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What impacts the cost of my car insurance?

The cost of car insurance is influenced by several factors, including the car’s age, make and model, as well as the driver’s history. Knowing those factors can help you understand your premiums, and potentially save you a few bucks.

The type of policy you choose

In addition to Compulsory Third Party Insurance – which you may or may not have to purchase separately from your car rego, depending on which state or territory you live in – you can choose from a range of car insurance options. Apia offers three levels of cover, making it easy to find one that suits your needs.

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At Apia you insure your car for a choosen amount. That is, you and your insurer can agree to an amount covered up front. You can vary this amount within the given range for your car.

You can also raise or lower your excess, within limits we set, which can lower your premium payments.

All these factors, plus optional extras like Roadside Assist, Hire Car, and windscreen and window glass cover, will impact your car insurance premium price.

If you’re an Apia policyholder, you can visit our Online Services to vary your amount covered or check your car insurance excess at anytime.

The driver behind the wheel  

Your age, gender, driving experience, driving history, and claims history can impact car insurance costs. Also, listing any additional drivers on your policy may affect the premiums. You can add drivers to your policy via Apia Online Services.

The car you drive

The value of your car can impact your car insurance premium. For example, if you have something rare or modified, you may pay a little more on your premium. Potential repairs costs can also be a factor; if a particular model is likely to cost a little more to repair, your insurer may have to charge more to balance things out.

On the flip side, if a car presents less of a risk because of its safety features, it may cost less to insure than a riskier car.

Where you keep your car

Is your car parked in a locked garage, or left parked on the street? Moving your car into a locked garage may not only protect your car from theft or vandalism, but it can also prevent weather damage, too.

Your new address can also affect how car insurance premiums are calculated. This can include the frequency of accidents and the rate of crime in your area.

Lowering your premiums

At Apia, we offer discounts and rewards that can help you save, such as our multi-policy discount. For example, if you add your home insurance and car insurance, you can save up to 10% off your premium.

Another way to save cash on your car insurance is with Apia’s Drive Less, Pay Less discount. If you’re driving less than 20,000 kms per year and have a Comprehensive Car Insurance policy, you could reduce your premiums and put those savings to good use elsewhere.

Claiming is easy

At Apia, we’re here to help make things easy. When you do need to claim ­after an accident, it’s our priority to get you back on the road without the hassle. Our customers can access our online services or make an online claim, 24/7. 

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Australian Pensioners Insurance Agency Pty Ltd (Apia) ABN 14 099 650 996 AR 239591 is an authorised representative of AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 AFSL 230859 (AAI), the issuer of Home, Landlord, Car, Caravan, Motorhome, Boat, Travel & Compulsory Third Party Personal Injury (CTP) Insurance.

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This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situations or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.

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