Car Insurance Victoria

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

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Car insurance protects your ride from a bunch of hazards Victorians face every day like the trams that come out of nowhere or the aggressive city driver who rear-ends you. On top of that, you're covered for weather damage, theft and even traffic accidents you cause.

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Name Product Roadside Assistance Accidental Damage Storm Choice of Repairer Agreed or Market Value
Bingle Comprehensive
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.
Budget Direct Comprehensive
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. 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.
Coles Comprehensive
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.
Virgin Comprehensive
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.
Poncho Comprehensive
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.
Youi Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: Youi Comprehensive Car Insurance is one of the few providers to include roadside assistance in its policy. You'll also get access to YouiRewards which gives you discounts on furniture, parking and more. Youi also has a live chat feature on its site to talk through any questions.

Who it might be good for: People over 25 who want comprehensive cover with a focus on customer service
Stella Comprehensive
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. You get a free Bauer magazine subscription when you sign up and a portion of your premiums go to supporting female-led businesses.

Who it might be good for: Someone who wants a female-centred car insurance policy (it will cover men too).
Qantas Comprehensive
Agreed or Market
Finder's summary: You'll be able to pick and choose how comprehensive you want your cover to be with optional extras like roadside assistance, choice of your own repairer and the option of agreed or market value. Plus earn Qantas Points for joining and paying your premium. Sign up by 28 February 2021, you can earn up to 40,000 Qantas Points (points awarded will be based on your premium). T&Cs and eligibility apply.

Who it might be good for: People who love collecting frequent flyer points.

Compare up to 4 providers

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

Who has the best car insurance in Victoria?

There's no set best car insurance in Victoria (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.

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 car insurance 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.

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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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