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5 CARAVAN INSURANCE TIPS

April 22 2015 | Matt

Make sure you’ve got the best cover on your caravan

Insurance

While insurance is hardly the most exciting part of owning a caravan, it’s an important and unavoidable factor. If your renewal letter might soon be in the mail then check out our 5 tips to make sure you’ve got the best cover possible.

1. Checking your yearly premium

It’s far too easy to fall into the trap of not checking your premium each year. The letter comes, you think I really need to get that checked, then before you know it you forget for another year. When you first sign up to an insurance company they can often give you a ‘heavily discounted’ rate to get you on their books, then proceed to send out a substantially higher premium the following year. If you are on direct debits, no action is needed for your policy to continue, and you might be hit again and again with slight increases unless you take notice. We recommend checking out the competition each year to ensure your price and product is competitive.

2. Does the policy cover personal contents?

When you go to insure your caravan, it’s important to find out whether the policy covers contents in your caravan, and if so to what value. Generally, your standard home contents policy won’t cover items outside of the home without a specified extra. Because of this you need to know to what value the items you have within your caravan are covered, and whether you’ll need to invest in additional cover. While it might seem an unlikely event, there’s always the chance of the contents in your caravan being damaged or stolen, so make sure you’re covered.

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3. Can you receive a discount for multiple policies with a single provider?

If you currently have home, contents, or other vehicles insured with a single insurance provider, make sure to see whether you are entitled to a multiple product discount when getting a quote on your caravan. If you’re an existing customer it doesn’t hurt to make a call and check whether this type of discount is being applied. It could end up saving you on more than just the caravan premium, with your house and car potentially receiving an added discount at renewal.

4. Are the call centres and claims departments based in Australia?

One major way companies cut costs and offer cheaper insurance products is by outsourcing their customer service departments to developing countries. While you might appreciate the lower prices at renewal, there’s every chance you’ll have to go through a frustrating and lengthy process to make a claim, change items on your policy, or speak to a customer service representative. Some insurance companies base all their operations in Australia, have physical stores you can walk into to make a claim, and speak to staff member in person. These companies are not only providing a high quality product via customer service, but are supporting Australian jobs. Certainly one issue to be mindful of when making your insurance decisions.

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5. Freedom of Choice of Repairer

Some insurance companies will only have a sample of businesses of whom they will allow to repair your caravan. Generally they will have some kind of arrangement that makes it advantageous for them to limit your choices to a small number of businesses. This might not sound like a problem, but if none of the repairer’s are remotely near you, or you have a crash repairer you trust, getting your caravan fixed might turn into a frustrating hassle. Make sure to consider whether this would be an important factor to you in the event your caravan was damaged.

We hope these 5 tips have helped get you thinking about your policy! There are a lot of other elements of a policy to keep in mind when setting up or renewing insurance. The best thing anyone can do is have a flick through the product disclosure statement, and take a close look at their renewal notice to ensure nothing is amiss. Don’t leave it until something goes wrong to check you’re properly covered with a reputable company!

Let us know your insurance tips in the comments!

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7 thoughts on “5 CARAVAN INSURANCE TIPS”

  1. I just bought a little caravan, and I’m glad that I came to this article, since I haven’t figured out how to insure it yet. I will definitely make sure to keep these tips in mind, especially to see if I could receive a discount for multiple polices with a single provider. Thanks for sharing this information with me!

  2. Thank you for the advice on insurance for caravans! I’m buying a used caravan and I wasn’t sure how I should insure it. I didn’t think about the coverage of my personal contents, but that sounds important so I’ll as my broker about this. Do you know if the rates for used and new caravans are different?

  3. Thank you for the help. I am hoping to buy my first caravan soon. I didn’t think about how I would need a policy to cover the contents as well. What are some of the other things that are commonly overlooked?

    1. as a new Jayco owner I’ve just been through this exercise. The van insurance company I’m with give $1000 contents cover as standard within the policy and I’ve added another $1000 cover for $35 on the premium.

  4. Having the right kind of coverage for my caravan seems really important. Being able to choose who can fix it seems like a good example of that. I didn’t know that there are some businesses that have a list of repair companies that can fix my caravan. I should remember that so that I can have the kind of coverage on my insurance that will allow me to pick the repair company I hire. That way, I can be sure to hire someone I can trust to fix my caravan. Thanks for the tips!

  5. Could you please advise which insurance companies insures owners of a brand new caravan that will be their sole place of residence? As we are selling our home and look to travelling Australia . Would look to insuring vehicle as well with them.

  6. We got a quote from cil for caravan insurance, when rang them to except their quote which we didn’t realise it had expired by a day. Then we were told that they would have to requote and it had risen by $160, just a day out, needless to say we are not insured with cil.

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