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Apia
Apia Insurance is a familiar name to us all. I have seen their advertisements and commercial many times on TV and on posters, and even have several family members and friends taking out their insurance policies with the firm. I knew it was time for me to blog a formal review about the Apia...
1st for Women
1st for Women, this definitely catches your eye right away. Is this insurance for women only? Well, apparently it is, if you are a woman over 25 with a good driving record...
Bupa
I pulled up the Bupa website with no expectations, I wanted to explore their website and see what their story was, and what they had to offer. First I checked who they were and where they came from. Bupa has been around for over 60 years to Mutual Community, the name by which they were previously known as. Right now they provide service to over 3 million Australians...
RACQ
I went to RACQ Insurance's website to check them out. The first thing that got my attention was the website was colourful but easy to read. You could see where you needed to go right away...
NAB Insurance
NAB Insurance, which stands for National Australia Bank Insurance, with over 40,000 employees and 1,800 branches worldwide, NAB is no minor player. Their business model is providing quality products, services, fair fees and charges, and relationships built on the principles of guidance and advice. Since that is what they say, I wanted to see if it was true. They offer an impressive list of brands connected to their company such as Clydesdale Bank, Yorkshire Bank, Bank of New Zealand and Great Western Bank...
BankWest Insurance
BankWest Insurance was established back in 1895 by the Government of Western Australia to help develop the State's farming industry. The Bank incorporated in 1990, and then in 1994 changed its name to the Bank of Western Australia Limited, with the trading name BankWest. All the insurance policies offered are underwritten by VERO Insurance Limited. Vero can trace its origins back to 1833 in Australia. While their website was well laid-out I found only the basic information there. To get the specific details and to be able to make an informed decision I had to go to their Product disclosure Statement...
TIO
First of all who is TIO? Why would I want to insure with them? TIO, founded in 1979, is owned by the Northern Territory Government hence the name Territory Insurance Office. Even though it is "owned" by the Government, the organization operates on a commercial basis. They list their purpose as "Helping build confidence and resilience in the Territory"...
QBE Insurance
In Australia QBE Insurance provides service through 50 offices in every state and territory. They have been named Insurance Broker of the Year by the National Insurance Brokers Association for the past ten years. They have been in the insurance business for 125 years. In 1886 North Queensland Insurance Company was formed and by 1959 they were known as QBE. They have won numerous awards over the history of the company...
GIO
GIO Insurance, which stands for Government Insurance Office Insurance, was founded in 1927 to provide Workers Compensation Insurance. In 1941, the law was changed to allow them to include Life Insurance too. So as we all know, GIO is no upstart, they are here for the long haul. Their catch phrase at the top of their website is "It's a Trust Thing". After all, isn't that what you're looking for in an insurance company? After researching their website, they really seem to be deserving of that trust, and I decided to start on this review...
RACV
RACV began its history in 1903 as a Motor Club to serve the Victorian community known as the Automobile Club of Victoria. Check out the "About US" tab on the website for some interesting old photos. RACV is a full service Motor Club offering everything from road assistance, insurance, finance options through golfing and resorts. I try to sort through a few of their insurance offerings for you...
Real
Real Insurance came into the market in 2005. When they entered the insurance market there were already multiple insurance companies competing for business. Their core purpose is to "protect the quality of people's lives". They say they want their customers to understand exactly what they are covered for, providing easy to understand insurance, and documents that are easy to read. Their goal is to "cover all customers all the time"...
Allianz
Allianz Insurance is not a new name in the Australian insurance industry. They are nationally recognised to provide a variety of insurance products for Home and Contents, Car, Boat, Travel, Life, Pet, Worker's Compensation Cover, and CTP. Numerous numbers of awards have been awarded by them throughout the year. No wonder more than 2,000,000 people have chosen to buy their policies from them...
ANZ Insurance
ANZ is among the top 4 banks in Australia, the largest banking group in New Zealand and Pacific, and among the top 50 banks in the world. It first opened as the Bank of Australasia in Sydney in 1835 and in Melbourne from 1838...
Vero
Vero Insurance can trace its history back to 1833 when the UK based Alliance Assurance is established in Australia, writing one of the country's first ever life assurance policies. In 2003 after many mergers and acquisitions the name became Vero. As one can see, they are no newcomer to the show...
The Buzz
When you open up The Buzz Insurance's webpage, the first thing you see is "The Buzz faster, easier, better" and "Control your Price". Let's see how that works out. But first, let's learn a little more and see what the Buzz is all about...
Aussie Insurance
First a little background information so you know who Aussie is and where they came from. Aussie is a trading name of AHL Investments, an authorized representative of The Hollard Insurance Company. The company was founded in 1992 and is headquartered in Sydney, Australia. While through its affiliation with Hollard, Aussie is able to offer a full range of services from both personal and home loans, financial planning, credit cards and insurance, we will concentrate on the insurance portion...
1Cover
1Cover was one of the first insurance companies I discovered a few years ago when many people were saying that they offered cheap policies and premiums. Back then, 1Cover only offered Travel Insurance, but have now grown to offer Car Insurance, Home Insurance, Life Insurance, Caravan Insurance, and Landlord Insurance...
SGIO
With a history dating back to 1926, SGIO Car Insurance has been around for quite some time. SGIO's parent company is Insurance Australia Group (IAG), an Australian-owned company. SGIO is an acronym for its previous name, State Government Insurance Office...
CUA Insurance
CUA Insurance's history can be traced to a few small credit unions in the 1940s. Through numerous changes they became Credit Union Australia in 1980. CUA is Australia's largest customer-owned financial institutions. I went to the "About Us" tab on the website where I checked a few things out. First they show you pictures and backgrounds of all their board members. They do the same with their executive management team. I found this refreshing as you can put a face with who you are talking to. Almost everything about CUA is available for viewing from how they are set up to their ethics statement...
AAMI
The first thing I noticed on the AAMI Car Insurance website was the number of policies available. Of course, I've seen this before, but I liked the simple, easy to navigate website. It can be hard to design a "neat" website layout when there's so much information to provide, but AAMI did a great job...
OnePath
To start off, OnePath Insurance has been around for over 130 years. They were previously known as Mercantile Mutual and ING Australia, a familiar name known to many of us. OnePath also owns several financial service providers such as: RI Advice Group, Millenium3, SuperConcepts, Oasis and financial services Partners...
AXA
AXA Insurance is a financial services company offering a comprehensive range of insurance for Individuals and Groups...
CommInsure
CommInsure, while the name is relatively new, its roots in the Australian insurance industry and its parent company, the Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society, go back over 100 years ago into 1873. While they have the history to back them up, their approach to business is anything but old fashioned. They protect the lifestyles of Australians through a fresh, innovative, simple approach...
Insure My Ride
Insure My Ride is a wholly owned subsidiary of Suncorp - one of Australia's largest publicly-listed insurance and financial services businesses. They operate across Australia and specialise in covering private motorbikes. I could see this company was geared toward a younger consumer just by the name and the web layout, which is pleasing to the eye and easy to navigate. Along with the "normal" market, they cover riders who may not typically qualify for the best rates: the oft expensive or denied 18 to 25 year old demographic. The website states that they offer "realistic premiums." Even better, they give a 25% discount for purchasing online...
Ansvar
Ansvar Insurance is a unique insurance company that I discovered while looking for an insurer that offered insurance for faith organisations and charity groups. I did a quick search on the Internet and Ansvar was disclosed to me as one of the leading companies. I browsed through the website, surprised with everything they offered, and decided to write a review about them...
Coles Insurance
Coles Insurance as you may know, is part of the Westfarmer Groups. They are one of Australia's biggest retail companies providing grocery, liquor, fresh food, and general merchandise, and when they started providing insurance too, I was determined to find out more. I personally have not yet met anyone that is a policyholder with Coles Insurance so I cannot give much of an introductory description about their services, but I will be able to after this review...


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