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Finding the best car insurance in the Philippines

So you bought a new car and are looking forward to the days you will be driving it towards your workplace or an important appointment (a summer vacation, perhaps). However, you may be missing something in your vision of the future. Although we hope you will never encounter one, accidents to happen. Luckily, there are car insurance policies in the Philippines that can cover the cost during such unfortunate event.

But how do you know that your car insurance has the best policy, premium and pricing that will suit your needs? Carmudi Philippines has compiled some of the most important tips when choosing a car insurance policy so you can have peace of mind once you hit the road.

Four major types of car insurance

Compulsory Third-Party Liability (CTPL) Insurance

Injured girl after car accident
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The law requires that every car owner must at least have Compulsory Third-Party Liability (CTPL) insurance. It is also one of the requirements that the Land Transportation Office (LTO) asks new vehicle owners to organize when they are registering their car. To make it simple, having this type of insurance is mandatory.

CTPL covers injuries the driver (or car owner) has caused to other people during an accident, including his or her passenger(s). It also takes care of your personal injury expenses but not the damage to your car. When you are involved in a collision with another vehicle, CTPL will not cover the damage to the other vehicle. A term related to this type of policy is the Voluntary Third Party Liability (VTPL)- Body Injury.

Price range: PhP 950.00 (minimum required by LTO) to PhP 2,000.00

Insurance coverage: PhP 10,000 to Php 100,000 (depending on policy)

When calculating the total amount you will have to pay, you usually deduct the claim amount from your policy’s deductible. For example, the claim is PhP 8,000 and you have a deductible of PhP 2,500- your insurance will have to pay for the remaining PhP 5,000.

Third-Party Property Damage Insurance

Car crashes into house
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This is the cheapest type of insurance, with the exception of CTPL. Basically, it covers damages to a property (including other cars) if your car ever becomes involved in an accident. This, however, does not provide coverage to your vehicle.

Third Party Property Damage is generally used for second hand vehicles that have a lower value than fair market price. If replacing your car will be cheaper than actually fixing the damage to it, this type of insurance will be good for you.

For Third Party Liability insurance and the other two policies mentioned below, the price range and insurance coverage are assessed by the insurance company. Generally speaking, the price of your insurance policy will depend on the fair market (or assessed) value of your car. Malayan Insurance, for example, costs PhP 20,000 for coverage on a car that costs PhP 1,000,000.

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Third-Party Fire and Theft Insurance

Car on fire
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If you are not worried about ending up in an accident that will damage other people’s property, you may want to apply for this type of insurance policy. As its name suggests, third party fire and theft insurance covers your car if it is damaged by thieves or fire. Most car insurance companies also include the benefits of third party property damage to this policy.

When applying for claims with this type of policy, you need to provide your insurance company some pertinent documents such as a police report, a damage assessment form, a certificate of registration, a official receipt and some pictures.

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Comprehensive Car Insurance

Cars in a flood
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This type of insurance has the most coverage out of the four major types of car insurance. Comprehensive car insurance covers more possible scenarios that may damage your car while maintaining the benefits of either or both the Third Party Liability (TPL) and fire and theft insurance. This is recommended for people who own luxury cars or owners who consider their car an investment.

Some insurance companies also provide additional clauses such as Acts of God or Acts of Nature– some examples are floods and earthquakes. Others include add-ons such as your car being damaged when a riot erupts or if your car is damaged due to an unexpected event. Even the valuables inside your car (during the accident) and the car accessories you have installed are also insured.

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Which type of car insurance is best for you?

Car accident
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When deciding which car insurance you should get, you may first want to look at several factors such as your residence (is it prone to flooding?), your driving habits (have you been involved in a road accident before?), the track record of the insurance company (based on customer feedback) and how much protection you actually need to protect your livelihood (if it is a commercial vehicle) or investment.

The easiest way to do this is to actually talk to some of the insurance companies in the Philippines. Get different quotes from not just one or two, but as many as you can and compare what they are offering. Do not jump immediately because they are offering the cheapest policy or largest amount of coverage. Read the policy thoroughly (especially the fine print) and if you know an attorney consult with him first.

Do note also that some insurance companies do not insure cars that are ten years of age or older. To know if you are dealing with a legitimate insurance provider check out if they are registered in the Insurance Commission of the Philippines (http://www.insurance.gov.ph/).

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17 Comments

  1. Eduard Opano
    November 11, 2015 at 8:34 pm — Reply

    Need a vehicle insurance with Acts of God. i have a 2015 Toyota Vios 1.3 E M/T 4-Door Sedan/Manual/Gray Metallic. Vehicle amount is 770,000.00.

    Kindly send me an email instead. I work at night, so i will not be able to attend to your calls.

    Thank you,

    Eduard O.

  2. Melanie Uy-Esplana
    March 8, 2016 at 8:58 am — Reply

    quotation for comprehensive insurance w/ AOG for 2016 FORD EVEREST 2.2L 4X2 A/T TITANIUM

  3. May 24, 2016 at 3:04 pm — Reply

    For more details on car insurance in the Philippines, feel free to check out my blog at http://car-insurance-philippines.blogspot.com

  4. Jeanete Villamiel
    November 15, 2016 at 9:13 am — Reply

    quotation for comprehensive insurance with AOG for 2017 Honda City

  5. willy bautista
    December 23, 2016 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    quotation for comprehensive insurance with aog for vios 1.3AT 2016

  6. Erwin Redobles
    February 8, 2017 at 11:17 am — Reply

    quotation for comprehensive insurance with AOG for 2017 fortuner 2.5 V 2014 MODEL

  7. Erlinda mangabat
    April 5, 2017 at 8:57 am — Reply

    Pls send me a quotation for ford everest w AOG, model 2016 titanium, automatic 2,2

  8. May 26, 2017 at 8:58 pm — Reply

    how much can be my premium of Grand starex VGT, 9 seater, purchase at Php1780000.00 year 2012

  9. Arlene Trajano
    June 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm — Reply

    Need quotation for my Fortuner 2014 Automatic . (Comprehensive Insurance) Please send me the cheapest and best deal for this.

    Thanks

  10. albert
    June 8, 2017 at 9:14 am — Reply

    quote for a fortuner 2006 , value 450000
    mature driver
    garaged car
    model g 2.7 A/T

  11. John
    June 21, 2017 at 9:57 am — Reply

    Quotation – 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback 1.2 CVT GLX

  12. August 19, 2017 at 2:13 pm — Reply

    Quotation- 2016 Mitsubishi Mirage Hatchback 1.2 GLS

  13. JJ
    September 7, 2017 at 6:53 pm — Reply

    Quotation – Fortuner 4×2 2.5L 2011 A/T White (Comprehensive w/Acts of God)

  14. October 3, 2017 at 10:15 am — Reply

    I got one brand new car last month and got insured. My mom still wants to buy another one for them since it’s only for me that one new. Still thinking which is best Honda or Fortuner.

  15. Thomson John
    November 22, 2017 at 7:37 pm — Reply

    Hello,

    Thanks for Sharing your informative words. Above tips are fabulous which helps all Car insurance buyers to save money on Auto Insurance by getting maximize coverage on their insurance. I would also like to share some helpful stuff on Auto Insurance. Please also Check How Self-driving Car Impact Auto Insurance Rates.

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    Thanks

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  16. Christine
    November 24, 2017 at 10:19 am — Reply

    Vigattin Insurance is the best insurance company in the philippines! Excellent Experience!

  17. Jay
    December 1, 2017 at 9:17 am — Reply

    Needs compre with AON for Honda BRV 2017 V Variant Navi

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