Are you still paying over the odds to insure your car?

Smart Money: Premiums may have fallen but too many still paying too much

Some younger drivers are being quoted €5,0000 to €6,000 for an annual premium. Photograph: iStock

Some younger drivers are being quoted €5,0000 to €6,000 for an annual premium. Photograph: iStock

In Ireland we like our economic roller-coasters – just look at economic growth and house prices. To this, add motor insurance, which has swung wildly in recent years. There are now two key questions. Are overall prices still too high? And are significant groups of people still being quoted ridiculous prices? We look below at the evidence and the key groups being disadvantaged.

The concern among many dealing in the sector is that the recent moderation in premiums will lead to a lack of follow-through on a programme of reform, drawn up when prices were soaring. This would leave premiums “ stuck” at relatively high levels for many. And another twist upwards looks likely from a new 2 per cent levy on premiums to fund insurance company collapses, being introduced in the wake of the collapse of Maltese registered Setanata Insurance.

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