How Much Does Car Insurance Cost in 2018?

Co-author: TJ Ryan

Canstar reveals the average annual premium for comprehensive car insurance in states and territories across Australia. Are you paying too much?

We all want to know how much we can save when paying for the insurance we need. It’s undeniable that having insurance is a huge saving if you happen to have a crash or another traffic incident. When it comes to the cost of that insurance, knowledge is power – so we’ve done some research into the average premiums you can expect to see across the country.

Car insurance premiums: new vs old cars

Taking out car insurance for an older car model is significantly cheaper than car insurance for newer cars, due to the fact that older cars cost less for insurers to repair or replace. Here are the average annual premiums we have found in calculating this year’s car insurance star ratings.

In every state except Western Australia, there is at least a $50 difference between new cars and old cars, with a new car being one that is less than five years old. So if you’re after cheaper car insurance premiums, getting an older car might be a good place to start.

New Cars Vs Old Cars – Annual Premiums ($/year) for a 30 to 49 year old driver

State Car Type Average Premiums ($/year) Difference
NSW New $1,001 $71
Old $930
QLD New $748 $56
Old $693
VIC New $950 $53
Old $897
SA New $725 $67
Old $659
WA New $692 $49
Old $643
TAS New $692 $69
Old $623
Source: www.canstar.com.au. Premiums are based on all products rated in Canstar’s 2018 Car Insurance Star Ratings (May 2018) for the 30 to 49 year old Driver profile. Premiums for old car type based on five-year old vehicles.

If you’re in the market for a new Car Insurance policy, see our comparison table below which features some of the best products on our database sorted by star rating and with links to lenders’ websites.

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Source: Canstar. Based on Star Rating (highest to lowest) and was formulated based on a male aged 25-29 in NSW without an extra driver under 25 years old.

Source: Canstar. Based on Star Rating (highest to lowest) and was formulated based on a male aged 30-39 in NSW without an extra driver under 25 years old.


Source: Canstar. Based on Star Rating (highest to lowest) and was formulated based on a male aged 40-49 in NSW without an extra driver under 25 years old.



Source: Canstar. Based on Star Rating (highest to lowest) and was formulated based on a male aged 50-59 in NSW without an extra driver under 25 years old.

Average car insurance cost by age and state

The average cost of car insurance in NSW for an male under the age of 25 is $1,641 according to Canstar’s 2018 Car Insurance Research – a decrease of nearly $600 from 2017’s average of $2,217 in the same category.

In comparison to a female under 25 from NSW, there’s a difference of more $100. This is much closer gap than in 2017, which saw a difference of nearly $300 between males and females under 25 in NSW.

The table below shows a complete overview of car insurance premiums by age and state:

Car Insurance Premiums – By State/Territory & Age

State Age Average Premiums ($/year)
NSW Under 25 Female $1,524
Under 25 Male $1,641
25 – 29 Male $1,246
30 – 49 $965
Over 50 $827
Family with Young Driver $827
QLD Under 25 Female $1,093
Under 25 Male $1,201
25 – 29 Male $920
30 – 49 $721
Over 50 $1,922
Family with Young Driver $1,922
VIC Under 25 Female $1,515
Under 25 Male $1,629
25 – 29 Male $1,184
30 – 49 $923
Over 50 $790
Family with Young Driver $2,626
SA Under 25 Female $1,071
Under 25 Male $1,161
25 – 29 Male $884
30 – 49 $692
Over 50 $588
Family with Young Driver $1,986
WA Under 25 Female $1,042
Under 25 Male $1,149
25 – 29 Male $867
30 – 49 $668
Over 50 $576
Family with Young Driver $1,792
TAS Under 25 Female $1,018
Under 25 Male $1,122
25 – 29 Male $845
30 – 49 $658
Over 50 $559
Family with Young Driver $1,767
Source: www.canstar.com.au. Premiums are based on all products rated in Canstar’s 2018 Car Insurance Star Ratings (May 2018). Premiums include quotes for both new and old cars (5 years old) across profiles.

Looking at the data above, you can see there is a direct correlation between age and premiums – that is, the older you get the less you pay. For a over 50 year old in New South Wales, this comes to only $68.92 per month. In comparison, a male under the age of 25 in NSW could be paying up to $136.75 per month – a difference of just under $68!

How much is car insurance per month?

This stops once you go past your 50s, but until then, becoming silver-haired can have a positive impact on what you pay for car insurance premiums. For maximum impact, try getting an older model of car as you age. We know it can be tempting to splash on a sports car once the kids move out of home, but you could see a massive difference in your yearly premiums.

The right features at the right price

There’s more to car insurance than just finding the cheapest annual premium and driving off into the sunset. You should always read the product disclosure statement (PDS) for any insurance product you are considering. In particular, look out for the excess that a policy charges if you make a claim, since a large excess can cancel out the savings you made in the cost of the premium.

Canstar also researches and rates many other features of car insurance policies. In 2018 we researched 61 car insurance policies from 51 insurers around Australia and given them Star Ratings according to how much value they provide for drivers of different ages. Take a look at our comparison tables to see which policies would provide a 5-Star rating for Outstanding Value for your vehicle.

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