Temporary Van insurance: 1 hour to 4 weeks

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Tell us the Gross Vehicle Weight of the vehicle, you can find this information on the vehicle registration document, owner’s manual or on the vehicle plate, these vary in position; it could be riveted to the inside of a front door panel, or somewhere within the engine bay or on the VIN plate.

Social Domestic Pleasure Covers the drivers named on the policy for normal day to day driving. Shopping, visiting friends or family and pleasure driving such as going to the park or on holiday. However, it doesn't include commuting to work.
Social Domestic Pleasure Commuting Allows you to drive your vehicle privately, for your own personal use. Things like going to the shops, collecting family members or friends and commuting between your home and your place of work or study are all covered by this class of cover.
Social Domestic Pleasure Commuting Business Includes all the previous two classes plus business car insurance which can cover a wide range of uses, such as travelling between different work locations, visiting customers or driving around other employees. Anything, in fact, that's on behalf of the company.

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GoShorty offer Quotes from a range of insurers, covering varying situations that our customers may require short insurance for, it is important that you read and understand our Assumptions and Eligibility Criteria before purchasing any policy from this website.

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Short term van insurance for drivers on the move

If you need to drive a van for a short period our short term insurance is the flexible way to only pay for what you use, from 1 hour up to 28 days. Protect the van owner’s No Claims Discount by taking out your own policy and at the same time ensure you are legally and adequately insured. We make it easy for you to get a short term van insurance quote and buy cover in minutes from the UK’s favourite temporary van insurance site.

Customer surveys reveal that UK motorists’ second biggest van-related concern is the cost of insurance. You could save money with our flexible short term cover.

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What is Temporary Van Insurance?

Temporary van insurance is an affordable way to cover yourself to drive a different van on a flexible basis. It is a particularly popular option for securing day van insurance, where you only need the cover for a single day.

In addition to one day insurance, we provide cover from as little as 1 hour and up to 1 month (28 days). This affordable approach allows you to only pay for the cover you need.

Our easy to follow quote form does the hard work for you, finding you the best temporary van insurance available, allowing you to get a quote and buy cover in minutes.

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Who needs Temporary Van Insurance?

There are a whole host of reasons you may need to take out a short-term insurance policy, including:

  • Borrowing a van to move house or help someone else to move house
  • Borrowing a van to replace a vehicle that is out of action
  • Helping a friend or family member relocate for work or education
  • Letting someone else use your van to make sure they are correctly insured
  • Sharing a long journey with another driver

Your business or livelihood could be affected if you do not have the use of your van. We have made it simple for you to easily insure yourself on someone else’s insurance or to insure another person on your vehicle - a new employee or contractor, for instance. Or, you may need a van while yours is being fixed at the garage. There are many reasons why people need Short Term Van Insurance.

Moving house is one of the most common situations when people who don’t usually use a van need to borrow one. So many household items simply cannot be transported in a car, so take the stress out of moving by borrowing a van from someone you know and save time and money. Van rental can be very expensive.

You may be tidying the garden and need to do a tip run or starting a large home improvements project and find that you need to borrow a van or pick-up vehicle. Make sure you correctly insure the vehicle and will not affect the owner’s No Claims Discount by taking a policy with GoShorty, the UK’s favourite provider of Temporary Van Insurance.

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What you need to buy Temporary Van Insurance

  1. 1. Details About the Vehicle you want to drive

    The van's registration number, make and model, for example.

  2. 2. Policy Duration

    When you want insurance to start and end - You can take cover from 1 hour to 28 days.

  3. 3. Details About You

    Your name, date of birth, address and your driver’s license number, for example.

  4. 4. Your Driving History

    We will need to know what type of license you hold and for how long.

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Can I get short term van insurance - am I eligible?

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

However, not everyone is eligible for short-term van insurance, so you’ll need to check you meet our criteria first. Anyone looking to get temporary van insurance will need a full UK driver's license, the vehicle owner's explicit permission, and a few other things.

Check out our van insurance criteria below:

Drivers must:

  • Private Car driver aged 18 to 75
  • Commercial Vehicle driver aged 21 to 75
  • You must have held your driver’s license for at least 6 months
  • License type: Full UK or EU/EEA for at least 6 months if aged 18 to 25 (reduced to 3 months if aged over 25)
  • Number of accidents, claims or losses in last 3 years must not exceed 2, regardless of fault
  • Number of penalty points in last 3 years must not exceed 6
  • Resident in UK for 12 months minimum
  • 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 driving ban in the last 60 months
  • No conviction for any criminal offence or any possible prosecution pending.


  • Cars and Commercial Vehicles (up to 3.5 tonnes)
  • Minimum value Cars and Vans: £500* subject to age restrictions
  • Maximum value Cars: £60,000
  • Maximum value Vans: £25,000
  • 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 8 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
  • Have 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, motor trade usage or hire and reward
  • 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.

MID: Please note that all our Short Term Insurance policies are submitted to the Motor Insurance Database (MID) at midnight every day. We recommend always having a copy of your Insurance Certificate with you during the period of cover.

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Temporary van insurance FAQs

+What does temporary van insurance cover?

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

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

With our van policies, it will depend on the usage you select. But, as standard, you will be covered for social, domestic and pleasure use. This includes trips to and from various places of work and for the carriage of your own goods in connection with your business.
Please be aware, there is no cover for any goods carried in or on the vehicle, so you’ll need to find a separate policy with another provider to cover those goods (Please check our insurer criteria before purchasing)

+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 van insurance policies and some that we cannot.
Types of work we can generally permit under our policies:
  • Tradesman/Tradeswoman
  • Office Worker
  • Dog Walker

Types of work we cannot permit under our policies:
  • Taxi use or commercial travelling of any kind
  • Hire & Reward
  • Use in connection with the Motor trade
  • Use to carry hazardous or dangerous goods

We have our own eligibility criteria you’ll need to check for full details.

+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 low as 1 hour and up to 28 days. You can start a new policy when your old one ends, but it’s not quite the same as an annual van insurance policy.

+How much does temporary van insurance cost?

The total cost of short term van insurance will vary depending on:
  1. Your age
  2. The vehicle you want to cover
  3. The length of the policy

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+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 check our other FAQs.

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