Belgian car insurances are in general more expensive than in other countries since it is not the owner or the driver which is insured, but the whole car. Which means that another person than the owner can drive the car, and it is still insured. However, you would need additional coverage to get compensation for injuries sustained to the driver. This is an important aspect in Belgian law.
Types of car insurance coverage in Belgium
In general, there are 3 sorts of coverages for car insurance in Belgium:
- 1: There is a minimal coverage that is required by law, which is a third-party liability. In Flemish, it is called:’ wettelijke aansprakelijkheidsverzekering’ and in Walloon it is called;‘responsabilité civile’. These liabilities would cover physical damage or death that could be caused to a third person.
2: You can go choose for fully comprehensive coverage, which insures you in case of vandalism, theft, fire or in case of a traffic accident.
3: You could go for third-party liability coverage with additional coverage which you could choose yourself, this could be only coverage for theft for example.
TIP: If you land on the website of an Belgian car insurance company (which is often in Dutch or in French), make a right mouse-click anywhere on the page (Only works with Google Chrome!) A small dropdown menu will appear and then it will say; “translate this page to English” (or any other language). This will make it better understandable and easier for you to make the right decision.
Comparing car insurances Belgium
There are a lot of Belgian car insurance companies on the market. Companies like Touring Assurances, DVV, Argenta, ING and Corona direct are the most frequently used car insurance companies in Belgium and have a reliable reputation. All Belgian insurance companies offer different coverage’s and it can be a time consuming activity to compare Belgian car insurances. That is why we have listed to the most trusted car insurance companies in Belgium.
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These Belgian car insurance companies all offer different packages which can vary in price. Are you wondering which car insurance offers you the best and cheapest car insurance? We have listed for you the most reliable car insurance companies below.
Touring Assurances is one of Belgium’s biggest insurance companies. Touring Assurances is known in Belgium for its reliability and good services. On their website you will find examples of how they calculate a car insurance price and how you can get an offer for free, without obligation. You can easily fill the online form and get your car insurance price send back to you. The main advantage of Touring Assurances is that they are a reliable company with a good reputation and above all offer different kinds of discounts! Touring Assurances currently offers a special deal where you get 20% cheaper insurance if you drive 15.000 km or less per year. If you are not planning on driving a long way to work every day, this could be an interesting option for you.
DVV insurances was founded in 1929 which makes it the oldest insurance company in Belgium with a reliable reputation. What does DVV offer that makes them one of the most successful car insurance companies in Belgium? DVV does not offer the cheapest insurance but simply offers a lot of benefits. DVV tows your car away for free to your garage of choice. Moreover, DVV offers up to 30 km over the border, every kind of support which you would need, if your car breaks down. They also offer free taxi service when the car breaks down which means that they will drive you to your home address or another desired location.
When you drive 5 years without damaging the car your no-claims bonus level drops to 0 and your premiums will be low. Suppose your car is damaged; in that case, the DVV consultant will be at your service. They assure personal advice and fast processing of your case file. DVV sends you an offer of your car insurance depending on your personal information, age and brand of the car.
Corona Direct is a car insurance company that was founded 80 years ago and is well known in Belgium for its good customer service. Corona Direct has a customer service that can be reached 24/7 which makes it unique in Belgium. What stands out about Corona Direct is that they offer a cheap and unique car insurance concept. The concept is that when you drive less than 25.000 kilometers per year (which according to them 9 out of 10 Belgian’s do) they will offer a very cheap car insurance, but with less benefits. If you are driving every day and thus drive long distances, this would not be the right car insurance for you. Still, if you just use your car on a daily basis but just for short drives; this insurance could be worth considering. Corona Direct offers 4 different sort of insurances:
1. Third-party liability insurance (most basic).
2. Third-party liability insurance + theft & weather damages insurance
3. Third-party liability insurance + total loss insurance*
4. Third-party liability insurance + full coverage
** Total loss or write-off occurs when the lost value or the actual repair cost of a damaged vehicle exceeds the value of its insured policy.
No-claim bonusses Belgium
No-claim bonuses are normal in the Belgian car insurance world. In most cases you can bring your no-claim record with you from your previous car insurance company. Not every Belgian car insurance company recognizes your previous no-claim record, but still it would be worth a try! Some do, and therefore it would be a missed chance if you don’t try it.
Green insurance card
When you have chosen a car insurance which fits to your needs, you will receive a Green Card from the insurance company. Be aware, you should keep this Green Card on you all the time when you are driving the car, since the police can stop you and demand to see it. Moreover, you will receive a ‘accident report’, which you should also keep in your car. You should have copies of this form in Dutch, French and English while driving in Belgium; just to be sure that everything will be filled in correctly when the time comes.