Is car insurance more expensive for the over-50s?
Your age plays an important part in how your car insurance is calculated.
On average, younger drivers pay some of the highest premiums, and then as you get older, car insurance costs decrease (at least compared to premiums paid by drivers of other ages).
However, this trend reverses once you reach your late sixties and seventies when premiums begin again to rise.
According to the most recent figures from the AA’s British Insurance Premium Index, drivers aged 70 and over pay approximately 39% more than drivers in their sixties.
This guide explains how over 50s car insurance works, what overs 50s car insurers include in their policies and which insurers offer the best over 50s car insurance.
What does over 50s car insurance cover?
When shopping around, you should consider as much of the market as possible. However, some insurers market their products specifically at older drivers - typically those over 50.
They won’t necessarily be your cheapest option, but generally speaking, they’ll have high maximum age limits, comprehensive cover levels and an emphasis on features that they think older drivers will value.
For instance, Saga and Age UK provide very generous levels of cover for driving overseas - a full year’s comprehensive cover for Saga and six months for Age UK.
Who offers the best over 50s car insurance?
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Age Co (Formerly Age UK)
Age Co is a charity that supports older people. Its car insurance policy is provided by Ageas insurance.
It was one of the highest scoring car insurance providers in our most recent analysis, and stands out for charging no administration fees. It also offers six months of comprehensive cover for driving overseas.
- See our full review of Age UK here
RIAS was launched in 1992 and its car insurance policy is provided by Ageas Insurance.
The policy offers £25m cover for liability, and provides a courtesy car, in the event of total loss, for up to 21 days. It sits comfortably in the top fifth of our table for cover, but with more middling scores for customer satisfaction.
- See our full review of RIAS here
Saga provides a range of products and services focusing on the needs of customers over 50.
Its car insurance policy is provided by a panel of insurers. It stands out for offering a year’s worth of cover overseas, and a generally high policy score.
- See our full review Saga here
The Post Office (over-50s policy)
The Post Office provides two policies - one for under 50s and the other for customers over 50.
Its Over 50s policy is a little more comprehensive, boasting more generous Driving Other Cars cover, and protection for your excesses if you’re involved in an incident with an uninsured driver.