People don’t always think about their car insurance when they move house. However, location is a key factor in how car insurance premiums are calculated, so it’s important that you contact your insurer before moving.
Calculating your premium comes down to risk. While each insurance company takes their own approach, there are common location-based factors that can affect the price of your premium.
Your car insurance premium might increase or decrease, depending on your new address. Failing to inform your insurer about your move may lead to a rejected claim or a reduction in your claim amount.
Insurers use historical data to assess the risk of insuring your car. They will look at:
This means your premium might change when you move from a quiet country town to a busy city, or vice versa.
Premiums may also differ depending on the state or territory you live in. If you’re moving cross-country, it’s a good idea to check with your insurer and see if this will affect the cost of your car insurance. For example, car insurance can be more expensive in NSW than in other states.
Moving into a new home with a locked garage can sometimes reduce your premium. Garages not only help to protect your car from theft or vandalism, but they can also prevent weather-related damage, too.
If you’re parking on the street at your new house, this can add to the risk of car theft, meaning your premium could go up. Covered carports don’t provide the same level of security as a lockable garage, but they may earn you a discount on your premium compared to street parking.
Some insurers ask questions about how often you drive your car. Moving house can mean a new daily route to work or the kids’ school. Travelling longer distances on road could cause your premium to increase. On the other hand, if your new commute involves less time on the road, your premium may come down.
No matter where you’re moving to, there are ways you might be able to reduce the cost of your car insurance or the risk of having to make a claim which could cause your premium to increase:
Updating your car insurance to reflect your change in address may not seem like an obvious item on your moving house to-do list. However, keeping your insurer updated means you’ll stay covered, with a policy that suits your circumstances.
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