The motor insurance market is a highly competitive one, with a wide variety of insurers and products available. With Third Party motor insurance being mandatory, all motor vehicle owners require Motor Insurance. Here are five key things to consider when buying motor insurance.
Most motor insurance policies are not equal. You will want to compare quotes from different insurers, as each one may have different conditions and coverage options. Determine what type of coverage you need before deciding solely on price. For e.g. if you live in an area that floods, you will want to ensure your policy covers that risk. You’ll also want to ensure your insurance provider has 24 hour unlimited roadside assistance preferably with a shuttle service for round the clock support and peace of mind. Another important coverage consideration is waiver of excess.when an accident results in more damages than a person’s insurance coverage allows for, the principle of waiver of excess comes into play.
Do you know your vehicle’s true value? This may appear to be a dumb question but if you’ve ever been in an accident you know just how important it is. By not adjusting your vehicle’s value yearly to account for depreciation, you’d end up paying more premium and even worse, in the event of a total loss your claim settlement will be much less that you expect. With us, we’ll remove the guesswork by paying for your valuation.
Your driving history or driving experience determines your No Claims Discount (NCD). The more experienced you are as a motorist the less likely you are to be involved in motor accidents, which can lead to motor insurance premiums being reduced. If you’re buying your first vehicle or do not have a No Claims Discount of your own, you can inform the insurer if you are or have been a noted driver on someone else’s policy to get an NCD consideration.
The motor insurers’ motor policy form contains a number of questions regarding the age, make and model of motor vehicle you are insuring. If your motor vehicle has a factory installed alarm system or GPS, you can get an additional discount. In contrast, motor vehicles considered to be high performance could lead to increased premiums. Failure to declare accurate information about your vehicle can result in your policy being voided.
The motor policy holder’s age has been known to affect motor insurance premiums. Younger drivers will find they have to pay more for motor insurance than motor policy holders who are over the age of 25. With some insurers such as Maritime General, you get an additional discount based on the driver’s age.