Best Car Insurance Quotes Online In Singapore
No idea where to get the best car insurance quotes? We’re here to help. From the typical internal combustion engine (ICE) cars to the latest electric cars (EV), our team of car insurance specialists will guide you through a simple step-by-step process to compare and pick the most suitable plan for your car. Here's some information to get you started.
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What Is Car Insurance And How Does It Help Me?
Car insurance (also known as motor insurance or auto insurance) covers the car and the driver in the event of damages, car accident or if the driver is liable for someone's injuries.
Having car insurance helps protect you and the parties involved in a car accident, in many ways. These benefits include low No-Claim Discount (NCD) penalties, 24-hour helpline and emergency team, reliable workshop access, brand new car replacement, and even waiver of young and inexperienced driver and windscreen excess.
What type of insurance coverage is important to you?
The best car insurance for you is the one that meets your needs. Here are some insurers you could consider based on this:
How Much Is Car Insurance In Singapore?
The cost of car insurance in Singapore ranges from $700 to $1,000 per year, but the exact annual premium is calculated on a case-by-case basis as it really depends on specific factors such as your age, occupation, driving experience, claims history and many more.
Factors that determine your car insurance premium:
- Age and gender
- Marital status
- Driving experience
- Claims history and No Claims Discount (NCD)
- Certificate of Merit (COM) discount
- Type of car, car model, age of car and car usage
Don't be too offended if you get quoted a remarkably high premium. This can happen sometimes due to statistics associated with your car or profile, no matter how good a driver you are. Insurers measure risk differently, so take the opportunity to shop around for more quotes. At Moneysmart, as fellow car owners we feel your grief on rising oil and COE prices. As such, we have specially curated a killer guide to get cheaper car insurance premiums in Singapore in hopes to not break the bank. Head over and check it out!
What Is The Average Cost Of Electric Car Insurance?
Unlike the wide range of car insurance options available for cars powered by the typical internal combustion engine (ICE), not many insurance providers offer coverage for electric cars (EV). At the moment, there are only 4 EV insurance plans around in Singapore as AXA has plans to discontinue their EV car insurance product in 2022, but that doesn’t mean you should skip your homework of doing a careful comparison before picking one.
If you’re unsure of how to do this comparison-shopping thing or find it a hassle to do it, we can give you a hand at this. Here’s our round-up of the 4 EV insurance options for you to kickstart your hunt for the most suitable EV insurance plan.
Currently, some EV insurance providers offer the pay-per-kilometre or Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) scheme, instead of just a fixed annual premium, and unlike the typical car insurance quotes for ICE which you can get an almost instant estimation of your premiums on most car insurance websites, it’ll take a much longer (often up to a few working days) to get your EV insurance quote as each quote is customised and calculated to suit specifically to your needs.
Electric car insurance provider
- Allianz Electric Motor Protect
- NTUC Income Electric Car Insurance
- Liberty Insurance InsureMyTesla
- G&M Tesla Insurance
Type of electric cars insured
All private EVs
Audi, BMW, BYD, Honda, Hyundai, KIA, MG, Mini, Nissan, Renault, Tesla
How To Get The Cheapest Car Insurance Premiums
3 tips to lower your car insurance premiums.
Don't auto-renew your car insurance.
Over a third of drivers in Singapore lose out on potential savings with their car insurance premiums due to auto-renewals with their current provider. As an existing policy holder, you may not always be given the best premiums for the next year of coverage. Don't make the mistake of feeling pressured to auto-renew car insurance due to lack of information or time.
Compare at least 3 car insurance quotes.
Our car insurance study* revealed that MoneySmart customers can save up to $620 on their annual premiums when they compare car insurance quotes before purchasing a policy. Insurance providers focus on different coverage benefits, so compare the various quotes based on the coverage you need and the premium it will cost.
Increase your policy excess.
You can pay a lower premium by increasing the insurance excess on your policy. The excess is basically the amount of money you have to fork our from your own pocket before the insurance provider will cover the rest of the cost, in the event of an accident. Your policy quote will have a standard excess amount stipulated as a requirement, and you can offer to increase that amount of excess for a lower premium.
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Car Insurance 101
If you own a car in Singapore, car insurance or motor insurance is compulsory but doesn’t come cheap. Our free car insurance calculator will help you find the best and cheapest price on the market.
What exactly does car insurance cover?
Good on you for asking this! Most Singaporeans buy car insurance just because it's compulsory here, without even knowing what it covers.
When you own a car, dangers lurk around every corner. Apart from the ever-present threat of a car accident, your car may be stolen by car thieves, even burnt in a fire. As most car owners would know, repairing such extensive damage can be extremely expensive.
Car insurance is meant to cover such scenarios. You pay an annual premium for the assurance that the insurer will foot most of your car repair workshop bill if these things happen.
Financial liability to third parties
Another potential cost for that car drivers seldom think about is a financial liability to third parties.
Put simply, if you get into an accident and are sued for damage to another person or their property, car insurance will pay out some or all of the bill.
What types of car insurance are there?
There are three main types of car insurance in Singapore.
Comprehensive car insurance
As the name suggests, this type of car insurance covers almost everything, including your own car's repairs and replacement costs. It is the most common car insurance type in Singapore, which is understandable considering how expensive cars are here.
Third Party Only (TPO) car insurance
This is the cheapest and most basic type that covers ONLY damage to other people or their property. If anything happens to your own car, you will have to foot the bill yourself. This is generally recommended for really old cars that are at the end of their COE lifespan, because you might actually consider scrapping the car instead of repairing it.
Third Party, Fire & Theft (TPFT) car insurance
This is a slightly upgraded version of TPO car insurance. The same features apply, except TPFT also covers loss, theft and fire damage to your car. It offers slightly more protection, but it’s still an option that is generally reserved for owners of older cars.
What is "excess" and how does it impact my premium?
Car insurance policies are extremely customizable in that you can always lower the cost of your insurance premium by increasing this thing called the "excess".
This refers to the amount you need to pay out of pocket before you can make a claim from the insurance company.
As a benchmark, most insurers in Singapore generate quotes based on a $500 or $600 excess. So you can take this as the average amount that car drivers are willing to pay out of pocket. Both excess and premiums are costs to YOU, so when obtaining car insurance quotes, you should look at both in tandem. Sure, you can get a cheap premium if you opt for a high excess, but do you really want to pay $2,000 in cash if you get into a collision? Probably not.
Tips To Compare Car Insurance
Choose usage-based insurance (UBI)
UBI is all about paying less when you drive less. It’s apt if you own a car for grocery runs every now and then or to go for weekend spins, and choose another mode of transport for your regular commute.
Etiqa and NTUC Income do offer UBI. While Etiqa’s latest UBI feature offers you cash rebates of up to 30% of your basic premium, NTUC Income’S UBI is solely designed for electric cars in Singapore. Their UBI premium is determined by distance tracking that is measured by a device linked directly to your car’s odometer. This ensures accurate tracking without resorting to measures like cell phone apps or GPS. However, do take note that the rates per km are decided on one’s personal details and car model.
Payout for damage beyond repair
Whether you’ve chosen to pay on a Usage-Based Insurance (UBI) scheme or a fixed annual premium, most car insurance policies will only cover the market value of your car if it’s completely damaged beyond repair — but only for the first 12 months and it’s excluding your COE.
Do read your insurance policies carefully as there are many types of exclusions of payout for damage beyond repair to take note of. For instance, NTUC Income’s UBI coverage excludes battery failures or defects by default unless you choose to add on a maintenance package which includes a comprehensive list of the car parts that could fail for certain reasons.
24hr roadside and medical assistance
Many car insurance plans include complimentary round-the-clock assistance in the event of a car accident or breakdown, while others offer this as an add-on option that comes with towing and battery jump start services.
Low NCD penalty and free NCD protector benefit
Having a low No Claim Discount (NCD) penalty has its perks as you can get to enjoy a lower NCD deduction of up to 10% from some insurers like Aviva, instead of the usual 30% penalty from other insurers. Also, a free NCD protector can come in handy when an accident that happens is not caused by your negligence, so that you do not need to pay upfront excess and your NCD remains intact.
Loss of use benefits
In certain situations when your car needs to be at the workshop for a period of time, you’ll need a decent loss of use benefits — most insurers give you a transport allowance at least. This is especially important when your day-to-day work and lifestyle will be affected by the loss of a car.
Personal accident coverage
Usually car insurance policies will include a payout to your dependents in the event of a disability or death. Some insurance companies may allow you to increase the amounts for a fee, but you can also save the money on a top-up if you’re covered by a separate personal accident insurance plan.
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Does choice of workshop matter?
Most car insurers also allow you to customize your plan by choosing between "authorized workshops" and "any workshop". This refers to which workshops you can send your car to and still be covered by your car insurance.
Which is cheaper?
It is always cheaper to go for the "authorized workshops" version because the insurer already has a list of workshops that it knows are affordable.
On the other hand, if you want the freedom to go to any workshop of your choice, the insurer has no way of making sure that it won't overcharge, so you will have to pay more for that privilege.
Old Cars: Choose "Authorized Workshop"
For not-so-fussy owners of older cars, opting for "authorised workshops" is usually a lot cheaper. Just make sure that the insurer's list of workshops is actually reasonable so you don't have to drive across the island to get your car repaired.
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Why choose MoneySmart for your Car Insurance?
We're comprehensive and convenient.
MoneySmart financial is partnered with 10 insurance providers in Singapore. But finding the best policy can be difficult and extremely tedious, especially with so many insurers out there. We do the heavy lifting for you by finding the best quotes and making the application process as fuss-free as possible.
We help you make it happen.
Your car insurance journey doesn't end after you buy your policy. MoneySmart financial will ensure that we follow you along that journey, especially when it comes to the most painful part of all - claims. Our general insurance specialists will help ensure your claims are processed and help you to renew your policy every year. We help make it happen so that you can drive without worry.
We're determined to find what's best for you.
Every year when you have to renew your policy, we'll help you get better service, coverage and help you save on your car insurance premiums. Because we work with 12 of the biggest car insurance providers in Singapore, you can rest assured we'll do our best to find you the best policy available.
What People Are Saying About MoneySmart
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Car Insurance Beginner Guides
Here are 3 car insurance beginner guides that you can read and bookmark for easy reference:
Frequently Asked Questions
What is excess? Should I increase or decrease it?
- An excess is the amount you have to pay from your own pocket before the insurer pays you for the coverage you have. Most insurers quote for an excess of $500 or $600 by default, but you can always choose a higher excess in exchange for a cheaper premium. However, be warned that you will have to pay more upfront if you get into an accident. Ultimately, you need to strike a balance between the two costs - so that you are neither overpaying for insurance, nor will an accident render you penniless.
What does "Any vs. Authorised Workshop" mean?
- "Authorised workshops" are a list of workshops that your insurer has approved. You can get a cheaper rate if you don't mind being restricted to authorised workshops only, though be sure to check that the list does give you sufficient options. People who choose this usually drive older cars or second-hand cars that are no longer under warranty. "Any workshop" means you can go to any workshop of your choice, but this will mean a higher premium on your car insurance. If your car is still under warranty, you may have to opt for this in order to send your car to your dealer's workshop. Otherwise, your dealer may decide that your warranty is void.
What’s the difference between named & unnamed drivers?
- "Named drivers" means that you have explicitly and contractually stated on the insurance who you want to be covered. Other than yourself, this should also include regular users of the car, for example, your spouse. "Unnamed drivers" just refers to drivers who are not on it. They can still drive the car, but if they get your car in an accident, the insurer will cover significantly less of the damage. You can always add more named drivers for maximum protection, but it will cost you more, especially if you name someone who is a young and inexperienced driver.
What is No-Claim Discount (NCD) and NCD Protector?
- For every year that you've driven and didn't have to make a claim, you get a 10% discount on the following year's premium. You can accumulate your No Claim Discount (NCD) up to a maximum of 50%, i.e. after 5 claim-free years. Getting a 50% discount on your premium sounds great, but remember that the car insurance company can always increase the quoted premium, rendering your discount ineffective. Sneaky. So no matter what, don't just auto-renew - you should still compare quotes anyway. But what if you make an insurance claim? Under normal circumstances, the discount drops by 30% (from 50% to 20%, for example). That's why most insurers also offer what's called an "NCD Protector" as a paid add-on to your car insurance policy. This allows you to make one claim without affecting your NCD.
How do I make a car insurance claim?
- Different insurers have different processes on how to make a claim, however, but in general, these are the steps:
- Don’t move your car unless absolutely necessary.
- Call your insurer's hotline for assistance.
- Take (lots of) photos of the accident.
- Get the other driver's contact details.
- Get your car fixed at an authorized workshop.
If you are a relatively inexperienced driver, you might want to opt for a car insurance company that is better known for its roadside assistance. For example, NTUC Income has a fleet of assistance riders who will come down to the site of your accident and walk you through every step of the way.
What happens if I cancel my car insurance policy?
- Check the terms and conditions of your existing car insurance policy to find out what happens if you cancel it. Generally, if you cancel it before it is time to renew, the insurer will pocket about 30% of the unused portion of your insurance, leaving only about 70% as a refund for you. If you can, wait until your car insurance is up for renewal. Then you'll have the freedom to switch to any insurer you like without any penalty. By the way, you may not always be the one walking away from a car insurance policy. There are also situations where your insurer might decide to drop you (sometimes with no refund at all) if they think there's foul play or illegal modifications going on.
What is Usage-based Insurance (UBI)?
A UBI scheme is based on a distance tracking system that is measured by a device linked directly to your car’s odometer, or taking photos and uploading the images of your car odometer reading to your car insurer’s mobile app to track the distance covered. This ensures accurate tracking without resorting to measures like cell phone apps or GPS so that it respects the privacy of all drivers.
Moreover, it is a safe and convenient way to insure your car while making savings. Insurers like Etiqa and NTUC Income are known for their UBI schemes. However, do take note that the rates per km are decided on one’s personal details and car model.
Can I claim for flood damage and other accidents/damage beyond my control?
Yes and no. Some comprehensive plans like those provided by AIG, Aviva, AXA (only SmartDrive Flexi plans), BudgetDirect, China Taiping, DirectAsia, Ergo, Etiqa, and many more, do cover water damage. While the majority of insurers offer flood damage coverage, some do not.
This means that the only way to know if you’ll be covered for flood damage is to ask your insurer directly, or read through your insurance policy in detail. For more information on car insurance policies, you can easily find out more with MoneySmart’s Car Insurance Wizard.
Does my choice of workshop matter?
- Yes. Insurers usually insist you go only to their “authorised” workshops when you need to get your car fixed. But most insurers allow you to top up extra to be allowed to claim at any workshop. This is usually available as an add-on to the plan or a separate plan entirely.
Should I buy car insurance directly from an insurer or through a broker?
This really depends on your preference. Some insurers may quote more competitive premiums just to attract new customers. In Moneysmart, we have put together a team of well-trained car insurance specialists that are dedicated to find the best plan for you. If this interests you, head over to find the best car insurance plan for yourself.
If you do not mind going through the details and reading the fine print yourself, you can also buy the car insurance directly from your preferred insurer.
What is an insurance premium?
- Simply put, insurance premium is what you pay for your policy and are usually paid periodically to the insurer.