Is it illegal to drive a new car home without insurance?

The short answer is yes; it is illegal to drive a new (or old for that matter!) car home without insurance in the UK. Even if it’s the shortest of car journeys, you should always be insured.

What happens if you drive a new car home without insurance?

Just last week, an uninsured car was seized in Ipswich – from a man who had only drove his new Vauxhall Astra a few hundred meters. He claimed he was planning to do it the day after. He’s now facing 6 penalty points on his licence and a £300 fine – he could even be banned from driving if the case goes to court.

Worth it? We don’t think so.

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Do you buy insurance before or after the car?

You can buy an annual insurance policy prior to picking the car up, but sometimes this isn’t the most convenient option (as proved by our friend we mentioned earlier with the £300 fine…).

A short-term car insurance policy might be the solution for this. With InsureDaily, you can purchase a day’s car insurance (or a few more) online until you get the main annual insurance sorted.

Buying one day car insurance online

The best part of InsureDaily is that you can get a quote in just seconds and insurance in minutes. So you could not only use this insurance to drive the car home, but also to test drive it before deciding to purchase!

Accessible either at home or on the go, you’ve got no reason to run the risk of being uninsured! Click the button below to get a quote.


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