INSURANCE | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Car insurance costs in Singapore are still cheaper than New York

The average cost of motor insurance is at $862.

Despite additional tax burdens and the Certificate of Entitlement (COE) system in place making Singapore one of the most expensive places to own a vehicle, car insurance costs in the city state are still far from being the world’s priciest, according to a study by research firm ValueChampion.

The average cost of car insurance in Singapore falls at around $862. Such rates are significantly friendlier than New York where motor insurance premiums are at a whopping $4,097 (US$2,973), a figure that is over 1.3 times greater than even the average 0% No Claims Discount car insurance premium in the Lion City.

Singapore’s vehicle insurance cost is also cheaper than London and New South Wales where motor insurance premiums are at $2,321 and $1,257 respectively but more expensive than South Korea at $465.

“The average Singaporean driver can expect to spend between 2-4% of their annual salary on car insurance (or about S$880-S$1,760 per month),” analyst Anastassia Evlanova said in a report.

This figure is slightly less than what New Yorkers spend for their car insurance which eats up around 4.8% of their annual salary but more than what citizens of New South Wales and Koreans shell out to protect their car at 1.4% and 1.1% respectively.

In line with global trends, car insurance premiums are more expensive for younger drivers, with those aged 30-39 in Singapore shelling out $934 compared to $883 for those aged 40-49 years old and $926 for those aged 60-69.

“This makes sense considering that younger people are riskier to insure due to their lack of driving experience and tendency to be more accident-prone. We also noticed car insurance premiums started increasing again for elderly drivers, showing them to be a riskier demographic of drivers. This is most likely due to an age-related loss of motor skills and slower reflexes which can lead to a decline in driving ability,” Evlanova added.

In terms of gender, women typically pay less for car insurance than men amidst growing evidence suggesting that the risk of insuring male driver is greater than female drivers as males not only drive more frequently and buy more expensive cars but are more likely to get into accidents.

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