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Car Insurance Victoria

With nearly 25,000 crashes in Victoria every year, car insurance is a must.


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Car insurance protects your ride from a bunch of hazards Victorians face every day: the trams that come out of nowhere, the aggressive city driver who rear-ends you, the poor roo who makes a mess of your scenic drive and the clueless tourist who still can’t figure out what side of the road to drive on. On top of all that, you’re covered for weather damage, theft and even traffic accidents you cause.

Stuck on who to choose? The 3 most popular car insurers for Victorians on Finder are:
1. Bingle
2. Budget Direct
3. Youi
Based on clicks to active policies on this page from October 2019 - March 2020

Compare comprehensive car insurance policies for Victoria

Name Product Roadside Assistance Accidental Damage Storm Choice of Repairer Agreed or Market Value
Budget Direct Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Our 2019 Finder Award winner for Best Value Car Insurance.
Qantas Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Earn up to 20,000 Qantas Points when you sign up. Points awarded will be based on your premium. T&Cs apply.
Youi Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Emergency roadside assistance included in Comprehensive policies.
Stella Comprehensive
Bingle Comprehensive
Simple and affordable car insurance.
Coles Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Save 10% when you buy online + collect double flybuys points at Coles Supermarkets. T&Cs apply.
Virgin Comprehensive
Grab a $100 e-Gift card when you purchase a new eligible Virgin Car Insurance policy by 30 September 2020. You’ll also save 15%. T&C's Apply.
Poncho Comprehensive
Temporary 30% reduction in your premium to help ease COVID pressure.
Real Comprehensive
Save up to 10% when you buy online.
Kogan Comprehensive
Save up to 10% when you buy online + $50 Credit.

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Who has the best car insurance in Victoria?

There's no set best car insurance in Queensland (or even in Australia!) as your own circumstances will influence what policy is right for you. Before you sign along the dotted line, don't just consider the cost of your policy, but also what you're actually covered for and what you think you'll need. Some examples include roadside assistance, new car replacement, a choice of repairer, and whether agreed or market value is available, amongst others.

Overall, for the 2019 Finder Awards, Budget Direct came out on top for Best Value Car Insurance. See more about them and our methodology below.

Who came out on top nationwide?

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Finder Award Winner: Budget Direct Car Insurance

Budget Direct won the 2019 Finder Award for Best Value Car Insurance because it was one of the more affordable policies on the market, whilst still providing strong coverage for your car.

Their policy boasts flood and storm cover, 24/7 phone assistance, adjustable excess, optional roadside assistance, a hire car, towing costs, and even a hail warning SMS system.

  • 15%
    15% off first year's premium for new policies purchased online. T&Cs apply.
  • 24/7
    24/7 roadside assistance for less than $1.60 a week
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What types of car insurance can I get in Victoria?

CTP is included whenever you register a vehicle in Victoria, or renew the registration. It protects you from the cost of medical expenses incurred by accidents, but not the cost of the damage to other cars or property. This is where the other types of car insurance come in. Select a cover option that strikes a suitable balance between cost and protection.

Third party propertyThird party property, fire and theftComprehensive
Personal liability
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Protection for your car
  • No
  • Cover for fire damage and theft
  • Comprehensive protection from many forms of damage
  • Personal liability: Personal liability expenses result from damage to cars or other property in an accident. Any type of car insurance with personal liability cover will include cover for this.
  • Protection for your car: Different policies will deliver various levels of protection. Third party property will cover personal liability expenses, while third party property with fire and theft will also cover you from costs associated with vehicle fires or theft. Comprehensive cover, meanwhile, delivers a wide range of protection from a number of different hazards that might befall your car.

Who has the cheapest car insurance in Victoria?

Where possible, we analysed quotes from 38 car insurance companies where possible and found the 3 cheapest providers based on their average cost for a comprehensive car insurance policy in Victoria for 4 types of drivers . For full methodology on our Finder Awards 2019, head here.

Keep in mind that there's no set cheapest car insurer, and that your costs are highly dependent on your own individual circumstances. Car insurance in Victoria is priced according to a similar range of factors as in the rest of Australia. The more likely you are to make a claim, the higher your premiums will be. This includes factors such as age, gender, how safe a driver you are and whether your type of car is more or less likely to be stolen than most.

Here are the 3 cheapest insurers in Victoria according to our criteria

Virgin Money$891.12Get quote
APIA$905.69More info
Budget Direct$909.07Get quote

What affects the cost of car insurance in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria?

The cost of car insurance is dependent on a wide range of factors, including:

  • The make and model of your car
  • The type of car insurance policy you choose
  • Your age and gender
  • Your location

Generally, your premiums are a reflection of the risk levels in your area. In Melbourne, for example, you're probably more at risk of other drivers than you would be in rural Victoria. Conversely, you might be more likely to hit a kangaroo in the latter.

Other drivers can also be hazards, and drivers in Victoria might be particularly prone to risky behaviour behind the wheel compared to those in other states.

Different insurers assess risks in different ways, so it can pay to shop around and get quotes from a range of different insurers to make sure you've found cover that works for you. The cheapest car insurance in Melbourne might be with a different insurer than the cheapest car insurance in regional VIC, and different individuals are also likely to get different quotes from assorted providers.

Getting car insurance quotes is generally the easiest way to find out how much car insurance will cost for you. A good first step might be to consider whether you can use some of the more specialised types of car insurance. Be sure to check the product disclosure statement (PDS) on the provider page to help you make the right choice.

How to find cheaper car insurance in Victoria

In Melbourne and beyond, there are a similar range of steps you can take that might help lower the cost of your car insurance.

  • Reconsider your cover needs. If you have an old or beat-up car, it might not need comprehensive cover.
  • Look for online discounts. Simply by buying online you can find significantly cheaper car insurance.
  • Increase your excess. A higher excess can significantly reduce your car insurance premiums.
  • Check your car insurance options. There are a range of options to choose form, such as excess-free windscreen and glass replacements. They might raise costs however, so you may want to look for cover that doesn't automatically include it.
  • Shop around. If your car insurance premiums are increasing, there might be a better option somewhere else. It might be worth switching car insurance instead of renewing.

Victoria car theft statistics

According to the National Motor Vehicle Theft Reduction Council (NMVTRC), motorists in Victoria are most likely to experience car crime than any other area. 29% of national total car thefts occur in Victoria.

There were 15,332 vehicles stolen in 2017. Compared with 2016, the number of thefts decreased 22% but remains 25% above 2013 levels. For every 1,000 cars registered, three will be stolen. Police recovered 70% of the stolen vehicles.

The top five crime areas are

  1. Hume City (944)
  2. Greater Geelong (831)
  3. Casey City (686)
  4. Darebin (674)
  5. Whittlesea (659)

The most stolen vehicles in the state are

  • The Nissan Pulsar N15, production years 1995-2000.
  • The Holden Commodore VE made between 2006 - 2013
  • The 2000 - 2002 Holden Commodore VX.

Drivers should be particularly vigilant on Fridays from 16:00 to 19:59 as thieves stole 712 cars during this period.

Car insurance companies in Victoria

  • 1300 Insurance
  • 1Cover Direct Insurance
  • 1st for Women
  • AAMI
  • AI Insurance
  • Allianz Insurance
  • ANZ
  • AON
  • APIA
  • Aust Seniors Insurance Agency
  • Australia Post
  • Bendigo Bank
  • Bingle
  • BOQ
  • Budget Direct
  • Bupa Insurance
  • CGU
  • Coles Insurance
  • Commonwealth Bank
  • GE Money
  • GIO
  • Guild Insurance
  • HBF Financial Services
  • HSBC
  • Hume Bank
  • ibuyeco
  • Just Car Insurance
  • Kmart Tyre & Auto Services
  • NAB
  • National Seniors
  • OnePath
  • Over Fifty Insurance
  • Ozicare
  • People's Choice Credit Union
  • Progressive Direct
  • QBE
  • RACV
  • Real Insurance
  • St. George Bank
  • Suncorp Bank
  • Virgin Money
  • Westpac
  • Woolworths
  • Youi

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    suApril 18, 2018

    I moved 1 street, same suburb, car insurance advised additional $150 and $130 for each car payable for remaining 6 and 8 months of premium. I asked why this happens when in same suburb, reply was number of claims for actual address taken into account. I am being insured as the driver with my own unblemished history, not past tenants of a property, why is more than suburb considered? or is this just discrimination for rental property as cannot control what other drivers claim or how they drive?

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      NikkiApril 18, 2018

      Hi Su

      Hi there, this is Nikki. Welcome to finder – the leading comparison website & general information service built to give you advice in your buying decision needs. How are you doing today?

      I’m sorry to hear about this. I can see your frustration. As much as we want to assist you on this, you’d have to check the terms and conditions on your insurance policy as this may suggest if your address would affect any claims / payables in premiums.

      Please note that we’re a product comparison website and we hold no affiliation with any company we feature on our site. We provide general information on products to assist you in your buying decision process hence we cannot recommend product / service that is rightfully fit for you.

      Hope this helps! Feel free to message us anytime should you have further questions.


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    PeterJune 25, 2017

    I’m looking at buying comprehensive car insurance for my 23yo daughter – car previously insured in my name – I’m finding the quotes from Bingle to be $200-$400 cheaper that other insurance companies.
    Am I missing something or are they really that much cheaper?

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      RenchJune 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thanks for reaching out to us. Please note that we are not affiliated with any company we feature on our site and so we can only offer you general advice.

      You can check these pages also for helpful information and you may compare your options:
      Comprehensive Car Insurance
      Car Insurance Finder
      Please click the name of your preferred insurance to find out the details. You may then click the green “Get Quote” button to direct you to their official site and get a quote from them.

      Hope this information helped.

      Best regards,

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      PeterJune 25, 2017

      I think you misunderstood my question. I have done all the comparisons and obtained quotes and as best as i can, i have tried to apply the same criteria to each quote. They are all much the same price, between $1100 and $1400 with the exception of Bingle. The Bingle quote, depending in the variable excess, is around $830 – $950, roughly $200-$400 cheaper than the others.
      I have been through the pds for Bingle and it appears to be no different to the other companies so i was wondering, with your experience, whether you know of any reason why Bingle is substantially cheaper?


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      RenchJune 25, 2017Staff

      Hi Peter,

      Thank you for clarifying that.

      I understand. Bingle car insurance is issued by AAI Limited, which is part of the Suncorp Group. They are one of the company car insurances that we feature on our site. There is no need to worry. The fact that they are cheaper than others, that is one of their plus points to car insurance seekers. You may check more info on these page reviews:
      Bingle Car Insurance
      Bingle Comprehensive Car Insurance

      Please click on the green ‘Get Quote’ button to get in contact with them and it will direct you to their official site.

      Best regards,

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    MandyMarch 22, 2017

    I love all the options displayed but looking for comprehensive with road side assistance in all states. Can I have this as an add on option?

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      ZubairMarch 27, 2017Staff

      Hi Mandy, is a comparison and information service and not actually an insurer.

      The table on our comprehensive car insurance page lists some of the insurers in our panel who provide cover for 24/7 roadside assistance.

      All the best,

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