Car insurance groups are referred to by their number. With fifty of them in total, there’s enough variety to raise questions and confuse anyone who doesn’t ‘speak cars’; if you’re au fait with the ins and outs of the automobile industry and know your ABS from your MOT, you probably already have a pretty good idea of roughly where on the scale a given vehicle will fall just through comparing them one against another.
The fact of the matter, though, is that most of us aren’t all that sure. So here we’ll look at the basics and make sure everyone has some idea what they’re getting into.
The various groups are rated sequentially from one to fifty, with fifty having the highest premiums and one the lowest. Last month, we looked at the cheapest cars to insure this year, and knowing what you now know you’ll probably guess that these are all in group one – and you’ll be right.
At the other end, stunning vehicles like the BMW 7 Series and the Jaguar XK R can be found in group 50 – so be prepared for their roadworthiness to cost you a lot if you invest in one.
Between the Dacia Sandero and the Lotus Evora S, in terms of insurance expense, lies almost every other roadworthy and road legal car on the market.
The question of which of the fifty groups a given car is placed into is influenced by a number of factors and is something of a complicated decision. With new models of care needing to be assigned an insurance group as they come on the market, it can’t always be about the established road record of the vehicle, though obviously that plays a part.
Customer demographic, and how risky the average driver of a given car, is one factor; safety reports and resilience is another. How likely it is to be driven fast – this is a major factor for much of Group 50 – or in off-road circumstances beyond its capabilities, as 4x4s are sometimes pushed to do – can also be factors; a really capable vehicle is often pushed harder than one which isn’t expected to do as much.
Of course, this overlooks one of the best ways to drop a group or two down and save money on your car’s insurance requirements; look for the version of the car you want used by professionals; taxis, delivery drivers, and the like.
With that demographic in place, the insurance risk on the average driver of a car like that is always going to be perceived as lower – and that makes everything easier.