If you need to drive a van for a few days or weeks, short term insurance can give you the cover you need. To find the best policy:

  • Decide how long you need cover for

  • Get the level of cover you want

  • Shop around to get the cheapest deal

How long do you need insurance for?

Most short term van insurance companies offer cover for between one and 28 days.

The longer the policy, the more you pay; so think carefully about how long you need a van for.

If you only need van insurance for 24 hours, you can compare one day cover here.

What level of van insurance do you want?

You can choose from two levels of cover:

  • Fully comprehensive

  • Third party, fire and theft

Most short term van insurers do not offer third party only cover.

Fully comprehensive cover gives you the best protection, but third party, fire and theft could cost less. However, it does not cover damage to your van in an accident.

How much does short term insurance cost?

How much your temporary van insurance policy costs depends on:

  • The van you are insuring

  • Your age and driving experience

  • How long you want cover for

If you want a short term policy for more than 28 days it could be cheaper to buy annual van insurance, even though you will be charged a fee of up to 70 for cancelling the policy.

The best way to find the cheapest cover is by comparing quotes to find the right policy at the lowest price. Use this comparison to find short term van insurance quotes.

Short term van insurance FAQs


Can I get temporary van insurance cover?


Yes, you can get short term van insurance that can last from one day up to three months. Here is when you should consider short term van insurance.


Do I legally need van insurance?


What happens if I do not have van insurance?


It is illegal to drive in the UK without insurance and you could face a fixed fine, six points on your licence and your van being seized and destroyed.


Is van insurance different to car insurance?


Both types of policy cover similar things, but van insurance protects vehicles used commercially and their contents, e.g. tools.


Can I get van insurance as a young driver?


Yes, you can find cover by comparing young driver van insurance policies.


How do I make a van insurance claim?


You need to call your insurer on their claims line, which is on your policy documents. The process should be the same as making a car insurance claim.

About our van insurance comparison


Who do we include in this comparison?


We include short term van insurance policies available from our panel of insurers and brokers. They are all regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA). Here is more information about how our website works.


How do we make money from our comparison?


We have commercial agreements with some of the companies in this comparison and get paid commission if we help you take out one of their products or services. Find out more here.

You do not pay any extra and the deal you get is not affected.