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With mortgage, rent, energy and food costs soaring, it's easy to cut or forgo something like pet insurance. But this can lead to difficult choices for many when treatment is needed. And as there's no NHS for pets, the last thing you want is a vets' bills for illness or injury treatment, which can cost £100s or £1,000s. This guide explains how pet insurance works, what it covers, what to watch out for and how to find a cheap policy.

1-min read on finding cheap pet insurance

Here's a quick lowdown if you know what you're doing and just want to find a cheap policy – alternatively, if you need a bit more help, you can read our full guide below:  

1. Check comparison sites to benchmark the cheapest price for your cat or dog. Comparison sites don't all cover the same insurers, so try as many as you've time for. Try MoneySupermarket* , Compare The Market* (doesn't give multi-pet quotes),  Gocompare and then Confused.com*

2. Then get quotes from direct insurers and find MSE exclusive deals. Try Direct Line* and Petplan*, as you won't find them on comparison sites. You also won't see some special cat/dog insurance deals – see hot deals comparisons miss.

Insuring a different pet? There are no easy comparison sites for other pets, but you can insure your rabbit, budgie, guinea pig, horse, parrot, reptile or exotic pet.

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What is pet insurance?

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Pet insurance is mainly about having cover to pay the veterinary fees in case your furry – or non-furry – friend needs medical treatment for a broken bone or an illness.

On top of this, a pet insurance policy will usually include liability cover (in case your pet causes an accident and you are held responsible) and loss or theft cover – but this does depend on the type of policy, and level of cover.

In short, pet cover can be broken down into three different types depending on the level of cover you want. They have hideously complex names which vary by insurer, but there are generally three main levels of cover:

  • Basic policies. These usually have a time limit of 12 months of treatment, and a maximum payout, for each different condition. Once you reach either limit, you'll no longer be able to claim for the same condition in future.

  • Mid-level policies. These policies cover treatment up to a maximum amount per condition (usually about £3,000) during the term of the policy, with no time limit on how long your pet can have treatment for.

  • Comprehensive policies. These have the highest payout limit. It is usually called lifetime cover and though payout limits apply per year, per condition, these are usually reinstated each year at renewal, so these policies will be best value if your pet develops a recurring or chronic condition.

Nine pet insurance need-to-knows

The UK pet population has comfortably exceeded 20 million, and it's estimated that half of households now have pets. Yet far too many owners risk hefty bills by not having insurance.

But even if you've got plenty of cash stashed away for emergencies, insurance can often work out cheaper (in the event you need to claim), so before you buy, here are nine things you should know...

  • Vet fees are often expensive, and can quickly add up – an X-ray can cost  over £200 and chemotherapy can hit £5,000. If you're lucky, you won't have faced fees for out-of-the-ordinary treatments, so here are some examples of what you could be looking at:

    My cat has had £10,000 worth of treatment in the past two years, all paid for by insurance. He would be dead now if I hadn't had insurance. Debbie, via Facebook

    When our cat fell ill last summer the bill shot up to £3,000 in less than 48 hours. Every penny (aside from the excess) was reimbursed by our insurer. Ruth, via Facebook

    The question is – could you afford to pay for vet fees at the drop of a hat by not having insurance? If not, it's something you should strongly consider.

  • Self-insurance is where, instead of paying premiums, you regularly put money away yourself, so if your moggie or doggie gets poorly, there's money to pay for it.

    To earn some interest, put money in an easy-access or a regular savings account each month to pay for any potential pet emergency. Of course, if there are no problems, you get to keep the cash. However, there are two big dangers to consider:

    • The problem strikes before you've built up cash: Self-insurance relies on having enough cash to hand when the vet needs paying. The risk here is if your pet needs expensive treatment before you've saved enough, it could mean you get into debt or face the sad choice of putting your companion down. Another option is to go for a policy with a high excess and ensure you save enough money to cover it should you have to make a claim.

    • You get sued: Dogs aren't covered for public liability without insurance, so if Rex causes a car accident, and the drivers sue, you'll be liable for the cost. This may be covered on your home insurance but quadruple-check this before taking the risk. Cats are considered 'free spirits' by law and so, as an owner, you're not legally responsible for their actions.

    You could consider liability-only cover for dogs

      A halfway house for dog owners is to become a member of the Dogs Trust. The charity offers third-party only cover among its perks for a £25/year membership fee (it's £750 for life membership), or £12.50/year if you're over 60. Anybody over the age of 18 can become a member.

      This covers you up to £1 million for any damage or injury caused to other people, their property or pets by ALL the dogs you own (though if you own a breed deemed to be a 'dangerous dog', it's very likely to be excluded).

      Bear in mind £1 million is a low amount compared with most cover levels for personal liability – if people sue for loss of earnings, the amounts can snowball fast.

  • As a rule of thumb, and it does depend on your individual policy, pet insurance covers the big, non-routine costs, including:

    • Broken bones/injuries from accidents
    • Many illnesses, from cancer to asthma, skin infections to bone diseases and arthritis
    • Third-party liability cover
    • The cost of advertising and a reward if you fall victim to dog/cat-napping

    What does pet insurance usually exclude?

    Your pet likely won't be covered for the following:

    • Routine injections such as flu, tetanus, parvovirus, annual boosters 
    • Routine check-ups
    • Worming treatments
    • Anti-flea medications
    • Whelping costs

    Typically, you also won't be covered for pre-existing conditions if switching to a new policy, though ongoing problems should continue to be covered by your current insurer.

    There are exceptions to what each pet insurer will pay out for, so it's important to check the small print when taking out a policy.

  • Pet insurance, or self-insuring by putting money aside in a savings account, could prove expensive if you're short on cash. However, charities such as the PDSA, Blue Cross and the RSPCA may be able to help.

    These charities offer free or subsidised vet care for pets whose owners are on certain means-tested benefits, among other criteria. As charities, though, they rely on donations to continue their work and some, such as Blue Cross, actively ask for a contribution towards costs.

    To see if you could benefit from charity help, check eligibility criteria from the PDSABlue Cross and the RSPCA. For more on this, see our Vet care 'fur' free blog.

  • Dog breeds deemed to be more aggressive than others often can't be insured, such as pit bulls, Japanese tosas and Brazilian mastiffs. If your dog was crossed with any of these, it won't qualify.

    It's also difficult to get standard pet insurance for pets used for commercial purposes such as racing, hunting or farming.

    If you've a posh pooch, certain pedigree breeds are more likely to develop hereditary conditions. For example, some suffer from weak joints or hips due to generations of being inbred, and can require regular support and treatment.

    Some policies specifically exclude treatment for hereditary conditions, so check to see whether this is the case. Many insurers also exclude conditions animals are born with.

    As a rule, pedigree owners pay more as insurers factor in their tendency to run a higher risk of long-term conditions, plus their heightened appeal to pet burglars. Never lie about your pet's origins to save money on monthly premiums; declaring a dog a mongrel when it's anything but can void your policy and see any potential claims being rejected.

  • When you take out a new policy, most insurers won't cover your pet for pre-existing conditions, both chronic problems that they need regular treatment for, and historic injuries/illnesses.

    So if you're still claiming for a particular treatment on your current insurance policy, and haven't yet hit the maximum amount or 'length of time' payout, or you have a top-end 'lifetime' policy which does not have these exclusions, you may be better off staying put.

    However, you can still switch to a new insurer as long as you're prepared to accept your pet won't be covered for the ailment it's already been treated for.

    For example, say your dog suffers cataracts in both eyes and is cured, with the treatment covered by your existing insurer. The cost of the cataract treatment may well have reached a specified limit but this won't stop you from switching away to a cheaper policy with the same T&Cs as your existing insurer – just be aware that your new insurer will now treat the cataracts as a pre-existing condition, and will exclude it.

    You may also decide the cost of the existing policy is now so high, you are prepared to take the risk of switching to a cheaper policy and hoping the old injury or illness does not reoccur.

    And remember, it’s important to declare all pre-existing conditions – even if your new insurer is likely to exclude them – to avoid the chance of invalidating your policy.

  • The older your pet, the pricier it becomes, and some policies start to impose an upper age limit as well as additional contribution costs (known as 'co-payment' in the insurance world) should you make a claim.

    Here are three main things to look out, and be aware of:

    • Ageing pets cost more to insure. The age, combined with the breed, of your pet affects the price you need to pay. This information helps the insurer calculate the likelihood of your pet becoming ill, or picking up an injury. And as that increases with age so does the cost of insuring your pet.

    • It's harder to get cheaper cover for an old pet as there is less choice of policies. Once your pet hits a certain age –  which varies from insurer to insurer, and depends on your pet – you might have trouble switching policies. For example, many insurers will say a cat or dog needs to be nine years old or younger when your policy starts with them, meaning you're then stuck with your current insurer.

    • A claim's payout may not be as comprehensive as you thought. This is not something that is always made easy to read in a policy. Not only are you expected to pay more for the insurance once your pet gets older, many policies also state you must pay 20% of any treatment cost – on top of the excess – once your dog or cat reaches a certain age.

      For example, if you have a £500 vet's bill, you may be asked to pay 20% of the bill (£100) because of the age of your pet, on top of the policy excess (eg, £100) – meaning your contribution has doubled from £100 to £200, and almost half of the bill.

      If you have one of these clauses in your policy, your share of the 'co-payment' can turn very costly, very quickly.

      It is therefore important you scrutinise the small print of the policy as the co-payment condition is usually found in the main body of the policy document instead of next to the excess that appears on your schedule.
  • Changing the excess you pay – the amount you immediately contribute towards any claim – can typically cut the cost. Pay a higher excess, and your willingness to foot a greater part of the bill means the insurer will reward you with a lower premium.

    To decide on your excess, consider how much it would have to cost you before you were happy to claim on the policy. If you wouldn't bother claiming for less than £200, for example, choosing a £50 excess is pointless.

  • Many insurers often offer a 5-10% discount if you insure two or more cats or dogs at the same time (on a so-called multi-pet policy). However, don't let it stop you looking for a better, cheaper policy elsewhere. After all, 10% off is no good if you can get two individual policies elsewhere for 12% less.

    Three comparison sites, MoneySupermarket*, Gocompare and Confused.com*, will let you get quotes for multiple pets. They also allow you to combine cats and dogs on to one policy, and include any multi-pet discounts. You won't be guaranteed the cheapest premium doing this, but it'll help make life easier to compare against individual policies.

    You can also go direct to the following insurers which give multi-pet discounts – Argos*Direct Line*More Than and Petplan*. Then use our full comparison system outlined below for each pet to compare the overall cost.

How to get cheap pet insurance

The route to finding the cheapest policy varies according to the type of pet you have, so we've split this section into four categories. 

Cats and dogs

Cats and dogs are the most common pets, and the simplest to insure as policies can easily be compared on mainstream sites.

Step 1: Get quotes from multiple comparison sites

The trick is to use more than one comparison to find your cheapest, as they search different insurers and sometimes have different prices for them.

We've ranked the comparison sites based on the number of insurers they compare, though it's best to use as many as you've time for.

Try comparison sites in this order

Site Official perk info & MSE's analysis
Try as many as you can, in this order...


MoneySupermarket*
It returned the highest number of providers for us in our researchand can give quotes for up to seven pets on combined policies.


Compare The Market*


It doesn't offer multi-pet policies, though if you buy through it, you qualify for its special offer: a year's 2for1 on cinema tickets and meals on selected days of the week.

However don't be swayed by this to buy a more expensive policy as there's a trick to get Meerkat Movies and Meals for £1.

Gocompare

Can give quotes for up to six pets on one policy.

Confused.com*

Can give quotes for up to seven pets on a policy.

Then, to boost chances of finding a cheap quote further, try...
Quotezone* – it's another comparison site, and you will also get access to Rewards+ within 60 days after buying a policy, and it includes discounted tickets at selected Cineworld and Odeon Cinemas.
Petplan* – a big name pet insurer you won't find on a comparison sites. 
Direct Line* – another insurer you won't find on any comparisons.

Step 2: Check hot deals not on comparison sites

Next, see if these special deals can beat your cheapest quote.

Top deals comparisons miss

Insurer Key offer information

Waggel pet insurance landing page

Waggel*

Amazon voucher up to £195. Every new policy you buy via our Waggel* link by 11.59pm on Friday 30 September will qualify (it must be a new quote, not a saved one) with the relevant voucher emailed around 90 days after the policy start date:

- Cats: £25 for a single cat policy, £50 for a two-cat and £75 for a three-cat.    

- Dogs: £65 for a single dog policy, £130 for a two-dog and £195 for a three-dog.    

- Cat and dog (multi-pet): £90 for one dog and one cat, £115 for at least one dog and two cats and £155 for at least two dogs and one cat.

Napo*

£60 Amazon voucher via exclusive link and code. Buy a new policy by 11.59pm on Monday 31 October, and use the code MSENAPO22 via this Napo* link, you'll be emailed a £60 Amazon voucher (from Napo) within 75 days of the policy start date.



ManyPets*
Get a £50 Amazon voucher. Take out a new cat or dog policy via our ManyPets* link by 11.59pm on Friday 30 September and you'll be emailed a £50 Amazon voucher, sent within a month of the policy start date. 


Leisure Guard*
20% discount in your first year. Leisure Guard* is a provider not on comparison sites. It offers 20% off its pet insurance for cats and dogs as an introductory discount for the first 12 months.

If you've used Waggel, Napo, ManyPets or Leisure Guard, and have feedback to share, please do let us know by clicking on the company name.

Step 3: See if you can get cashback on top of the cheapest quote

These sites sometimes offer a cash incentive to buy a policy via them, which can beat the sites above. However always check your quote, as you may not get exactly the same prices as you would from comparison sites, and be mindful that cashback isn't 100% guaranteed as sometimes it doesn't track or isn't paid out. These are the two routes to try...

  • Route 1: Use cashback site comparisons: There's a version of Quotezone's comparison on cashback sites Quidco* and TopCashback*, where you'll get up to £20 and £19.50 respectively if you buy a cat or dog policy through them. 

  • Route 2: Find your cheapest insurer then go via cashback site. Once you know your cheapest insurer, try checking what cashback you'll get via going to it direct via Quidco*  and TopCashback*. Always choose the right insurer first, then look for cashback. Don't look for the biggest cashback then choose the insurer.

Our Top Cashback Sites guide has full information on how these sites work. 

Step 4. Always check the policy carefully before buying

After you've found the cheapest quote that suits your requirements, it's crucial you double-check the quotes directly on the insurer's own website. To speed up searches some comparison sites can make assumptions, which may not fit your profile.

If you buy the wrong policy that doesn't provide the cover you thought it did, you could be faced with the awful decision of losing a pet or getting into expensive debt if you can't afford it.

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Small pets, such as rabbits and guinea pigs

There are no comparison sites for all these pets, so it's a question of elbow grease and getting the quotes yourself. 

Yet before you start – while it's not a pleasant thought – given the type and cost of animals in this category, it's worth considering in the cold light of day what your attitude would be if it became ill, no insurance was in place and you had to make a decision about putting the animal down. An alternative here is self-insurance.

Step 1: Get quotes direct from specialist insurers

We've listed a few sites to check, try as many as you can if you're looking to insure a rabbit. 

Insurers to try for small pets

Insurer More information
Exotic Direct*
For a wide range of pets. Despite its name, it gives quotes for a wide range of not-so-exotic pets, including rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas, gerbils, ferrets, birds and more.
Petplan*
For rabbits. A big name pet insurer, plus buy online for a 10% discount.
Sainsbury's Bank For rabbits. Also, Nectar card members will get double points on Sainsbury's shopping and fuel for the lifetime of the policy. 

Please tell us about your experiences with the insurers above, or if you've found other insurers to be helpful.

Step 2: See if you can get cashback on top of the cheapest quote

Once you know your cheapest insurer, try checking if it offers any cashback if you bought the policy via Quidco* or TopCashback*. Always choose the right insurer first, then look for cashback. Don't look for the biggest cashback then choose the insurer.

These sites sometimes offer a cash incentive to buy a policy via them, which can beat going direct to the sites above. However always check your quote, as you may not get exactly the same prices, and be mindful that cashback isn't 100% guaranteed as sometimes it doesn't track or isn't paid out. Our Top Cashback Sites guide has full information on how these sites work. 

Step 3. Always check the policy carefully before buying

After you've found the cheapest quote that suits your requirements, it's crucial you double-check the quotes directly on the insurer's own website. To speed up searches some comparison sites can make assumptions, which may not fit your profile.

If you buy the wrong policy that doesn't provide the cover you thought it did, you could be faced with the awful decision of losing a pet or getting into expensive debt if you can't afford it.

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Horses

Sadly there are no comparison sites for equine insurance, but we've a few steps to find cheap quotes.

Step 1: Get quotes direct from specialist insurers

We've listed the top insurers and brokers below, so try as many as you've time for. 

Insurers and brokers to try for horses

Insurer/broker More information
SEIB It provides cover for the horse and public liability, plus options to cover trailers, horseboxes, riding harnesses etc.
Petplan Equine*
A branch of big name pet insurer Petplan. It offers different policies for younger or 'veteran' horses and ponies.
NFU Mutual Many MoneySavers have reported good experiences – it covers horses (including veterans) and is worth a check.
Animal Friends* Offers tailored cover with a comparison table of its products.
The British Horse Society By becoming a 'gold member' you will automatically be covered for up to £30 million of public liability cover and various levels of personal accident cover.
The following insurers have also been suggested by users. Whilst we've not thoroughly checked them out, they are Financial Conduct Authority regulated. If you try them, let us know how you get on.
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Please tell us about your experiences with the insurers above, or if you've found other insurers to be helpful.

Step 2: See if you can get cashback on top of the cheapest quote

Once you know your cheapest insurer, try checking if it offers any cashback if you bought the policy via Quidco* or TopCashback*. Always choose the right insurer first, then look for cashback. Don't look for the biggest cashback then choose the insurer.

These sites sometimes offer a cash incentive to buy a policy via them, which can beat going direct to the sites above. However always check your quote, as you may not get exactly the same prices, and be mindful that cashback isn't 100% guaranteed as sometimes it doesn't track or isn't paid out. Our Top Cashback Sites guide has full information on how these sites work. 

Step 3. Always check the policy carefully before buying

After you've found the cheapest quote that suits your requirements, it's crucial you double-check the quotes directly on the insurer's own website. To speed up searches some comparison sites can make assumptions, which may not fit your profile.

If you buy the wrong policy that doesn't provide the cover you thought it did, you could be faced with the awful decision of losing a pet or getting into expensive debt if you can't afford it.

Exotic pets, such as parrots, snakes and pigs

From skunks to sugar gliders and possums to pot-bellied pigs, you'll need to try a specialist operator – in particular, to protect against burglars targeting rare or valuable creatures.

If you've a python worth £600, for example, pay extra special attention to what gets paid out on death or theft. If you have a tarantula, and like to show it off, perhaps consider third-party insurance in case it takes a chomp out of one of your guests. Or then again, ensure the tank is very secure (Martin's sister wishes she'd taken this advice!).

Get quotes direct from a specialist insurer

The insurer below is the only one we've seen offering to insure the more weird and wonderful varieties.

Insurer to try for exotic pets

Insurer More information
Exotic Direct*
Offers cover for a huge array of out-of-the-ordinary critters, including parrots, cockatoos, snakes, lizards, terrapins, vultures, pot-bellied pigs and loads more.

Please tell us about your experiences with this insurer and let us know about other insurers you've used.

How to complain about your insurance provider

The insurance industry doesn't have the best customer-service reputation and while a provider may be good for some, it can be hell for others.

Common problems include claims either not being paid out on time or at all, unfair charges, or exclusions being hidden in small print. It's always worth trying to call your provider first, but, if not, then…

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Pet insurance FAQs

  • Should I get my pet chipped?

    It's compulsory to have any dog over the age of eight weeks microchipped in the UK. Failure to comply can land you with a £500 fine and more trouble with the law.

    Microchipping helps owners get reunited with lost pets. A scannable chip is inserted under its skin, then registered. It means the pet can be returned to its owner if it gets lost and is then found.

    This usually costs £10-£20 per pet, but you may be able to get your mutt microchipped for free at Dogs Trust rehoming centres, via a Blue Cross centre or even by some councils.

  • What happens if I forget an annual injection?

    Always ensure your pet has the proper vaccinations, supplied by a vet, and you're provided with certificates. If you don't bother, or forget to keep your pet up to date with routine jabs, it could mean you aren't covered, and it could invalidate your insurance.

    Fortunately, the Association of British Insurers have confirmed that due to limited access to veterinary surgeries because of Covid-19, insurers have agreed to be flexible on policy conditions, and particularly the requirement for pets to have up-to-date vaccinations and regular dental examinations – but they expect you to arrange an appointment as soon as reasonably possible.

    Once you are able to get your pet vaccinated, remember to keep your vaccination certificates in a safe place – you might need to produce them if you need to make a claim.

  • Can I take my pet on holiday?

    Some pet insurers extend their cover abroad – if you regularly travel with your pet, it'll be worth considering this add-on, which usually covers vet fees of up to £1,000. Some insurers will also cover the cost of replacing your pet's travel documents, or quarantine costs incurred as a direct result of you losing any documentation. Holiday cover can also be arranged in the event you want to cancel your trip completely, or curtail it and come home – to help with the cost of travel and accommodation expenses.

    The process of taking your pet to Europe and Northern Ireland has changed following the end of the transition period put in place after the UK's departure from the European Union.

    Until the end of 2020, owners of dogs, cats and ferrets could travel with their animals to and from EU countries under the EU Pet Travel Scheme, provided they held a valid EU pet passport. To get a passport, pets had to be taken to a vet before travel, microchipped and vaccinated against rabies.

    But if you're travelling to the EU or Northern Ireland now, you'll need to take the following steps on your first trip. These steps are similar to the previous process, but you'll need an animal health certificate (AHC) instead of a pet passport:

    • You must have your dog, cat or ferret microchipped.
    • You must vaccinate your dog, cat or ferret against rabies – your pet must be at least 12 weeks old before it can be vaccinated and you must wait 21 days after the primary vaccination before travel.
    • You must visit your vet to get an AHC for your pet no more than 10 days before travel.
    • In addition, if travelling to Finland, Malta, Northern Ireland, Norway or Republic of Ireland with a dog, you need to ensure it's received treatment for tapeworm one to five days before arrival in these countries. This needs to be recorded on the pet's AHC.

    As long as you keep your pet's rabies vaccinations up to date, you will not need to get repeat vaccinations for subsequent trips to the EU or Northern Ireland (other than for tapeworm treatments for dogs visiting those countries listed above). But you will need to visit your vet to apply for a new AHC for each trip.

    More details can be found on the Gov.uk website.

  • Are kennel or cattery fees included?

    A greater number of insurers now provide cover for kennel and cattery fees, with the sums insured ranging from £250 up to £2,000. This can help if you're needed for an emergency – or have to go into hospital, say – and there's nobody else available to look after your pet.

    Some policies even provide the option to have dog-walking cover, if injury or illness means you can't do this yourself.

    Usually your stay in hospital needs to be longer than four consecutive days for this to pay out – though some policies are more lenient.

  • Am I covered if my pet damages my home?

    Cats clawing your furniture to death are a fact of life. Dogs are also partial to an expensive bit of chewing – carpets, shoes, you name it – but finding an insurer to provide this cover is difficult.

    For instance, Saga's 'Super cover' pet policy states that "accidental damage caused by your pet to personal property that you and/or your family own" is provided. But it also says "damage caused by biting, chewing, scratching, fouling, urinating or vomiting" is excluded – so most things they'd do aren't covered!

    However, you may already be covered for accidental damage on your home contents policy, so give your provider a call to check.

  • What if my pet has a life-threatening accident or illness?

    More insurers will pay for your pet to be put down, if a life-threatening accident or serious illness means this is the kindest option. A few will also cover the cost of cremation or burial expenses (up to limits, with the most generous using the current market rate for your pet).

  • What do I do if the insurer goes bust?

    Pet cover is like home, car, travel or life insurance – if a provider goes bust, the Government-backed Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS) kicks in.

    There are two main ways it protects you:

    • If you need to claim from a bust insurer

      The FSCS's main objective is to 'maintain continuity'. If your insurer goes bust, it will try to find another provider to take over your policy, or issue a substitute policy.

      If you have any ongoing claims, or need to make a claim before a new insurer is found, the FSCS will cover these.

    • If it goes bust and you paid upfront

      If you've paid for cover for a year, but the company goes bust after a month or two, you'd lose out.

      To protect you, if the FSCS can't transfer your policy to another provider, you'll be given a period of time to take out alternative insurance, and any money you've already paid will be refunded as compensation via the FSCS.

    The limits of the compensation depend on whether the policy is compulsory or not.

    Compensation for policies such as third-party car insurance, which you're required to have by law, are unlimited, so you get 100% of the premium back.

    Non-compulsory policies, such as pet, home, travel, life and PPI, cover 90% of the money paid. So it's possible, in the worst case scenario, that you could lose 10% of the money you paid out (though it's more likely you'll be transferred to a new insurer).

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