Where do car premiums go?
We understand that changes to your premium can be confusing. As a guide we have broken down where insurance premiums go, because it’s important to us that you know where your money is going.
What data did we use?
- The information above is based on data aggregated across all AAI Motor Policies and is calculated based on the period from 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018. The data may vary from time to time, depending on the measurement period.
- AAI Motor Policies mean comprehensive, fire, theft and third party property damage, third party property damage, motorcycle, caravan and motor home policies of all the AAI Brands, issued by AAI Limited and includes policies with all types of optional covers. It does not include boat insurance or motor cover under a business policy.
- AAI Brands mean AAMI, GIO, Suncorp, Apia, Shannons, Bingle Insurance, CIL Insurance, Vero, InsureMyRide, Just Car Insurance and Essentials by AAI.
- Percentages are rounded to the nearest whole number.
- This information is intended to be of a general nature and for information purposes only. ‘Where do premiums go’ may differ and may change from time to time. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
What impacts premium?
The below general information is relevant to Suncorp car (including comprehensive; comprehensive extras; comprehensive advantages; fire, theft and third party property damage; third party property damage), motorcycle (including comprehensive; fire, theft and third party property damage; third party property damage), caravan (including comprehensive, onsite and, trailer and horse float cover) and motor home (including comprehensive; third party property damage) insurance, unless otherwise stated. Please refer to your relevant policy documents for more detail.
Many factors can impact the amount of premium that we charge our customers, some key matters are set out below. In addition to change in circumstances impacting your cover, premiums are also impacted by changes in our pricing practice, pricing factors and how we calculate premium from time to time.
The amount your vehicle is insured for affects your premium. For example, luxury cars can have higher premiums as they cost more to replace as opposed to a less expensive car in the event of a total loss.
The type of vehicle you have, has a significant impact on your premium. This is because the cost replacement parts vary depending on the make and model of vehicle you have.
The place where your vehicle is kept can impact your premium. Generally, a higher population density in an area means more traffic and therefore a higher chance of an incident occurring. Certain areas with higher risk of theft, vandalism and other similar incidents will also affect the premium.
A driver’s age and experience can affect the likelihood of having an accident or claim. Generally, more experienced drivers have less accidents.
Excess is the amount you ordinarily have to pay for each incident when you make a claim. If you choose a higher excess, you may be out of pocket more when making a claim. A higher excess reduces our claims cost meaning we can reduce your premium. Higher excess means a lower premium, lower excess means a higher premium.
A premium may change depending on the total amount of claims we receive each year across all policies. If we receive more claims than expected, premiums can be impacted.
When your premiums are paid upfront annually it is usually cheaper. Should you choose to pay monthly, a higher premium is usually charged.
After we have calculated the amount to cover your car insurance risk, any applicable stamp duty, charge and levy and GST are then applied. Government taxes and charges may change from time to time.
How can I review my premium?
The below general information is relevant to Suncorp car (including comprehensive advantages; comprehensive extras; comprehensive; fire, theft and third party property damage; third party property damage), motorcycle (including comprehensive; fire, theft and third party property damage; third party property damage), caravan (including comprehensive, onsite and, trailer and horse float cover) and motor home (including comprehensive; third party property damage) insurance, unless otherwise stated. The information below is not relevant for compulsory third party insurance. Please refer to your relevant policy documents for more detail.
Review your policies to make sure all details are correct. Some changes can impact your premium if they affect the premium factors. Below are some ways you can influence how much premium you pay under our suite of Suncorp car products where relevant. When reviewing your policy, you should always consider your own personal circumstances and check whether your policy suits your own needs.
You can choose a voluntary excess from the range we offer to reduce your premium. This excess applies to all claims in addition to any other excess that applies.
The amount we insure your vehicle for will also impact your premium. When reviewing your amount covered, it’s important to ensure the level is sufficient for your situation.
A number of other factors can impact your premium, including;
- What you use your vehicle for? For example, your premium will generally be lower if you use your vehicle for private use compared to business use. This is not applicable to motorcycle, motorhome or caravan insurance.
- Who drives your car? Age and driving experience of listed drivers can impact your premium.
- How many kilometres you travel each year? The more you are on the road, the more chances there are of having an accident therefore your premium will be impacted by how far you travel each year. This is not applicable to motorcycle, motorhome or caravan insurance
If any of the details have changed it’s important to contact us to ensure you have the right level of cover at the best price.
- Suncorp Insurance offers a family discount on your comprehensive car insurance if you are under 25 years old and one of your parents are also comprehensively insured with Suncorp Insurance, you may be eligible for up to a 10% discount on your comprehensive car insurance premium
- Suncorp Insurance offers a multi-policy discount of up to 15% if you insure three or more eligible paid personal insurance policies with us. These can be home, contents, car, motorhome, motorcycle, caravan and boat. A Queensland Compulsory Third Party insurance policy counts as an eligible policy, but the premium cannot be discounted. Comprehensive car insurance counts as an eligible policy, but the discount is not applicable to the Roadside Assist optional cover.
Discounts are also a factor that can affect your rated premium. Any discounts are usually calculated and applied before application of government taxes and charges.
You should check your relevant policy documentation for information on discounts.
From time to time we might also offer discounts or some other special offers as part of a marketing campaign. If we do this, separate terms and conditions may apply and you might not be eligible for our usual discounts. The amount and type of discount offered can change or be withdrawn.
If you are eligible for more than one discount, we usually apply any subsequent discount to the already discounted rated premium.
Discounts do not apply to the Suncorp Roadside Assist portion of the premium if you purchase that optional cover.
To makes changes to your policy, log in online to your account or give us a call on 13 11 55. Online changes are not available for motorcycle, caravan and motor home policies.
This information is intended to be of a general nature and for information purposes only. What your premium goes towards may differ and may change from time to time. We do not accept any legal responsibility for any loss incurred as a result of reliance upon it – please make your own enquiries.
The information provided is accurate and true as of 1st May 2019, noting we may change our pricing practice (and the premium factors) from time to time.
Suncorp car, motorcycle, caravan, motorhome and compulsory third party insurance is issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as Suncorp Insurance. Please read and consider the relevant Product Disclosure Statement before making any decisions regarding Suncorp Insurance products. Go to www.suncorp.com.au for a copy. This advice has been prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.