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Your guide to getting your car insured in the Northern Territory

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The Northern Territory has the highest rate of fatalities in Australia. That's why it's harder for NT drivers to find a car insurance policy that doesn't cost an arm and a leg. But it is possible - trust us!

Name Product Roadside Assistance Accidental Damage Storm Choice of Repairer Agreed or Market Value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Awarded the 2019 Finder Award for the Best Value Car Insurance, this policy offers solid coverage at a low cost plus you will get 15% discount on first year's premium when you take out a policy online. Budget Direct’s claims service has received a 4.2/5 based on nearly 5,000 customer reviews.

Who it might be good for: People who want a comprehensive policy without breaking the bank.
QBE Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: QBE is a sustainable insurance company and also Finder's Green Insurer of the Year 2020 Award winner. This policy offers the highest level of protection available from QBE including three-year new car replacement. You can also save $75 when you purchase a new comprehensive policy online. T&Cs apply.

Who it might be good for: Those that are looking for a more environmentally friendly insurance choice.
Bingle Comprehensive
Market
Finder's summary:Bingle consistently comes up as one of the cheaper insurers out there. It only covers the basics, so you don't get to choose your own repairer, you're not covered for personal items in the car and unless you add it as an option, you won't get a hire car if your car is stolen. But this keeps its premiums low.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a low-cost option that covers them for the basics.
Coles Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Coles have two-tiers of comprehensive car insurance to choose from. You'll earn double flybuys points at Coles supermarkets and you can get $10 off your Coles grocery bill every time you redeem 2,000 Flybuys points. If you're over 30, you can get roadside assistance free for a year.

Who it might be good for: Coles customers and Flybuys collectors.
Poncho Comprehensive
Agreed
Finder's summary: Poncho works like a monthly subscription – you pay monthly and can cancel and leave at any time. You can also list multiple cars and drivers under one policy, making it ideal for families and groups living together under one household.

Who it might be good for: People who want their car insurance month to month.
Qantas Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You'll be able to choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like choice of repairer and the option of agreed or market value. Plus earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up by 2 May 2021, you can earn up to 30,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.
Virgin Comprehensive
Optional
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Finalists for the 2019 Finder Awards for Best Value Car Insurance, Virgin Comprehensive provides a good level of cover for a decent price. Get 15% off on your first year’s premium when you purchase a new eligible comprehensive car insurance online. T&Cs Apply.
Stella Comprehensive
Optional
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Stella’s a female-focused insurer. It'll cover you if your car is damaged as a result of domestic violence. It offers higher cover for baby gear than most, with up to $2,000 cover for prams, strollers and child seats. Get $50 cash back when you purchase online between 1 April – 30 June 2021 using the code STELLA50. T&C apply.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a female-centred car insurance policy (it will cover men too).
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Car insurance can help protect you and your wallet from the uninsured driver who t-bones you out of nowhere, the local hooligan going around keying cars, and your own moment of distraction when you crash into someone’s Audi in the car park.

What types of car insurance can I get in NT?

Find the right policy for your situation by selecting an option that strikes an appropriate balance between affordability and cover offered.

Third party propertyThird party property, fire and theftComprehensive
Personal liabilityYesYesYes
Protection for your carNoCover for fire damage and theftComprehensive protection from many forms of damage
  • Personal liability. If you damage someone else’s property, such as a car or a house, in the course of an accident, it’s referred to as a personal liability cost because you are personally liable for it. This expense is covered by all types of car insurance except CTP.
  • Protection for your car. Your policy type determines your level of protection. Third party property only policies do not typically offer any cover for your car, while fire and theft policies only cover fire damage and stolen cars. Comprehensive policies will cover the cost of most damage that may befall your vehicle.

How much will it generally cost?

Your car insurance premiums are affected by how likely you are to make a claim. The more likely this is, the more expensive your car insurance will generally be. Factors like age, your driving record, the type of car you drive and many more are all taken into consideration.

  • CTP. All CTP insurance in the NT costs the same
  • Policy type. The cost of car insurance in the Northern Territory varies depending on policy type, vehicle insured, location and your individual circumstances. Comprehensive insurance is naturally more expensive than basic cover.
  • Stamp duty. Different financial services, including car insurance, are taxed at different levels around Australia. This is known as stamp duty, and for car insurance in NT, it’s set at 10% of the premiums paid. This is typically added to the cost of the insurance.

Northern Territory car theft statistics

According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), counting thefts per registrations, the Northern Territory has a national high of 6.09 cars stolen per 1,000 registrations.

The total car thefts numbered 981, or a 1.9% share of national thefts during 2017.

The five most common car theft areas

  1. Darwin City (432)
  2. Palmerston (166)
  3. Alice Springs Town (149)
  4. Litchfield Municipality (79)
  5. Katherine Town (44)

All of the top five crime hotspots in the Northern Territories actually experienced lowering car crime rates versus 2016. Overall car theft dropped 9.8%. Crime is heading back toward 2013 levels.

The most likely time to have a vehicle stolen is on a Monday from 20:00 - 23:59. Friday, Saturdays and Sundays see the most vehicles taken.

Utes dominated the top three theft targets, with the Toyota Hilux claiming first and second place. The Toyota Landcruiser 70 closed out the top three.


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