Tower Car Insurance

With more than four million cars driving on New Zealand’s roads, car insurance has become a mandatory part of getting from A to B. But not all insurers are created equal, so it’s worthwhile checking out how Tower insurance stacks up. A Kiwi born and bred company, dating back over 150 years, how does Tower’s years of experience give them the edge over other car insurance providers?

What policies does Tower Car Insurance offer?

Tower offers customers a choice of three car insurance policies: Comprehensive, Third Party, Fire & Theft, and Third Party cover.

All of Tower’s car insurance policies provide cover for legal liability, and damage caused to your vehicle by an uninsured vehicle (policy limits apply). Tower also offer a no-claims benefit on all its policies, so if you don’t make any insurance claims, you can expect lower premiums.

Additionally, Tower offers customers optional benefits such as access to its 24-hour RoadWise roadside assistance, a windscreen excess buyout, Airpoints Dollars on eligible policies and multi-policy discounts. 

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What’s covered by Tower’s Comprehensive Car Insurance Policy?

According to Tower, the comprehensive policy is its most popular and covers a multitude of situations including collision, fire, and theft.

Some of its benefits include:

  • Lost or stolen keys: up to $1000 cover, with no excess to pay
  • Damage caused by an uninsured vehicle
  • Transport costs: if you are unable to drive your vehicle following an accident, Tower provides up to $500 of transport and accommodation costs to get you home

  • Repair guarantee: Tower will cover repairs for life (if completed by one of its recommended repairers)
  • Replacement car seats up to $750
  • One event one excess

What’s covered by Tower’s Third Party, Fire & Theft Policy?

Tower’s Third Party, Fire & Theft Policy offers less cover than its comprehensive policy, but is a great option to save on premiums. It could be ideal if you feel your vehicle is not worth insuring fully, while still giving you cover should you damage others’ property.

Some of its benefits include:

  • Damage caused by an uninsured vehicle up to $4000
  • One event one excess
  • Repair guarantee: Tower will cover repairs for life (if completed by one of its recommended repairers)

  • Replacement car seats up to $500
  • Transport costs: if you are unable to drive your vehicle following an accident, Tower provides up to $250 of transport and accommodation costs to get you home

What’s covered by Tower’s Third Party Policy?

The company’s Third Party policy is Tower’s cheapest policy. It offers customers legal liability cover, protecting them from the cost of repairing others’ property. In most cases it does not cover the cost to repair your vehicle. However, if your vehicle is damaged by an uninsured vehicle, it provides cover up to $4000.

What makes Tower Car Insurance different?

All of Tower’s policies are awarded the WriteMark Plain Language standard, meaning you don’t have to worry about wordy and confusing documents. As Canstar’s latest research reveals, around half of car insurance policy holders don’t fully understand what their insurance covers, so this is a great step in ensuring customers can thoroughly understand their policy.

Furthermore, according to Tower, “the more you cover, the more you save”. Tower offers a discount of up to 20% as part of its multi-policy discount scheme. So, if you take out several policies with Tower Insurance, you can expect to save on your premiums.

The company also offers the ability to earn one Airpoints Dollar on every $100 spent on your premium, and a range of great online resources. Its MyTower site makes managing your insurance easy, for example, and its innovative GoCarma driving app rewards you with lower excess fees.  

About Tower New Zealand

With roots dating back to 1869, Tower Insurance has a long history in New Zealand. A Kiwi born and bred company, Tower has been providing Kiwis with a range of insurance cover for over 150 years.

Since becoming the Tower Corporation in 1987 – and listing publicly as Tower Insurance New Zealand in 1999 – the company has offered insurance policies across vehicle, contents, business and travel, while boasting “innovative” ways to give its customers confidence.

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Written by: Andrew Broadley | Last updated: September 15, 2021