InsuranceMarket.ae released data showing Nissan, Toyota, Ford, Honda and Mitsubishi as the top five insured car brands in the UAE, with average premiums declining by an average of 9.5% in 2019 year-to-date, compared to the same period in 2018.
The Mitsubishi Pajero took the top spot for the most popular car model insured in the first half of 2019, overtaking the Nissan Tiida, and demonstrating the overwhelming popularity of SUVs in the UAE. In fact, three of the top five most popular car models insured so far this year are SUVs, with the Ford Edge and Ford Explorer being the fourth and fifth most popular models respectively. Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic make up the rest of the top five, as Nissan Tiida, Honda Accord and Nissan Sentra drop in popularity.
“Our data highlights an overall decline of 9.5% in premiums on average for car owners in the UAE. These cost savings likely reflect a reduction in traffic accidents this year as well as increasing efficiency in insurance distribution. Last year’s regulation from the UAE Insurance Authority introducing no-claims bonuses has also had an impact, as safer drivers begin to be rewarded with discounts on premiums for policyholders with claims-free records” commented Avinash Babur, CEO of InsuranceMarket.ae.
Other factors contributing to the decrease in premiums include market depreciation as new car sales slowed.
“As the process of purchasing used vehicles has become more accessible and convenient due to improved infrastructure, more people seem inclined to buy less expensive pre-owned cars, which in turn leads to lower insurance premiums” added Babur.
The study also revealed that the largest number of insurance claims are made over the summer months and during Ramadan. Last year 913 claims were made at InsuranceMarket.ae between May and August, and the least number of claims typically taking place in January with just 189 claims submitted.
Three quarters (75%) of InsuranceMarket.ae users opted for comprehensive insurance coverage rather than third party only insurance, recognizing the advantages of a policy that covers accidental damage to the policyholder’s own vehicle, as well as its liability to the public.
“As premiums continue to drop, we are seeing that customers are increasingly opting for comprehensive coverage to provide maximum protection and greater peace of mind. Comprehensive cover protects the policyholder against any damages caused due to theft, accident or fire in addition to providing cover against third-party insurance, meaning you may be covered for all car insurance eventualities,” said Babur.
“Generally, if you own a high-end car, whether new or used, it is a good idea to have a comprehensive cover. You can also choose additional optional covers such as agency-repair, which ensures the repair of vehicles being done by the manufacturer authorised workshops, helping to keep the resale value high and retaining the vehicle’s warranty.”
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© Press Release 2019