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Whether you’re hoping to embrace the #vanlife, need a van to do a job, or want to move some furniture, short term van insurance can help you out. 

Temporary van insurance is exactly what it sounds like. It’s cover for the van you’re planning to drive that only lasts as long as you need it. That could be an hour or a few weeks. But you only pay for what you need.

You don’t need to “own” a van to get van insurance either. You could just borrow it from a friend for an hour, a day, or a week.

This type of policy comes with a whole host of awesome benefits too. So read on to find out why you might want to get your hands on some short term van insurance.

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You can arrange temporary van insurance in minutes

Short term van insurance is designed to tackle life’s emergencies. Picture this: you’ve got your van loaded up with your tools and you’re all set to tackle your next job. But then, disaster strikes. Your trusty van won’t start up.

You can’t do your job without your tools. And the client is waiting. They even took time off work to be at home for this job. You start spiraling. 

Then you remember your buddy Dave owes you one. Also, he has a van. And you’re pretty sure he doesn’t need it today. You ring him up and he gives you the thumbs up. Yay! 

But before you can go save the day and impress your client with your tenacity, you need insurance to drive Dave’s van. And that’s where short term van insurance comes in. It allows you to borrow Dave’s van in a pinch.

With Zixty’s temporary van insurance, all you need to do is download the app, and you can get going in a few minutes.

With policies that can be arranged in literally minutes, you can get yourself insured and get the job done. When life gives you lemons, take out short term van insurance. 

You only pay for the van insurance you need 

Paying for more van insurance than you need is like buying a whole pizza when you only want a slice.

Sure, sometimes you’ve got to go for the whole pizza because they just don’t sell them by the slice. But if they do, and that’s all you need, it’d be rather silly and wasteful to buy the whole  thing, don’t you think?

Short term van insurance is that pizza-by-the-slice deal. It allows you to buy the cover you need, when you need it, for as long as you need it.

With Zixty, for instance, your cover can last anywhere between an hour to a few weeks. So whether you need just enough van insurance to drive your new purchase back home, or you’re planning on sharing the driving on an epic road trip, van insurance has you covered.

And the best part? Say you underestimated how much cover you need. Say you need more cover. With Zixty, it couldn’t be easier. We save all your details in the app so you can sort out a new policy even quicker and be back on the road in minutes. 

Yup, only pay for the cover (and pizza) you need.

You get comprehensive cover for the van you’re driving

Let’s say you need to borrow your friend’s van. Sure, you could rely on your own van insurance, but what if it doesn’t cover you to drive other vans? (Hint: Virtually no van insurance policies offer a Drive Other Cars (DOC)) extension. Or maybe it does, but what if it only offers third-party cover, leaving you responsible for any damages to the borrowed van?

That’s where short term van insurance comes in. It offers comprehensive cover for your van. That’s very different from third party cover. With third party cover, if you get in an accident that’s your fault and you need to claim, you won’t be covered for any damages or repairs to the van. You’d need to foot those yourself.

But with comprehensive cover, you’re covered should the worst happen. You can borrow Dave’s van safe in the knowledge that if you need to claim, your insurer will pay for repairs.

Now, there are some important differences between fully comprehensive policies offered by annual van insurance providers and comprehensive policies offered by short term van insurers like Zixty, but generally you’re good to go if you want to borrow a van and want more than just third party cover. 

You can manage your policy through a dedicated app

This particular short term van insurance benefit is Zixty-specific, but how could we possibly miss an opportunity to toot our own horn?

Basically, we have this awesome, easy to use app that’s available to all iPhone and Android users. When you download it, you can fill out your details, scan your licence, and get yourself a van insurance policy in mere minutes.

But that’s not all. Through our handy app, you can also do things like pull up all your policy documents quickly, get a new quote instantly, and even send us your exact location if you’ve had a breakdown and need help. Providing you’ve gone ahead and bought our brilliant breakdown add-on, of course.

The app is basically an all-in one solution that covers all your short term van insurance needs in one place. Plus, we offer Zixty Miles, a free add on that makes you a more eco-conscious driver.

Zixty lets you carbon offset your journeys while you drive 

If we piqued your interest with our free Zixty Miles add-on, you’ll probably want to find out more. Here at Zixty, we designed our short term van insurance with the planet in mind. We want to help you do your bit for climate change while you’re behind the wheel.

We know some van journeys are necessary. Whether you need to get to a job or move house, taking public transport or walking is simply not always feasible. So you have to get behind the wheel and drive.

And, that has an impact on the environment. There’s not much you can do about that. Except take out Zixty’s temporary van insurance policy and enable Zixty Miles. Once you do that, the magic happens.

We plant a tree every time you take out a policy. Also, we carbon offset all your van journeys up to 100 miles a day every day. We do this in partnership with the lovely folks over at Eden Reforestation. They’ve planted nearly a billion trees all over the world and they’re still going.

But that’s not all, fellow eco-conscious van drivers. We have this thing called an EcoScore. When you drive, our app works in the background to assess your driving and see how eco friendly it is.

Then we give you a score on a scale from 1 to 10. If you score high, well done! You’re a green driver. But if you score on the low end, don’t worry. Nothing bad happens. We just give you tips to help you become a more eco-conscious driver. And we still offset your journeys.

We know what you’re thinking – “this sounds an awful lot like a black box policy”. Well, it isn’t. We only monitor your driving if you let us, and it doesn’t affect the cost of your premium either way. We use the data to give you an EcoScore and help you become more eco-conscious. That’s it.

The benefits of temporary van insurance

So there you go; a quick overview of all the benefits of short term van insurance. It’s a great choice whether you need to borrow a van urgently, or simply drive your new purchase back home. It gives you the cover you need, when you need it, for as long as you need it.

And with policies like Zixty, you get the added benefit of helping out the planet while you’re behind the wheel. It’s a win-win.