Insurance Quotes

When obtaining insurance quotes in South Africa for car insurance or household possessions, the following factors could have an influence on your insurance premium.

Household Insurance Quotes

Residential Area

If you live in a high risk area, insurance companies will load your premium accordingly. You would therefore pay a higher premium for the same amount of cover than someone living in a low risk area.

Roof and Wall Construction

A residence with a non-standard roof (e.g. thatched roof) or walls is a higher risk than a standard residence, and will be rated accordingly by an insurance company.

Security Measures

Based on the area you live in, insurance companies will stipulate the minimum security measures required at your residence. You can get a discount on your insurance quote when your security exceeds the minimum requirement.

Type of Cover

Generally, your house contents are covered against fire, theft, water, wind and storm damage. In order to reduce the rate on your insurance quote, you can exclude burglary and theft cover, or exclude flood damage (not recommended though).

No Claim Bonus (Claim-free Years)

Your insurance history will also have an influence on your insurance quote. First-time insurers pay more for insurance cover compared to someone with proof of insurance. The discount is calculated in accordance with the claim-free years you've been insured.

Voluntary Excess

With most insurance companies, you can increase your excess in order to reduce your monthly premium. A voluntary excess refers to an additional amount you're willing to pay when a claim arise. This amount will be added to the basic excess of the policy when you submit a claim. A higher voluntary excess will result in a lower insurance premium.

Car Insurance Quotes

Residential Area

As with household insurance, your premium will be calculated based on the area you live in. Based on statistics compiled by insurance companies over many years, certain areas are at higher risk for theft and/or hijacking of vehicles.

Your Vehicle

If you drive a high performance vehicle, you're a higher risk for the insurer and will end up paying more or be refused insurance cover due to the risk. The cost and availability of parts for your car will also be reflected in your insurance quote. You pay higher premiums on imported cars and certain makes and/or models.

Your Age

The age of the registered owner and/or driver play a huge role when it comes to insurance quotes. Younger drivers tend to be involved in more accidents than older drivers. They have less experience driving on South African roads, tend to be less responsible drivers etc.

Type of Cover

The cover you select for your vehicle will also have an influence on your insurance quote. Comprehensive cover being the most expensive, then 3rd Party, Fire and Theft, and lastly 3rd Party only.

Use of your Car

If you use the vehicle mainly for private purposes, you'll pay less for insurance compared to someone using his/her vehicle for business purposes.

No Claim Bonus (Claim-free Years)

Your insurance history will also have an influence on your insurance quote. First-time insurers pay more for insurance cover compared to someone with proof of insurance. The discount is calculated in accordance with the claim-free years you've been insured.

Voluntary Excess

With most insurance companies, you can increase your excess in order to reduce your monthly premium. A voluntary excess refers to an additional amount that you're willing to pay when a claim arise. This amount will be added to the basic excess of the policy when you submit a claim. A higher voluntary excess will result in a lower insurance premium.

Security Measures

The type of vehicle and residential area will determine what security measures are required for your car. If your security exceed the minimum requirement of the insurance company, you could be eligible for a discount. In general, insurance companies only give discount for immobilisers (VESA or VSS approved), gearlocks (VESA approved) and tracking devices.

Extras

If you have any non-standard extras on your car, you will pay an additional premium for the extras and is generally reflected on your quote. Extras could be air-conditioning, sunroof, mag wheels, car radio/cd shuttle, leather seats, canopy etc.

Additional Cover

Your insurance quote would generally be based on the basic cover of the insurance company. Additional cover can also be obtained (at a premium of course!). Examples would be car hire, top-up cover (credit shortfall), roadside assistance, waiver of excess etc.