Learn to drive a manual – save money

Is learning to drive a car with a manual transmission as opposed to an automatic only a way for younger drivers to save a significant amount on their insurance?

As those who have looked to renew their insurance of late might have noticed, the cost of coverage for drivers has jumped. And, for any you g driver, or those looking to put their children on to cover this in only more noticeable.

Many are facing price hikes of hundreds, for some it is a four-figure rise.

However, the price hikes seem to often be worse for those who can only drive an automatic and are seeking cover on this type of car.

Reasons behind this might be cost of repair, and the complexity of many electric and hybrid vehicles. There is a feeling that we are all paying for the high cost of repair for certain cars.

Against this, many manuals appeal to the insurers. They are more of a known quantity, and the repairs are less costly when things go wrong.

This creates an interesting contrast. The drive from manufacturers is towards ditching the manuals and going automatic only. Many young drivers and those learning naturally look to learn on automatics – after all, what’s the pinot learning on a manual if manuals will be almost a collector’s piece in 10 years’ time.

But, if a manual is far less costly to insure, especially for a young driver, then does this make them compelling? A saving of hundreds of pounds seems appealing.

It is not that insurance on manuals is cheap, or even that the cost isn’t rising, it is more that compared to the cost of insuring an automatic it is becoming ever-more attractive.

Compare the Market has found that the average cost to insure an automatic is £760 more than for a manual for drivers under the age of 25.

The overall price is staggering, at an average of around £3,000 per year. For those just starting in their careers, and facing an overall cost of living crisis, this is a debilitating expense. An ability to cut it by close to £1,000 does not make the cover cheap, but it does at least make it not quite so financially awful.



At North West Transmissions we repair gearboxes or source replacements with guaranteed refurbished units.

A family-run business, we have a truly superb reputation, this is shown by our 4.9 out of 5 average rating from dozens of reviews on Google.

All reconditioned gearboxes come with guarantees for 12 months or 12,000 miles while reconditioned automatic units come with a re-manufactured torque converter that has a lifetime guarantee.

Our technicians are all highly skilled with vast experience in reconditioning and repairing all units – importantly their efficiency helps cut down the price of repairs and so too the cost.

Gearbox problems are all-too-common. If you find yourself in need of a repair or reconditioned unit, that often being the more economical option in the long term, please contact us.

Call us on 0151 933 0257 or use our Contact Form.