Bingle has won multiple awards for having the cheapest and best value car insurance. Are they right for you?
If you’re looking for simple, hassle-free car insurance, Bingle offers a range of policies designed with you in mind. Bingle is an online insurer that aims to provide affordable, easy-to-understand cover for your set of wheels. It also offers sizeable savings to claims-free drivers and a fast online claims service if you ever need to make a claim.
To top it off, they've also won Money Magazine's Cheapest Car Insurance award for 3 years running, plus a bunch of other awards for their value. Read on to discover if they're right for you.
Finder's 3 favourite features
- 41% of people pay $1.60 or less a day.
- Safe drivers can save up to 24%.
- If you can't drive, get a hire car until your claim is settled.
Review by our car insurance expert Alexandra Koster
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What makes Bingle different?
- They only operate online. Bingle does almost everything online. Having no big call centres or branches to support helps keep their premiums low.
- They keep their insurance simple. Bingle don't insure modified cars and only offer simple comprehensive and third party property damage insurance. This also helps keeps premiums low.
- They reward claim-free drivers. Bingle rewards drivers with a good claims history with a saving of 24%* on your policy if you haven't claimed in the past 3 years.
What cover options does Bingle offer?
Bingle has two cover options up for grabs. Their Third Party Property Damage policy covers you if you cause damage to someone else's property. Their Comprehensive policy covers you for this plus fire, theft and malicious damage, as well as a bunch of other added benefits.
Their Comprehensive policy covers you for this plus fire, theft and malicious damage, as well as a bunch of other added benefits.
Bingle do not offer a third party fire and theft policy, so if you want this cover you'll need to take out a comprehensive policy.
Comprehensive car insurance
Bingle’s comprehensive car insurance covers accidental loss or damage to your car caused by accidents, storm, hail, fire, theft and malicious damage. This includes cover for towing and storage costs as well as emergency accommodation and repairs. You will also have $20 million of legal liability cover if you’re responsible for accidental damage to someone else’s car or property.
- Covers loss or damage caused by accidents, nature, theft, malicious damage and more
- Towing and storage costs
- Emergency travel, accommodation and repairs
- Optional windscreen and window glass only
- Optional replacement vehicle cover
- Up to $20 million legal liability cover
- Easy online claims process
- Lifetime repair guarantee
- 21-day cooling-off period
- Flexible premium payment options
Third party property damage insurance
- Third party property damage insurance from Bingle provides cover when the use of your vehicle causes accidental damage to someone else’s car or property. Bingle provides up to $20 million of cover.
What won't be covered?
Bingle will not pay your car insurance claim for the following reasons:
- If it is for general wear and tear of your car, including mould, rust, corrosion or depreciation.
- If it is for mechanical or electrical breakdown or failure.
- If it is for loss or damage caused when you used the incorrect type of fuel.
- If it is for the replacement of undamaged parts.
- If it is for loss or damage that occurred by allowing your car to be driven after an incident of loss or damage (unless you couldn’t have known that this would lead to further loss or damage).
- If it is due to an incident that occurred when you were driving without an appropriate licence.
- If it is for legal liability caused by someone you didn’t allow to use your car.
- If your car was being used for unlawful purposes or beyond its design specifications.
- If your car was not roadworthy when the incident occurred.
- If your car was involved in a race or motorsport of any kind.
- If your car was being used for hire or monetary reward (this does not include carpooling).
- If it is for intentional loss or damage by you, someone you allowed to use your car, or someone acting with your consent.
- If it is caused by a reckless act, for example, a burnout or street racing.
- If it is caused by looting, rioting, war or terrorism.
- If you, or someone you allow to use your car, were driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
- If you fail to take reasonable precautions to prevent loss, damage or liability.
- If it is for an incident that occurred outside Australia.
What excess will be charged?
When you make a claim on your Bingle car insurance policy, you may need to pay an excess to contribute to the cost of the claim. There are three excesses you need to be aware of:
- Standard excess. The standard excess applies to all claims unless otherwise stated in the PDS, and it ranges from $650 to $795 depending on where you live.
- Age excess. The age excess is payable when the driver using your car at the time of an incident is under 25 years of age. The excess amount is $600 and you must pay this in addition to the standard excess.
- Unlisted household member or unlisted regular driver excess. This applies if the driver at the time of an incident is a household member or a regular driver of your vehicle, but is not a listed driver on your policy. This excess is $1,950.
How can I save on my policy?
There are several steps you can take to help lower the cost of your Bingle car insurance premium.
- Paying annually. You can pay your Bingle car insurance premiums in one annual lump sum or through regular instalments. However, if you pay by instalments, the total cost of cover is more than if you pay annually.
- Limiting your options. Your premiums will increase if you add optional extras such as windscreen or Keep Mobile cover to your Bingle policy.
- Driving safely. Drivers with a claims-free history and no traffic infringements on their driving record can enjoy cheaper premiums.
- Driving less. The distance your car covers each year is one of the factors used when calculating your premium.
Making a claim
You can apply for a claim online. You’ll need to provide full details of the incident that causes your claim. The insurer may also request a range of supporting information, including the following:
- A police incident number or report
- The contact details of anyone else involved in the incident
- Information and photos detailing the loss, damage or liability
Some final questions you might have
* - as of August 2017