What’s covered by third party car insurance?
Third party car insurance offers basic protection; you can choose one of two levels of cover:
|Benefit||Third Party Property||Third Party Fire and Theft|
|Damage to other people’s property, including their vehicles, for which you’re liable||Up to $20 million||Up to $20 million|
|Damage caused by an uninsured driver‡||Up to $5,000 (including recovery, towing and storage costs).||Up to $5,000 (including recovery, towing and storage costs).|
|Hire car following theft||Up to $1,000, up to 14 days|
|Quote Now||Quote Now|
Third party property insurance, which is not mandatory, should not be confused with compulsory third party (CTP) insurance.
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Get a comprehensive, third party or third party fire and theft car insurance quote and buy a policy online and you’ll receive a 15%^ discount on your first year's premium.
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The information on this page is a summary only. For more details about Budget Direct third party car insurance, including the terms, conditions, limits and exclusions that apply, please read the product disclosure statement (PDS)
More ways to save
Here are some ways you can reduce your third party car insurance premium even further:
You can restrict your policy to drivers over a certain age: 21+, 25+, 30+, 40+, 50+ – the biggest age range of any major insurer.
Annual premium payments
By paying annually instead of instalments (i.e. fortnightly or monthly), you’ll pay a lower premium and avoid administration fees.
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Want more cover?
Third party car insurance does not cover loss or damage to your vehicle due to:
|Crash or collision||No|
|Severe weather (e.g. hail or flood)||No|
Frequently asked questions
What does car insurance cover?
The things your car insurance covers depends on the type of cover you have; in Australia, there are three broad types of car insurance:
- Comprehensive car insurance, which covers loss or damage to your car, as well as your liability for the damage it causes to other people’s property, including their vehicles. Read more
- Third party property car insurance, which generally only covers your liability for the damage your car causes to other people’s property, including their vehicles. Read more
- Compulsory third party (CTP) insurance, which covers compensation claims made against you for injuring or killing someone in an accident.
What's the difference between third party property and compulsory third party (CTP) insurance?
Third party property insurance, which is voluntary, covers your legal liability for damage your car causes to other people’s property, including their car. (It’s also known as third party property damage insurance.)
CTP insurance, which is compulsory, covers your legal liability for injuring or killing someone else in a motor accident.
Am I covered for the damage my car causes to other people's vehicles?
If you’re a comprehensive or third party property policyholder, we’ll cover your liability for the damage your car causes to other people’s property, including their cars and homes.
Does car insurance cover theft of my car?
If you’re a comprehensive or Third Party Fire and Theft policyholder, we’ll pay you the amount for which your car is covered if it’s stolen and not found.
You’ll need to report the theft to the police as soon as possible.
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*Based on customers who have made a claim on Budget Direct Third Party Car Insurance, and who were surveyed between 10 February 2015 and 31 December 2021. Visit www.budgetdirectreviews.com.au for more details.
‡ Before lodging a claim, you must report the accident to the police; and, when lodging your claim, provide evidence the other vehicle is uninsured.
§ Your car would not be covered while it was being driven by someone under the restricted age.