Car Insurance renewal prices explained
If you’ve had a policy for more than a year or two, you may have noticed that your car insurance renewal price can fluctuate from year to year – but you may not have a clear idea of why, or what you can do about it.
Certain factors might be out of your control. But understanding how your renewal premiums are calculated can offer you some control over them.
Why are Car Insurance prices increasing?
The exact maths that goes into renewal pricing is pretty complex, and pinpointing one reason for a big change can be tough. But there are a couple of big factors.
Thanks to COVID-affected supply chain issues, parts are more difficult to get a hold of, mechanics are more difficult to book and replacement cars – both new and second hand – are scarce.
As a result, repair costs have shot up throughout 2021 and 2022. Since the cost of repairs is one of the factors that affects how premiums are calculated, car owners may see this reflected in their renewal premium.
Weather events, like fires, floods and storms, are getting less predictable and more severe.
Insurance companies are paying more for repairs and recovery following these events, and expect to pay more in years to come. This has a knock-on effect that’s visible in renewal premiums.
Changes to your amount covered
Your car insurance policy may specify an amount covered, which will be listed on your renewal notice. That’s the maximum amount you will be paid for loss or damage to your car following an incident. In the past, most cars have become less valuable as they got older. This meant that – in some cases – policy holders have been able to set a lower amount covered than they might now for the value of their car, though this varies between vehicles.
More recently, though, cars have been getting more valuable rather than less. COVID-impacted supply chain issues mean that cars are more difficult to track down, and so more expensive.
Since the amount covered on a policy affects how the premium is calculated, more expensive cars have meant more expensive renewals for many customers.
How to renew your Car Insurance like a pro
Don’t let your car insurance be a set-and-forget type thing. When renewal time rolls around, log in to My Account and check your details are up to date.
Paid off your car in the last year? Awesome! Make sure that’s reflected on your policy, you may save a few bucks.
The age of your listed drivers can impact your premium. You may wish to check that your listed drivers are up to date, and you may wish to remove anybody who is no longer a listed driver. For example, if your adult child won’t be driving your car anymore as they have since gotten their own, consider whether you want to remove them as a listed driver. Doing so may reduce your premium.
The more you drive, the more you pay. So if your average kilometres driven has dropped, perhaps because you’ve started working from home more, update your policy. You may knock a few bucks off your premium as a result.
Every car insurance policy has a Standard excess that may apply if you make a claim.
If you want to reduce the amount you pay for your Comprehensive Car Insurance policy, you can choose from the AAMI Flexi-Premiums® Excess range, which lets you choose a higher excess and reduces your premium#.
AAMI lets you adjust the amount covered on your policy, within a set range.
Choosing a lower amount covered can mean that you pay less in premiums. Of course, this becomes your maximum payout in the event of a claim — so a lowered amount covered can put you at risk of being underinsured.
If you make a claim and the cost to replace your car is more than your amount covered, you may have to settle for a less expensive make or model, or make up any shortfall from your own savings. Have a think about whether this is appropriate for you and your budget.
You may have added one or more optional covers to your policy. These contribute to your total premium costs, so take moment to check you have the ones you think you’ll need.
Safe Driver Rewards
If you stick with your AAMI policy, you may qualify for Safe Driver Rewards^! This lets you gain extra rewards and benefits when you continuously insure your car on the same Comprehensive Car Insurance policy, and don’t make a claim that impacts your Safe Driver Rewards status.
If you're interested, you can do a little more reading on how to save on your AAMI policy.
- Can your location affect your car insurance premium?
- Why you should check your car insurance amount covered at renewal time
- More ways to save on your AAMI policy
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^Safe Driver Rewards credit/discount is a percentage of the Comprehensive Car Insurance rated premium paid the previous year and is applied as a credit to next year’s rated premium.
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