There are several types of car insurance available to you. Only the fourth option in this list is compulsory for all drivers, so it’s up to you whether you require any of the first three.
Cars and drivers are constantly hit with the unexpected out on our roads – and even at home. To ensure your vehicle is protected in more circumstances, it’s essential that you take out the right level of insurance for your current needs.
To better illustrate our point, consider the following:
Thefts. 52,858 vehicles were stolen in Australia in 2017, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council. Granted, this is a reduction of more than 7% compared to the previous year, but it still amounts to tens of thousands of vehicles taken from hardworking Aussies.
Traffic accidents. Between June 2017 and May 2018, roughly 5 in every 100,000 population died in accidents on Australian roads – roughly 1,214 people.
Storms and natural disasters. In May 2018, a Tasmanian flood event caused more than $20 million in damages. Back in December 2017, hail and storm damage caused up to $105 million in damages in Victoria. Such events are a way of life in Australia but can cause enormous havoc on household budgets.
It doesn’t. While your postcode does influence your premium (i.e. rates of theft and traffic congestion in specific areas impact drivers’ likelihood to claim), your state or territory doesn’t tend to make much difference to your premium. The only thing that drivers in NSW should be aware of is that they must take out CTP separate to registering their car.
If you want a little bit of extra cover for the premiums you pay, many Australian car insurance policies will offer you optional extras. The additional benefits provide you broader cover, complimentary services, and more.
Most drivers want to find the best car insurance available, or at least the cheapest!
We always recommend you set out to find policies that suits your needs – not just your budget. Does the policy cover you for your own vehicle’s repairs? Does it insure drivers under 25 who may use the car? Does it bundle with your home insurance policy to save you money on premiums?
There’s a lot to consider, so it’s important you first shop around for more than one option that fits your needs before you even consider the costs. Once you compile a list of suitable policies, you can then start narrowing your options down by premium.
So if you’re looking for comprehensive car insurance in your part of the country, start your journey here. We make it easy to compare a wide range of options, including policies’ features and prices. We also can help you compare Third Party Property and Fire & Theft policies.