List of Best Car Insurance Companies in Kenya (2019)

These are the top ranked car insurance companies in Kenya by premium size. Get a quote from the biggest insurers in the market

Car insurance is a mandatory class of insurance for all motor vehicles operating on public roads as per the Kenyan laws. This explains why this class of insurance business is one of the biggest if not the biggest line for most general insurance companies.
Unfortunately it is also the class of business that experiences the highest number of claims as a result of accidental damage and theft of motor vehicles. In this article, we examine the different types of car insurances, categories of cars (based on use) and lastly the top car insurance companies in the Kenyan market. Every car/motor bike owner in Kenya requires some form of insurance cover, when choosing the insurance company, it helps to select the best and biggest providers to make sure you are getting peace of mind.

Types of Car Insurance in Kenya

There are three types of car insurance in the Kenyan market :


Comprehensive insurance is the recommended cover for most vehicles and covers the insured asset (vehicle) and all third party liabilities as well. It covers the vehicle against accidental damage and theft, fire, floods and storms among others. The most common optional add-ons for this cover are the excess protector for own damage and also the political violence and terrorism rider.

Third Party Only (TPO)

This the most basic type of cover as mandated by Cap 405. Act Title: Insurance (Motor Vehicle Third Party Risks). For all motor vehicles operating on Kenyan roads, this is the minimum level of insurance cover required. As the name suggests, it only covers the insured against third party persons and property liabilities. This is the commonest car insurance being the most affordable. In addition it is the only insurance suitable and offered for old or low value cars.

Categories of vehicles


These are the cars for individuals, families and organisations which used for private and social purposes e.g. commuting to work, taking children to school


These are vehicles normally used by businesses for official purpose e.g. lorries for construction sites, pickups for ferrying goods etc

PSV Self & Chauffeur Driven

These are most commonly the saloon cars used to ferry fare paying passengers and are common with registered taxis, airport taxis, online ride hailing apps like Taxify, UBER, etc


These are the public service vehicles comprised of mini buses and various sizes of buses. They are the main means of public transport in most urban centres. They require a specific type of insurance from other PSV vehicles. For a detailed breakdown of psv Matatu insurance covers, check out this blog post.

Special purpose

This category comprises of tractors, graders, cranes, mixers, excavators and other specialised vehicles used in various types of construction.

  1.     CIC Insurance Logo  CIC Insurance 

CIC is the undisputed king of motor insurance in Kenya topping the premium tables for both private and commercial motor insurance as at end of 2017. It underwrote a total premium of KSh 2.9 Billions comprising of 2.4 B of motor private and 2.5 B of motor commercial insurance. It is one of the most financially solid insurance companies, listed on the Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) and has branches all across the country.

With such a large share of the motor insurance, it unsurprisingly also suffered a combined underwriting loss of close to KSh 560 millions

Total premium: KSh 4.9 Billions

  1.       UAP Old Mutual InsuranceUAP Old Mutual Insurance

After the merger of UAP and Old Mutual, the company has become a financial services powerhouse spanning the entire region. It offers services from asset management, life and medical insurance, general insurance, savings and deposit takings, micro-finance and a whole host of others. For the year ended 2017, it underwrote a total premium of KSh 2.7 Billions with 1.7 Billions coming from the private motor class. During the same year, it launched its innovative EasyDirect product, a unique direct channel for customers to buy their car insurances online. It suffered a loss of over KSh 165 million in the motor book mainly caused by the loss of KSh 400 millions in the motor private insurance book.

Total Premium: KSh 2.7 Billion

  1.     BRITAM Insurance CompanyBRITAM Insurance

BRITAM is a heavy weight across the financial services spectrum in Kenya and in the region. It underwrote premiums of KSH 2.6 Billions for the motor book. This was finely divided between the private and commercial classes. Similar to competitors it also suffered a loss of close to KSh 595 billions from this class of business. From its leadership in the life insurance business, BRITAM has managed to ride on that to grow its general business lines through a mix of mergers and acquisition and business expansion.

Total Premium: KSh 2.6 Billions

  1. APA Insurance       APA Insurance

APA insurance is another brand that has used its powerful life insurance and asset management brand to grow its general business line and medical insurances. In the last 5 years, APA as emerged into the pack of top general insurance providers. It underwrote a premium of KSh 2.3 Billions finely split in the private and commercial segments. Surprisingly, it made an underwriting profit of close to KSh 160 millions making it one of the most profitable car insurance companies in Kenya. APA has a long track record of strict underwriting, it has shied away from risky business lines and the industry malpractice of price undercutting.

Premium: KSh 2.3 Billions

  1. Jubilee Insurance    Jubilee Insurance

Jubilee is the biggest brand in the insurance market here in Kenya and in the region having just celebrated its 80 years anniversary. Jubilee car insurance falls down a number of steps in the rankings having been top in the previous year. It underwrote a premium of KSh 2 Billions with just under KSh 1.3 Billions coming from the private motor insurance book. Unlike its competitors, Jubilee made an underwriting profit of KSh 110 millions for the motor business.

Premium: KSh 2 Billions

  1. Invesco & Directline Assurance

These are the only 2 general insurance companies in the market that offer cover for the notorious MATATU segment. Due to the high-risk nature of the industry, only two insurance companies own 100% of the market to be able to generate sufficiently large premiums to cushion the risk.

Invesco earned KSh 2.9 Billions from this class alone while Directline underwrote a premium of KSh 1.9 Billions for the commercial motor segment.


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Cheap Car insurance for Ladies in Kenya

There has been a rise in special car insurance schemes for lady drivers in Kenya, products that are of much better value to the customer. These have benefits similar to traditional comprehensive motor insurance policy but they also include many add-ons that are targeted at lady customers at great discounts. In this article why ladies enjoy these exclusive packages and the most popular ladies car insurance products on the market in Kenya.

Why Ladies Car Insurance?

All across the world from the least to the most developed countries, ladies have been proven to statistically be better and safer drivers. This has resulted in insurance companies extending discounted pricing on car insurance policies not just here in Kenya but overseas as well. It is because of the reasons below that ladies enjoy these special pricing and packages:

  1. They drive for less hours
  2. They drive at lower speeds
  3. They rarely drive at night
  4. They are more cautious on the road
  5. They have fewer impaired driving convictions
  6. They take good car of their vehicle (repairs and storage)

In analysing the factors above, it was concluded that female drivers are have a much lower accident frequency, have less speeding tickets than their male counterparts. In fact, global statistics show that speeding is more likely to be a factor for men (24%) than for women (15%). Lastly, female car insurance policy holders are less likely to drive impaired or under influence of alcoholic substances (DUI). A research conducted in the USA, the FBI reported that 716,398 men were arrested for DUIs compared to 221,778 women in 2010.

However, for women in the UK and the EU, it is no longer possible to get a discount on insurance policies. The European Court of Justices’s gender ruling came into effect in December 2012 and had a huge impact on car insurance for women. It made it illegal for insurance companies to discriminate on price by using the gender of the applicant.

In Kenya, there are 2 popular car insurance products for women:

Lady Jubilee Car Insurance

Jubilee insurance offers many types of car insurance for private, commercial, PSV and special purpose vehicles. It also offers the Lady Jubilee Motor Insurance exclusively for Kenyan ladies. It is a full comprehensive cover with added benefits on top of the asset and liabilities cover.

The Lady Jubilee cover has 3 options that are based on the value of customer’s motor vehicle

Bronze:        For car value below 1,000,000

Silver:           For car value between KES 1,000,00 to KES 2,000,000

Platinum:    For car value that is above KES 2,000,000

In addition to the traditional car insurance cover, it also has the following benefits on the policy

Handbag contents AA Road Rescue
School fees on death Lady Jubilee Gift Pack
Home content insurance Aga Khan Medical check-up
Personal accident cover for insured Excess protector
Accommodation after accident Shopping vouchers
Forced ATM withdrawal Preloaded OIL Libya card

The cost of the Lady Jubilee cover is at 5% of the value of the insured vehicle with the minimum premium as KSh 20,000. With all the extra packed benefits on the policy, it makes the product very much value for money.

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CIC Lady Auto Car Insurance

CIC Insurance much like Jubilee also offers an exclusive product for ladies in addition to the other motor insurance packages for all customers.

CIC Lady Auto Insurance

The CIC Lady Auto motor insurance package contains the following benefits

  1. Courtesy Car
  2. Maximum of 24 days subject to an excess of the first three days
  3. Personal Accident Cover
  4. A shared Personal Accident cover for the nuclear family as a result of incidences involving the insured motor vehicle with the following benefits:
  5. A shared last expense cover for the nuclear family of Kshs. 100,000 as a result of incidences involving the insured motor vehicle.
  6. A personal Accident cover for one indoor employee whilst travelling in the insured motor vehicle with the following benefits.
  7. Trauma Counseling for persons involved in any incident• Reimbursement of third party medical expenses incurred up to maximum Ksh 50,000/-
  8. Replacement of Lost Car Keys following partial theft Up to a maximum of Ksh 5000/-
  9. Forced ATM Withdrawal Maximum Limit Ksh 15 000/-
  10. 24hr roadside assistance services countrywide and defensive driving and road safety seminars for AA Kenya members.

The insurance rates for this product start at 5% of the sum insured with a minimum of KSh 30,000. Vehicles to be insured on this product must not be more than 12 years old.


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