Old Banger Car Insurance, Is It Really Necessary
For many younger drivers their first car will typically not be a top-end sports car, in most cases it wont even be a new car, it will be second hand. This isnt a major problem since most new cars are ditched by their initial owners within a few years when the car is still in perfect working condition, simply because they are looking for the latest and greatest.
So theres a chance that young drivers will end up with a much older car as their first which should be cheap to insure and get them from A to B. With insurance rates being so high at the moment for young drivers they may be tempted to simply not get insured as it would cost more than the car is worth anyway. This is a huge mistake and they are taking an even bigger risk.
Car insurance is mandatory in this country (and the minimum cover for the entire European Union is third party cover at least) and being caught without valid insurance is a criminal offence and would incur a large fine and possibly points on your license or a driving ban. Many young drivers who are arrested for other traffic offences will also turn out to be uninsured too which would do them no favours when the boys in blue catch up with them.
So what can you do to keep the cost of this old banger down? Well there is a type of car insurance that may prove to be more apt for your vehicle: Third party, fire and theft. This policy would cover most of the incidents that may occur being theft and collisions that arent your fault but not cover damage your car receives if you were to be at fault for the collision. If you were to be at fault for a collision then it would cover the other vehicles damage but not your own, which may very well be a blessing in disguise as your car may be cheap enough that the repair costs would end up totalling more than the vehicle itself.
So third party, fire and theft car insurance can help drag your policy price down to an extent and would save you money in the long run as your insurance policy will not be covering damage you cause to the vehicle and save you some money on insurance premiums in the future.
Many young drivers are choosing this level of insurance as opposed to fully comprehensive for their first vehicle as it helps to keep the running costs of their first vehicle down and so they can start saving money for an upgrade when they earn a bit more and then can possibly cover a newer, more powerful car which they then would warrant needing fully comprehensive cover.