Motorists 'have seen average premiums increase by nearly £200 since 2012'

Average motor insurance premiums have increased by nearly £200 over the past five years, a website has found.

Between September and November 2012, the average motor insurance premium stood at £559, but premiums across the same three months in 2017 reached an average of £758 - a rise of £199., which released the findings, said factors pushing car insurance costs upwards in recent years include a string of hikes to insurance premium tax (IPT).

Meanwhile, the gap between cheapest and average premiums widened to £129 in November - the biggest difference on the website's records going back to 2012.

Simon McCulloch, director at, said: "Over the past five years, we have seen non-stop cost pressures on British drivers."

The findings were taken from's website.

The average price in the index refers to the average of the top five cheapest prices presented to a customer, where someone has clicked through to buy. said buying from the top five cheapest prices presented represents the majority of car insurance sales.

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