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Temporary Van Insurance

1 hour to 4 weeks

About the van you want to temporarily insure.

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Don’t know the reg? Click here.

Get quotes, buy online and be on your way in less than 2 minutes!

Get instant online cover from 1 hour to 28 days, in three quick & easy steps

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Get an online quote & choose your options

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Just pay online & you are instantly insured!

Short-term van insurance for drivers on the move


When it comes to providing flexible, affordable cover for van drivers, we’re the experts. Get yourself in the driver’s seat and on your way with a temporary van insurance policy from GoShorty. You can get covered on the van you wish to drive in as little as 2 mins. 

Whether you only need hourly van insurance for a quick job or a house move, or want monthly van insurance for those longer projects, getting short-term cover means you’ll never be paying for van insurance when you don’t actually need it. Pay for the exact amount of time you need – nothing more, nothing less – and make hopping in a van the cost-effective way to get to where you want to be.

If you’re borrowing or lending a van from a family member, colleague or friend, make sure you’ve got the right insurance in place. All of GoShorty’s temporary policies are fully-comprehensive, meaning you can get on the roads with complete peace of mind that you’re protected should the unexpected happen.

If you are borrowing a van for a job from someone else, put their mind at ease by taking out a temporary van insurance policy. This way you protect their no claims discount if you get into an accident. Plus you will both be saving a lot of money compared to being added to their annual policy.

  • Fully-comprehensive cover
  • 1 hour to 28 days flexible cover
  • Low Excess
  • Drivers aged 20 to 75
  • Maximum van value: £65,000
  • Protect the van owner’s No Claims Discount

What is Temporary Van Insurance?

Temporary van insurance is a short term and flexible alternative to annual policies. With a temporary van insurance policy you can insure a van for anywhere from an hour to a month. Whether you need to borrow someone’s van, or you only insure yours when you need to use it, temporary van insurance can save you money and allow you to get on the road fully insured in minutes, any day of the week and at any time.


How Much Does Short-term Van Insurance Cost?

Quotes for annual van insurance can be costly. But short term temporary cover can be an affordable alternative to an annual policy. The exact cost will depend on a few factors including:

  • Previous accidents – Even if an accident wasn’t your fault, prior claims can affect the cost of short-term van insurance. 
  • Personal details – At GoShorty, we pride ourselves on our acceptance criteria, which means we’re able to insure more people. However some factors such as your age and driving history can still impact the cost of your cover. Find out more about who we cover to learn about our criteria. 
  • Location – Your location can increase your chances of making a claim. Some locations are deemed to be higher risk than others, which will be taken into account when you receive your quote. 
  • Type of vehicle – Your van size and model can impact your quote. Vans with smaller engines are often cheaper to insure.
  • Car insurance excess – A bigger excess can decrease the cost of your cover. However you need to make sure not to select an excess over your budget.
  • Length of policy – Unsurprisingly, the longer you need cover for, the more your policy is likely to cost. 

Our temporary van insurance calculator also gives you an idea of how much your policy could cost. It takes seconds to generate an estimated price.

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When Do You Need Temporary Van Insurance?

If you’re thinking of driving on UK roads in a van, you’ll need a valid insurance policy in place before setting off. It doesn’t matter if you’re helping someone move around the corner, or driving down to a festival, driving without van insurance could land you in serious trouble. There are many reasons why you might be in a situation where you need to drive a van temporarily, so make sure you’re covered.


Borrowing a Car or Van

If you’re borrowing a vehicle from a friend or family for a one-off trip, then temporary insurance is perfect for you.


Occasional Driver

If you only drive a car every now and then, with one main driver already insured, then you may only need to grab short term car insurance for your journeys.


Sharing the Driving on a Long Trip

Temporary car insurance is perfect for long road trips where you’re all taking it in turns to get behind the wheel but don’t want to risk affecting the owner’s no claims discount.


Using a Courtesy Car

Not driving your own car? Temporary cover is here to help.


Emergency Usage

When an emergency strikes and you find yourself at the wheel of someone else’s car, put your mind at ease with temporary cover.


Moving to a New House or Office

Whether it’s you that’s moving house or one of your friends or relatives, getting everything to the new place is no easy task. Don’t rely on removal companies; borrowing a van is often the easiest and cheapest way to move house and will let you do it all at your own pace…whether that’s a few hours or over a full week!


In an emergency

Sometimes, the unexpected happens, and we find ourselves needing to drive a vehicle on short notice. Get you or someone else out of an emergency situation by sorting short-term van insurance in a matter of minutes, letting you get on the roads to where you need to be in an instant.


Transporting large items

Bought yourself a new sofa, king-sized bed or that American-style fridge freezer you’ve been dreaming of for years? You’ll probably need to borrow a van to get it home from the store or seller’s house, so take out a temporary insurance policy for a few hours whilst you get the job done!


For business use

If you’re a business owner or sole trader, being able to drive a van may well be essential. You might need to borrow a van to complete a one-off job or step into the driver’s seat when a colleague is off sick. Whatever the reason, there’s a temporary business van insurance policy to get you back on your way.


Buying, selling or test-driving a van

When vehicles change hands, there is often a period of time when there is no annual insurance policy in place. Don’t get caught out when driving your new van home after buying it; get short-term cover for the hours or days needed to see you through until you can get an annual policy sorted.


Going on holiday in the UK

If you’re going on a trip in the UK and plan to take everything, including the kitchen sink, you’ll more than likely need a van. Make borrowing one from family or friends for a couple of weeks easy with temporary insurance. You can also get short-term cover to split the driving with whoever you’re going on holiday with!

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Cheap Short-term Van Insurance

If you only need to drive a van for a set period of time, getting an annual policy is not going to be cost-effective. You’ll end up paying far more than you need to and feeling ripped off as a result! The best option is to get a short-term insurance policy for the specific amount of time required. With complete flexibility to choose policy durations ranging from 1 hour van insurance through to van insurance for a month, you can be sure you’re getting the best possible deal.

In most instances, getting a temporary van insurance policy will be a lot cheaper than becoming a named driver on someone else’s policy, too, and will ensure that their no-claims discount is protected in the event of an accident.

For cheap short-term car insurance quotes delivered straight to your inbox in minutes, fill in our easy online form above and start saving money!


Temporary Van Insurance for Business Use

When you need to get on the road for work, you don’t want to be worrying about whether you have the right cover, or be wrestling with long winded application processes. Short term van insurance for business use can get you on the road to your next job in minutes. Whether you need to deliver equipment from A to B or borrow someone’s van for your next job, our cover couldn’t be simpler. We can insure for any length of time from an hour up to four weeks.

Please note vans covered with some of our temporary insurance policies may be used for ‘hire and reward’ use providing this option is selected as part of your quote. Read more here.


Compare temporary van insurance quotes

At GoShorty, we offer great deals as standard, helping you get on your way without it costing over the odds. When you apply for a temporary van insurance policy, we’ll send you a range of quotes so you can compare them before choosing the one that’s right for you.

Comparing van insurance quotes is always the best way to make sure you’re getting value for money and the level of cover you need. And, with a selection of policy options delivered straight to your inbox in a matter of minutes, making a comparison couldn’t be easier! You can compare temporary van insurance quotes for different vehicles and different policy durations to figure out the most cost-effective way to get covered.

Compare quotes for van insurance by using our temporary van insurance calculator, and choose the best policy for you.



Am I Eligible for Short-term Van Insurance?

Yes! You can insure your van from 1 hour to 28 days with GoShorty.

At GoShorty, we insure the majority of van drivers, provided that they meet certain eligibility criteria that are standard amongst almost all insurance providers (more on this below). There might be slight differences in the criteria you’ll need to meet depending on the type of van you wish to insure, the journeys you’ll be doing, and the driver that the policy is for. 

The following criteria apply to all of our temporary van insurance policies. Still, the best way to find out for sure whether you need to meet any additional conditions is to complete our quick and easy quotation form above!

Check out our van insurance criteria:

Vehicles:

  • Cars and Commercial Vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes)
  • Minimum value Cars and Vans: £1* subject to age restrictions
  • Maximum value Cars: £65,000
  • Maximum value Vans: £65,000
  • Social, Domestic and Pleasure or Social, Domestic and Pleasure + Commercial use only – usage will be restricted to social domestic and pleasure purposes, which includes commuting and personal business use only
  • Vehicle must be registered in the UK
  • Foreign use is not permitted
  • Not for exporting – journeys must start and end in the UK
  • Is not imported or left-hand drive and not modified (factory-fitted extras or modifications for a disabled driver or passenger, or LPG conversions are acceptable).
  • Has no more than 7 seats and is not a rental or hire vehicle (if commercial – no more than 5 seats)
  • Must not be modified. LPG conversions and Disabled Modified are acceptable
  • Has a valid MOT (if required), is NOT declared as SORN (off-road) with DVLA and has NOT been seized by the police.
  • Not to be used for impounded or seized vehicles (unless specified as impounded cover)
  • Not to be used for any form of motor racing, pacemaking, track days or motor trade usage.
  • Not for carrying hazardous goods or use at a hazardous location
  • There is no cover under this policy for vehicles which are insured, owned by, operated by, supplied by, hired or rented from any Claims, Credit hire or Accident Management Company.

Drivers:

  • Private Van – driver aged 20 to 75
  • Commercial Vehicle – driver aged 20 to 75
  • Has a current permanent address as stated throughout this application (please note you may be asked to provide proof of residence in the event of a claim)
  • Has not ever been refused insurance, had a policy cancelled or voided
  • No conviction for any criminal offence or any possible prosecution pending.

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Temporary Van Insurance FAQs

 Is temporary van insurance fully comp?

Any temporary van insurance policy you obtain through GoShorty will be fully-comprehensive. This means your van insurance protects you from:

  • Accidental Damage to the van you have insured or to another vehicle
  • Personal injury to you or anyone else involved in an accident
  • Damage to other people’s property due to the result of an accident
  • Cover for any personal belongings that are damaged or stolen

Need any more information? We even have a full guide to temporary van insurance to help you on your way, plus answers to questions such as “is there VAT on temporary van insurance?” and “can I drive a van on a car driving licence?

What types of work can I use my van for with a GoShorty policy?

There are some types of work that we can permit under our temporary insurance policies.

  • If you use your van for your job as a Tradesman/Tradeswoman
  • If the van is used as part of your Office Job
  • If you use the van for Dog Walking
  • Carrying goods on behalf of others (e.g. courier) if specified during your quote

If you use your van for any of the below, your policy will be invalidated. 

  • Taxi use or commercial travelling of any kind
  • Use in connection with the Motor trade
  • Use to carry hazardous or dangerous goods

Please check here for full details – https://goshorty.co.uk/assumptions-eligibility-criteria

What are the benefits of temporary van insurance?

With temporary van insurance, you don’t have to worry about being tied into long term inflexible policies. Whether you’re moving or heading on a road trip, we can make sure that you’re fully covered and legally compliant just for the time you need it. Saving you money and giving you peace of mind.

When is temporary insurance not suitable?

For more details on van uses that would invalidate your policy see the eligibility criteria for our insurers.

What can I use my van for with a GoShorty policy?

With a temporary van insurance policy you will be covered for social, domestic and pleasure usage. If you intend to use the van for business usage we recommend a temporary van for business use policy. When completing your application form you will state your intended usage. The quotes you receive will detail what uses are allowed under your selected cover.

Does short-term van insurance cover campervans and motorhomes?

If the vehicle started life as a campervan the vehicle can be covered under temporary van insurance policies. However if modifications have been made to the vehicle you are looking to insure we will be unable to offer cover for it.  We currently do not offer temporary insurance cover for motorhomes.

What types of vans do we cover?

We cover every type of van. Whether you’re looking for a classic white van to get work done in, or something more adventurous for a weekend trip away. We have a policy to suit everyone, no matter their plans.

Is your temp van insurance third party cover or comprehensive?

Our temporary van insurance offers fully-comprehensive cover. Check the different types of car insurance to understand what this means.

How long does temporary van insurance last?

Our temporary van insurance policies last for as little as 1 hour and up to 28 days. You can start a new policy when your old one ends if you need it for longer, but it’s not quite the same as an annual van insurance policy.

Will my temp van insurance policy appear on the motor insurance database (MID)?

While your temporary policy will eventually show on the MID, it won’t appear instantly. If you are buying a short-term van insurance policy to use immediately, then it’s unlikely to show up when you’re first driving.
Keep your policy details to hand. These will be emailed to you straight away.

For more information on how long it takes to show on the MID, check our guide.

Not found the answer you’re looking for? Either get in touch or checkout our other FAQs


What do our Experts Say?

Andy Moody – Founder and Managing Director

“When it comes to moving house, moving to university, picking up or dropping off large furniture, purchasing temporary van insurance to borrow a van is the most affordable and flexible way to get you and your items from A to B. There’s no need for the endless form filling, key swapping or designated pick-up times of vehicle hire. Simply borrow a van and get covered with GoShorty, in under 90 seconds.’

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