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Hourly Van Insurance

1 hour to 4 weeks

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Hourly Van Insurance

1 hour to 4 weeks

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Hourly van insurance for quick trips and odd jobs

A van is a wonderfully useful tool. Many people simply don’t need one all that often. Hourly van insurance lets you pick up something you’ve bought on marketplace, help a friend move house or simply transport something awkward from a to b without tying you into lengthy and expensive deals. GoShorty offers hourly van insurance to make this happen.

Protect the van owner’s No Claims Discount by taking an insurance policy of your own for 1 to 24 hours. Hourly van insurance gives you all the cover you’ll need to make sure you’re legally able to drive. We make it easy for you to get a 1-hour 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.

  • Fully comprehensive cover
  • 1 hour to 28 days flexible cover
  • Low Excess
  • Drivers aged 21 to 75
  • Maximum car value is £65,000
  • Protect the car owner’s No Claims Discount

What is 1-hour van insurance?

Hourly van insurance is exactly what it says on the tin. It’s temporary insurance cover for people who don’t need it for longer than a handful of hours. It’s fully comprehensive cover that lets you use someone else’s van for the time you need. Get insured for one job or one trip, without paying for loads of time you simply don’t need.

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

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When does hourly van insurance come in handy?

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

Sharing a long journey with another driver

Helping a friend or family member relocate for work or education

Letting someone else use your van to make sure they are correctly insured

Borrowing a van to replace a vehicle that is out of action

Moving office or commercial property

Picking up large items you’ve bought off marketplace or auction websites

When Business Insurance is a requirement

Can I get 1-hour 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 temporary insurance, so you’ll need to check you meet our criteria first. Anyone looking to get hourly van insurance will need a full UK driver’s licence, the explicit permission of the vehicle owner, and a few other things.

Check out our van insurance criteria below:

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.


  • 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
  • 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 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.


  • Private Car – driver aged 19 to 75
  • Commercial Vehicle – driver aged 21 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 driving ban in the last 60 months
  • No conviction for any criminal offence or any possible prosecution pending

Hourly van insurance FAQs

What does hourly van insurance cover?

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

  • Any temporary van insurance policy you obtain through GoShorty will be fully comprehensive. This means your cover 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.

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:

  1. Tradesman/Tradeswoman
  2. Office Worker
  3. Dog Walker
  4. Carrying goods on behalf of others (e.g. courier) if specified during your quote

Types of work we cannot permit under our policies:

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

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

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.

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