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Vauxhall Corsa is car of choice for motoring Brits

3rd May 2011 Print

The most popular car of 2010 for UK motorists was the Vauxhall Corsa according to analysis by

The comparison site analysed the top fifty car insurance quote searches carried out by motorists during 2010 by brand type, and found the Vauxhall Corsa came out on top. Taking second and third place in the popularity stakes were the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Golf, with the Renault Clio taking fourth place in the table of most popular cars.

Additionally, the research also revealed the average engine size of the top twenty most searched for car was 1.6 litres suggesting Brits are opting for smaller, more economical cars rather than larger, gas guzzlers. The average registered date of the top 10 cars was 2001, with the newest of those listed being a 2003 model and the oldest a 2000 model.

Peter Harrison, car insurance expert at, said: "We've seen rising fuel prices and escalating car insurance premiums over the past year, so it's no surprise motorists are taking steps to combat these costs; age, engine size and make or model of car all have an impact on the cost of insurance premiums, and fuel consumption too.

"Although there is little motorists can do about the rising cost of fuel, they can take control of some of their motoring costs. Rather than accepting a renewal price on car insurance, shopping around for a better deal and using price comparison sites will save you money. The average saving consumers achieve switching car insurance through is a staggering £292. This shows whatever car you own, from the favoured Vauxhall Corsa to a Nissan Micra, it really does pay to shop around to find the best deal on your car insurance."

Top tips for reducing the cost of car insurance:

Shop around - This is one of the easiest ways to save money. Don't assume that your current provider is giving you the best renewal quote; look at other insurers using the car insurance comparison tool and see if you can save.

Buy online - Many car insurers offer discounts to customers that buy online.

Reduce your mileage - When applying for insurance, you estimate the number of miles you'll do each year. If you aren't travelling much then you'll usually pay less. That means that if you car share with a colleague or decide to take the train a couple of times a week, you can bring down the price.

Keep it safe - Insurers look at the risk every driver presents, so you'll get a better deal if you can reduce that risk. By keeping the car off the road at night in a garage or on a drive you make it safer, meaning your premiums will come down.

Car security - Make sure you have an alarm and immobiliser.

Drive a car with a smaller engine - If you're struggling to pay your insurance then give some thought to the car you're driving. The bigger and faster the vehicle, the more it will cost to insure.

Up the excess - Agreeing to pay a higher excess, such as £500 instead of £100, can reduce your premiums. Don't forget that this is what you will need to pay in the event of a claim, so be sure you can afford it.

Add an older driver - If you have a partner or parent who is more experienced behind the wheel, adding them to the policy can sometimes reduce what you pay. Whatever you do, don't make them the named driver, though. This is called fronting and could invalidate your insurance.

Ensure it's adequate - As you look for the lowest price, don't be tempted to scrap things you really need. It might cost more to have a courtesy car or legal fees paid, but if you need it then include it. Skipping extras that youcan't do without will be a false economy if you do need to claim.