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Buying a new car? Here’s how it may impact your premium
Choosing a new car is as exciting as it is daunting – it gets you thinking about more than just the price on the sticker. Your new ride will probably affect your car insurance premium – even if you park it in the same space, drive the same routes and have the same AAMI Safe Driver Rewards. Here, we uncover the factors that could affect your insurance premium, so you can keep them in mind when buying your new car.
You’re buying a more (or less) expensive car
Whether you’ve upgraded to a more expensive model or decided to economise, your new vehicle probably isn’t the same value as your old one. This means that the amount you need to insure your car for will change too, and that affects your premium.
You’re buying a newer (or older) vehicle
The age of your vehicle can affect your car insurance premium in several ways, and newer does not necessarily always mean more expensive. While it may make sense that an older car is worth less, resulting in a lower premium, keep in mind that it can sometimes be difficult and expensive to source parts for older cars. This being the case, you may have to pay a higher premium to cover the potential cost of repairs.
You’re buying a juiced-up race car
If you’re buying a muscle car, it’s probably going to cost more to insure than your nanna’s sedan. (Unless, of course, nan drives an imported turbo version). However, according to our experts, it’s not just engine size that matters when it comes to calculating your premium.
AAMI Car expert Grant has worked with countless AAMI customers to help them with their policies. He says, “Until you factor in the dynamics of the car, the engine size and power means little by itself. You need to combine that with all the other dynamics of the car. You could buy an 88-kilowatt, four-cylinder car from the year 2000 that will outperform a 2016 built 210-kilowatt, V6 vehicle."
“Remember, just because a person is tall, it does not mean that they play basketball. It’s about the whole package. So, less engine power does not necessarily mean a lower premium.”
You’re choosing between an automatic and a manual
Calculating car insurance premiums is no easy feat
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