Contract Hire Car Insurance

Keith Michaels' specialist insurance brokers have a wealth of experience when it comes to arranging policies for contract hire car insurance - business and private users included.
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Contract Hire Car Insurance from Keith Michaels

Contract Hire has now become the method of choice for many people to obtain cars, both for business use and increasingly for private ownership. The other main type of car lease is Personal Contract Purchase (PCP), and fortunately, Keith Michaels are able to provide a competitive quote for both business and private users.

  • Personal Contract Hire: this describes insurance for private and personal leasing, whereby the person responsible for the vehicle must be the named policyholder.
  • Business Contract Hire: this describes lease options for business users and the certificate must name either the company or a director’s name.

The main issue for many insurance companies is the ownership of the car. It may well be that the vehicle in question is a business vehicle for company use. This means it will require company car insurance. Fortunately, we have many schemes for this particular contract hire car insurance requirement.

Many people are now entering into personal contract hire agreements and, as such, also need contract hire car insurance. The main issue on a standard car insurance policy will be the ownership of the car, which is retained by the contract hire company. We recognise this and have specific insurance policies in place.

Types of Contract Hire Vehicles Covered

We will look at any term of contract you have agreed to. This could be anything from short term (less than 1 year) up to 5 years+. We can also provide insurance for other kinds of hire agreements; see more about our leased vehicle insurance. If you’re not sure what kind of insurance you need, please contact us to explain your individual situation.

or call us on 0208 329 1150

The Keith Michaels Difference

  • 30 years’ experience
  • Every customer is treated as an individual, not a policy number
  • We are a UK-based office, not a call centre
  • We are completely independent from any insurance company
  • All policies are looked at on their own merits to find you the best policy available

Why Choose Keith Michaels?

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Dedicated Policy Handlers

Patrick Connolly
0208 329 1166

Fraser McKay
0208 329 1154

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Specialist Schemes

We have specific insurance schemes designed exclusively for contract hire vehicle owners

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Additional Benefits

  • Policies in either Company or Individual names
  • Any driver over 21 policies are available
  • Previous driving discounts
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Additional Benefits

  • Priority claims management
  • Directors no claims bonus can be applied
  • Staff have over 30 years’
  • contract hire experience
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Get in Touch for your Contract Hire Insurance Quote Today

or call us on 0208 329 1150

Contract Hire Car Insurance FAQs

Will a lease contract ever include insurance?

Typically, insurance isn’t included with a lease vehicle hire and it will be your responsibility to ensure cover is arranged up until the lease agreement concludes.

When do I need contract hire car insurance?

By law, you should arrange a contract hire policy before you drive the vehicle anywhere, whether it’s from a dealership or a leasing office. You will need to arrange for cover, because as above, it’s uncommon for a lease contract to include insurance.

What types of vehicle can be covered?

All types of contract hire vehicles can be covered, from standard and executive cars to commercial vehicles and pickups, so speak to us today to arrange a policy for your chosen vehicle.

What kind of contract hire insurance do I need?

You typically need to arrange a comprehensive insurance policy, which will not only cover any damage you’re responsible for, but will include third-party damage to your vehicle as well.

Depending on the use of the vehicle, there are two types of contract hire agreements. Depending on the agreement you have determines whose name should be on the insurance policy:

  • Personal Contract Hire –Insurance arrangements for private and personal leasing are sometimes called PCH, or personal contract hire agreements. In this scenario, the person responsible for the vehicle must be the named policyholder, or at least a named driver on the certificate.
  • Business Contract Hire – Where a vehicle is leased for business users, the certificate must be named under the company’s title, or the company director’s name. Arranging business use or a business contract hire agreement is the best option for business users.

Are contract hire vehicles more expensive to insure than owned?

Sometimes a contract hire vehicle might be more expensive to insure than an owned vehicle, simply because the hire company requires a certain level of cover. Where hire companies might demand that the driver of the vehicle take out comprehensive insurance, if you are the owner this will be entirely up to you.

Can you arrange business fleet insurance?

Business owners or fleet managers who need to arrange insurance for a fleet of vehicles will likely benefit from a policy tailored to your requirements. Whether your fleet comprises just a few company vehicles or a collection of work vans, the team at Keith Michaels can help. Find out more about business fleet insurance.

How do I arrange insurance for a contract hire vehicle?

Contract hire car insurance works the same as any other insurance product – you will need to declare to an insurer that the cover policy is for a contract hire vehicle and clarify its purpose, whether personal or business.

In this step, you will likely be asked for the title of the ‘registered owner’, which is where you fill out the finance company details. If it’s for private hire, you should be prepared to list any other drivers who might access the vehicle when it’s in your possession and care.

Can multiple drivers be on the same contract hire policy?

When you’re arranging your policy with an insurer, you’ll be asked to name other drivers. There are certain conditions to meet, such as owning a fully valid UK licence.

The leaseholder, or primary applicant, should be named as the lead policyholder, and they will be responsible for the vehicle’s care.

Can I transfer insurance from a previous leased car?

Although possible, you should contact your insurer directly to clarify if cover policies can be transferred between lease vehicles.

What happens if an accident occurs?

In the event of an accident, whether that be minor or major damage, or the car being written off, you should always promptly inform both the lease provider and your insurer. Some contracts may contain agreed periods, whereby communication in the event of an accident should occur within a specified period of time.