Whether you use your van for business purposes or family days out – no doubt you’re looking for an insurance policy you can rely on? Well, with our competitive prices and impressive features and benefits, we’re a great option for your van insurance!
As an insurance broker, it’s our job to take the time and hassle out of searching for your van insurance. With 16 insurance providers on our panel, we’ll search a varied market in a bid to find you our most competitive policy. All you have to do is decide whether or not that policy is right for you.
Prices start from as little as £177* and we offer a whole host of benefits like:
Why choose us for your van insurance?
- FREE breakdown membership
- FREE replacement vehicle
- FREE motor legal cover
- Additional policy discount
- 24 hour breakdown & claims service
- Uninsured driver promise
- UK based contact centre
- 9/10 customers love us**
You’ll also have access to our customer portal to view, amend and manage your policy – 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, at a time and place to suit you.
You may also want to consider these optional extras:
- Tools protection
- Protect your expenses
- Guaranteed hire vehicle
- Public and employer’s liability
- Upgraded breakdown membership
- Total loss top up gap insurance
Managing your van insurance
We’ve worked hard over the past 25 years to create an innovative yet simple approach to managing your insurance.
Guided by our mantra ‘insurance at your fingertips’, we’ve developed a customer portal that enables you to self-serve online – 24 hours a day, seven days per week. From updating your address to adding an additional driver – you can manage your van insurance policy (and however many policies you have with us) when it’s most convenient for you.
We insure more than 75,000 vans in the UK, and with a Reviews.co.uk rating of 4.5, you can be confident that your van is in safe hands.
If we already insure your van, then you can log in to your customer portal and manage your policy.
Benefits of our van insurance
FREE breakdown membership
As with all of our motor policies, you’ll receive a FREE breakdown membership when you take out your van insurance policy with us – with additional upgrades available too! Our FREE basic membership comes with a standalone value of £39, so you’ll certainly benefit from saving money and eliminating the hassle of having to manage multiple payments, companies and renewals.
FREE van legal cover
Another great benefit you’ll get with us is FREE legal cover. This means that you’ll be entitled to receive free legal advice if you’re involved in a non-fault accident. You’ll also receive access to a 24-hour legal helpline and be granted a free referral to a solicitor who can act on your behalf if needed.
FREE replacement vehicle
If you’re involved in an accident that isn’t your fault, then we will provide you with a replacement vehicle for the duration of your claim free of charge – provided your own vehicle is not driveable. This is just another great perk that is included as standard.
Uninsured driver promise
If you make a claim for an accident that isn’t your fault and the driver of the vehicle that hits you is not insured, you will not lose your no-claims discount and you’ll have your excess refunded.
We understand that for most people, insurance can be confusing. From our perspective each and every customer is different and what you find valuable may not be of interest to the next person. So, whether you spend your days up and down the A1, ferry the local football team to their away fixtures or spend your weekend towing your caravan, we can help you choose the right additional insurance for your personal circumstances.
Are you a builder, plumber, electrician or handy man? Have you ever considered what you would do if your tools became damaged or stolen?
If so, why not safeguard your portal hand and power driver tools with ‘tools protection cover’.
Essentially, this will provide you with financial protection in the event of your tools becoming damaged or stolen whilst being carried, loaded – or unloaded from your van.
Public liability cover
Are you a self-employed sole trader or perhaps you run your own Limited company? If so, you’ll know that accidents can happen at work. Unfortunately, some of them can be serious and can leave a big dent in your wallet if you’re not insured. This is where public liability insurance can come in handy, as it offers financial protection if you were to cause damage or injury to a third-party whilst at work.
You can purchase public liability either alongside your van insurance today, or you can purchase on its own if you prefer. Simply choose from one of the options below.
Employers’ liability cover
Employers’ liability insurance will protect you against legal and compensation costs if an employee becomes unwell or injured as a result of the work they do for you. Since the introduction of The Employers Liability (Compulsory Insurance) Act 1969, it is now a legal requirement for employers (with more than one employee) to have employers’ liability insurance.
You can purchase employers’ liability either alongside your van insurance today, or you can purchase it on its own if you prefer. Simply choose from one of the options below.
Upgrade your breakdown membership
Our customers love our breakdown membership. Not only is it available as a low-cost, standalone product, but it’s also provided alongside our van insurance for FREE. However, did you know that we have more advanced breakdown membership upgrades available? These could be particularly important if you rely heavily on your van for your business purposes.
Imagine you’re on your way home from a client’s premises located 200 miles away and your van breaks down late at night. Maybe you’d need overnight accommodation, towing to a nearby garage or even a wheel changed. Or, if you regularly use your van to commute to work and your van doesn’t start in the morning – no doubt you’d appreciate our home start service – all of which are covered when you upgrade from our FREE membership.
Worried your van might depreciate in value?
A bit like gap insurance, but better. If you van is under 10 years old and it has been stolen or written off, our total loss top up product will pay you an additional 25% as a lump sum on top of your van’s current market value. This is particularly beneficial if you think your vehicle will depreciate in value or your loan exceeds the vehicles current value.
What’s more, if your van is less than 12 months old, we’ll look into getting you a ‘like-for-like’ replacement – so that you can continue to drive the same model of your van.
Lifestyle excess insurance
We know that, for many, paying your excess can be an inconvenience. But for some, it can be a struggle to afford, as it often comes when we least expect it – that’s where lifestyle excess insurance comes in.
Lifestyle excess insurance is designed to give you peace of mind, knowing that your excess will be reimbursed if you need to make a claim on your insurance.
You can claim on lifestyle excess insurance for any motor, home, travel or pet insurance policy. You can claim more than once during the policy term, but only to the amount specified on your schedule. This product isn’t restricted to you One Call Insurance policies – you can use it to protected your insurance excess(es) with any provider
Here’s what our van customers are saying about us
We’re overwhelmed by the high levels of customer satisfaction expressed in our customer reviews.
We’ve been rated a 4.5 out of 5 by Reviews.co.uk and received over 140,000 positive reviews on this platform alone. Why not take a read of some of our favourites:
Our insurance providers
We’ve partnered up with a variety of trusted insurance providers who are renowned and experienced in providing quality van insurance.
We aim to make your search for van insurance as simple as possible. Which is why, based on the information you provide us, we’ll compare our market of insurance providers to find you our best prices.
We’ve actually partnered with some pretty familiar faces, why not take a look:
Types of van insurance
Commercial and private van insurance
There are many reasons why you might own a van, but that reason will determine the type of van insurance you’ll need to take out. Two of the most common types of van insurance are commercial and private – but what’s the difference?
Private van insurance.
You drive it, because you love it
Maybe you own a van because it helps to transport your hobby – like carrying your surfing equipment or moving your mountain bikes from A – B? It could even be that you’ve got a big family and you require a van for the school run or family outings.
Either way, if you simply drive your van for personal use then you’re most likely looking for private van insurance (personal van insurance). All of our van insurance policies come with FREE breakdown and FREE motor legal cover included as standard – so you can drive freely knowing you’re fully covered during your activities
When getting a quote – you need to select social, domestic and pleasure if you use your van for purely personal purposes. More detail below.
- Social, domestic, pleasure use only.
For your ‘day-to-day’
Whether you own a pick-up truck, a small delivery goods van, or you’re self-employed in construction, our aim is to give you peace of mind, knowing that you have the right level of cover to meet the demands and needs for you and your business. We understand that your van is a key part of your business, which is why we offer great deals on commercial van insurance (business van insurance). All of our policies have features like FREE breakdown membership and FREE motor legal cover included as standard. Plus, we even have an option to protect your tools as well.
When getting a quote – you need to select the best descriptor for how you use your van. Options include:
- Social, domestic, pleasure and commuting.
- Business use for carriage of own goods.
- Business use for carriage of goods for hire and reward.
- Business use for haulage.
What type of cover is right for me?
When getting a quote with us, we’ll ask you how you use your van. We’ll ask you to choose between one of the following options:
Social, domestic, and pleasure only
If you solely drive your van for personal use i.e. driving to and from a place of work or for business purposes, then you will need to opt for ‘social, domestic and pleasure use only’.
For example, if you use your van for holidays, shopping or transporting the family, please select this option.
Social, domestic, pleasure and commuting
If you drive your van for social, domestic and pleasure purposes, but you also use your van to commute to work, you will need to opt for ‘social, domestic, pleasure and commuting’.
For example, if you drive for pleasure purposes to a single place of work, such as an office or factory, please select this option.
Business use for carriage of goods
If you use your van for business or commercial purposes in which you carry your own personal goods and equipment, you will need to select this type of insurance.
For example, if you’re self-employed and carry your own equipment for work – such as a self-employed plumber carrying tools and spare parts, please select this option
Business use for carriage of goods for hire and reward
If you use your van for business purposes in which you carry another person’s goods, you will need to opt for ‘business use for carriage of goods for hire and reward’.
For example, if you’re a delivery driver transporting other people’s goods, such as Amazon or Hermes parcels, please select this option.
Business use for haulage
If you use your van for business purposes in which you carry another person’s goods for long lengths of time and distance, you will need to opt for ‘business us for haulage’.
For example, if you’re a heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver and transporting other people’s goods for long lengths of time, please select this option.
Get a quote from us today!
We’ll ask you for a few simple details before we scour the market to fine you our best possible price for your van insurance.
We always aim to come out on top! However, if our price isn’t the cheapest, we’ll redirect you to view a list of alternative quotes from a variety of insurance providers.
All you need to know about van insurance
We know you must have some questions about van insurance, which is why we’ve answered some of our most frequently asked questions for you to browse through - we hope they help!
Van insurance is a type of motor vehicle insurance that is specifically designed for van drivers. Vans are generally not covered by car insurance policies due to the nature of driving a van and the daily activities carried out
If you drive a van you must, by law, have the appropriate cover to protect you (and others) from the likes of fire, theft, damage and accident. It doesn’t matter if you use your van for business or pleasure purposes, you must have van insurance.
Like car insurance, van insurance policies are divided into third-party only, third-party fire and theft and comprehensive – the type of insurance you need depends on the required use of the van.
Here at One Call, our van insurance prices start from as little as £177* without sacrificing on cover. Combined with FREE breakdown membership which is included as standard, you know you’re likely to find a great deal.
Your search for a great deal on your van insurance doesn’t have to drive you around the bend. Here are our top tips to consider when searching for a great deal on your van insurance:
- Plan ahead and buy early – in most circumstances, you could save money if you purchase around 30 days ahead of your renewal.
- Make sure your details are accurate. Don’t guess as it can have a bearing on the price you pay.
- Increases your voluntary excess – some customers benefit from lower premiums if they apply a voluntary excess that’s affordable.
- Protect your no claims – for an additional cost you can protect your no claims in the event of a claim.
The type of van insurance you need will fully depend on the need and purposes of your vehicle and the level of protection you wish to have.
If you wish to protect yourself and your van at the risk of an at-fault accident, you could benefit from a comprehensive level of cover. On the other hand, if you wish to have the bare minimum level of cover required by law, you will need a third-party only level of cover.
At One Call, we only offer comprehensive insurance. However, the great thing about this is that you’ll benefit from the highest level of cover available.
Here at One Call Insurance, we only offer comprehensive cover which is often just as cheap as the alternatives. However, here’s an overview of the different levels of cover provided in the general insurance industry:
Comprehensive cover, otherwise known as ‘fully comp’, is the highest level of cover available. With this, you will be covered for everything listed under third party fire and theft – plus more.
A comprehensive van insurance policy will cover you for any damages made to your van (as a result of a non-fault claim), as well as medical expenses should you need treatment for an injury caused by a road traffic accident. Comprehensive cover will also offer windscreen cover protection too.
Third-party, fire and theft
With third-party, fire and theft, there would be no cover for you own van if you’re involved in an at-fault incident – this level of cover will only support the third part and their vehicle.
However, third-party, fire and theft will cover the cost of repairs or replacements needed by you if your vehicle is stolen or caught in a fire.
This is the minimum level of cover you’re required to have to be able to lawfully drive in the UK. It covers the cost of damages and injuries inflicted onto a third party as a result of an accident (the driver of the other vehicle); however, it will not cover the cost of damages or injuries suffered by you. If your van becomes damaged as a result of an at-fault accident, fire or theft, you will not be covered and you will have to cover your financial loss.
If you use your van for business purposes, for example if you manage a construction company or a painting and decorating business, you may be looking to purchase commercial van insurance. Or, if you simply use your van for social, domestic or pleasure purposes, you may be looking for private van insurance cover.
Here at One Call, you’ll receive the same level of cover – regardless of the cover type you’ve chosen. So whether you’re driving for work or leisure, you can sit back and relax knowing you’re fully covered by us no matter what.
If you’re involved in an accident that isn’t your fault, legal cover can help provide protection against financial costs incurred, such as legal fees and losses.
All of our van insurance policies include a basic legal cover as standard – meaning that you will receive free legal advice, access to a 24-hour legal helpline and referral to a solicitor who can act on your behalf in the event of a non-fault claim.
If you need to make a claim, you will be required to follow the usual claims procedure. This would involve swapping insurance details at the time of the accident and informing our Claims team as soon as possible.
Yes, you can – we’ve partnered up with Safely Insure, to provide flexible, temporary van insurance packed full of benefits like:
- Fully comprehensive cover
- Learner driver cover
- Flexible cover from 1 – 84 day
- Instant cover
- Your No Claims Discount will not be affected
- Option to add European cover
Here at One Call, our van insurance policies cover both commercial and personal use. So, it doesn’t matter whether you drive your van for business or pleasure, you can count on us to provide you with a great deal on your van insurance.
All we will ask you to do is confirm whether you use your van for business use for carriage of own goods, business use for carriage of goods for hire or reward, or business use for haulage. You will see this as an option when you proceed on your journey of purchasing van insurance.
Just like the above, our van insurance policies cover commercial and personal use. So, if the sole purpose of driving your van is for business reasons, that’s fine – but did you know that you’ll be entitled to drive your van for pleasure purposes too?
All we will ask you to do is confirm whether you use your van for social, domestic and pleasure purpose only. You will see this as an option when you get a quote
Yes, you can. You will no longer be required to carry a ‘green card’ should you wish to drive to Europe. However, it is worth noting that if you do wish to drive your vehicle to Europe, you will not be covered by breakdown under our free product. To be covered for breakdown whilst driving in the EU, please upgrade to our Platinum breakdown membership today.
One of the great benefits of our van insurance policies is that you’ll have the option to add tools protection cover. This will provide you with financial protection should your tools become lost, damaged or stolen whilst in your van.
This will depend on your insurer
Most of the insurers on our panel will accept no claims discount earned on a car, however this is not applicable to all. If you would like to check this, please speak with us via live chat before you purchase and we will gladly find that out for you.
Yes, we offer comprehensive van insurance for builders.
When getting a quote, you will need to select why you use your van. As a builder, you may wish to opt for business use for carriage of own goods.
You may also wish to consider adding tools protection cover to your policy, as this will provide you with financial protection in the event of your portable hand tools and portable power tools being damaged or stolen. Public liability insurance is also worth considering as it can come in handy, as it offers financial protection if you were to cause damage or injury to a third-party whilst at work.
You should go ahead with van insurance as normal. However, when getting a quote, you will need to select why you use your van. If you offer a man and van service, you may wish to consider business use for hire or reward, or business use for haulage.
You may also wish to consider adding public liability insurance to your policy, as this offers financial protection against third-party items which may become damaged whist in your care.
Yes, we offer comprehensive van insurance for plumbers.
When getting a quote, you will need to select why you use your van. As a plumber, you may wish to consider business use for carriage of own goods.
You may also wish to consider adding tools protection cover to your policy, as this will provide you with financial protection in the event of your portable hands on tools and portable power tools being damaged or stolen.
Public liability insurance is also worth considering as it can come in handy, as it offers financial protection if you were to cause damage or injury to a third-party whist at work.
Insurance providers can choose to be ‘rated’ according to a ‘financial strength score’ which is provided by international rating agencies like Standard and Poor’s 500 index (S&P), Moody’s, Fitch Ratings and AM Best. Essentially, where insurance providers specifically ask to be scored, their rating is awarded according to their financial strength and ability to pay claims. The higher the score, the likelier an insurance provider is to pay out a claim.
An un-rated insurer is one which does not carry a financial strength rating – this is often because they choose not to participate as the rating is expensive to purchase and is not required by law. A rated insurer is one which does carry a financial strength score.
There are a number of benefits of using unrated insurers, the most important being that they’re usually much cheaper and competitive than a rated insurer. Second to this, unrated insurers are more likely to cover personal circumstances that rated insurers will not, such as young drivers or drivers with convictions.
In terms of risk, as an unrated insurance provider has no official risk rating – there may be a chance that their financial strength is weaker than a rated insurer – which could impact their ability to pay claims now and in the future. Although both rated and unrated insurance providers are capable of collapsing, statistically, it is the unrated insurers that present a greater risk of doing so.
Whilst no one can guarantee the financial stability of any insurance provider, rated or unrated, here at One Call we like to offer both rated and unrated insurers on our panel of insurance providers, so that we’re able to cater towards a variety of customer needs and circumstances.
However, please be reassured that we carry out rigorous and regular due-diligence on unrated insurers to monitor their financial strength in every way we can – such as: monitoring complaints data, auditing financial accounts and reviewing solvency and financial condition reports. We also track credit scores and press coverage to give us a full picture of an insurance provider’s financial stability.
*20% of customers buying van insurance with us from 1st January to 31st December 2020 paid this price or less (excluding optional extras). The price you will pay depends on individual circumstances and cover chosen.
**90% of reviewers on Reviews.co.uk would recommend One Call Insurance.
ꝉ Prices shown are the standalone cost when purchased without a motor policy.