Considering cheap car insurance? Choose wisely

Considering cheap car insurance? Choose wisely

Cheaper doesn’t always mean better, especially when it comes to car insurance. There are a number of things to consider when taking out cover for your vehicle. If you’re looking for cheap insurance, it could cost you more than you think.

Before you decide, ask yourself

  1. How affordable is my insurance at the moment?
  2. What is the likelihood of my insurer paying out my claim?
  3. Which other benefits does my insurer offer me?

Insurance affordability: evaluating car quotes and options

Vehicle insurance options range from comprehensive vehicle insurance to limited and third-party cover, but you are not stuck with the option you choose. As a policyholder, you don’t usually benefit from cheap insurance when you need it. You should be able to actively manage your cover and to change it according to your needs.

If you, for instance, want to adjust your excess to lower your monthly premium or want to remove additional cover from your policy to better suit your circumstances, you should be able to do so. 

Higher excess, lower monthly premium

If you are offered a particularly low premium, find out how much the excess is. Paying a higher excess can lower your monthly premiums considerably, but then you should be able to afford and expect the excess, when you claim. 

Rather find a balance between a reasonable premium and an affordable excess. You can also ask if your insurer has an excess waiver or zero excess option.

Minor to major problems – your Santam insurance broker is with you all the way

Santam has 24/7 SOS services specifically for vehicle owners. If you’re stuck with a flat tyre, flat battery or any other emergency at the side of the road, you can call our SOS and Claims line on 0860 505 911 at any time, night or day to arrange for help. 

These benefits are free to our personal policyholders:

  • Road assistance is a 24-hour contact for roadside emergency services;
  • Home-drive assistance will take you home in your own or their vehicle if you had more to drink than the legal limit; and
  • Route assistance is a 24-hour directions helpline.

These services include jump-starts, tow-away services and locksmiths. If you run out of fuel, we’ll provide 10 litres to get you on the road again.

Keeping you safe

The Santam App has a Be Safe function that allows you to select friends or family to virtually accompany you on your journey and be notified once you have reached your destination. It will even alert them, via SMS, if you are delayed.

It also has an Accident and Incident Reporter to guide you through a step-by-step process to report, document and submit an accident or incident directly to your insurer, all within a few minutes.

The Santam App is easy to use and free to download on Android and iPhone devices. 

For a car insurance quote speak to your broker or contact us on 0860 444 444.

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