How to Calculate Your Car Insurance Premium
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There are many factors that compound to make up the car insurance premium you end up paying. It is no secret that car insurance in Dubai is not only mandatory but a little on the expensive side. Calculating premium, though, is not that hard.
Two policies dominate the field – Comprehensive Coverage; though more expensive of the two essentially covers all costs that can occur during the use of a vehicle. Third-Party Liability Coverage only covers a portion of the car and any damages you might have to pay to a third-party after an accident. It does not cover the cost of damage that your car incurs which can be a heavy blow to the bank account in cases of sudden collisions.
Depending on the coverage you opt for you can come
up with an approximate figure if you keep the following factors in mind.
Age and Experience of Driver
Suffice it to say that the more experienced a driver is the more confident the car insurance companies are in their ability to manage the busy roads of Dubai. Part of the initial paperwork is any and all information about the drivers that will be using the insured car. If one of the drivers is young, between the ages of twenty to twenty-five, and has very little experience on the road, then the premium is likely to go up because the risks of damage are greater.
Accidents and Fines in Driving History
Responsible drivers will get better car insurance premium options because they are seen as less risky. They are also less likely to request large and frequent claims. Buyers who have a driving history dotted with fines, warnings, and accidents can expect to pay higher premiums because of the amount of risk they carry with them. The only way to counter this is to drive responsibly and slowly clear your history of any vehicular misdemeanours.
On the other hand drivers with excellent records get benefits. If you’re a previous policyholder and have never made any claims you are eligible for the No-Claims discount. This lowers your premium considerably.
The Car Itself
Another factor that plays a very important role in calculating the premium for car insurance in Dubai is the make and model of your car. Newer vehicles are expensive to replace and repair, so the car insurance premium for them goes up. Older models enjoy a lower premium. Similarly, luxury cars are expensive to cover.
New and luxury cars may be expensive to insure but if they come with special safety features they shave a sum off your car insurance premium. These vehicles are deemed safer to drive and pose less risk of accidents, and damage, hence fewer claims.
Opting for Agency or Non-Agency Repairs
This option is usually covered in car insurance policies but it is always prudent to check. Agency repair by the official car dealers is expensive and will add to your car insurance premium. Yet if you opt for the non-agency repair you can calculate a lower premium. This factor depends on what you want, and the kind of expense you’re comfortable with.
Choice of Deductibles
Deductibles are the amount the buyer agrees to pay in case of damage due to an accident caused by them. The equation is simple, the higher the deductible, the lower the premium, and vice-versa. It would only make sense to opt for a higher deductible if you’re very careful when driving. But it is still a risk that can cost you an arm and leg when you least expect it. Those with a history of accidents would do better to opt for lower deductibles and a high premium.
Calculating premium can be as simple as opting for the basic coverage and being done with it. But when you look at the extra features you can add to your policy a lot of them make sense to add on. 24/7 roadside assistance, off-road insurance, and agency repair are just a few examples. This can add exponentially to your car insurance premium so you should tally what you want with your budget.
It’s not very hard to calculate your car insurance premium if you know exactly what you want. Incidentally, websites like Buy Any Insurance are great sources where you can calculate premium without having to interact with a salesperson. Buy Any Insurance can give you a fair idea of what quotes you can expect for the features of your choice. Car insurance comparison is made easy through this medium and can broaden your horizon of what you can afford in your budget. It is also a great place to ask any questions or make enquires about car insurance in Dubai as their team is always on hand to help out.
Originally published Sep 26, 2020 18:27:00 PM, updated May 31, 2021