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Temporary Van Insurance

Get short term van cover

Why choose our temporary van insurance?

Get flexible cover that's right for you with policies from just 1 hour up to 28 days
Ideal for borrowing a van, sharing a drive, or while your van is off the road
No impact on No Claims Discount plus fully comprehensive cover as standard

What is temporary van insurance?

Temporary van insurance is your affordable, flexible insurance option when you need to use a van occasionally or for a short period.
It’s the quick and easy way to get the cover you need while only paying for the time you need.

Whether you’re borrowing a van to move house, transport large items, or as part of your business, van insurance from Tempcover can help you save time and money and get you on the road in your van in no time.

Benefits of our short-term van insurance

It's flexible

Everyone's driving needs are different. You can find a solution that suits your needs, with no long-term contracts.

It's cost-effective

If all you need is a few days or weeks of cover, you could find it can be cheaper to only pay for a temporary van insurance policy for the specific length of time you need.

It's fast

It's very quick to get your short-term van insurance quote. You can do it within just 90 seconds on your desktop or via our Tempcover App.

No impact on NCD

We know your No Claims Discount may have taken years to build. Our short-term van insurance cover will make sure that someone temporarily driving your car won't affect your No Claims Discount if they have an accident.

For more information on how we can help you get temporary van insurance, get in touch with us at a time that’s convenient for you. Apart from Bank Holidays, we’re open seven days a week!

How does our short-term van insurance work?

Our temporary van insurance cover can provide you with fully comprehensive van insurance for a length of time that suits you. To get started, you’ll just need to tell us a few details about the driver, the car, and the journey/s you’ll be using it for. Following this, just select when you need the cover to begin and when you want it to end.

Temporary van insurance is perfect for situations where you’ll need flexibility. Some examples of instances when you might find this type of cover beneficial include:

Borrowing a van to move house– You’ll probably need a large vehicle to move bigger, bulkier items and you may find that borrowing and insuring a van for the day is much cheaper than hiring a removal company.

Delivering or transporting large items– Whether you’re buying or selling, moving large items is not a job for your car. Whether you need to use one for a day or longer, you can find temporary van insurance cover to suit your situation.

In need of quick, short-term business insurance for vans?– Businesses across the UK rely on their vans, so if one goes out of action or a new employee starts, you will need a quick insurance option to keep your business running. Get a temporary business van insurance quote with Tempcover in just 90 seconds.

Test driving a new van– If you’ve got your eye on a new set of wheels, make sure everything is as it seems with a test drive. Get a van insurance policy for a few hours without adjusting or affecting any existing insurance on the vehicle.

Driving away a new van– Once you’ve chosen your next van, don’t wait around arranging your long-term insurance. Drive your new van home and give yourself up to 28 days to choose the right annual policy while still using it legally.

Young van drivers– Van insurance can be extremely expensive, especially for first-time or young van drivers. If you’re only driving occasionally, you could save money and get cheaper van insurance with pay-as-you-go insurance.

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Get anything from 1 hour to 28-day temporary van insurance quotes in 90 seconds


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Get 30-day impounded vehicle insurance quotes in 90 seconds


Why use our temporary van insurance?

Borrowing a van

Get the cover you need for the time you're actually driving. No long-term commitments!


Buying or selling a van

If you're changing your van, you may only need a few hours, days, or weeks of cover. Be sensible and give yourself time with a short-term van insurance policy!

Long journey van sharing

Going on a long journey and want to share the driving responsibilities with someone who's not on your long-term policy? Get the highest level of short-term cover available in the UK and enjoy the peace of mind of knowing that your No Claims Discount won't be affected


What does temporary van insurance cover?

Your temporary van insurance policy comes with comprehensive cover as standard. If there’s an accident during the duration of the policy, you, your vehicle, and any other third parties involved are covered.

What’s covered with short-term van insurance?

  • Fully comprehensive insurance on policies from 1 hour to 28 days 
  • Accidental and malicious damage to your van
  • Loss or damage to your van caused by fire, theft, or attempted theft
  • Legal liabilities for injury or damage to another person or their property
  • Personal belongings (definitions may differ by insurer)
  • Driving in the UK
  • In some instances driving in the EU with the third-party or equivariant level

What's optional with short-term van insurance?

  • Legal Expenses Cover providing up to £100,000 cover for legal costs including uninsured loss recovery for accidents that are not your fault
  • Excess Reduction Cover, reducing your policy excess to as close as £100 as possible

What’s not covered with short-term van insurance?

  • The excess you agreed to pay
  • Release from an impound (unless you buy a specific temporary impounded van policy)
  • Additional drivers – we can only cover the driver named on the policy
  • Cover for the loss or damage to a vehicle, trailer, trailer-caravan or broken-down vehicle when being towed by the insured van
  • A sole claim or separate cover for broken/damaged glass including the windscreen

Tempcover works with a panel of insurers to ensure we can provide temporary van insurance for as many drivers as possible. Because of this, the 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.

If you do have to make a claim on the policy, our helpful team will guide you through every step of the claims process.

Need to know more about getting the right temporary van insurance policy for you? Simply get in touch with our friendly team today.

Ready to get your quote? You can get this now in as little as 90 seconds.

Can I get temporary van insurance?

To get temporary van insurance, you must:

  • Be aged 17-77 years old
  • Hold a full UK driving licence
  • Have been a permanent UK resident for the last 12 months
  • Have no more than 7 license points in the last 3 years
  • Have not been disqualified from driving in the last 2 years
  • Have had no more than 2 claims that you were at fault for in the last 3 years
  • Have no criminal convictions
  • Not have had a previous policy of insurance declared void by an insurer

To get temporary van insurance, your van must:

  • Be valued between £1,500 and £65,000
  • Be 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)
  • The vehicle must be taxed (unless you are using the insurance policy to obtain tax for the vehicle immediately after purchase)
  • Have no modifications, other than the addition of manufacturer’s optional extras; signage, roof racks, ply lining or interior storage, etc. and those designed to aid disabled drivers
  • Be a right-hand drive car
  • Have no more than 5 seats
  • Not weigh more than 7.5 tonnes

Unfortunately, there are instances when even drivers with the above details may be unable to get a temp van insurance quote with us – these include:

  • Vans used for exportation – any vehicle that leaves the UK must return within the period of cover and this would only cover them in the EU.
  • Looking to insure a hire or loan vehicle.

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.

How to get our temporary van insurance

Check you're eligible

Simply check to see if you're eligible against our criteria, which you'll find above.

Get a quick quote

All you need to do is enter a few details, such as the van registration number and how long you need your insurance to last. You can do this on our website or even via our handy Tempcover app.

Check your quote

Confirm you're happy to move forward and read the declaration.

Get your cover

Buy your policy and we'll email all the documents you need directly to your inbox.

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Temporary Van Insurance

Tradespeople or drivers looking to borrow a van, aged 17-77, can find short-term van insurance from 1 hour to 28 days.


Temporary Car Insurance

Drivers aged 17-78 can find flexible temporary car insurance from 1 hour to 28 days - ideal for a range of everyday situations.


Temporary Courier Driver Insurance

Get flexible, short-term cover for a range of delivery jobs including single or multi-stop deliveries with temporary courier insurance.


Temporary Motorbike Insurance

Get the cover you need for the duration you want with temporary motorbike insurance. It’s ideal for occasional riders.


Temporary Learner Driver Insurance

Get extra practice without the worry. Temporary learner insurance provides fully comprehensive cover and protects the owner’s NCD.


Temporary Expat Vehicle Insurance

Returning expats can get flexible and affordable cover to use a car while in the UK with temporary expats insurance.


Temporary Impounded Vehicle Insurance

Time is crucial when your vehicle’s impounded. Don’t waste that time – get cover quickly with impounded vehicle insurance.

Short-term van insurance to suit you

Quick and easy temporary van insurance quotes

It couldn’t be simpler to get a temporary van insurance policy with us.

You can buy your policy online anytime you need it, and with our straightforward quote process, you can get a price in just 90 seconds!

Temporary insurance from a panel of insurers

We all know that comparing prices is the best way to save money.

We compare prices from a panel of temporary van insurance providers and show you their cheapest price.

The details you will need:

  • The van's reg number
  • Your details (name, address, D.O.B etc)
  • Your licence type and how long you've held it
  • The value of the vehicle
  • Your email address/phone number (to send the policy documents to)
  • When you'd like the policy to start and end

Temporary van insurance calculator

Get your price estimate


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It couldn't be simpler get a short term insurance policy.

You can buy a policy online anytime you need it, and with our straightforward quote process, you can get a price in just 90 seconds!

The price for your selected duration is from:


Prices based on the average price 19,765 policies for the displayed durations (January 2023)

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We work directly with insurers to provide you with short-term insurance to suit your needs
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You can pay for your short term insurance policy in several ways. Using our secure payment system, you can use the following payment methods:
VISA, Mastercard, AMEX

After you’ve bought your policy, your documents will be emailed to you instantly so there’s no waiting around.

Customer satisfaction

 Tempcover has provided temporary vehicle insurance to hundreds of thousands of drivers for over 15 years.

We’re currently rated ‘Excellent’ on Trustpilot and have over 27,000 reviews, with over 80% of reviewers giving us 5 stars!

We’ve been recognised for our work with plenty of awards

Temporary van insurance FAQs

Can I insure a van and car on one policy?

Unfortunately, because each vehicle may pose a different risk, you will need to purchase a separate policy for your car and van. Don’t worry though, it takes just 90 seconds to get a quote for either vehicle, so you can get a temporary car and van insurance policy in just a few minutes.

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Can I insure a van for a day, a week or a month?

Yes, these are all options we offer. Whether you just need one-day van insurance or a van insurance policy that covers you for 28 days, we’ve got you.

Everyone’s temporary insurance needs are different. If you need any extra help finding the best temporary van insurance policy for you, get in touch with our team today. You can either use our live chat, fill in a short form so we can get back to you, or email us on [email protected].

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Can you get van insurance that lasts for six months?

You can get a policy to drive a van for at least one hour up to one month at a time, but there are no restrictions on the number of policies you can buy. If you need a van insurance policy that covers you for six months, you can easily buy six separate monthly policies or one-month policy at a time if you think your situation may change.

Whatever duration you’re looking to buy, make sure you consider all options before buying to ensure you’re getting the best deal possible.


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What is hire and reward insurance for a van?

Hire and reward insurance is a form of cover that’s essential for anyone who moves someone else’s property as part of their business operations – namely couriers, hauliers, and furniture movers, among others. It covers the unique risks of this kind of work, such as:

  • The varied value of any cargo.
  • The varied nature of the cargo.
  • The frequency of stops during trips.
  • High mileage day-to-day.

Taking this into account, specialist hire and reward insurance should cover:

  • The cargo you carry.
  • Any damage caused to your van and other vehicles.
  • Public liability.
  • Employer’s liability.

Unfortunately, our temporary van insurance cannot provide cover for hire and reward purposes.

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Can I drive a van on my UK car insurance?

Every insurance policy is different, but you’ll rarely be covered to drive a hire vehicle in addition to the car named on your policy. And even if you are, you’ll likely only have third-party cover for driving a van. That’s why shortterm van insurance is the sensible choice for most people.

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What types of van can I insure?

While “van” is the general term for the vehicle type, there are many different types of van available that you can insure with us.

To make sure you get the right short-term van insurance quote and pay the right price, it’s important you select the correct body type.

When getting a quote, you can select from the following body types:

  • Van
  • Pickup– single cab
  • Pickup – double cab
  • Box van
  • Luton van
  • Refrigerated/insulated
  • Minibus
  • Hot food dispenser
  • Ice cream van
  • Transit
  • Motorcaravan
  • Taxi
  • Dustcart
  • Horsebox
  • Livestock carrier
  • Milk float
  • Flatbed
  • Mobile shop
  • Tipper truck
  • Refuse vehicle
  • Road sweeper
  • Skip carrier
  • Vehicle transporter

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Can I use temporary insurance for a van I own?

Yes, as long as your van hasn’t been declared as SORN (in which case there is no need to insure it), you can get temporary van insurance.

This can be useful if you are driving a van back to your property after buying it but want a little more time to consider your long-term insurance options. It might also be helpful if you want to temporarily insure a friend or relative to drive your van, without having to make them a named driver on your main policy.

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What happens if I have an accident while I've got short-term van insurance cover?

If you’re covered by one of our short-term van insurance policies when you have an accident, don’t panic.

Stop at the scene as soon as you can and turn on your hazard lights. Check that everyone involved in the accident is safe. Don’t apologise or admit responsibility, but do exchange details with the other parties involved and any witnesses. Do this as calmly as possible. Make sure you take pictures of any damage.

Call your insurer as soon as you can to start your claim. You can find the number of their dedicated claims-handling team on your Certificate of Motor Insurance or policy wording.

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Can I use temporary insurance to release & collect my van from an impound?

No, you will only be covered for this if you have taken out a specific insurance policy for impounded vans.

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Will my temporary van insurance policy appear on the Motor Insurance Database?

Yes, once you have purchased your temporary insurance policy, your insurance details should be passed to the Motor Insurance Database. We are obliged to supply the Database with these details within seven days, so please note that if your temporary cover has expired before seven days are up due to its short-term nature, your policy details may not appear on askMID while you’re using it.

For this reason, we recommend that you print your Insurance Certificate and keep it with you when driving the van.

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What our expert says

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"Temporary van insurance can be ideal for a range of everyday situations. When you only need to insure a van for a few hours, days, or weeks, it can be the ideal way to ensure you're properly insured and get peace of mind on the road."

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Marc Pell

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