Maintaining the option to drive after your 80th birthday can make an enormous difference to your independence and quality of life. Everyone needs to get out and about to carry out everyday tasks, and having a car to get you to the shops or to a friend’s house can make those tasks much more simple as we get older.
While the DVLA will ask drivers over 70 to start renewing their licence every 3 years to keep a close eye on any health and safety concerns, there’s no reason why competent drivers can’t continue to use the roads for years after their 80th birthday. In fact, the number of people aged 80 or above on the roads is rising, with over 1.3 million drivers reported to be in this age category in July 2018.
Despite this, some insurance companies have made the decision not to offer policies to drivers after a certain age, or to increase their premiums by high amounts. And so it’s more important than ever to shop around and find an insurer that understands the needs of older drivers. Age Co Car has specifically created car insurance for older people in mind to offer competitive policies for mature drivers.
There are no upper age limits at Age Co Car Insurance, and so we will never decline to cover you based on your age alone. However, your circumstances will influence whether we can offer you cover in later life. Elderly customers with poor claims or convictions history, or who wish to insure a high-rated vehicle, may be unable to purchase car insurance. You will also need to be deemed medically fit and safe to drive by the DVLA before we can provide you with insurance services to suit your needs.
While drivers with more years of experience are often favoured by insurance providers, many drivers notice that their insurance increases when they reach 70. Shopping around for an insurance provider that takes the needs of elderly drivers into consideration is more important than ever at 80, and it may be worth choosing an insurance provider with no upper age limits, that specifically caters to older drivers, to avoid higher prices.
No matter your age, you must report any of the medical conditions outlined by the DVLA both to the DVLA and to your car insurance provider. Some conditions might push the cost of your insurance up, but failing to notify your insurer could result in your policy becoming invalid, a £1000 fine, and even prosecution if you’re involved in an accident.
As well as your health, you must monitor your eyesight to ensure that it meets the legal requirements for driving. Free eye tests are available on the NHS for those aged 60 or older so there’s no excuse for getting caught out with the wrong prescription glasses. Not only could this invalidate your car insurance, but it’s extremely dangerous for you and other road users.
Age Co Car Insurance does not punish older drivers with higher prices or limited policies, but instead, strives to create the best policies and services to suit their needs. We appreciate that the ability to pay monthly and access to a 24-hour accident helpline can make a big difference as people get older, and so these are just some of the benefits that come as standard. Age Co's Car Insurance for elderly people also offers a courtesy car, and the ‘Message Relay Service’ provides the option for a friend or family member to be contacted if a policyholder is involved in an accident.
Age Co Car Insurance has been awarded the highest possible Star Rating from Defaqto based on customer ratings of quality and comprehensiveness and has been recognised as a Feefo Platinum Trusted Merchant for providing exceptional services to our customers. Initially created to address the challenges that older drivers were reporting to us, our services always put the customer first.
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†The UK based service team has been awarded the Feefo Platinum Trusted Service Award 2021.
***If you have at least 4 years of proven no claims and have made no more than 1 fault claim in the past 3 years.
^In the event of an accident or when recovered damaged following a theft, and if repairs are carried out by an approved repairer. A courtesy car will also be provided for up to 14 days if your vehicle is stolen or written off.
**If you call the 0800 number, you may be dealing with Ageas Retail Limited.
Age Co Car, Breakdown and Home Insurance are arranged and administered by Ageas Retail Limited. Age Co Insurance Services is the trading name of Age UK Enterprises Limited, a trading subsidiary company of Age UK (registered charity no. 1128267). Age UK Enterprises Limited donates its net profit to Age UK. Both Age UK Enterprises Limited (Financial Services Register no. 311438) and Ageas Retail Limited (Financial Services Register no. 312468) are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Age UK Enterprises Limited registered office: Tavis House, 1-6 Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9NA (registered in England and Wales, number 3156159). Ageas Retail Limited registered office: Ageas House, Hampshire Corporate Park, Templars Way, Eastleigh, Hampshire, SO53 3YA (registered in England and Wales, number 1324965).
Age UK Enterprises are always committed to providing good customer service. If you buy a product from Age UK Enterprises, you may be contacted by our partners Feefo on our behalf to find out about your buying experience.
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Age Co are unable to offer insurance to residents of the Channel Islands.