Security Shortfall Insurance protects you as a borrower by paying the shortfall amount
to the credit provider or bank if, in the event that you have a total loss due to
accident, theft or damage, and the amount received from the comprehensive insurer
is inadequate to finalise the loan on the vehicle.
When you borrow money to purchase a vehicle you may be exposed to an insurance shortfall
gap. This gap is the difference between the insured value of the vehicle and the
pay out to the lender.
For most vehicles purchased, the maximum exposure to this gap will occur from the
date of purchase to around the 2nd or 3rd year through a standard loan of 60 months.
Such a gap exists because, in most cases, you initially borrow more than the vehicle’s
market value (Registration cost, stamp duty, dealer delivery charges, comprehensive
insurance etc) and the value of the vehicle falls relatively faster than the principal
balance of the loan in the initial period of the loans term.
Sometimes the amount of this gap can run into many thousands so it’s important you
consider this product to ensure you are adequately protected.
You can only purchase Gap Insurance when you enter into a new finance contract at
the time of a vehicle purchase and the vehicle must be comprehensively insured.
Benefits of Security Shortfall Insurance (Gap Insurance)
- Protects your finances and credit rating in the event their vehicle is declared
a total loss due to theft or accident.
- Gap Insurance can be easily financed into most loans.
- You can purchase Gap Insurance independently of your current comprehensive insurer
Most GAP insurance policies also compensate you with an additional cash benefit