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Canberra’s car registration – the most expensive in Australia?

By deezagood - 23 October 2009 32

I just received this year’s rego bill; a whopping $853.00, which includes rego of $405.30 and Compulsory Third Party Insurance of $448.60. The fees seem to have increased by about $80.00 per year over the past few years. Ouch. A quick scan of other State’s regos confirms that the ACT is, indeed, paying the highest premiums … do other Rioters find this acceptable?

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Canberra’s car registration – the most expensive in Australia?
CapitalK 11:26 am 23 Oct 09

I did a comparision with a colleague and yes his NSW was a little cheaper, but when you factor in all the running around he had to do (red slip blue slip, green slip – any other colored slip) compared to what I had to do ie log on to website, pay then wait for the sticker in the post – I decided I was happy to pay my ACT rego.

VYBerlinaV8_the_one_ 11:17 am 23 Oct 09

Been discussed before. ACT NRMA insurance doesn’t seem to include the various discounts that can be applied (age, history, bundling, etc).

I live in NSW, and am happy with the current arrangement. Although getting your car inspected each year is a pain, at least cars are brake tested yearly, and looked over for structural problems.

grunge_hippy 10:43 am 23 Oct 09

one good thing is the ACT allows you to pay in instalments of 3, 6, etc months at a time if finances are tight. yes, it costs more in the long run, but if you cant find that huge chunk of cash at the time, its a nice option. i dont know if other states do that.

but agreed, it is too expensive!

deezagood 9:49 am 23 Oct 09

I have no idea why there is a little smiley face emoticon next to my last post. I didn’t place it there. The appropriate icon for my post would be a frowny, grumpy face.

deezagood 9:48 am 23 Oct 09

It is really tempting to register in NSW; we have plenty of good friends at Jerra who probably wouldn’t mind getting an annual rego letter (and the odd speeding fine :-)) sent their way. Tempting. I do wonder how people struggling to keep on top of their finances cope with such a HUGE annual bill … it seems ridiculously high.

The Axe Man 9:46 am 23 Oct 09

The ACT is the one of the most expensive places to register your car if not the most expensive.
This is partly due to the NRMA; they are the only ones offering CPT insurance.

There are plans to open it up and you will be able to choose your CPT provider though.
The NRMA know this and have raised their cost of CPT because they know their time is running out as a sole provider (all allegedly / my opinion of course. Don’t want to get in trouble)

This is why when you look at your rego renewal notice there is a section that says you can choose which CPT provider you’d like but then it only lists 1 – the NRMA

I can’t remember the reason why there aren’t any others yet but the time is coming when there will be more than the NRMA

Gungahlin Al 9:21 am 23 Oct 09

Chop71 said :

It is partly due to the ACT governments decision of locking NRMA into being the sole provider of green slips in the ACT, hence charging plenty due to them holding the monopoly. Chop

Precisely Chop! All NRMA members should remember this next time we are asked to vote for the NRMA’s local representative Alan Evans, who presided over this farcical situation, with the NRMA taking ACT members for a ride financially.

At one stage during his disastrous period as NRMA president, plus on the IAG board, I recall he was pocketing almost $300,000 per year.

churl 9:12 am 23 Oct 09

Chop71 said :

The government is missing out on considerable revenue due to people easily registering ACT cars to a NSW address.
Chop

And more revenue because of the many unregistered cars that drive around.
(Don’t crash into one…)

icantbelieveitsnotbu 9:09 am 23 Oct 09

Pandy said :

What? Other insurers will be approved? Why haven’t I been told?

It was in the paper the other day. One of the pollies announced that Canberrans will be able to choose their insurance provider when paying rego… but I wasn’t aware that no other insurance company has signed up? That’s another win for Govt!

MrPC 8:44 am 23 Oct 09

I despise NSW’s annual rego checks, and the green slip competition here is a farce. It still costs more here than it did in the ACT once you factor in pink slip, green slip, and NSW’s absurdly high rego charges. Plus you can more or less guarantee the inspector will find $100-200 worth of work that ‘needs’ to be done.

Pandy 8:16 am 23 Oct 09

What? Other insurers will be approved? Why haven’t I been told?

willo 8:03 am 23 Oct 09

Blingerific said :

Having lived in most Australia States and Territories Canberra isn’t the most expensive, NSW has that honour, but it’s not the cheapest either. Then again we do have yearly rego checks, as lackadaisical as they are, that the cheaper states (NT, Vic, SA) don’t have. Not to mention the absolutely abysmal level of ability of the ACT’s drivers, their absolute dependence of vehicles (highest per capita in the country) and the consequent accident rate…

WTF? we have not had yearly rego checks here for well over 10 years..the only 12 mnth inspection required in canberra is for lpg vehicles and that is only a check on the gas equipment not the entire car …and A.C.T is currently the most expensive place in australia to register a vehicle…..especially commercial vehicles….check a few facts before you mouth off next time

kevn 7:05 am 23 Oct 09

I really like how we get to turn the page to choose our insurer only to find that there is only one approved choice. I suspect they will be forced to go lower next year, when other insurers are approved.

Blingerific 6:48 am 23 Oct 09

Having lived in most Australia States and Territories Canberra isn’t the most expensive, NSW has that honour, but it’s not the cheapest either. Then again we do have yearly rego checks, as lackadaisical as they are, that the cheaper states (NT, Vic, SA) don’t have. Not to mention the absolutely abysmal level of ability of the ACT’s drivers, their absolute dependence of vehicles (highest per capita in the country) and the consequent accident rate…

Chop71 6:44 am 23 Oct 09

It is partly due to the ACT governments decision of locking NRMA into being the sole provider of green slips in the ACT, hence charging plenty due to them holding the monopoly. I contacted AAMI after they offered me a deal in registering a new car and they said the policy had now been changed yet they had “forgot to put in the form” to request for them to be added to the ACT’s green slip program.

I was amazed thet that response and she checked with her supervisor and yep, that was the excuse they stuck with.

Lets hope other insurance companies can break open this monopoly and reduce the costs.

The government is missing out on considerable revenue due to people easily registering ACT cars to a NSW address. If they had prices inline with NSW people would not go to the trouble of trying to dodge the system.

Chop

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