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Excess insurance

Find excess insurance from our partner Excess Buddy so there is no bill to pay if you have to make a claim on your car or hire vehicle policy.

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Last updated: 16 October 2020

How to find the best excess insurance

To get the cheapest policy that offers the right cover for you, get as many different quotes as you can.

Look for insurers who can cover the cost of your excess if you need to claim on your car insurance or hire vehicle policy.

Is excess insurance worth the cost?

How does excess insurance work?

It reimburses the excesses you have to pay on other insurance policies when you claim.

It is often used to run alongside car hire agreements, to cover the high excesses charged by car rental companies.

You still need to pay your insurance company the excess when you make a claim, but you can then recover the cost from your excess policy.

Here is more information about how excess insurance works

Find the right excess insurance cover

Get the cover you need by using this comparison to check:

    Here is how to find the right excess insurance policy

    What does excess insurance cover?

    Excess insurance can cover insurance policy excesses, like your motor or home cover, and the high excesses charged by hire car companies.

    An excess insurance policy can cover compulsory and voluntary excesses on a range of insurance policies.

    You will need to agree to an excess limit before you take out cover. The higher your limit, the more you pay for cover.

    What is not covered?

    There are a few common exclusions for excess insurance cover, but it will vary between policies. The main exclusions of excess insurance are:

      Excess insurance cover when hiring a car

      If you hire a car, excess cover could save you a lot of money.

      Hire car companies can apply a £1,000 excess while you are renting a vehicle. This means if you make a claim, you would have to pay for any damage up to the value of £1,000. But if you have excess insurance, it would cover this cost for you.

      Make sure getting cover from a separate excess insurance provider does not break the terms of your hire agreement.

      Hire cars will usually come with an insurance policy, but it will likely include a high compulsory excess, such as £1,000. This means it will cost you at least £1,000 to make a claim.

      Other types of excess insurance

      Excess insurance cover could save you a lot of money on any policy that features a high compulsory excess.

      For example, you may have to pay a high theft excess on your motor insurance, or for subsidence claims on your home policy.

      If you are a new or young driver, you may also face higher compulsory excesses because you are more likely to make a claim.

      What type of excess insurance should you get?

      The three types of excess insurance you can choose from are:

        Is excess insurance worth the cost?

        It depends on how high your excess is and the cost of an excess insurance policy. For example, some can cost as little as £2 a month, but others will be more expensive.

        You need to balance the price of an excess policy against the cost of paying your excess out-of-pocket. If it is cheaper to pay your excess, don't buy additional cover.

        How does excess insurance cost?

        It varies between insurers, but some excess policies can cost as little as £2 a month.

        You should consider the cost of the excess on the policy or policies you want to cover before taking out an excess insurance policy, to decide if it is worth the cost to you.

        Excess insurance FAQs

        Yes, although cover for motor insurance or car hire is often more widely available. Here are the different types of excess insurance you can buy.

        It is not compulsory, but most hire car firms will try to sell you cover. It pays to shop around or get help from a broker.

        It depends on the cost of your excess. If your excess is higher than the cost of an excess insurance policy, you could save money if you need to claim.

        Some insurers limit how many times you can claim, or put an overall cap on the amount you can claim for. Check the terms of the policy for full details.

        No, it does not cost to claim on an excess insurance policy.

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