8 things to look out for when purchasing your car insurance

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8 things to look out for when purchasing your car insurance

There are lots of different factors that affect your car premium – some of which you can control and some of which you can’t.  Insurers use their experience and expertise to analyse these factors, and calculate an insurance premium (your price) that’s specific for you. Therefore, the cost of car insurance premiums can vary from one person to another.

In determining which policy to get, here are some things to consider:


Desired coverage

The minimum requirement under Singapore’s regulations is to cover third-party liability. You can also opt for ‘comprehensive’ coverage, which also covers damage to your own car – while premiums are higher, this is often the choice of most drivers.

Additionally, some insurers also help you to save on premiums. For example, Aviva is the only insurer in the market to offer a Dual-Year Plan which will allow you to enjoy savings by locking in a lower premium for your second year when you purchase the policy with a 2-year period.


Add-on coverage

Some insurers offer add-on coverage such as a replacement car feature but others might provide a transport allowance rider instead.  It’s good to note that there will also be variants in the maximum number of days that insurers will reimburse you for transport or provide a replacement car, as well as the type of replacement car or amount of reimbursement.


Your policy excess

An excess, also called deductible, is the amount you would have to fork out first before the insurer contributes to your repair bill. The excess level offered will differ from insurer to insurer – you should check that you are comfortable with the amount.  Some people prefer to keep their excess high to enjoy lower premiums, while others want to keep it as low as possible in case of minor accidents, which results in higher premiums.


Number of drivers

You should consider if you want to include any other drivers in your policy.  You can choose to cover only yourself, specific named drivers, or any drivers. The number of drivers and their driving experience may play a part to determine your premiums.


The make and model your car

We’re all unique – some of us love sporty cars with high powered engines, while some of us just want a car that can get us from A to B. Each vehicle type will lead to a different price. Vehicles with expensive spare parts often translate to higher insurance premiums because insurers are undertaking the risk of a higher cost of repair in the event of an accident.


Usage of vehicle

Some insurers will ask if the vehicle is used for day-to-day transportation such as commuting to work, or if it’s a necessity in the course of your work, for instance an outdoor sales job. Insurers typically see a higher risk in individuals who need to drive in their course of work because they are on the road more and are exposed to a higher likelihood of an accident.


Your No Claims Discount

A No Claims Discount (NCD) is a discount awarded annually by your insurance company if you have not made any claim on your existing car insurance. If you don’t make a claim, this shows you’re a safer driver, and it is factored in to the price. You can, however, pay extra to protect your No Claims Discount (NCD) and reduce the impact that a future claim would have on your next renewal price.


Claims history of the driver

Accidents can happen to even the safest drivers. But the more accident-prone a driver is, the higher the premiums will be, due to the perceived increased likelihood of getting into an accident again. On the other hand, safe drivers enjoy No Claims Discounts (NCD) that can translate into significant savings on insurance premiums.

These days, shopping around for car insurance quotes is easy thanks to the Internet. Some insurers, such as Aviva, offer direct car insurance which allows you to get a quote and buy a policy in minutes!


Updated on: 19 June 2017


  1. tan@diamond-international.com.sg'
    Tan Khim Koon May 24, 2016 at 5:51 pm - Reply

    My car Volvo S60’s COE is due to expire in December 2016, I intend to renew for 5 more years COE which is about $23+ according to LTA. May I know how much would be the insurance premium for my car then. I have NCB 50% discount and Traffic Police 5%.

    • Aviva May 24, 2016 at 6:14 pm - Reply

      Hi Khim Koon,

      Thanks for your comment – we hope you found the article useful!

      With regards to your question on your car insurance premium, one of my colleagues will get in touch with you to advise further.

      Have a good week ahead!


  2. whitleyyew@yhoo.com.sg'
    whitley July 14, 2016 at 11:09 pm - Reply

    I have a coming to a one year old HONDA FIT. I have a 50% NCD.Included in the insurance is me and two named drivers ( >30 years old and more than 10 years driving experience) Would like to know the premium payable and details of the coverage.

    Thank you

    • Aviva July 15, 2016 at 9:40 am - Reply

      Hi Whitley,

      Thanks for your comment! My colleague will be in touch with you via email to advise further.

      Have a good weekend!

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    Alvin October 20, 2016 at 1:28 pm - Reply

    Where can I resd more for the motor insurance?
    Eg what is cover what are not cover .
    eg, If i drive into Malaysia, am I cover? etc>>

  4. alvinchoo@stengg.com'
    Alvin Choo February 13, 2017 at 11:41 am - Reply

    Hi, I’ve been away from Singapore for the last 5 years. As such, does my oversea NCD that I have still applies when I return to SG and buy a car insurance?

    • Aviva February 24, 2017 at 6:29 pm - Reply

      Hi Alvin, sorry for our late response. But yes your overseas NCD could still be applicable here, though most insurers will need some validation. If you’re interested to get a quote from Aviva, we’d be happy to follow up with you via email on next steps to take to validate your overseas NCD.

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    Corinne February 26, 2017 at 7:37 pm - Reply

    My employer has been providing me a company car for past 11 years, I will be buying over the car when I leave the company soon. I have been a good driver, with no demerit points, no accident records. Will all this count when I take up the car insurance?

    • Aviva February 27, 2017 at 3:09 pm - Reply

      Hi Corinne,

      Thanks for your comment! Yes, all these will be factored in when you take up the car insurance under your name. However, some insurers would need validation that you are the sole driver of the company car. If you’re interested to get a quote from Aviva, we’d be happy to follow up with you via email on next steps to take. Hope that helps! 🙂

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    Corinne February 27, 2017 at 4:07 pm - Reply

    Please contact me on quote.

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    Chris November 1, 2017 at 5:09 pm - Reply


    I would like to know the difference between having a named driver and having unnamed drivers. Any difference in coverage, excess or premium?


    • Aviva November 10, 2017 at 10:30 am - Reply

      Hi Chris,

      There’s no difference in coverage but there could be excess (e.g. if drive is below 24 years old and holding a valid driving license for less than a year) or difference in premiums.
      Do let me know if you would like someone to get in touch with you to clarify this. 🙂

  8. Seah_Yanlin@yahoo.com.sg'
    Rachael February 3, 2018 at 7:35 pm - Reply

    May I know does the comprehensive car insurance cover the loss of use?

    • Aviva February 6, 2018 at 1:19 pm - Reply

      Hi Rachael,

      Thanks for your comment! Loss of use is an optional coverage, let me know if you would like me to check if you opted to have this add-on for your car insurance. Hope that helps! 🙂

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