What’s covered by Comprehensive Car Insurance?
Loss or damage to your vehicle
Cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle due to collision or crash, malicious acts, theft, attempted theft, fire, storm, hail, and floods.
If your new car is written off within two years or 40,000km (Gold) or one year or 20,000km (standard) of the original registration (whichever comes first), we’ll replace it with a new one.
Damage to other people’s property
Up to $20 million of legal liability cover for the accidental damage your car causes to other people’s vehicles and other property.
Hire car following a no fault accident or theft
If we agree to pay your claim for a no fault accident or theft of your car, we will provide you with a hire car for up to 14 days.
Upgrade your Comprehensive cover
For an additional premium, you can customise your comprehensive car insurance by adding one or more of these optional benefits to your policy:
No-claim discount protection
Make one claim per year or two claims in a three-year period without affecting your no-claim discount – even if the accident was your fault.
Accident hire car
Get a hire car for up to 14 days, while your car is being repaired, if it is damaged in an at fault accident. Hire car following a no fault accident or theft are already covered as standard policy benefits.
Reduced window glass excess
Reduce your excess for damage to your vehicle’s window glass, including windscreen, to just $40.
Choice of repairer
If you have a claim with us you can nominate your preferred repairer.
Get a quote
Because we don’t insure unsafe drivers, we can keep our premiums low for safer drivers like you.
Get a comprehensive car insurance quote and buy a policy online and you’ll receive a 15% discount; or call us on 1800 700 027.
Find out more
The information on this page is a summary only. For more details about Budget Direct Comprehensive car insurance, including the terms, conditions, limits and exclusions that apply, please read the product disclosure statement (PDS)
Award-winning Australian car insurance
After comparing our comprehensive cover with that offered by dozens of other insurers#, CANSTAR has awarded us their Outstanding Value Car Insurance award for a record 12 years in a row, from 2007 to 2018. Budget Direct has also been named Insurer of the Year in 2017 & 2018 (that's 2 years back to back!).
More ways to save
Here are some ways you can reduce your comprehensive car insurance premium even further:
More reasons to choose us
For just $79.95 a year – less than $1.60 a week – you can take advantage of our 24/7 nationwide Roadside Assistance service.
It can be purchased with or without a Budget Direct car insurance policy.
With our Australian network of more than 2,500 contractors, you’re never too far from help.
Frequently asked questions
Do I have to pay an excess if the accident was not my fault?
No – as long as:
- we decide the driver of another vehicle was entirely at fault, and
- you tell us the at-fault driver’s full name, address, and vehicle registration, and
- the amount of your claim is more than your Basic Excess.
I use my car for business – can I get cover?
Yes – we’ll cover a car you use for your business or occupation, as long as:
- you select ‘business use’ when you buy your policy; and
- it’s not used for any of the following:
- carrying passengers or other people’s goods for payment
- driving tuition for payment
- hiring the car to other people.
Can I transfer my no-claim bonus or driver rating from my current insurer to Budget Direct?
Yes – as long as you supply us with proof of your current no-claim bonus (or no-claim discount, as we call it) or driver rating.
For example, you may have a renewal notice from your current insurer that shows your no-claim bonus or rating.
We’ll factor in the rating when we calculate your premium.
How can I see my policy details?
You can view and manage many of your car insurance policy details – including your contact details, payment preferences, drivers, excesses and optional benefits – through your online account.
(You can also see some of this information on your certificate of insurance.)
I’m selling my car – what do I need to do?
If you’re selling your vehicle and buying another one, you can quickly and easily transfer your Budget Direct car insurance to your new car. Simply follow these steps:
- Log into your online account.
- View your car policy.
- Click or tap on the ‘Change’ button on your dashboard.
- Answer some questions about your new vehicle.
- Select the policy options you want to add.
- View the details of your updated policy, including the new premium.
- Pay any additional premium that may be due.
If you don’t intend to replace the car, you can cancel your insurance policy by calling us on 1300 306 560.
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*Based on customers who have made a claim on Budget Direct Comprehensive Car Insurance, and who were surveyed between 10 February 2015 and 31 December 2018. Visit www.budgetdirectreviews.com.au for more details.
‡ Your car would not be covered while it was being driven by someone under the restricted age.
§ The 50+ age bracket applies only to policies purchased on or after 2 July 2017.
# Click here to read Canstar's award report and rating methodology.