With technology constantly improving, there are a range of disability-converted vehicles available in today’s market. From cars with ramps, hoists and lifters to facilitate getting in and out of the vehicle, right through to sophisticated hand and foot controls to assist drivers with limited mobility. There are many solutions available to cater to a wide range of needs.
Like most technological breakthroughs, disability vehicle conversions come at a price. In many cases the cost of the conversions are higher than the value of the vehicle itself.
This can create issues when it comes to insuring your car. Most insurers are not familiar with disability conversions, and this means they may not be able to provide comprehensive cover at a reasonable price.
It can also mean that you may be facing the risk of underinsurance – having inadequate insurance cover which can lead to significant financial loss.
This typically happens because most insurers depreciate the value of the conversion in the same way they depreciate the value of a car.
The problem is that most disability conversions don’t depreciate over time. If anything, materials and labour get more expensive with each passing year. This creates a significant risk of underinsurance because if your car were to be damaged or written-off, you could be faced with a big gap between your insurance payout and the cost of getting your car back on the road.
The importance of this issue is emphasised by Blue Badge Insurance CEO, Nik Witcombe, who says “we’ve had some customers who have spent over $50,000 to convert their vehicle but later found it was insured for less than $10,000. As you can imagine, this can be quite devastating if they were to be involved in an accident.”
As Australia’s first disability insurance specialist, we at Blue Badge have an extensive knowledge of disability converted cars and can help you if you’re concerned about underinsurance. We cover a wide range of conversions and give you the choice to insure your conversions on a new for old basis so you have total peace of mind.
If you’re interested in getting an obligation free quote to find out how we compare to your current insurer, call us on 1300 304 802 or click here to start your quote.
You can also find out more about our Comprehensive car Insurance for Disability Converted Cars here.