekend – Using a friend’s car is cheaper than hiring one plus when you insure with temporary insurance, their policy and No Claims Discount won’t be affected.
  • Having a weekend away – Having flexible insurance for just the time you’re away is the ideal way to keep insurance costs down. Make sure you only pay for the day or two you need with Tempcover.
  • Getting car repairs on the weekend – If your vehicle ends up off the road for longer than you expected, even up to a month, you can get cover to use another vehicle without a long term commitment.
  • Driving away a new car – If you’re picking up a new car over the weekend you’ll need insurance to drive it home – get it for a few hours, days, or weeks while you arrange your annual insurance.

What does weekend car insurance cover?

As with all temporary insurance, getting car insurance for a weekend means you get comprehensive cover as standard all policies. This means that for the duration of your policy, you’re insured against any damage to the vehicle you’re using and any other third parties.

What’s covered with weekend insurance

What’s not covered with weekend insurance

Fully comprehensive insurance on all weekend insurance policiesThe excess you agreed to pay
Accidental and malicious damage to your carRelease from an impound (unless you buy a specific temporary impounded vehicle policy)
Accidental and malicious damage to your carAdditional drivers – we can only cover the driver named on the policy
Legal liabilities for injury or damage to another person or their property
Driving in the UK, and in some instances driving in the EU

To find the cheap weekend car insurance, we work with a panel of insurers. This means we’re able to provide a range of cover, find you the best possible prices, and cover as many drivers as possible. Because of this, full details of cover may differ depending on the insurer. Please double-check the policy wording before purchasing to confirm what is specifically covered in your policy.

Weekend car insurance FAQs

How quickly can you get weekend car insurance?

You can get car insurance in just a couple of minutes. With Tempcover, you simply need to enter a few important details about yourself and the car you want to drive. You’ll then receive a tailored weekend insurance quote from our panel of insurers, and once you proceed to payment, your cover can begin in minutes. We’ll even email all the necessary documents to you right away so that everything’s good to go.

Can I insure my car for more or less than a weekend?

Unfortunately, the weekends don’t last longer, but you can get cover that does. Our temporary car insurance policies last however long you need them to.

If you only need to pop from A to B and back we can provide temporary 1 day car insurance or even just 1 hour car insurance.

If you need longer you can get car insurance for a week, though the most our panel of insurers can offer in a single temporary agreement is a 1 month car insurance policy. To get longer you’d simply need to take out two or more policies to run one after the other.

Why choose two day insurance for your weekend?

Not having insurance, even if you’re just borrowing a friend’s car for the weekend, is illegal and you could face an unlimited fine.

Rather than take any risks, insure the car with a cheap weekend car insurance policy. Getting a free quote is quick and easy and you can be covered in minutes.

If you’re looking for complete peace of mind while driving another car, without having to alter your existing policy, then weekend car insurance cover is the answer you’re looking for.

The cover you need for the duration you want

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Choose the duration you want with 1-12 hour and 1-28 day cover available - don't pay for cover you don't need

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