Car Insurance

Car Insurance Review: How to Select the Best Option For You

byBenjamin Kline
  • Nov 22, 2023
  • 5 mins
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Discerning which car insurance policy is best suited to your needs can be a stressful task. With numerous providers vying for attention and offering varied offerings, it's crucial to understand the finer nuances and establish clear benchmarks for evaluation. But how does one sift through the range of options available?

In this article, we walk you through the factors, help you understand how you can make an informed decision.


Navigating the car insurance market requires thorough research and an understanding of various facets that define an ideal policy. If you’re deciding between different insurers, these key factors will guide your decision-making:

1. Roadside Assistance

An invaluable feature for many drivers, roadside assistance provides on-the-spot support during unexpected vehicle breakdowns. Whether it's a flat tire, dead battery, or a car that simply won't start, this service ensures that help is just a call away. 

Many insurance providers partner with nationwide networks of service providers, ensuring prompt assistance no matter where you are. It not only offers peace of mind but can also save significant costs associated with towing or minor roadside repairs. When reviewing the roadside assistance component of a car insurance policy, evaluate the specifics – like distance limits for towing or availability of services in remote areas – to ensure it aligns with your driving patterns and needs.

2. Coverage Needs

When choosing car insurance, it's vital to pinpoint exactly what you need. Consider:

  • Comprehensive Coverage: Suitable for newer or high-value cars, this offers protection against theft, vandalism, and natural disasters.
  • Third-Party Liability: Essential in many places, it covers costs if you're responsible for an accident, but not your own vehicle's damage.
  • Collision Coverage: Protects your car after an accident, regardless of who's at fault.
  • Roadside Assistance: An add-on for unexpected on-road issues, like flat tires or battery failures.
  • Car Rental Reimbursement: Provides a temporary vehicle if yours is under repair after an insured event.
  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist: Safeguards against drivers lacking adequate insurance.

Evaluate your car's age, its value, your driving habits, and your financial state to strike the right balance in coverage. It’s also important to review the fine print. Some insurers may exclude specific scenarios or have stringent requirements for claim eligibility.

3. Discounts and Additional Benefits

Many insurance providers reward safe driving, long-term loyalty, and policy bundling with premium discounts. Additionally, having advanced safety features in your vehicle or undergoing recognised driving courses can further reduce costs. Always explore these avenues for potential savings when choosing or renewing your car insurance policy.

4.  Policy Exclusions: Premium Costs vs. Deductibles

When selecting car insurance, it's essential to strike a balance between monthly or annual premiums and the deductible amount. Often, a tempting lower premium comes with a higher deductible, meaning you'll pay more out-of-pocket if an accident occurs. 

Also, be vigilant about policy exclusions, as these dictate scenarios where the insurer won't cover damages, potentially leaving you with substantial costs. Always assess these elements in harmony to make an informed insurance decision. Reading reviews and feedback on the insurer's service can help you narrow down your options. 

Considering these factors tailored to motor insurance will assist in making an informed decision, ensuring optimal protection for your vehicle.

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1. Coverage of Vehicle Repair Costs and More

Income’s DrivoTM Car Insurance offers peace of mind with its comprehensive protection. If you're involved in an accident or your car suffers damages due to accidental causes such as fire and theft, you'll be reimbursed for the market value of your car. Plus, the policy includes an unlimited windscreen cover1, ensuring that windscreen damages won't pose additional financial burdens. 

2. Towing Services and Transport Allowance

Income acknowledges the practical complications following an accident. That's why, beyond the standard coverage, DrivoTM Car Insurance includes coverage of up to $500 for towing services to mitigate the logistical hassles post-accident. 

Plus, you'll receive a daily transport allowance of $50 for up to seven days while your car is undergoing repairs, minimising disruptions to your daily life.

3. Personal Accident Benefits and Medical Expenses Coverage

Your well-being is a priority with DrivoTM Car Insurance. The policy covers medical expenses arising from an accident, with personal accident benefits of up to $50,000. This comprehensive safety net is designed to support your health and financial stability in the wake of an accident.

4. Third-Party Property Damage Coverage

DrivoTM Car Insurance extends its coverage to third-party liabilities, ensuring complete peace of mind in the event of accidents involving others. With coverage of up to a substantial $5,000,000 for all third-party property damage, you're financially protected in severe circumstances.

5. Roadside Assistance With Orange Force

Imagine being caught in a traffic accident for the first time and being at a complete loss of what to do. Income’s Orange Force offers help and guidance when it’s most needed. This service is available to policyholders of Income's DrivoTM Car Insurance and Motorcycle Insurance and requires no extra premium. It offers the following:

  • Assistance During an Accident: In case of an accident, you can call Income’s Orange Force Accident Response Team at 6789 5000, available from 7am to 10.30pm daily. An ambassador will head down to the site to provide roadside accident support and guide you on the immediate steps to follow.
  • Roadside Guidance: Income’s Orange Force Accident Response Team will help ensure your safety by providing roadside accident assistance, while informing you on the next course of action.
  • Help with Paperwork: Orange Force doesn't just offer immediate help; they also assist you in filing the Singapore Accident Statement at your preferred location and time, a service included for all of Income's motor insurance policyholders.

6. Peace of Mind When Driving Abroad

Being in such close proximity with Malaysia means a road trip is never more than an hour’s drive away. Without the proper coverage, that Malaysian road trip can be a worrying endeavour. Knowing this, DrivoTM Car Insurance provides 24/7 referral services for medical and roadside assistance in West Malaysia2. This means policyholders can spend more time having fun on their perfect driving holiday and less on worrying about what to do in an accident.

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With Income’s DrivoTM Car Insurance, you can expect a high level of professionalism and service. And with value added services like Orange Force, you can rest easy knowing that you will always have someone watching out for you in the unfortunate event of an accident. For guidance on motor insurance policies or any inquiries you might have, feel free to contact us.


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