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Whether you’re retired and enjoying some well-deserved free time or still working and looking towards the future, you’ll need affordable insurance for your vehicle if you’re still driving. From third party policies to higher levels of insurance, there’s a product for every senior driver to provide you peace of mind while driving.

Do seniors pay more for car insurance?

With lower rates of accidents compared to younger drivers,1 some insurance providers may offer car insurance for seniors with competitive car insurance premiums that reflect their good driving history. That said, the cost of car insurance also depends on a variety of factors, including the driver’s age.

So, while you might pay less for insurance than young drivers (who are generally riskier to insure), you may still face a higher premium because of your age, even if you’re a safe driver. It all depends on your provider and their risk assessment, as well as your vehicle and driver details.

However, there are other ways a policyholder can receive a policy discount or driver discount on car insurance premiums.

How seniors can save on car insurance

Seniors and pensioners may be able to reduce their car insurance costs in a number of ways, including:

  • Increasing your excess. You might have the option to choose a higher excess (the one-off payment you make each time you claim). This reduces the cost of your insurance premiums but means your excess will be more expensive if you make a claim.
  • Restricting the age of drivers. While this means your children or grandchildren might not be allowed behind your wheel, restricting the age of drivers can help reduce the price of premiums.
  • Pay-as-you-drive policies. Some car insurance providers offer pay-as-you-drive or low mileage policies, both of which come with a discounted premium if you don’t drive very often throughout the year. There are usually terms, conditions and limits to these kinds of cover.
  • No claim bonuses and discounts. Depending on your driving history, you can make use of a no claim bonus if you haven’t made a car insurance claim in a set number of years. The more years you drive without making a claim, the better your no claims discount.
  • Purchasing cover online. Some insurance companies offer discounts if you purchase your car insurance through their website.
  • Compare insurance annually. Car insurance policies almost always increase in price every year, even if you haven’t made a claim. Comparing policies every year can help you look for a better deal elsewhere.

Whether these money-saving methods are available to you may depend on what policy you take out or which provider you’re with. It’s essential to read over the relevant Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) to get the details of a specific policy before you buy, as well as the Target Market Determination (TMD) to assess whether the chosen product is appropriate for you.

Frequently asked questions

What's the best car insurance for seniors and pensioners?

Everyone’s situation is different, so there’s no definitive answer on what the best car insurance policy is for seniors and pensioners. The driving habits of some seniors and pensioners may mean that a pay-as-you-drive policy could be suitable if they drive less than a certain distance (e.g. under 15,000km) per year.

The type of car you drive can also influence the car insurance features you look for. For example, new cars depreciate a lot in the first year of ownership, so you may find that agreed value car insurance will provide better financial protection for new cars than market value car insurance.

To help you look for car insurance to match your needs, you can compare car insurance quotes in minutes with us. Our free service compares car insurance by cost, benefits and more.

What is pay-as-you-drive car insurance?

Pay-as-you-drive is a type of comprehensive car insurance that is typically cheaper than regular comprehensive cover. It isn’t just available for pensioners either; other age groups can also take advantage of this feature, provided they don’t exceed the kilometre limit on the policy.

You specify an amount of kilometres you expect to drive in total over a 12-month period and your premium will be assessed based on this figure. If you exceed this limit, you might face a higher excess; you insurer will check this based on your odometer readings taken before and after your policy concludes. You can often increase your limit if you’re going to exceed it sooner than expected, though this does cost extra and the change must be approved by the insurance provider.

This type of policy is handy if you don’t drive very far or often. Depending on your retirement lifestyle, this could be a product that suits your needs and budget.

Am I covered if I go off-road?

Depending on your insurance provider and what’s stated in your PDS, you may be covered for going off-road. However, not all providers insure off-road driving, regardless of whether you have a four-wheel drive, so be sure to thoroughly check the terms and conditions of your cover.

Do I get a car insurance discount if I’m on a pension?

Some providers do offer discounts to seniors, but this isn’t necessarily based on any age group, or whether you receive a government pension or are a self-funded retiree. Most insurance providers will offer those eligible various ways to reduce their premiums.

You may be able to get insurance discounts if you have multiple insurance products with the same company. For example, if you have home insurance with one company and buy a new policy for your car with them too, you may get a discount on your car insurance.

What if my car is modified for disabled passengers?

Any modifications to your car to assist with mobility will affect the value of your car, which can affect your premiums. Mobility aids may be covered up to a certain limit if they’re stolen from your car.

How do seniors’ driver licences differ per region?

Each state and territory has rules regarding senior drivers, and these regulations differ again depending on the type of licence (e.g. motorcycle licences). Once you hit a certain age, you’ll need to meet these conditions to take out car insurance and drive on the road.

N.B. The information below refers specifically to cars and not other classes of vehicle, such as motorcycles.

Queensland (QLD)

If you’re a QLD resident turning 75, you’ll need to pass a medical assessment to receive a medical certificate to drive, which you’ll then need to carry with you at all times when on the road.2 The maximum validity for this certificate is 13 months, meaning you’ll need to undergo a medical assessment roughly every year.

Medical professionals may reduce how long your medical certificate is valid for if they want to go through more regular check-ups with you.

New South Wales (NSW)

Residents in NSW who are 75 or older will need to undergo an annual medical review to keep their licence.3 Drivers who are 85 years old will have to undergo an older driver assessment every two years.

Drivers over 85 also have the choice of keeping their unrestricted car licence or moving to a modified licence. A modified licence still requires a medical check every year, but you won’t need to do a driving test. However, the licence only allows you to drive under certain conditions.

Victoria (VIC)

VIC drivers who are 75 years old or older can only renew their driver’s license for three years at a time.4

Tasmania (TAS)

All Tasmanian drivers, including older drivers, need to self-assess their ability to drive should they be concerned about a medical condition. If you’re 65, you’re required to renew your licence after it expires.5 However, if you have a medical condition, you will also need to have periodic assessments to evaluate your ability to drive.

Western Australia (WA)

If you’re a driver in WA, you’ll need to have annual medical assessments once you turn 80 years old.6 At 85 and beyond, you may have to undertake annual practical driving assessments to test your driving ability if your doctor recommends it.

South Australia (SA)

SA residents over 75 years old with no previous medical condition will need to perform a self-assessment of their medical fitness to drive.7 Based on the answers of your self-assessment, a medical professional may need to complete their own assessment regarding your ability to drive safely.

Northern Territory (NT)

NT drivers, including seniors, will need to complete a vision test every five years.8 Medical examinations aren’t required unless you have an existing medical condition that needs regular assessments. Your doctor or medical professional may alert authorities if your condition makes you unsafe to drive.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT)

ACT residents need to have an annual medical examination by a doctor once they reach the age of 70 to be able to drive a commercial vehicle.9 At 75 years old, you’re required to have an annual medical clearance to drive any type of vehicle.

Does comprehensive car insurance include roadside assistance?

Some car insurance companies do include roadside assistance in their comprehensive car insurance policies, but others may charge extra to add it to your policy or offer it separately. It may pay to compare roadside assistance providers before deciding if it’s worth getting it through your insurer.

Purchasing roadside assistance separately means you can still choose Third Party Property Damage or Third Party Fire and Theft car insurance, which are more affordable (but cover less) than comprehensive car insurance.

Is there car insurance for seniors with classic and vintage cars?

Classic car insurance is a specialist product, which differs depending on the age and type of vehicle you own. Through some providers, you may be able to purchase a classic, vintage or veteran car insurance policy as a senior or pensioner.

Stephen Zeller, General Manager

Tips for seniors from our car insurance expert, Stephen Zeller

  1. Mature drivers are generally considered safe and therefore a low risk for insurers. It could shave some of the costs if you take advantage of some of the restrictions and exclusions you can place on your insurance cover.
  2. You don’t have to wait for your renewal notice to compare and switch car insurance – you can switch anytime! Be sure to check for any cancellation fees that might apply. If you pay your premium annually, your insurer will refund you for the remaining period of insurance provided you haven’t claimed.
  3. Many insurers offer discounts if you purchase online, but these may only apply to the first 12 months. This is why it pays to compare your options every year to make sure you’re always on the best deal for you.
  4. If you want to raise the standard excess payment of your policy to reduce the premium, make sure you consider if you’ll be able to afford paying a higher excess amount when you claim.

Compare car insurance for seniors quickly and simply

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1 Road deaths: 12 month total Australia – February 2022. Bureau of Infrastructure and Transport Research Economics, Department of Infrastructure, Transport, Cities and Regional Development, Australian Government. 2022. Accessed May 2023.

2 Safe Driving. Department of Transport, Queensland Government. August 2022. Accessed May 2023.

3 Your licence from age 70. Transport for NSW, New South Wales Government. 2023. Accessed May 2023.

4 Renew your licence. VicRoads, Department of Transport, Victoria State Government. March 2023. Accessed May 2023.

5 Driving As You Age. Transport Services, Tasmanian Government. June 2020. Accessed May 2023.

6 Seniors. Renewing your licence. Department of Transport, Government of Western Australia. July 2022. Accessed May 2023.

7 Medical fitness to drive. Department for Infrastructure and Transport, Government of South Australia. 2023. Accessed May 2023.

8 Medical fitness to drive. Northern Territory Government. 2023. Accessed May 2023.

9 ACT driver licence information. Access Canberra, ACT Government. 2022. Accessed May 2023.

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