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Bingle car insurance

Bingle Car Insurance Offer

Low-cost, straightforward car insurance aimed at safe drivers.

  • Option to take out new for old car replacement
  • Optional hire car if you can’t drive your vehicle
  • Fast, simple online claims process

Details Features
Comprehensive
Comprehensive
Low-cost, straightforward car insurance aimed at safe drivers.
  • Up to $20 million in liability cover
  • Optional windscreen and window glass only cover
  • Optional car hire replacement cover
  • Fast, simple online claims process
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Comprehensive
Comprehensive
15% discount for comprehensive policies purchased online.
  • Lifetime Guarantee on all authorised car repairs as long as you own the car.
  • Flexible payment options
  • 24/7 phone & online claims service
  • Up to $1,000 key replacement and lock re-code
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Gold Comprehensive
Gold Comprehensive
Save 15% on Gold Comprehensive when you purchase online. Optional 24/7 roadside assistance with unlimited callouts.
  • New for old replacement for the earlier of 2 years/40,000kms
  • $850 ($100/day) emergency transport and accommodation
  • Cover for replacement of keys up to $1,000
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Comprehensive
Comprehensive
Buy online to save 15% off your car insurance policy and receive a free 7" Android tablet.
  • New for old replacement for the earlier of 2 years/40,000kms
  • Online discount of 25%
  • $850 ($100/day) emergency transport and accommodation
  • $1,000 cover for hire vehicle following theft (max 14 days)
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Comprehensive
Comprehensive
Price beat guarantee for comparable comprehensive policies for drivers aged 25 or older.
  • New for old replacement of your car - 24 months
  • Choice of agreed value of car
  • Third party property damage
  • Theft and malicious damage cover
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Comprehensive
Comprehensive
Benefit from new for old car replacement, cover for fire and theft, plus more.
  • Option for Drive Less Pay Less policy
  • Up to $20 million in legal liability cover
  • New for old car replacement
  • Each policy makes your car carbon neutral
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Price Saver (Comprehensive)
Price Saver (Comprehensive)
Up to 15% discount for comprehensive policies purchased online.
  • Repairs with authorised dealers guaranteed
  • New for old replacement for the earlier of 2 years/40,000kms
  • No Fault Accident, no excess
  • Hail SMS alerts
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Comprehensive
Comprehensive
24/7 roadside assistance and up to $20 million in liability cover.
  • 24/7 roadside assistance
  • Comprehensive cover for accidental damage
  • Optional hire car provision up to 14 days
  • $20 million legal liability cover
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Comprehensive - Elegant Cover
Comprehensive - Elegant Cover
Save up to 20% when you buy AI car insurance online. Comprehensive cover with affordable pricing for modest vehicles, especially families.
  • New car replacement - 12 months or 20,000 km
  • Accidental damage to own and third party vehicle or property
  • Theft and/or attempted theft
  • Up to $20 million legal liability
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What type of cover are you looking for?

What types of car insurance are there?

The main types of car insurance available in the Australian market include:

  • Comprehensive car insurance. Ensures you are covered for the expense of replacing or repairing your vehicle, regardless of whether or not you were responsible for the accident. In some cases, it also covers the expense of transportation, emergency repairs as well as the cost of repairing damages caused by another vehicle.
  • Third party fire and theft coverage. Ensures you are protected against losing your car as a result of theft or any damages it may incur as a result of it being stolen. It also covers your car from fire damage as well as any personal liability if your car causes damage to someone else's property.
  • Third party property cover. This policy provides coverage for any damages you may cause to someone else's vehicle or property. However, it won't cover the expense of repairing damages your vehicle incurs as a result. This policy provides cover for legal expenses, limited damage by drivers who are uninsured, coverage for a replacement vehicle and claims services.
  • Compulsory third party insurance (CTP). Commonly known as green slip insurance, CTP is mandatory for every registered driver in Australia. It offers protection to the driver who is at fault for a motor vehicle accident which led to another person being injured, including the driver of the other vehicle, a passenger, a cyclist or a pedestrian.
  • Additional options. You can opt for additional coverage besides the standard features available including the replacement of your car with a new vehicle; the ability to protect your 'no claim bonus', which is a bonus given to you for years in which you haven't made a claim; and finally other options such as the ability to choose your own repairer.

Cover can be tailored to suit any budget

Car insurance comparison made easy: What does each type of policy cover?

The table below shows the type of coverage you get with each insurance policy, making it easier for you to determine the cover you need. Remember that a cheap policy isn't always the best policy - know what you're getting before you apply.

Cover
Compulsory third partyThird party propertyThird party property, fire and theftComprehensive
Damage to your vehicle
  • No
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
Damage to another person's property
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Damage or loss as a result of your car being stolen
  • No
  • No
  • Yes
  • Yes
Injury or death of another person as the result of a car accident
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
  • No

How can I compare different car insurance policies?

The best* car insurance policy for you is one with an affordable price tag and the right amount of cover for your needs. If you have too much protection, you’ll be overinsured and spending more than you need to. If you have too little, you’ll be underinsured and not effectively protected. The trick is to find the right balance of cost and cover for your needs. Try running through this checklist to find your next policy.

  • What type of cover do I need? Comprehensive, third party property, and third party fire and theft car insurance policies all offer different types of protection. You should know what type of insurance you’re looking for before comparing policies.
  • Work out your preferred excess. Consider how much you are willing and able to pay as an excess in the event of a claim. Think of this amount as the damage threshold which determines whether or not you’ll be making a claim if something happens. You will often have the option to choose your own excess, but you should try to stick to the amount that you’ve decided works for you.
  • Decide on a sum insured. This is the total value you are covered for. Ideally it will be exactly enough to completely replace your car in the event of a total loss. You should also know whether agreed value or market value is better for you.

What should I look for in my policy?

Once you know what type of cover you need, compare equivalent policies from different insurers and pay special attention to:

  • Limits and the exact damage covered: Non-comprehensive car insurance policies tend to be very similar here, but comprehensive cover can vary widely, as well as include a range of extra benefits. Check exactly what types of damage are covered, and rule out policies that are missing important ones such as hail damage. Work out which extras you’re interested in and which you can do without, and what the applicable limits are.
  • Repair or replacement: Look at precisely what the insurer promises to do, whether it’s repairs, replacements or both.
  • Look for discounts: You may be eligible for discounts for having car security systems or a secured garage, having a safe driving record and for holding other policies with the same insurer. Check the discounts available with different insurers as you compare policies, and factor it into the price.

What's the difference between agreed and market value?

Agreed ValueMarket Value
  • The sum insured that has been agreed upon between you and the insurer at time of application or renewal
  • Recognised as the expected value of your car on the open market
  • This is not the trade-in value or what it would be purchased for by a collector
  • Will pay what your car is deemed to be valued for at the time of the accident
  • This may not include warranty costs, vehicle transfer costs, stamp duty or dealer profit

Should I choose agreed value or market value?

When deciding if market value is right for you, you need to consider if the reduced amount will be enough to replace your lost vehicle...is the money you save on your premium worth the additional cost you will have to pay to purchase a new vehicle.

That said, if you drive an older vehicle (say 10 - 15 years older), replacement cost may not be as great a concern so it would make sense to save the premium.

What won't I be covered for?

While exclusions may vary between providers, you generally will not be covered for:

  • If the damage was caused by mechanical failure, depreciation, rust, wear and tear or changes made to the vehicle
  • Loss of income from being unable to drive
  • If the damage was incurred due to your vehicle not being safe or participating in a race
  • Damage that was caused intentionally
  • Any damage incurred if the person driving didn't have a licence, was drunk or on drugs
  • If the person driving was not covered by the policy

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11 steps to save on your car insurance policy

You shouldn't have to pay more than you need to for car insurance. Here are some steps you can take to save further on your policy:

  • Discounts offered - Research loyalty discounts and discounts for taking out more than one insurance policy with your brand.
  • Pay as you drive - As mentioned, some insurance policies will be calculated depending on how much you drive, so those who drive less may make use of savings.
  • Purchase insurance online - some insurance brands will provide you with a discount for taking out your insurance online.
  • Vary your excess - paying a higher excess in the event you have an accident may result in a lower premium.
  • Pay your premiums upfront - this can sometimes result in net savings, depending on your insurer.
  • Restrict certain drivers - some policies will get cheaper if younger drivers aren't included in the policy, such as under 25s, seniors, learners, or P-Platers. This also means they won't be insured.
  • Keep a clean driving record - your driving record and the history of the claims you've lodged are used to determine how much of a risk you pose to the insurance company. The higher the risk level, the more you'll have to pay. Conversely, if you have a good driving record and haven't lodged many claims or none at all, there's a good chance you'll get a better deal on your premiums.
  • Know how your vehicle make and model will affect your premiums - the type of car you drive will also impact your insurance premiums. The insurer will determine how much it would cost them to repair your car, including the cost of replacing parts, so the more expensive it is to fix, the more you might pay.
  • Find out how where you live may impact what you pay - the area you live in also has an effect on the size of your premiums. If you reside in an area where a lot of accidents, thefts or vandalism occur, you'll find that your premiums will be higher. To save money, make sure you park your car in a secure area, preferably one that's under cover and away from the street. Also, consider equipping your vehicle with security devices such as an alarm or immobiliser, as some companies will offer you a discount on your policy if you do.
  • Compare policies - Shopping around for car insurance is essential. You need to check out the different policies available from different insurance companies and what they offer
  • Maintain your car - Maintaining your car is important so make sure to take your vehicle for a check-up and have it serviced on a regular basis. Any deterioration could negatively impact the value of the car and lead to problems when you make a claim. Your car insurance policy will probably not cover you for damage caused by old age and improper maintenance, so make sure to keep your vehicle in good shape.

Car insurance comparison for 2017

Compare the features and benefits of some of the policies currently^ available on finder.com.au:

PolicyNew Car ReplacementPersonal Effects Cover
Australia Post Gold ComprehensiveUnder 24 months or 40,000kms$500
QBE ComprehensiveUnder 48 months or 100,000kms$500
Budget Direct Gold ComprehensiveUnder 24 months or 40,000kms$500
Youi ComprehensiveUnder 24 months or 40,000kms$750
Woolworths ComprehensiveUnder 24 months$500
AI ComprehensiveUnder 12 months or 20,000kms $500
Dodo Gold ComprehensiveUnder 24 months or 40,000kms $500
Real ComprehensiveUnder 24 months $500
Virgin ComprehensiveUnder 24 months $500
Huddle ComprehensiveUnder 24 months $500

^ - Information correct at June 2017

How to apply for car insurance

Applying for car insurance involves first getting a quote, and then the application process itself.

Getting a quote

The quote process will differ depending on the insurance brand, though most will follow similar steps to those listed below:

  • Specify what policy you want and when you want it to start: comprehensive; third party property damage, fire and theft or third party property damage.
  • Input your vehicle type, including non-standard modifications and accessories, if the vehicle is for business or personal use, and if you want to insure it for an agreed or market value.
  • Enter your personal details and the details of any drivers.
  • Choose any policy extras and decide if you want to increase your excess to reduce your premiums.

Applying

Once you're happy with how much you'll be spending each year or month, you'll have to go through an application which go through the same steps above but in further detail.

When this is completed, you'll make your payment, and the policy will start on the date specified.

Information you must disclose when applying

While it may be tempting to avoid disclosing some details about your vehicle or driving history from your insurance brand, in doing so you only risk your claim being rejected in the event you actually have an accident. Insurance companies go to great lengths to verify the information you have provided in the event of a claim.

  • Driving convictions. While many motoring convictions can be removed from your licence before you can be considered rehabilitated, from a legal standpoint, you still have to inform the insurance company of any convictions you haven't been rehabilitated for.
  • Other criminal convictions - If you have any other criminal convictions, you must let the insurer know as they can determine the level of premium you have to pay or the terms you are offered. If you don't let them know, you can find yourself with a policy that is not valid.
  • Vehicle incidents - Most insurance companies will require you to reveal your entire vehicular incident history, which not only refers to claims you have lodged yourself or have been lodged against you but also those pertaining to any other person driving on your policy. Such incidents could be accidents, joy riding, vandalism, damage to the windscreen, fire or theft.
  • Alterations - Most insurance companies will require that you reveal any alterations you may have made to your car. Even if these alterations do not affect the performance of the vehicle, they could make it more valuable or increase the chances of it getting stolen. Things like installing specialty exhausts or tinting windows, which otherwise do not affect the performance of the vehicle, are considered alterations you must inform your insurer of. While this might seem strange, the fact is that insurance companies have found that people who make alterations to their vehicles tend to statistically have a higher likelihood of being involved in a claim.

If any of the requirements of what must be disclosed to your insurer is unclear, it's always worth giving them a call to verify the details to ensure you are adequately covered. Keep these details with the rest of your insurance documentation in the event you have to provide proof in the future that you did as you were required.

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Does customer service even matter?

In car insurance, customer service means a lot more than just a smile as you fill out the paperwork. It means being able to depend on your insurer in the event of a claim, and knowing that the next time you speak to them, you might be having a very bad day. It can help to stay focused on the more important factors, including:

  • Response times: How can you contact the insurer, no matter where or when? This includes how long it takes the customer service team to pick up the phone when you call, how quickly you can expect a response to online or email enquiries and how long it usually takes the insurer to assess and pay claims. It can be a good idea to avoid insurers that aren’t available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week all year around.
  • Claims options: If you needed to make a claim right now, what would you do? If you have a preference for online claims or want to be able to use an app, it can be a good idea to look for insurers that offer these options. If you think you’ll do it over the phone or in person, consider what exactly is involved.
  • Communication: Does the insurer stay in touch throughout the claims process? This can be an important difference when you’re making a claim, as you don’t want to be chasing them down for updates. Let them keep you in the loop instead.
  • Policy flexibility: How can you adjust your policy? Flexibility encompasses not only the options available to you, but also the ease with which you can take advantage of them and the responsiveness of your insurer.
  • Partnered service quality: What’s the quality of the insurer’s service partners? Free roadside assistance might not be much use if it’s not available in your area, while towing, vehicle storage, glass and windscreen replacement and other repairs will all typically involve the use of partnered service providers. It can be a good idea to compare the quality of these, and look for relevant reviews.

How do I cancel my car insurance policy, and is there a fee?

As long as you give enough notice, most standard car insurance policies will let you cancel at any time. Keep in mind that a cancellation fee will generally apply, unless you're switching to another policy with the same brand, or you're within the cooling off period.

Cancellation fees for car insurance

BrandCancellation feeMore info
1300 Car InsuranceCancellation fee of $40More info
1st for WomenCancellation fee of $40More info
AAMICancellation fee of $30 for each car insured on the policy, plus FSL, GST and stamp duty if applicable.More info
AllianzIf you cancel the policy, you may receive a refund of the unused premiums, minus reasonable administration costs.More info
Australia PostCancellation fee of $40More info
Budget DirectCancellation fee of $40More info
CGUNo cancellation fee. If you cancel your policy before it ends, CGU will refund a portion of the unused premiums.More info
DodoCancellation fee of $40More info
GIOCancellation fee of $30, plus FSL plus GST plus stamp duty for each car insured on the policy.More info
ibuyecoCancellation fee of $40.00More info
NRMACancellation fee of $30, plus GST and any other government charges that apply.More info
Ozicare Cancellation fee of $40More info
QBEIf you've paid your premiums in advance, QBE will refund you the proportion of the premiums for the remaining period of insurance, less any administration fees.More info
RACQRACQ will refund your remaining premiums if you cancel your policy prematurely. If the refunded premiums are less than $100, a fee of $10 will be deducted.If the refunded premiums are more than $100, a cancellation fee of 10% of the refunded amount will apply, up to a maximum of $80.More info
RealThe cancellation fee is specified in your Certificate of Insurance.More info
VirginCancellation fee of $40More info
WoolworthsCancellation fee is specified in the Certificate of InsuranceMore info
YouiCancellation fee of $33, inclusive of GST.More info
HuddleCancellation fee is specified in the Certificate of InsuranceMore info

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I've had an accident. What's next?

If you've been involved in an accident, you might decide to make a claim. To increase the likelihood of the process going smoothly, keep the following tips in mind:

  • Stay at the scene of the accident but don't admit you were to blame. You should also take down the names, contact information and registration numbers of the other people involved in the accident. You should also get hold of and record the number of the police report, if it applies.
  • Before you make the claim consider all the consequences that might arise as a result. You should also make sure that you're fully aware of any excess obligations you might have. Also check if your insurance company offers a no claim bonus.
  • When deciding to make a claim, you must give the insurance company all the information pertaining to your accident as clearly and as quickly as possible.
  • Fill out a formal claim form if necessary. If available, provide as many supporting documents as possible and make sure that the insurance company acknowledges that your claim was received. Next, you'll have to answer any questions that are relevant for the assessment of your claim and, to ensure everything goes smoothly and you get an answer as quickly as possible, make sure you stay up to date with how your claim is progressing.

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Policy information

The excess is the charge you are required to pay on every claim you lodge. So, for example, if the rear and front of your car have been damaged in two separate situations, you are required to make two claims, which means you will need to pay an excess for each claim you lodged. The total amount you have to pay depends on the conditions under which you made the claim.

If the insurance company agrees that you or your vehicle were not to blame for the accident and you are able to offer the contact information of the other driver or the registration number of the other vehicle, some companies will waive the excess.

Generally, there are five types of excess you might be required to pay, depending on the circumstances:

      • Basic excess
      • Voluntary excess, which is an additional excess you can nominate to pay to make your premiums cheaper
      • Age excess for those under the age of 25
      • Inexperienced driver excess for those who have held a licence for a short number of years
      • Undeclared young driver excess, which applies when someone under 25 drives the car but isn't listed on the policy

The amount covered represents the maximum sum an insurance company will pay for the damage or loss of your vehicle, minus any applicable deductions, unless otherwise stated in the policy. This amount includes the entire value of the vehicle, including alterations and accessories and also includes GST.

Yes. Car insurance in Australia includes GST. This is included in the cost of premiums.

This means that the GST paid on car insurance may also be claimed as a business expense, and may also entitle one to GST credits, or input tax credit.

For a vehicle that is used for both business and personal use, the GST paid on car insurance is divided according to the ratio of personal to business use, just like the rest of the car insurance premiums. Learn more about insuring a car for business use here, or insuring vehicles for commercial use only here.

Purchasing, renewing or cancelling your policy

You have the option of paying your premiums either every month or on an annual basis. In some cases paying monthly will raise the total amount you pay each year.

If the insurance company is willing to renew your policy, in most cases you'll receive notice a minimum of 14 days before the expiration date of your policy. The notice generally includes how much you have to pay as well as when you have to pay by. If you pay your premiums every month, you won't have to do anything as the company will simply continue to draw payment for your account on the same date every month. However, if you pay your premium as an annual lump sum, you should talk to your insurance company to see how you can make the payment.

If your renewal doesn't contain the correct information, you have to get in touch with your insurer. You have to make sure that all your information is updated and accurate and if you don't take action to inform your insurer about any changes to your circumstances that you are fully aware are relevant to your policy, you might end up with a reduced payout on a claim or no payout at all. Furthermore, your policy might be cancelled and if fraud is suspected, the insurance company may simply act as if the policy had never existed.

In most cases, a car insurance policy can be cancelled by calling the insurance company or by sending in a written cancellation. Generally, if you cancel your policy outside the cooling off period, you will receive a refund consisting of any portion of your premium that has not yet expired after the cancellation fee has been deducted. There might also be other non-refundable government charges which will also be deducted if the refund exceeds $5.

Generally, your insurance company will be able to help with getting your vehicle repaired. Depending on the insurer, you will be sent to one of their assessment centres or recommended repairers, or the repairer of your own choice. In either case, an assessment will be performed and repairs will be organised.

You should contact your insurance company immediately if you receive any letters making demands from any other person involved in the event, even if it's from their insurer or legal representative.

If contact is initiated verbally, then inform the other party who your insurance company is and let them know that the insurer will be handling the claim. At no point should you admit that you were to blame for the damage or accident and you should certainly not make any promises regarding covering their expenses.

Write down as much information as possible on the other party, including their name, place of residence, telephone number and vehicle information. Then get in touch with the insurance company to let them know what has occurred so they can help you with the process.

According to the GST Act, you are obligated to let your insurance company know what your insurance premium ITC entitlement was. More information is available from the ATO.

Generally speaking, according to an insurance policy, the insurer is liable to cover the net cost of your claim. Thus, when they work out how much they have to pay you, they deduct any ITCs you might be entitled to because they reduce the net expense.

The best option is to contact your accountant or the ATO to learn more about the ITC and how it impacts your claim.

No. Some insurance companies will not provide coverage for vehicles such as:

      • Beach buggies
      • Classic and vintage cars
      • Commuter buses that can carry more than 12 passengers
      • Vehicles that are damaged
      • Vehicles that were formerly ambulances or taxis<
      • Hearses
      • Horse floats
      • Privately imported vehicles
      • Corsa Special Vehicles
      • Vans built for special purposes like fire rescue vans
      • Rally cars
      • Refrigerated vehicles
      • Taxi trucks
      • Tractors
      • Vehicles that can carry over 2 tonnes

If you aren't sure whether your vehicle is eligible, it's best to contact the insurance company directly and see what they say. There are also some limitations in terms of what the vehicle will be used for. Many insurance companies will not provide coverage if the vehicle in question is used:

      • As a courtesy car
      • For the transportation of inflammable liquids, explosives, chemicals, dangerous goods
      • In time trials
      • In a racing competition or rally
      • For taxi services
      • For hire services
      • For racing
      • As a demo vehicle

Again, not all of these will apply to all insurers so your best option is to contact the insurance company direct and see what they say regarding your particular vehicle and its usage.

What you will/won't be covered for

While this varies from insurer to insurer, generally a learner driver will be covered by a car insurance policy as long as there is an instructing passenger in the front seat who is a fully licensed regular driver. In most cases, you don't have to pay an additional premium but if the learner driver has an accident, you might have to pay an age or inexperience excess or both.

Most car insurance policies also cover international drivers as long as they can legally drive in Australia and have a valid licence. Of course, they must abide by the terms and conditions of the policy as well.

If you drive while pregnant, it won't affect your policy unless you've been advised to refrain from driving or that your pregnancy could negatively affect your capacity to drive. To ensure you are fully able to drive, it is a good idea to consult your doctor.

Some insurance companies take things a step further than simply handling your claim. Some insurers offer a valet service whereby they take care of all the details and, if your car can be driven safely, they will even deliver it to where it needs to go. Generally, such perks are only available for comprehensive policies.

Some insurance companies offer certain benefits for children if you're an existing customer. If your child wants to insure their vehicle with the same insurance company, they might receive a rating for every year they've been driving while licensed and haven't made a claim. Check with your insurance company as some offer additional perks such as free one-day skilled drivers courses, which are meant to help them with their driving skills and offer discounts after completing the course.

To change any information pertaining to the registration of your car or the regular driver, you have to contact the insurance company. You will need to give them the number of your policy and/or the registration number of your vehicle, as well as your mailing address, which must coincide with the address on our policy, and your birth date when submitting your request.

Some details you will have to provide them with when changing the details of a regular driver include:

      • The frequency with which the person will now be driving the car
      • What they will be using the car for
      • Their name, gender and date of birth
      • How long they have held their licence for
      • Accident and claims history for the past 3 years. If there are such events, you must supply details of the accident, whether or not they were to blame and when it occurred.
      • Whether or not the driver has lost their licence or had it suspended or cancelled. If yes, you will need to provide details.

If you intend to alter your vehicle in any way that makes it different from the standard model, which includes adding non-standard accessories, you will have to contact the insurance company. You will have to provide your insurer with a list of the alterations and accessories along with their monetary value. You also have the option to remove alterations and accessories from your policy by contacting the insurance company.

Some insurance companies will provide their customers with a hire car for a limited period of time if their vehicle has been stolen. There is also the possibility of pre-purchasing a 'discount hire car benefit' or 'comprehensive hire car benefit', which will ensure you have access to a hire car while your vehicle is being repaired from damage caused in an accident.

Most insurance companies will not cover tools of trade under a car insurance policy, meaning that you will have to seek the services of a specialist insurer.

In terms of trailers, some companies will offer a limited degree of coverage for accidental damage caused to your trailer while it was connected to your vehicle.

Most car insurance policies only provide coverage while your vehicle is being driven in Australia. If you're overseas, the policy doesn't cover the vehicle or the personal liability of the driver.

In some cases, the damage to a vehicle is so severe that it's not economical or safe to attempt to repair it. If the insurer feels this is the situation, your vehicle will be declared a write-off and you will receive the amount covered or the agreed value.

If you have comprehensive insurance, some policies allow for the replacement of your car with a new vehicle and coverage of on-road costs, if your original vehicle was declared a write-off after being stolen or damaged within the first two years of its first registration.

Some insurance policies will provide coverage for your vehicle if you are driving off-road but you do have to take some precautions to make sure your car is safe.

There are certain restrictions when it comes to the type of coverage a car insurance policy offers. While these vary between insurance companies some of them include:

      • You are not covered if the accident was caused by a fault with your vehicle that you were aware of and chose to ignore;
      • You are not covered if your car was damaged during a race, trial, test, competition or similar arena;
      • You are not covered if your car was lost or damaged with intent either by you or a person acting on your behalf;
      • You are not covered for any further loss or damage caused to your vehicle if you drive it after it has been in an accident.

Car insurance is a very important way to protect your asset and stay out of debt, so be sure you know what your policy covers, and how it works in the event of an accident.


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    nicJune 7, 2017

    I forgot to renew my insurance and now my car has been stolen 3 weeks after my due date. Is there a grace period or something to help the situation or am I simply not covered?

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      JonathanJune 7, 2017Staff

      Hi Nic!

      Thanks for the comment.

      Some insurers may have a cooling off period on their policies and if you take it, they may be able to refund all your premiums but it still means you are not covered.

      You can contact your insurer about their policy on this matter.

      Hope this helps.

      Cheers,
      Jonathan

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    HannaApril 11, 2016

    I am not able to find any insurer that will insure me because of my claims history- 2 in 2013 and 1 this year. I was suggested to check findaninsurer but have tried 5-6 providers with no luck. Can you suggest any insurance providers that accept customers with previous claims?

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      RichardApril 11, 2016Staff

      Hi Hanna,

      Thanks for your question. finder.com.au is a comparison service and we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice or make product recommendations. I am unaware of any car insurers that specifically offer cover for people with claims history.

      All the best,
      Richard

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    sarahMarch 23, 2016

    Hi there
    I have lost my policy documents for my car insurance and need to find out whom I am insured with, is there a database that I can use to find out which insurance company I a insured with (talking comprehensive not 3rd party)
    Thanks
    Sarah

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      RichardMarch 23, 2016Staff

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your question. I’m not aware of anyone that offers this service. You may wish to review your bank statements to look for direct debits paid to the insurer or check if you have any emails in regards to your policy.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    TjOctober 23, 2015

    What charges are added if you criminal conviction is not car related?

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      RichardOctober 23, 2015Staff

      Hi TJ,

      Thanks for your question. A criminal conviction may affect the cost of your insurance. There are no hard and fast rules about how much you’ll be charged, as it can depend on the insurer and the conviction.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    TerriOctober 19, 2015

    Thanks Richard. After a few failures I found one that allows 5 accidents!

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    TerriOctober 18, 2015

    I’ve had 3 accidents in the last 3 years, and only drive occasionally as my wife does almost all of it. Having trouble getting cover for me. any ideas?

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      RichardOctober 19, 2015Staff

      Hi Terri,

      Thanks for your question. finder.com.au is a comparison service and we are not permitted to provide our users with personalised financial advice. Your wife may be able to get cover with you listed as an occasional driver. However, whether you’ll be able to get cover will depend on the acceptance criteria the insurer you choose.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    RoSeptember 2, 2015

    best insurance for 2 cars and motorcycle?

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      RichardSeptember 3, 2015Staff

      Hi Ro,

      Thanks for your question. finder.com.au is a comparison service and we are not permitted to provide product recommendations. Looking for car insurance companies that offer bundled or multi-policy discounts is always a good start.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    brookeAugust 28, 2015

    What insurance companies insure a previous drink driver?

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      RichardAugust 28, 2015Staff

      Hi Brooke,

      Thanks for your question. Most car insurance companies cover people with previous drink driving convictions. However, if you have a conviction on your record, you can expect to pay more for car insurance than someone without a record for drink driving.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    FlorianAugust 16, 2015

    Can I buy a Third Party Property Car Insurance as a non resident?

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      RichardAugust 17, 2015Staff

      Hi Florian,

      Thanks for your question. You can buy car insurance as a non-resident. However, this can vary between providers.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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    MarkAugust 10, 2015

    where can I get car insurance even though I had my licence suspended 2 years ago

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      RichardAugust 10, 2015Staff

      Hi Mark,

      Thanks for your question. You should be able to get cover from a number of insurers. However, you will pay more than someone without this driving infraction on their record.

      I hope this was helpful,
      Richard

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