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Age and motor insurance

Why motor insurers use age when pricing cover. 

There are a large number of different rating factors used in setting the price for motor insurance. These include factors associated with the vehicle, where it is kept and the people who drive it. For the latter, age can materially influence both the likelihood of policyholders making a claim and the cost of such claims when they occur.

Impact of age on motor insurance claims and premiums
Chart One shows the percentage of customers claiming per policy, the average cost of a claim and the average premium for different age groups for private motor insurance in 2018 for people aged 18-20, 21-25 and so on in five year bands until age 90. All policies for people aged 91 and over have been grouped together.

Chart One - Average claim, average premium and claims frequency motor insurance by age, 2018

For all age bands, there is a clear relationship between premiums paid and the cost and frequency of claims. This pushes premiums up for younger and older drivers. For drivers between the ages of 31 and 70, who experience claims frequencies as low as 7%, and claims as low as £2,360, premiums fall significantly. 

Of this group, drivers aged between 66 and 70 are the best off, paying just £272 for their car insurance, which is only around a quarter of the average price paid by 18-20 year olds. These drivers have some of the least costly claims among all age bands, with only the 61 – 65 age bracket having less costly claims, while maintaining a fairly low claims frequency. 

If you are finding it difficult to find suitable cover, a specialist insurance broker will usually be able to help. The British Insurance Brokers’ Association (BIBA) can put you in touch with a specialist broker.