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Insurance Australia Car

The Product Disclosure Statement (PDS) is a very important but often overlooked part of the process where you get insurance in Australia for your car. A PDS contains a lot of information, and too many people gloss over it, or skip the content. It’s worth spending a few more minutes reading the document closely, because it’s as much a part of getting insurance quotes for your car as the premium that a website displays.

A typical car insurance PDS will have a lot of definitions contained in it, and it’s very important to read these to get the best car insurance quotes in Australiafor your car. For example, one typical PDS includes definitions such as:

  • Agreed Value: which means the amount they agree to insure your vehicle for
  • Household Member: this means a person who normally lives at the same address as you, and in many cases, provided they are of a certain age, they are covered under your comprehensive car insurance policy when they drive your car
  • Modification: this means alterations to the standard engine, exhaust system, body, suspension, wheels, paintwork or sound system
  • No fault accident: this is an accident where the insurer decides the driver of the other vehicle is entirely at fault, and where you can provide details including the other driver’s name, residential address and registration number.

Make sure you read the PDS very closely when you get Australian insurance quotes for your car, and you’ll reduce the risk of signing up for something that gives you a nasty surprise!

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Can you insure your car for 6 months?

Most Australian insurers won’t offer you a 6-month car insurance policy, so you may need to buy a policy that covers your car for damages and cancel it after six months. You will need to purchase comprehensive car insurance to protect your car from accidental damage, theft, vandalism, or natural disasters.. 

Consider checking whether your 6-month comprehensive car insurance will cost more if you pay monthly or six-monthly premiums instead of a one-time annual premium. Another question to ask the insurer is whether you’ll need to pay administration or cancellation fees when you cancel the policy.

Alternatively, you can look for a suitable ‘pay as you drive’ car insurance policy, which usually offers you the coverage of a comprehensive car insurance policy but only requires you to pay for the distance driven. Such a policy may not be the ideal 6-month car insurance plan as it is based on how much you drive rather than for how long. If you need to drive a lot, you may end up paying more than you’d pay for regular car insurance. 

Does insurance cover a stolen car if keys were in the car?

A car insurance policy that covers the theft of your car, such as third party fire and theft insurance, usually covers a stolen car, even if the keys were in the car’s ignition.

However, your insurer may deny the claim if you live in an area where there have been several car robberies reported recently. They will see you leaving the keys in the car as a case of negligence. In such cases, your insurance provider may even expect you to have installed anti-theft security measures in your car. 

You may need to confirm whether or not you left your keys in your car, and if they had been stolen or misplaced, before filing your car insurance claim. The loss or theft of your car keys may be covered by a comprehensive car insurance policy, but usually as an optional item.

If you can confirm that your car keys were stolen, mention this in your claim as this will help establish that your car was not stolen as a result of your negligence.