Save up to £590* on van insurance

By Emily Rivers
Last updated 23rd May 2024

Cheap van insurance

Van insurance typically costs more than other motor policies but read our guide to find out how to get cheap van insurance whether you’re using your vehicle for business, pleasure or simply for a day.

What does van insurance cover?

Van insurance is much the same as car insurance when it comes to what is covered, although if using a van for work the insurer needs to be informed to cover it for business use. There are three types of van insurance policy:

Third party: Covering the cost of injury of other people and damage to their vehicle and property. The policy holder and their belongings are not protected. Despite being the most basic package it is not necessarily the cheapest.

Third party fire and theft: Includes third party, but also damage to the policy holder's van in the event it is stolen or destroyed by a fire. Damage to the policy holder's vehicle through accidental damage, such as a crash, is not protected and neither are the van's contents.

Comprehensive: As the name suggests this is the highest level of cover, protecting against injury to the policy holder or third parties and damage to their vehicle or belongings in the event of an accident, fire or theft. It covers medical expenses and replacing a van's contents, which could be useful if the vehicle is used for a trade.

Company van insurance - who pays for van insurance?

A company or individual may be responsible to pay for van insurance, depending on circumstances. If you use your own vehicle for work you are legally obliged to have your own van insurance. But if you drive a company vehicle it is the company's job to secure van insurance and they buy insurance for the whole fleet.

If an individual working for a company uses their own van, the business must ensure they have the correct minimum cover. The employee also needs to inform their insurer they are using their van for business purposes, as taking out cover for just domestic and social purposes could invalidate the policy.

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How much does van insurance cost?

Van insurance can cost a lot more than car insurance, partly because vans are often used by tradesmen or delivery drivers who are at several different locations a week or even a day, and the safety of those locations is hard to verify. Vans are bigger, heavier, and clock up a lot of miles so could be more prone to accident or breakdown.

However there are a few ways to get cheap van insurance, which we explain later in this article.

We’ve researched the cheapest and average cost for van insurance using the most popular van of the year for 2022 - the Ford Transit Custom. It’s widely considered a van has a lifespan of about 150,000 miles. For the purposes of our research we calculated van insurance quotes on a five-year-old Ford Transit Custom which travels 15,000 miles a year (therefore it is halfway through its estimated lifespan), worth £14,000.

Our driver is a 40-year-old electrician with no driving convictions and five years of no claims, who lives in Essex using their van - which is kept on a private driveway overnight – for business use. The policy has a £500 excess.

We found the cheapest comprehensive deal with Van Line Direct, a specialist provider, offering a policy for £545 as long as the driver travels with an app-based telematics monitor. The cheapest premium without needing telematics was £643 with Right Sure. The average price we found, when comparing 56 policies, was £1,233. Please note that policy prices change so these providers may not be the cheapest when you come to purchase your insurance, so it’s best to compare van insurance.

  • Cheapest comprehensive van insurance: £545, Van Line Direct
  • Cheapest third party, fire and theft can insurance: £651, Freedom Brokers
  • Cheapest third party van insurance: £651, Freedom Brokers
  • Average comprehensive van insurance: £1,233
  • Average third party, fire and theft can insurance: £2,686
  • Average third party van insurance: £2,300

As you can see, it is cheaper to buy a fully comprehensive van insurance package over third party. This sounds counterintuitive, but insurers believe more irresponsible drivers will buy third party cover and would rather serve customers who are careful and less likely to make a claim, so make their comprehensive prices more attractive.

How to get cheap van insurance

With van insurance costing more than car insurance, it’s always useful to compare van insurance quotes to find a cheap deal. With our partners at QuoteZone you could save up to £622*.

Our top tips to get cheap van insurance:

Write your business name on the van: Some providers offer a discount for sign-written vans. This is because it can help police track it down if it’s stolen, plus it may turn off potential thieves if they know what sort of business it is used for.

Establish your business: Some insurers provide a discount for established businesses.

Use racking: Vans with racking – fitted shelves inside the van – can help drivers get a discount on insurance and items inside are less likely to damage the van if they are safely stowed.

Use telematics: Our research found a comprehensive quote £40 cheaper if the van driver used an app-based telematics programme to communicate driving behaviour.

Compare van insurance: There are a few specialist van insurance providers who may offer a cheaper quote than household names known for car insurance. Using a comparison site like our partners QuoteZone identifies scores of providers on the market to save users hundreds of pounds.

Pay upfront: Paying annually rather than monthly can save more than £100. The cheapest quote we found for comprehensive cover worked out at £686 over the year when paid monthly, compared to £545 when paying annually.

Voluntary excess: Adding a voluntary excess will reduce the cost of your policy considerably. A voluntary excess is one the policy holder chooses to pay on top of the compulsory excess which is set by the insurer. It's a bit like a vote of confidence in the safety of their own driving, saying they doubt they'll be in an accident but if they are, they'll pay more towards the bill.

Increase your no claims bonus: Having a longer period without any claims can reduce your insurance premiums in the long run. Some consider no claims cover which allows customers to make one or two claims without it affecting the no claims bonus.

Don't park in the road: Vans parked in private driveways or garages overnight can have a cheaper insurance quote than those that are parked on the road as they are considered less at risk to thieves and vandals.

Is commercial van insurance more expensive than private?

We looked at the cost of van insurance when used for social, domestic and pleasure (not commuting) while keeping all other credentials the same, and the cheapest quote was £586 - actually higher than when researched for business use. But it’s worth looking at the average for a true picture.

The average comprehensive van insurance for social, domestic and pleasure use was £1,162, which is £51 cheaper than the average premium for business use.

Someone only using their van in their downtime will probably drive a lot fewer miles. Perhaps they do a few road trips a year around the country, or head to a nearby beach every day with their surfboard.

We compared the cost of van insurance for someone driving the average car mileage in the UK which is estimated to be 7,400 miles. The cheapest van insurance came out much cheaper at £478 while the average was £977.

  • Cheapest van insurance for business use: £545
  • Cheapest van insurance for social use: £586
  • Cheapest van insurance for social use with lower mileage: £478
  • Average van insurance for business use: £1,233
  • Average van insurance for social use: £1,162
  • Average van insurance for social use with lower mileage: £977

Can you get day insurance for a van?

Day insurance for a van offers flexible and temporary cover to suit drivers who do not use their vehicle frequently. This can be useful for many drivers such as those who are borrowing a vehicle to move large items, are a sole trader who only needs to use a van occasionally, or who has just bought a van and hasn’t had a chance to sort their annual policy.

Temporary van insurance is similar but can be offered for longer periods, usually up to a month or four weeks. This can be handy for people who go camping or travelling in a motorhome a few times a year, are looking for a temporary courier job, or someone who will be selling their van shortly.

Day insurance for a van offers exactly the same type of cover as annual policies but is not offered by all suppliers and is more specialist.

The cost of the premium will depend on the same credentials as annual insurance, so if you usually pay a higher amount than average for annual van or car insurance, you’ll probably have to pay more for day insurance. However, the advantage of day insurance for a van is it will be cheaper than an annual policy.

*51% of consumers could save £622.09 on their Van Insurance. The saving was calculated by comparing the cheapest price found with the average of the next five cheapest prices quoted by insurance providers on Seopa Ltd’s insurance comparison website. This is based on representative cost savings from February 2024. The savings you could achieve are dependent on your individual circumstances.

Disclaimer: This information is intended for editorial purposes only and not intended as a recommendation or financial advice.


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Location in UKVan insurance cost
Van insurance near Aberdeen£31.05
Van insurance near Bath£33.75
Van insurance near Birmingham£55.35
Van insurance near Blackburn£54.45
Van insurance near Blackpool£57.60
Van insurance near Bolton£45.00
Van insurance near Bournemouth£32.85
Van insurance near Bradford£37.35
Van insurance near Brighton£37.35
Van insurance near Bristol£41.40
Van insurance near Bromley£52.65
Van insurance near Cambridge£25.20
Van insurance near Canterbury£46.35
Van insurance near Cardiff£42.30
Van insurance near Carlisle£30.15
Van insurance near Central London£39.60
Van insurance near Central London£37.80
Van insurance near Chelmsford£49.05
Van insurance near Chester£31.50
Van insurance near Cleveland£43.65
Van insurance near Colchester£44.10
Van insurance near Coventry£58.50
Van insurance near Crewe£45.45
Van insurance near Croydon£58.50
Van insurance near Darlington£42.30
Van insurance near Dartford£52.65
Van insurance near Derby£62.55
Van insurance near Doncaster£49.95
Van insurance near Dorchester£33.30
Van insurance near Dudley£55.35
Van insurance near Dumfrues and Galloway£25.20
Van insurance near Dundee£35.10
Van insurance near Durham£39.15
Van insurance near East London£68.85
Van insurance near Edinburgh£34.20
Van insurance near Enfield£61.20
Van insurance near Exeter£36.00
Van insurance near Falkirk & Stirling£23.85
Van insurance near Galashiels£31.05
Van insurance near Glasgow£52.65
Van insurance near Gloucester£42.30
Van insurance near Guildford£43.65
Van insurance near Halifax£50.85
Van insurance near Harrogate£41.85
Van insurance near Harrow£47.25
Van insurance near Hemel Hempstead£53.10
Van insurance near Hereford£40.50
Van insurance near Huddersfield£56.70
Van insurance near Hull£47.25
Van insurance near Ilford£55.80
Van insurance near Inverness£22.95
Van insurance near Ipswich£46.35
Van insurance near Isle of Man£44.10
Van insurance near Isle of Wight£39.60
Van insurance near Kilmarnock£40.95
Van insurance near Kingston upon Thames£51.75
Van insurance near Kirkcaldy£38.25
Van insurance near Kirkwall£42.75
Van insurance near Lancaster£44.55
Van insurance near Leeds£35.55
Van insurance near Leicester£41.40
Van insurance near Lerwick£24.75
Van insurance near Lincoln£40.95
Van insurance near Liverpool£69.30
Van insurance near llandrindod Wells£27.45
Van insurance near Llandudno£35.55
Van insurance near Luton£69.30
Van insurance near Manchester£61.65
Van insurance near Milton Keynes£47.25
Van insurance near Motherwell£46.35
Van insurance near Newcastle upon Tyne£42.75
Van insurance near Newport£36.90
Van insurance near North London£49.05
Van insurance near North West London£54.00
Van insurance near Northampton£55.35
Van insurance near Northern Ireland£37.35
Van insurance near Norwich£36.00
Van insurance near Nottingham£58.50
Van insurance near Oldam£58.95
Van insurance near Outer Hebrides£32.40
Van insurance near Oxford£49.50
Van insurance near Paisley£37.35
Van insurance near Perth£33.75
Van insurance near Peterborough£44.10
Van insurance near Plymouth£34.65
Van insurance near Portsmouth£38.25
Van insurance near Preston£49.50
Van insurance near Reading£45.00
Van insurance near Redhill£46.35
Van insurance near Rochester£50.40
Van insurance near Romford£49.95
Van insurance near Salisbury£34.65
Van insurance near Sheffield£63.45
Van insurance near Shrewsbury£32.40
Van insurance near Slough£62.10
Van insurance near South East London£56.70
Van insurance near South West London£54.45
Van insurance near Southall£60.75
Van insurance near Southampton£40.50
Van insurance near Southend-on-Sea£46.35
Van insurance near St Albans£43.65
Van insurance near Stevenage£47.25
Van insurance near Stockport£58.95
Van insurance near Stoke-on-Trent£53.10
Van insurance near Sunderland£42.75
Van insurance near Sutton£56.25
Van insurance near Swansea£37.35
Van insurance near Swindon£38.70
Van insurance near Taunton£36.45
Van insurance near Telford£43.20
Van insurance near Tonbridge£46.35
Van insurance near Torquay£40.50
Van insurance near Truro£31.50
Van insurance near Twickenham£51.30
Van insurance near Wakefield£41.40
Van insurance near Walsall£52.65
Van insurance near Warrington£48.15
Van insurance near Watford£50.85
Van insurance near West London£52.65
Van insurance near Wigan£42.75
Van insurance near Wolverhampton£60.30
Van insurance near Worcester£40.05
Van insurance near York£43.65