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Imported Cars Have Similar Insurance Premiums to Domestic Cars Despite Significantly Higher Repair Costs

(image: Kobiz Media / Korea Bizwire)

(image: Kobiz Media / Korea Bizwire)

SEOUL, July 28 (Korea Bizwire)The insurance premiums for high-priced vehicles such as imported cars turned out to be similar to those of domestic vehicles although the former are typically much more costly to repair, the state audit agency said Tuesday.

Owners of imported cars and large trucks have enjoyed insurance benefits more than twice as high as their paid insurance premiums since the high repair costs of imported vehicles are not reflected in their property compensation insurance premiums.

According to a report released by the Board of Audit and Inspection, the Korea Insurance Development Institute and insurance companies have not reflected the difference in repair costs that vary depending on car price and whether the vehicles are imported or domestically-made in the calculation of insurance premiums for property compensation.

The report showed that the difference in insurance premiums stood at a mere 7 percent for cars that were 3.8 times more expensive than local models.

Classifying domestically-made and imported cars and small, mid and large-sized cars, the property compensation insurance premium for mid-sized domestic cars for which repair costs are relatively cheap averaged 238,838 won (US$207), higher than the 219,639 won for that for mid-sized imported cars.

Owners of imported cars classified as personal passenger cars received insurance payouts of 1.13 trillion won (US$975 million) in 2019, 242 percent higher than their paid insurance premium of 465.3 billion won.

In contrast, owners of domestically-made cars received insurance payouts of 2.25 trillion won, equivalent to only 78 percent of their paid insurance premiums of 2.87 trillion won.

There have also been many cases in which the insurance premiums for a victim’s vehicle increased when the vehicle at fault was a high-priced imported car since the high repair costs for the vehicle at fault are partially borne by the other party’s insurance.

J. S. Shin (

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