INSURING YOUR CAR
Does car insurance cover hail damage?
24 November 2021
There’s not much we can do to prevent wild weather, especially in Australia, where we swing from scorching heat to hailstorms. But we can take steps to get cover for the resulting damage.
Both GIO Platinum and Comprehensive Car Insurance cover you for loss or damage to your car caused by hail, floods, storms, and other weather events.
The rising risk of hail damage
Climate change doesn’t just increase the likelihood of bushfires. As its impact grows, hailstorms are also predicted to increase in frequency, length, and intensity. So it’s more important than ever to prepare for the risks.
Consider Car Insurance
As mentioned earlier, hail damage is covered under both GIO Platinum and Comprehensive Car Insurance. In the event of a claim, you’ll have your choice of repairer, as well as a hire car after the theft of your car or a not-at-fault incident (if the car can’t be safely driven and you can give us the name, address, and vehicle rego of the person at fault). The amount of time this hire car will be available to you depends on the level of cover in your policy.
If you're a GIO Car Insurance policy holder, you can help ensure your vehicle doesn't get caught in a storm.
Head over to the GIO app to turn on Weather Alerts so you can be ready the
next time a storm comes.
The GIO app also includes a hail warning feature to help you avoid hail damage to your car.
First, open the app and head to your profile.
Press Notifications and to toggle Weather Alerts On.
Lucky, Gina had hail alerts turned on.
Not sure how to get started with the GIO app?
The How To Get Started with the GIO app video can show you how.
What if only the window glass parts of your car are damaged by hail?
If you have GIO Platinum Car, or have purchased this optional windscreen and window glass with GIO Comprehensive Car, you can make an excess-free claim, as long as it’s your first ‘windscreen and window glass cover’ claim in a period of insurance.
Please check your PDS for info on exclusions and more.
What types of hail damage are covered?
GIO Car Insurance covers all types of hail damage, including damage to your roof and the rest of your car.
Does car insurance have a waiting period?
GIO Car Insurance doesn’t have a waiting period, meaning you’re covered as soon as you take out a policy with us.
How to lodge a claim
1. Submit your claim here or through the GIO App. With the new app, you can lodge, track and review your claim on-the-go, anytime, anywhere. You can also opt in for hail (and other extreme weather) alerts for your insured address in-app.
2. Wait for us to assess your claim. We’ll determine whether it’s better to repair or replace the car.
You can also call us on 13 14 46 if you prefer to make a claim over the phone. We’ll be there to assist you 24/7.
What happens if my car is a write-off?
It all depends on the extent of the damage, as well as the value and age of your car.
In some cases, if you hold a GIO Platinum policy and fit our eligibility criteria, we’ll replace your car with a brand new one of the same make and model (if available), or find something similar if we can’t repair it.* If you’re eligible, this will apply no matter how old your car gets.
*You must be the first registered owner and your car continuously insured under GIO Platinum cover from within 13 months of purchase until the time of total loss. A replacement car of similar make and model must be available.
Insurance issued by AAI Limited ABN 48 005 297 807 trading as GIO. Read the Product Disclosure Statement before buying this insurance. Go to gio.com.au for a copy. Target Market Determination also available. This advice has been prepared without taking into account your particular objectives, financial situation or needs, so you should consider whether it is appropriate for you before acting on it.