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Car Insurance ACT

Compare 30+ car insurance ACT policies, filter by what you want so you only pay for the things you need.

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Name Product Roadside assistance Accidental damage Storm Choice of repairer Agreed or market value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2023 winner of our Best Value Car Insurance award. It's cheaper than most, plus you can lower costs by adding age restrictions.

⭐ Current offer: 15% off your first year's premium when you take out a policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Anyone who wants a good value policy.
Youi Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: The 2023 winner of our Best Features Car Insurance award. Plus, it's one of the only insurers to automatically include roadside assistance.

Who it might be good for: Those who want good customer service with lots of inclusions.
Australia Post Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Covers a little more than other insurers. You don’t need to pay an excess for windscreen repairs and cover applies to anyone who uses your car.

⭐ Current offer: Get $100 off your first year's comprehensive car insurance premium when you buy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Multiple people using one car.
Bingle Comprehensive
Finder's summary: Our data shows it’s the cheapest comprehensive policy. It just covers the basics such as damage to your car, theft and storms – it doesn’t go in for add-ons and extras.

Who it might be good for: Those wanting a low-cost, no-frills policy.
QBE Comprehensive
Green Company
QBE Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Our best-rated Car Insurer for Customer Satisfaction in 2021/2022 and Green Insurer for the last 3 years.

⭐ Current offer: Save $75 when you purchase a new comprehensive policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Those who want a trustworthy insurer and more cover than other brands, such as 3-year new car replacement (e.g. they'll give you money for a new car for up to 3 years if yours is written off).
Kogan Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Kogan comes with all the perks that most comprehensive car insurance policies include, but you'll also be entitled to some benefits from its online store. This usually comes in the form of a gift voucher or discount if you buy online.

⭐ Current offer: Get $115 off first year premiums when you purchase Kogan Comprehensive Car Insurance online + $10 monthly credit. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Kogan shoppers and those after a good range of policy options.
Qantas Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You need car insurance so why not get one that lets you earn Qantas Points? It's good value too (it's underwritten by the same insurer as Budget Direct). .

⭐ Current offer: Earn up to 50,000 Qantas Points with every Qantas Car Insurance policy you take out by 5 December. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: People who want more bang for their buck with Qantas Points.

How to find the cheapest CTP insurance in the ACT

There are four insurer providing CTP insurance in the ACT:

  • GIO (Founded as the Government Insurance Office in 1927)
  • NRMA Insurance (Established in the 1920s as separate entity from the National Roads and Motorists’ Association that has the same name)
  • AAMI (Founded as Australian Associated Motor Insurers Limited in 1985)
  • Apia (Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency launched in the 1990s)

Each insurer is allowed to set its own premiums, within prescribed legislative limits. As of October 1 2017, prices are as follows.

CTP insurance prices in the ACT

Passenger vehicleMotorcycle up to 600ccMotorcycle over 600cc
GIO$486.60 per year$96.20 per year$441.90 per year
NRMA$482.30 per year$97.10 per year$431.80 per year
AAMI$490.30 per year$98.50 per year$484.90 per year
Apia$506.00 per year$131.90 per year$516.90 per year

All prices above assume to input tax credits.

As you can see, prices are close but GIO has the cheapest CTP insurance for passenger vehicles and motorcycles with an engine capacity over 600cc. Meanwhile, Apia charges significantly more for motorcycle CTP insurance.

Australian Capital Territory car thefts

During 2017, the Australian Capital Territory experienced 1,321 motor vehicle thefts, an increase of 40.7% over 2016, according to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC).

The most stolen category of car was passenger and light commercial vehicles, with 1,174 thefts. Since 2013, vehicle crime in the area has risen 103%. 125 motorcycle owners had their bike snatched during the year.

1995-2000 Nissan Pulsar N15's proved most popular car to steal amongst ACT thieves. The second most stolen vehicle was the 2002-2005 Ford Falcon BA. Cars valued between $0-$5,000 were the most likely targets of criminals, representing 58% of cases.

Vehicles are most at risk of theft on Saturday nights between the hours of 20:00 and 23:59. The next high crime level period was Sunday from 16:00 to 19:59.

How CTP insurance works in the ACT

In the ACT, your third party injury “Green Slip” insurance is mostly for accidents between motorists. If you’re the only party involved in an accident, and are legally “at fault” for it, you are not necessarily covered for injuries.

For example, if you hit a kangaroo and suffer resulting injuries, your CTP insurance probably won’t cover it.

Your medical expenses might be taken care of through Australia’s public health system, or you might be covered in some ways through workers’ compensation, depending on the situation. But for the most part, you’ll generally need some form of life or personal injury insurance policy, rather than car insurance.

If another motorist is at fault for the accident, then that person’s insurance can cover the costs, including resulting loss of income, rehabilitation expenses and more. Conversely, if you’re found to be at fault then your own CTP insurance might cover it, saving you from potential bankruptcy.

What kinds of additional car insurance can I get?

For additional cover, you can choose between the three major types of extra car insurance. These extra policies are not mandatory, but at least one of them is a very good idea.

  • Third party property damage: Only covers your third party liability for damage to other people’s property. For example, the cost of damage to another person’s car.
  • Third party property damage with fire and theft: Includes third party liability as above, plus cover for fire and theft of your own vehicle.
  • Comprehensive car insurance: Generally, the only type of car insurance that can cover accidental damage, storm and hail damage, and more. Comprehensive car insurance also includes third party property damage cover.

Generally, third party property cover is the minimum additional cover you’ll want before getting on the road. If your car isn’t very valuable, or if you don’t want to pay more for cover, that might be all you want.

Comprehensive car insurance is generally the only cover type that can provide reliable protection for damage to your own vehicle. If you depend on having your vehicle in good condition, or if it’s valuable enough to warrant comprehensive protection, then this might be the cover type for you.

How to compare car insurance ACT

Your prices are determined for you personally, based on factors like your address, your vehicle and your driving history.

This means getting a quote is the only way to find an accurate indication of how much different insurers cost.

No one insurer will consistently be the cheapest. For example, one insurer might offer lower prices for Hyundais while another will offer cheaper cover for Toyotas. The number one key to saving money on car insurance might be to shop around and compare prices.

But make sure you’re comparing “like for like” policies. Look at features such as:

  • Whether you’re getting additional benefits with your cover. For example, if one policy includes complimentary roadside assistance then that might be worthwhile, even it it costs more.
  • How the insurers will pay claims. For example, whether the insurer will claim the remnants of the vehicle as salvage after paying a total loss, or whether you can retain it. If you’re driving a vintage or prestige car, then retaining salvage rights might be an important difference.
  • How to make a claim. You might want to avoid insurers that don’t offer 24-hour claims services, and it’s worth making sure you have a good understanding of how exactly to contact an insurer, and what evidence you’ll need to provide in order to make a claim.

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