Any car that runs on the road is legally bound to be insured in Australia. Today, with so many cars on the roads, there is a mushroom growth of insurance companies offering variety of options and services in their policies and competing fiercely in terms of their price or quote. There are companies specializing in a particular policy or coverage group, such as women, young drivers or students. Then there are companies that focus on specialized policies such as hire car insurance or short term car insurance. You must devote sufficient time, at least matching the time you have spent on selecting the car you have purchased, in deciding the insurance company that you want to deal with.
The difference between a good and a bad insurance company can convert into a significant amount of saving in terms of dollars that you pay as premium to the company over the life of the car. Just like any other company in the services sector, the quality of service of a company can not be taken for granted. It is easy to compare companies in terms of price and arrive at the cheapest deal, because most provide online quotes and if you dig a little deeper, you can easily come to know about the discount policy of the company for different situations. However, judging a company based on their quality of service is not that easy and you should enquire their old customers on issues, such as how easily any claim is processed, does it have round the clock claim service, is the claim management department in house or out sourced. A company that is giving you a cheap quote, but has a reputation of dragging its feet when it comes to processing your claims is not the best company. You may collect information on your own from your acquaintances or you may even consult the respective insurance agents or brokers.
There are more companies out there than you may think, both Australian and foreign, trying to attract you with their ads, but it is essential that you do a thorough background research. The annual insurance cost appears to be quite insignificant as compared to the cost of your vehicle, or even its running cost. But if you work out the total amount that you pay as premium over the life of your vehicle, it is quite a substantial amount, and must spend time at least in proportion to your total outgo.