Insurance industry consumer champion Richard Talbot recommends Budget Direct to Australian drivers

In the coming weeks, almost every New South Wales household will receive a letter in the mail from consumer car insurance campaigner Richard Talbot, recommending Budget Direct as his preferred provider of car insurance.

The long-time industry consumer champion has finally revealed the answer to the question many New South Wales car drivers have asked him in recent years, and that is, "Who do you insure with now?"

"I've championed the principles of mutual insurance for many years, but with the shake out of the industry in recent times I've found that there is now a more competitive car insurance alternative for consumers, and that is why I'm endorsing Budget Direct," Mr Talbot said.

"My wife and I have been Budget Direct customers for the past three years, so it's with first-hand experience that I am now advising the public to, at the very least, obtain a quote and compare Budget Direct with their current insurer.

"Budget Direct keep their prices low through careful risk selection and excellent operational efficiency, not by reducing the quality of their service or level of coverage. I have been over their operation and have seen how well they do it," he said.

"I'm quite certain that if you're a good driver with a standard vehicle, then you could make substantial savings with Budget Direct compared to your current insurer," he said.

Budget Direct CEO Michael Weston said he was extremely pleased to have Richard Talbot endorsing the company.

"Budget Direct is proud to be associated with a man who for many years, has been a leader in consumer advocacy, always acting in the best interests of car owners whether it be in relation to road safety or better insurance savings," Mr Weston said.

"Richard's endorsement only reiterates recent figures released by Cannex indicating that over ninety percent of the time, Budget Direct offered the best quote price for comprehensive car insurance for average Australian good drivers.1

"Every week thousands of Australians are insuring through Budget Direct, we just hope that Richard Talbot's endorsement will be the catalyst for more Australians to compare their current insurer's deal with what's on offer from Budget Direct. We are confident they too will soon be recommending Budget Direct to their friends." he said.

Budget Direct2 is part of Budget Insurance group, an international insurance group that administers more than 3 million policies and $1 billion in premium income worldwide. Budget Direct began operations in Australia in 1999 and currently employs nearly 400 people in Australia. The company issues more than 4,500 policies to Australians every week, offering customers security and long-term protection. All of Budget Direct's policies are underwritten by Auto & General Insurance Company Limited. Auto & General is also part of Budget Insurance group and is an Australian insurance company authorised by the Australian Prudential Regulatory Authority (APRA). The company also holds an Australian Financial Services License. The public is encouraged to go to www.talbotdirect.com.au or call 1-800-280-210 to get a quote to see how much they could save.

1 Cannex Report May 2006 - Australian Car Insurance Providers. Average Australian, Good Driver, Comprehensive Car Insurance, Quote Price Comparison. To read the Cannex report go to www.cannex.com.au/carinsurance

2 Budget Direct is a trading name of A&G Insurance Services Pty Ltd. (ACN 003617909)


For further information or interviews please contact Brad Seymour, Director Partnerships & Communication, Budget Direct (Auto & General) at 07 3377 8937  or mediaenquiries@budgetdirect.com.au

Budget Direct was established as an insurance provider in Australia in 2000.  It is part of the international Budget Insurance group of companies headquartered in the British Isles. The group provides more than 6.8 million policies to insurance customers and administers $2 billion in premiums annually. Budget Direct offers Motor, Home & Contents, Health, Life and Travel Insurance as well as Roadside Assistance.

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