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Budget Direct Car Insurance

Receive a 15% discount for cover when you purchase online.

There's a reason why Budget Direct is constantly winning awards for their car insurance.

Through a smarter questionnaire, Budget Direct is able to identify safer drivers and offer them cheaper premiums. You can also get access to their hail alert service, Hail Hero. Read on to learn more about their policies and to find one that suits your needs.

15% online discount on car insurance

Receive 15% off comprehensive car insurance when you purchase cover online.

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Details Features
Comprehensive
Comprehensive
15% discount for comprehensive policies purchased online
  • New-for-old replacement
  • Trailer damage up to $1,000
  • Up to $500 for personal effects damaged in collision
  • Discounts for restricting policy to drivers of a certain age and over
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Third Party Property
Third Party Property
15% discount for third party property policy purchased online.
  • $3,000 uninsured motorist damage*
  • $20 million legal liability cover
  • Flexible payment options
  • After-hours claim helpline
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Third Party Fire and Theft
Third Party Fire and Theft
15% discount for third party fire and theft policy purchased online.
  • $3,000 uninsured motorist damage*
  • $20 million legal liability cover
  • $1,000 hire vehicle following theft
  • After-hours claim helpline
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What cover options are available?

Budget Direct has a range of options that let you tailor your car insurance policy so that it gives you all the cover you need at a price you can afford. To find out exactly what’s covered in each policy, check out the Product Disclosure Statement. Following are the policies that Budget Direct provide:

Gold Comprehensive

Some key features of this option include:

  • Cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle following an accident, regardless of who's at fault
  • Accidental damage you cause to other people's property, including their car and home (legal liability cover)
  • Damage to your car as a result of storms, floods, hail, attempted theft or a malicious act
  • Loss of or damage to your vehicle due to fire or theft
  • Optional new for old replacement if your car is written off in the first two years or under 40,000 kms
  • Hire car if your vehicle is stolen
  • Damage to your trailer (but not its contents)
  • Replacement of your keys if they are stolen
  • Emergency transport home or temporary accommodation
  • Damage to personal effects in the car at the time of collision
  • Damage to child seats or capsules in the car at the time of collision
  • Reasonable cost of recovery, towing, and storage if your car's unsafe to drive
  • Optional no claim discount protection
  • Optional windscreen excess reduction
  • Optional roadside assistance

Gold Third Party Fire and Theft

Budget Direct also have a Third Party Property cover which includes:

      • Legal liability cover to $20 million
    • Damage to your car as a result of storms, floods, hail, attempted theft or a malicious act
    • Loss of or damage to your vehicle due to fire or theft
      • Uninsured motorist damage up to $3,000
      • Hire car following theft to a maximum of $1,000 over 14 days
      • 21-day money back guarantee (as long as you haven't made a claim)
      • Flexible payment options
      • After-hours claims helpline
      • Lifetime guarantee on authorised repairs

Gold Third Party

Third Party Cover will provide protection for:

      • Uninsured motorist damage up to $3,000
      • Legal liability cover up to $20 million
      • 21 day cooling off period (as long as you haven't made a claim)
      • Flexible payment options
      • After-hours claims helpline

How do policy features compare?

BenefitComprehensiveThird Party Fire & TheftThird Party
Loss of or damage to your vehicle
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
New car replacement
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
Damage to someone else’s vehicle
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Legal liability
  • $20 million
  • $20 million
  • $20 million
Damage by an uninsured driver
  • Yes
  • $3,000
  • $3,000
Damage to your caravan or trailer in a collision
  • $1,000
  • No
  • No
Hire car following theft
  • $1,000
  • $1,000
  • No
Replacement keys/remote
  • $1,000
  • No
  • No
Emergency transport and overnight accommodation
  • $100/day
  • No
  • No
Theft of or damage to personal effects in car
  • $500
  • No
  • No
Damage to or theft of child seats/baby capsule in your car
  • $500
  • No
  • No
Accident clean-up
  • $500
  • $500
  • $500
Death benefit
  • $5,000
  • $5,000
  • $5,000
No excess payable when third party is identified and at fault
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
No claim discount preserved when third party is identified and at fault
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
Repairs guaranteed for as long as you own the car
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Security device discount
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • No
Fortnightly, monthly or yearly premium payments
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
24/7 claims service
  • Yes
  • Yes
  • Yes
Online discount
  • Yes
  • No
  • No
Hire car following accident
  • Optional
  • No
  • No
Reduced window glass excess
  • Optional
  • No
  • No
No claim discount protection
  • Optional
  • No
  • No
Higher excess to reduce premium
  • Optional
  • No
  • No
Restricted driver discount
  • Optional
  • Optional
  • Optional

Why go with Budget Direct?

  • 15% discount for existing Budget direct customers that add a new comprehensive car policy only using the Budget Direct policy manager
  • 15% discount if you purchase a comprehensive, third party property or third party fire and theft car insurance policy online
  • 24-hour helpline to assist with your claim
  • 21-day money back guarantee
  • Lifetime guarantee on repairs
  • Access to 'Hail Hero', the award winning hail alert service
  • Choose fortnightly, monthly or annual payments
  • Direct Debit, Credit Card and PayPal payment options available
  • New-for-Old replacement policy available

What are the benefits of Budget Direct?

This section will discuss the different benefits available on Budget Direct Car Insurance policies.

Cover for your car

The following cover will be provided under the comprehensive policy

      • Damage to the car. If your car is accidentally damaged, Budget Direct will pay up to the maximum amount stated on the insurance certificate. Budget Direct will also pay the reasonable cost of recovery, towing and storage of the car if it was unsafe to drive as a result of the damage.
      • Personal effects. In the event of a collision involving the car, Budget Direct will pay for damage to personal effects which were in the car at the time of the collision.
      • Replacement Keys. If the remote locking device or keys to the car are stolen and not covered, Budget Direct will pay up to a maximum of the amount shown in Part B to replace them and recode the locks. Budget Direct will only pay if you have reported the theft to the police.
      • Trailer. In the event of a collision where the car is towing a trailer that belongs to you, Budget Direct will pay for damage to the trailer but will not cover the contents within the trailer.
      • Emergency transport and accommodation. If Budget Direct pay a claim for damage to the car, Budget Direct will also pay for the driver and occupants to be transported to the address where the car is normally kept at night or, where transport is unavailable, Budget Direct will pay for the cost of temporary accommodation.
      • New car replacement. If you purchased a new car and it becomes a total loss in the earlier of 2 years or 40,000 km, Budget Direct will replace it with a new car of the same make, model and specification if available locally. Budget Direct will also pay the first 12 months registration and compulsory third party insurance.

Damage to other people’s property

You are covered for the following events for all types of cover including third party property only.

      • Budget Direct will cover your legal liability for accidental damage caused by use of the car, substitute car, or a trailer or caravan attached to it. The maximum Budget Direct will pay for the total of all liability claims against them arising from one event is $20 million.
      • Budget Direct will extend this cover to other licensed drivers permitted by this policy and using the car with your consent, to any passenger in the car, and to your employer, principal or business partner if you are insured for business use.
      • The company will also pay for legal costs if Budget Direct agree to pay your liability claim and instruct its lawyers to act in connection with the claim.

Fire and theft cover for your car

This section applies only if the type of cover shown on your insurance certificate is ‘comprehensive’ or ‘third party fire and theft’. You are covered for the following events:

      • Loss or damage to the car. If the car is stolen or catches fire, Budget Direct will pay the maximum of the amount shown on the insurance certificate. Budget Direct will also pay the reasonable cost of recovery, towing and storage of the car if it was unsafe to drive as a result of the damage.
      • Hire car after theft. If Budget Direct pay a claim for theft of the car, it will also reimburse your reasonable cost of hiring a similar car until the car is recovered, your claim is paid, or for a maximum period of 14 days, whichever occurs first.

What additional cover options are available?

Looking to tailor your cover further? These smart options might spark your interest.

    • Restricted driver discounts. Receive a discount on your premium by restricting the youngest driver of your car. You can choose to restrict the youngest driver age to either 21, 25, 30 or 40
    • Roadside assistance. Don't want to be stranded on the side of the road with a flat battery or tyre? You might want to take out roadside assistance cover.
    • Hire car. Get your hire car costs reimbursed if your car is stolen or in an accident.
    • Windscreen excess reduction. Choose to reduce your windscreen excess by adjusting your premium.

General exclusions to be aware of

Budget Direct car insurance will not pay if your claims arises from:

  • Your car was being driven by any household member not listed on your certificate of insurance
  • Your car was being driven by anyone specifically excluded from cover
  • It is for loss or damage arising from the attempted theft of your vehicle
  • It is for loss or damage caused by storm, flood, vandalism and accidental damage (these events are covered by comprehensive car insurance)
  • Your car was being used for any unlawful purpose
  • Your car was being used in racing, trials or rallies
  • Your car was being used in connection with the motor trade (except for repairing or servicing)
  • Your car was being used to carry passengers or other people’s goods for payment
  • Your car was being driven by someone under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • Your car was being driven in an unsafe, unroadworthy or overloaded condition
  • Your car was being used to carry explosive, flammable or toxic goods either unlawfully or for business purposes
  • You don’t go with the car when it is shown for sale and it is stolen
  • It is for tyre damage caused by punctures, bursts or cuts
  • The person driving your vehicle did not stay at the scene of an accident when they were required by law to do so
  • It is for any reduction in the value of your car following repair
  • It is for any consequential loss
  • It is caused by wear and tear, abuse, corrosion, rust or depreciation
  • It is caused by mechanical, structural or electrical malfunction, breakdown or failure
  • It arises due to an incident that occurs outside Australia
  • It is for loss, damage or liability that is deliberately caused by any insured person, or anyone acting on their behalf
  • It is caused by the lawful repossession or confiscation of your vehicle
  • Your car has been modified without the insurer’s agreement
  • It arises because you use the wrong type of fuel

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About Budget Direct

Budget Direct is one of the leading general insurance brand in Australia. The company is a division of the Budget Insurance group, which was established in the 1970s. Its headquarters are in Brisbane, Australia.

Its car and home insurance are underwritten by Auto and General Insurance Company Ltd, which is an Australian insurance company and is a member of the Insurance Council of Australia. Budget Direct are part of the international Budget Insurance group, which provides insurance solutions for millions of policyholders worldwide. The group includes one of the largest direct personal lines insurers in South Africa, and one of the largest personal lines insurance intermediaries in the United Kingdom.

Budget Direct provides its customers with great deals on a number of different types of cover. Over three million policies are held globally and the company has a wide range of insurance products which comprise car, home and contents, travel, life, personal accident and pet insurance. Budget Direct also provides standalone roadside assistance.

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