Why would you want to insure someone else's car in the first place?
There are a number of reasons why UK motorists might need to insure cars that doesn't belong to them. One common scenario is when a friend or family member lets them use their car for an extended period. Another reason is when a motorist is using a company car for non-work purposes, perhaps for a long holiday; In that case, the company's insurance company may not cover it, so the driver may need his/her own insurance policy.
According to a survey conducted by the Association of British Insurers, approximately 1 in 8 drivers have driven someone else's car without checking if they were insured to drive it. This can result in penalties, fines, and even legal trouble if an accident occurs and you are not properly covered. That legal trouble would not just be confined to you; the person who lent you the car would probably be in trouble too. A charge of allowing a vehicle to be driven without insurance would probably be the result, with penalties similar to those faced by the driver; and it would be very difficult to defend a case like that, because the onus is on the registered keeper to make sure than anyone who drove it was properly insured.
So how do you get that insurance?
In the UK, it is, theoretically, possible to insure a car that is not registered to you, but it's essential to understand the legal requirements and potential complications involved. You won't get offered cover from every insurer either; the vast majority will only provide policies to those who are listed as owners on the registration documents.
It may be a waste of time trying to get quotes on a price comparison site since most of them will, again, only deal with the actual owner; this is because the person who owns the car, or the registered keeper, is legally responsible for insuring the vehicle, and making sure than anyone else who drives it is properly insured too. If you really want to insure that car yourself on a yearly basis, you could try doing that through a broker, but the there is no guarantee whatsoever that you would be successful; or if it was, that the premium would be acceptable.
Would short term car insurance be the answer?
If you plan to drive someone else's car and you are not listed on their insurance policy, you may be able to arrange temporary or short-term car insurance to ensure you are legally covered while driving the car.
Temporary insurance policies can be purchased for a period of one day up to a few weeks or months, depending on your needs. These policies provide the necessary cover while driving the car, but they can be more expensive (at least on a per-day basis) than regular annual policies.
You could visit this page for more short term car insurance information.
Could you become a 'named driver'?
It's worth noting that if you plan to drive someone else's car frequently, it may be more cost-effective to get yourself added as a named driver on their insurance policy. This will ensure that you are properly covered while driving the car and can be a more affordable solution in the long run. The premium may not increase at all if you was added onto it in this way; in fact, if you was considered a safe risk, it could even be reduced; insurers like to see other, responsible drivers taking an interest in a car.
However, it's important to understand that some insurance policies may have restrictions or exclusions when it comes adding extra drivers onto a policy. For example, some policies may have age restrictions or limitations on the number of days you can drive the car.
The bottom line:
In conclusion, it's important to ensure that you have the necessary insurance coverage before driving a car that is not registered to you. Failure to do so can result in severe consequences. Whether you opt for temporary insurance or adding yourself as a named driver to the owner's policy, it's important to carefully consider your options and choose the best solution for your needs.
So if the question is "can I insure a car that is not registed to me" the answer is "perhaps;" but you could be opening a whole can of worms, and there may be better options.