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Cheapest Car Insurance Companies in Greater Manchester

In Greater Manchester, the average cheap car insurance quote was £1,285 for a 30-year-old driver of a Ford Fiesta who has a good driving record and 5 years of no claims bonus—it's not cheap! To learn more about prices in notoriously-expensive Manchester, we've run some sample quotes via a couple of popular comparison sites to find companies offering lower prices in the area. (Of course, prices for you may vary!)

The auto insurance company with the best rates across Manchester for our sample driver was Admiral. Overall, we found that Admiral plans were 62% less expensive than the average Greater Manchester car insurance quote. As you can see from the chart below, it really pays to shop around before you buy as the cheapest car insurance plans are significantly less expensive than the average quote.

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Manchester is home to thousands of drivers who need car insurance. Unfortunately, Manchester has some of the highest car insurance prices in England, especially for young drivers. Young drivers can install a black box and pay even less—£1,010 on average across Greater Manchester.

RankAuto Insurance CompanyAnnual Premium
1Admiral (including LittleBox Telematics plans)£1,114
2Diamond Insurance£1,246£1,252
4Bell Insurance£1,753
5HR Insurance£1,293
7Insure Pink£1,376
9MORE Th>n£1,520
10Budget Insurance£1,690

Note: Quote Detective and Barry Grainger offered economical plans only in some areas, so were therefore excluded from the overall Greater Manchester cheap list. And there may be other companies with even cheaper car insurance for your profile.

Manchester, England Car Insurance Brokers

For those who want more guidance during the car insurance buying process versus buying online, an independent broker can be a good resource—but they may not have access to the cheapest plans and you may pay higher fees using a broker. Below, we've compiled a list of car insurance agents in Manchester, England.

BrokerAddressPhone Number
Active Insurance Services154 Bolton Rd, Manchester, M28 3BW0161 669 2638
Acumen Credit Insurance Brokers Ltd40 Spring Gardens, Manchester M2 1EN0161 687 2382
Apple Insurance Services363 Barlow Moor Rd, Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester M21 7FZ0161 881 2139
Aston LarkParsonage Chambers, 3 Parsonage, Manchester M3 2HW0161 834 1884
Beresford Insurance Brokers81 Manchester Rd, Denton, Manchester M34 2AF0161 336 6551
Bridge Insurance Brokers LtdHouse 14, Cobac, 16 Charlotte St, Manchester M1 4FL0161 236 6969
Hine Chartered Insurance Brokers79-81 School Ln, Manchester M20 6WN0161 438 0000
J & A Brokers LtdTrafford House, Chester Rd, Stretford M32 0RS0161 872 9886
Marsh CommercialKabel House, 15 Quay St, Manchester M3 3HN0161 228 0444
Norwest Insurance Brokers Ltd181 Dickenson Rd, Longsight, Manchester M13 0YN0161 225 9200
Reich InsuranceReich House, 197-203 Chapel Street, Manchester, Salford M3 5EQ0161 834 8877
Simple Insurance Solutions875 Stockport Rd, Manchester M19 3PW0161 241 5122
Well Dunn Insurance ServicesBoulton House, Chorlton St., Manchester M1 3HY0330 808 1500
Wilsons Insurance BrokersClipper house, Chester Rd, Sale, Manchester M32 8AF0161 874 4188

Vehicle Crime Rates in Manchester, UK

In Greater Manchester, there are 9.0 vehicle crimes each year per 1,000 people. The vehicle crime rate influences car insurance premiums in an area, because it can impact the odds that a car is the victim of theft. Vehicle crimes include both theft of a car and theft from a car.

The safest areas in Manchester in terms of vehicle crime are M18 and M23, covering, Abbey Hey, Gorton, Baguley and Roundthorn Industrial Estate. In these areas, there are fewer than 5 vehicle crimes per 1,000 residents.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, M3 and M4 covering Manchester City Centre, Blackfriars, Trinity, Ancoats, Northern Quarter and Strangeways have the worst vehicle crime rates with more than 35 crimes per 1,000 people, which is 7X higher than the safest areas of Manchester for vehicle thefts.

RankLocal AreaPostcodeVehicle Crime Rate (per 1,000 people)
1M18Abbey Hey Gorton4.4
2M23Baguley Roundthorn Industrial Estate4.5
3M22Wythenshawe Northenden Sharston Industrial Area5.1
4M11Clayton Openshaw Beswick5.4
5M21Chorlton-cum-Hardy Firswood5.4
6M13Ardwick Longsight Chorlton-on-Medlock5.8
7M19Levenshulme Burnage6.2
8M9Harpurhey Blackley7.0
9M20Didsbury Withington7.2
10M15Hulme Manchester Science Park7.6
11M14Fallowfield Moss Side Ladybarn Rusholme7.8
12M8Crumpsall Cheetham Hill8.0
13M40Collyhurst Miles Platting Moston New Moston Newton Heath8.2
14M12Ardwick Longsight Chorlton-on-Medlock10.9
15M1Piccadilly Northern Quarter Manchester City Centre33.4
16M3Manchester City Centre Blackfriars Trinity35.2
17M4Ancoats Northern Quarter Strangeways37.0

Cheap Car Insurance Companies in Greater Manchester by City and Town

The cost of car insurance varies depending by geography. In order to identify the top three insurers with the lowest rates where you live, we analysed car insurance rates in each of the ten Greater Manchester districts. In each area, we found that the cheapest car insurance deals are for Telematics (a black box installed in your car to track your driving style) plans predominantly from Admiral Littlebox, but also from Bell Insurance.


Insurance CompanyCheapest Quotes
BoltonAdmiral LittleBox£1,248
Admiral Insurance£1,575£1,593
BuryAdmiral LittleBox£908
Barry Grainger£1,005
Admiral Insurance£1,183
City of ManchesterAdmiral Littlebox£860
Admiral Insurance£1,040
OldhamAdmiral Littlebox£849
Admiral Insurance£1,053
RochdaleAdmiral Littlebox£1,748
Acorn Insurance£1,951£2,176
SalfordAdmiral LittleBox£1,017
Admiral Insurance£1,291£1,306
StockportAdmiral Littlebox£860
Admiral Insurance£1,040
TamesideAdmiral Littlebox£750
Admiral Insurance£847
TraffordAdmiral LittleBox£758
Admiral Insurance£855£855
Hastings Essential£699
Admiral Insurance£710

Bolton, Greater Manchester

Car insurance policies cost on average £3,549 in Bolton—the second highest in Greater Manchester—but you can still find a cheap deal if you look around. In our research, we found that Admiral Littlebox offers the cheapest plans.

If you don't want a black box installed in your car to track your driving, consider Admiral, Elephant, Diamond and LV—the four next cheapest car insurance companies for Bolton in our study. Quotes from these companies are 45% less than the Bolton average.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Bury, Greater Manchester

Car insurance quotes for drivers in Bury are £3,167 on average, with Admiral Littlebox again offering the cheapest plan with its Telematics plan. If you want a cheap plan without a black box then consider Barry Grainger, Admiral, or Diamond. Prices from these companies are 31% lower than the average car insurance quote in Bury.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Oldham, Greater Manchester

In Oldham, Admiral tops the charts with its Littlebox black box plan and the regular Admiral insurance plan close behind. On average, drivers will pay £2,709 in Oldham, which is 7% more than the average in Greater Manchester.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Rochdale, Greater Manchester

As the most expensive Greater Manchester town to insure a car, it really pays to shop around for car insurance if you live in Rochdale. The four cheapest non-Telematics car insurance plans cost a whopping 58% less than the town's average of £3,673. If you don't want a black box installed in your car, check out Acorn Insurance, Elephant, Admiral and Diamond for cheap prices in Rochdale.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Salford, Greater Manchester

Residents of Salford will receive an average quote around £3,100 for annual comprehensive car insurance, but prices as low as £1,000 to £1,300 were found amongst the cheapest insurance companies for the area, Admiral, Elephant, Diamond and LV=.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Stockport, Greater Manchester

Those based in Stockport can obtain car insurance for an average quote of £2,892. If price is your priority, then Admiral Littlebox once again secured the cheapest plan. Those wanting car insurance without a black box can look to Admiral, Elephant, Diamond and HR Insurance, to save around 34% off of the average Stockport price of car insurance.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Tameside, Greater Manchester

It costs around £2,754 to buy car insurance in Tameside, close to the average a driver would pay across Greater Manchester. There are some good deals to be found, however, with the 5 cheapest car insurance plans all coming in under £1,000. In addition to the usual cheap car insurance companies Admiral, Elephant and Diamond, you might also want to consider Bell Insurance if you don't mind installing a black box in your car to track your driving style.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Trafford, Greater Manchester

Trafford sports the second cheapest car insurance in Greater Manchester, with an average annual price of £2,442 for our 30-year-old sample driver. Despite the lower overall prices, it still pays to compare prices—the cheapest four non-Telematics plans came in a substantial 29% lower than average across Trafford.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Wigan, Greater Manchester

With the cheapest car insurance in Greater Manchester, Wigan drivers looking for car insurance will get an average quote of £2,129 for comprehensive cover—a massive 37% less than the Greater Manchester average price of comprehensive car insurance. A few different car insurance companies stood out in Wigan for providing the cheapest cover compared to the rest of Greater Manchester, notably Bell and Hastings.

chart showing cheapest car insurance in bolton, greater manchester

Average Cost of Cheap Car Insurance in City of Manchester by Driver Age

Quotes for young drivers in the City of Manchester are up to 3X as expensive as quotes for an experienced driver in their 60s. In fact, by the time a young driver turns 30, they can expect their car insurance premiums to drop by over 60%, all else equal. Age is one of the primary factors that determines the cost of car insurance. To a car insurance company, age is an indication of a driver's experience behind the wheel and general accident risk.

Drivers in Manchester can expect their car insurance rates to continue to drop until around 60 years of age, at which point rates start to rise gradually.

Driver AgeAverage Premium
18 years£4,396
25 years£3,138
30 years£1,680
40 years£1,669
50 years£1,494
60 years£1,675
70 years£1,979
Chart showing the cost of car insurance in Manchester by Age

Average Cost of Cheap Car Insurance by Manchester District

How much do drivers pay on average for cheap car insurance across Greater Manchester? According to the data, drivers would pay on average £1,186 per year in different areas of Manchester, with an average excess of £403. Those living in Rochdale are likely to pay the most, with average quotes around £1,998 for comprehensive car insurance—68% more than the Manchester average.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, drivers living in Wigan will receive cheaper quotes around £714 for car insurance—40% less than average for Manchester residents. Not only that, but those paying a higher premium usually have to pay a higher excess in the event of a claim, with the average Wigan excess at only £399 compared to £440 for Rochdale.

RankAreaAverage QuoteExcess
7City of Manchester£1,256£395
8City of Salford£1,358£395
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Manchester Car Insurance is Expensive

Car insurance rates are more expensive in Manchester than in any other major town in England. We've compared towns across England by averaging the 3 cheapest quotes available for a 50-year-old driver from our car insurance partner QuoteZone and found that Manchester drivers pay 44% more than average. The same holds true for young drivers in Manchester.

CityPost CodeCheap Quotes
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Car insurance is the most expensive in Manchester, UK

Why is car insurance in Manchester so expensive? Because of higher claims rates in Manchester than other cities in England. In fact, the Manchester Evening News has reported that nine out of ten car thieves in Greater Manchester get away with the crime and that the number of thefts has risen by a whopping 80% from 2014 to 2018. Since car insurance companies have higher claims in Manchester than many other areas, local motorists pay the price through higher car insurance rates.


Manchester has the highest car insurance prices in England, due to higher rates of vehicle crime and claims compared to other areas.
To get cheap car insurance in Manchester, use a car insurance comparison site and follow these tips to save money on car insurance, such as paying upfront, parking in a safer location and even swapping your car for a car that's cheaper to insure.
Car insurance is expensive in Manchester, but some areas are much cheaper than others. For example, Wigan, Thameside and Trafford are cheaper neighborhoods for car insurance while Bolton and Rochdale are 2X to 3X more expensive.


In order to determine what a Manchester driver will typically pay for comprehensive car insurance and to pick out the cheapest car insurance companies, we gathered quotes for a 30-year-old male driver with a Full UK Licence who drives a three-year-old, 2015 Ford Fiesta (the UK's most popular car). Our sample driver parks on the street near home and drives under 5,000 miles per year. We tested prices for the following Greater Manchester districts:

  • City of Manchester
  • Stockport
  • Tameside
  • Oldham
  • Rochdale
  • Bury
  • Bolton
  • Wigan
  • City of Salford
  • Trafford

Altogether we collected over 600 quotes from the following 40 car insurance companies:

For the analysis of how the cost of car insurance in Manchester changes with age, we assumed the drivers did not have a no claims discount for consistency, since an 18-year-old driver would not have a no claims discount. When comparing costs across districts of Greater Manchester for a 30-year-old, our sample driver had 5 years of NCD.

Note: For analysis by age we averaged the 5 cheapest quotes available from our car insurance partner QuoteZone; for analysis by district we averaged the 5 cheapest quotes available from QuoteZone and the 5 cheapest quotes available from MoneySuperMarket. We figure that no one looking for cheap car insurance will buy a policy costing an excessive amount when others are available at a fraction of the price. Including higher data quotes, which can be multiples of a cheap quote, would have skewed the results, making the average cost of car insurance look higher than it is in practical terms.

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Note regarding savings figures: 51% of consumers could save £290.68 on their Car Insurance. The saving was calculated by comparing the cheapest price found with the average of the next three cheapest prices quoted by insurance providers on Seopa Ltd’s insurance comparison website. This is based on representative cost savings from November 2021 data. The savings you could achieve are dependent on your individual circumstances and how you selected your current insurance supplier.

Erin Yurday

Erin Yurday is the CEO, Co-founder and Editor of NimbleFins. Prior to NimbleFins, she worked as an investment professional and as the finance expert in Stanford University's Graduate School of Business case writing team. Read more on LinkedIn.


The guidance on this site is based on our own analysis and is meant to help you identify options and narrow down your choices. We do not advise or tell you which product to buy; undertake your own due diligence before entering into any agreement. Read our full disclosure here.

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