Car insurance claims: Easy = happy

CANSTAR releases results of car insurance claims satisfaction survey

The easier it is to claim, the more satisfied we’re likely to be

Financial research and ratings group CANSTAR has released the results of a 3,130-person consumer survey into the motor vehicle insurance claims experience of drivers, to determine how satisfied we are with the experience. And the message for insurers is that the easier the claims process is the more satisfied customers are likely to be.

“Our survey questions drivers, who have had an accident and have claimed on their car insurance at some point in the last three years, on their level of satisfaction with different elements of the claiming process including the speed, the quality of repairs, the overall claims process, the ease of claiming and the level and quality of communication with their insurer,” said CANSTAR Group Manager, Research, Mitchell Watson.

“The good news for car insurers is that, by and large, those claiming on their policies are happy with the service they receive, with 36 percent being satisfied and another 44 percent being very satisfied. And that’s good news for drivers as well, because it’s only when you have an accident that you discover the real value of your insurance company,” said Mr. Watson.

We’re appy

Across all the factors of an insurance claim surveyed, the thing that drivers were most likely to be very satisfied with was ease of the claims process.

“If you have just had a car accident then you’re likely to be a bit shaken up, a bit flustered,” said Mr. Watson.

“So it does stand to reason that if your insurer can make the claims process easy, you’re going to have a better experience. Given the high rate of smartphone ownership in Australia, a smartphone app can be a terrific way to help drivers step through the claims process, from taking photos, to recording what happened, to knowing what details they need to collect from anyone else involved in the accident.”

Across the 63 insurance policies surveyed:

  • 16 allow claims to be made via mobile app
  • 37 allow claims to be made online
  •  57 provide a 24 hour helpline

Suncorp Insurance takes the Award

Canstar annouces winner of the 2016 outstanding claims service award for car insuranceTaking out CANSTAR’s 2016 Car Insurance – Outstanding Value Claims Service award this year was Suncorp Insurance.

“Suncorp offers an easy to use smartphone claims app and also offers a 24 hour helpline,” said Mr Watson.

“Suncorp also received an impressive level of satisfied and very satisfied customers across their speed of response, quality and timeliness of the repairs and how well they communicated with the claimant during the process.”

CANSTAR congratulates Suncorp on its achievement.

For further information:

Justine Davies

Finance Editor & Commentator

Ph. (07) 3837 4151

justine.davies@canstar.com.au

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