Discovery Car Insurance Alternatives


May 7, 2024
Team Pineapple

How many times will we use ‘discover’ as a pun in this article? Who knows. 

What we do know is that of the many short-term insurance companies in South Africa, finding ‘the right one’ can be challenging. 

The South African vehicle insurance industry is teeming with potential and is projected to reach a market volume of US$3.42 billion (R64,6 billion) by 2028. This dynamic market is influenced by evolving trends like Usage-Based Insurance (UBI), claims automation, and the growing demand for electric vehicle coverage, thus reshaping the landscape of motor vehicle insurance.

This underscores the importance of selecting an insurance provider that’s responsive to such trends and stays committed to delivering quality service.

Discovery Limited: A Short-Term Insurance Titan

Discovery Limited would probably describe itself as “a proudly South African-founded financial services organisation that operates in the healthcare, life insurance, short-term insurance, long-term savings, banking and wellness markets”. 

No, really, that’s a direct quote taken from their website.

Since first opening its doors in 1992, it has remained committed to boosting its clients’ health, enriching them, and safeguarding their lives.

That’s just one of the reasons Discovery remains an almost permanent fixture on South Africa’s list of preferred insurance companies.

Car Insurance Providers Like Discovery

So, that begs the question, which short-term insurer can measure up to the massive heights Discovery Insure has reached? 

We think we have the answer. 

Here’s a list of the six Discovery Insure alternatives you can choose from:

  1. Pineapple Tech 
  2. MiWay Insurance
  3. OUTsurance Holdings Limited
  4. Santam
  5. Budget Insurance
  6. Dialdirect Insurance


(Of course, we’d place ourselves at the top of the list; with insurance this good, who wouldn’t?)

As a digital insurance provider, Pineapple's innovative use of technology, customer-centric products, and P2P (peer-to-peer model) represents a shift from traditional insurance. 

The P2P insurance model comprises a small group of individuals with common interests who combine their premiums to insure against risks.

Since first founding the company in 2017, co-founders Marnus van Heerden (CEO), Ndabenhle Junior Ngulube (CDO), Matthew Elan Smith (CIO) and Sizwe Ndlovu (CTO) have always aimed to make insurance more accessible, understandable, and fair.

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

Pineapple offers fully comprehensive insurance, providing protection against accidental damage, third-party accidents and non-collision-related events like extreme weather (including hail), fire, theft, vandalism and hijackings. Policies also include free 24/7 emergency roadside assistance and Drive Less Get Blessed (30% of your premium back for driving under 300 km per month).

Pineapple is all about offering premium insurance at a fraction of the cost. 

Clients have the freedom to insure individual items (a.k.a. All-Risk Cover), providing flexibility and saving money by not over-insuring. Plus, you get a discount on your monthly car insurance premium for insuring multiple cars. 

Coverage starts from a shockingly low R570 per month; that’s R19-ish a day for fully comprehensive coverage!

Get a quote now and see for yourself, if you don’t believe me. As a matter of fact, let me help you out: click here.

Unique features and benefits

  • Emergency accommodation for clients whose vehicles are lost or damaged more than 100km from their homes. Pineapple reimburses for all accommodation expenses (up to the limit specified in the policy).

  • Online insurance in 90 seconds… or less if you’re fast. Get a quote, buy a car insurance policy, and submit a claim, all without a single phone call. However, agents are happy to hop on a call if you’d really prefer one.

Pineapple Car Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

Staff are polite and very helpful. The application process is simple and efficient. Queries are also handled very quickly” – Terrel, 21 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

They are very quick to respond and resolve issues.” – Matshidiso M, 13 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

“Boitumelo assisted me and was very patient and professional. Good service 👌🏽” – Amanda, 25 Nov 2023. ★★★★

For more, check out Pineapple’s page on Hellopeter.


Launched in February 2008, Miway aimed to provide comprehensive and customisable insurance solutions. It offers customers excellent service, superior value products, and fair treatment at all times. MiWay focuses on client needs, finding new ways to simplify life and how to do things. Lastly, MiWay offers products, services and solutions that enable you, as a policyholder, to live and enjoy life on your own terms – in your own way.

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

MiWay’s comprehensive insurance provides the widest protection and covers theft and hijacking, damages due to an accident, fire or explosion, and natural disasters like hail and floods. The cover also includes damage to the vehicle’s windows, liability to other parties as a result of an accident, and intentional damage to your car.

MiWay also offers ‘Third-Party, Fire and Theft’, ‘Third-Party Only’ and ‘Total Loss’ insurance cover.

MiWay provides inexpensive insurance premiums to suit every budget. Premiums start from just R28* per day, plus it has an easy-to-understand claims excess structure.


*as mentioned on their website.

MiWay Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

Fast help without the long phone call, all done on WhatsApp, very happy with price.” – Christo, 22 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

“💯” – Sphiwe S, 14 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

“]MiWay] always [treats] the customers in a professional manner and treat our emergencies accordingly.” – Martha, 20 Nov 2023. ★★★★

For more, check out MiWay’s page on Hellopeter.


OUTsurance was voted an industry leader by various influential South African media publications and their readers in their annual awards that recognise the best in insurance. Established in early February 1998, OUTsurance would go on to offer a wide range of insurance products to both individuals and businesses. Their approach to insurance, characterised by unique features like the OUTbonus and fixed excess, reflects their mission to provide affordable, straightforward, and rewarding insurance solutions to their customers.

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

OUTsurance provides clients with policies that protect everything they’ve worked so hard to get. This means they can enjoy the benefits that give them more value and the awesome service. OUTsurance offers insurance for cars and other vehicles, plus portable possessions insurance, just to name a few.

OUTsurance stands out for its innovative approach to insurance. The company offers features like the OUTbonus, which rewards policyholders with up to 10% of their premiums for not claiming in 3 years and fixed premiums for a certain period. 

Like many insurers, OUTsurance bases its pricing on factors that make up your risk profile to determine the premiums for their car insurance policies. 

Unfortunately, we couldn’t find any ‘starting from’ prices anywhere on the web. But, that’s nothing a quick quote can’t fix (if you really have nothing better to do).

OUTsurance Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

Prompt. Reliable.” – Mrs G, 16 Jan 2024. ★★★★★

I submitted a claim via Outsurance App, uploaded all the required photos of the damage in my car and I'm happy that it was quickly approved. Great service.” – 

Londeka, 11 Jan 2024. ★★★★★

“Thank you for beautiful service from the [beginning] till the end. I sold my car and had to cancel insurance and everything was efficient. Thank you so much. I never had problems for 5 years.” – Rendani N, 09 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

For more, check out OUTsurance’s page on Hellopeter.


Santam was founded in 1918 and listed on the JSE in 1964 under the insurance (non-life) sector. Today, it has over 105 years of providing a diverse range of general insurance products and services to individuals, businesses, and specialised markets. Santam's approach to insurance is characterised by its comprehensive product offerings, a strong focus on customer needs, and a commitment to innovation and sustainability. 

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

Santam’s insurance offers plans like the Core (quality insurance coverage at a competitive price), the Classic (comprehensive insurance allowing for the inclusion of building, contents, and car insurance) and the Executive (coverage that provides comprehensive, personalised insurance and includes flexible worldwide cover and extended limit). 

Santam offers various levels of car insurance coverage, including comprehensive, limited (third-party, fire, and theft), and third-party only. 

The policy type impacts the premium; comprehensive is the most expensive due to its extensive protection, and third-party only is generally the most economically friendly.  

Like OUTsurance, we couldn’t find any ‘starting from’ prices anywhere on the web–but, that’s nothing a quick quote can’t fix.

Santam Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

I got a 10/10 experience from Patience [M]oloi. Very helpful and excellent services.” – Laurine N, 22 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

Excellent service is rare nowadays. I had a privilege to be assisted by a consultant Thumeka. She was patient with me and assisted very well. If there was 10 stars. I will give her.” – Lilly B, 03 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

Great call to reduce my premium.” – Mpumi S, 21 Feb 2024. ★★★★

For more, check out Santam’s page on Hellopeter.


As the name suggests, Budget Insurance focuses on affordability, aiming to provide competitive premiums without compromising coverage quality. Founded sometime in 1998, Budget has gone on to cut the cost of add-on products like cover for funeral expenses, personal accidents, and small damage repairs for cars. This allows clients to have added peace of mind when it comes to dealing with life’s uncertainties.

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

Budget Insurance’s mission is to ensure that insurance remains accessible to everyone. That’s why it offers a range of car insurance options, allowing you to select a plan that suits your pocket. Policies include comprehensive coverage, Budget Lite and third-party, fire and theft, plus you can get a discount when you add multiple cars to your policy.

Budget Insurance emphasises bargain-friendly and flexibility in its car insurance offerings. It aims to make insurance accessible specifically to those who stick to a tight budget. 

Budget has an option to bundle car and home insurance, helping you get a discount on your home contents premium. 

Again, we unfortunately couldn’t find any ‘starting from’ prices for car insurance anywhere on the web. 

But, that’s nothing a quick quote can’t fix (if you’re feeling up to it).

Budget Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

Very friendly service. My questions were answered and my request to review my policy was done efficiently and quickly.” – Treve, 22 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

I have a very good experience, they are very fast on a claim, I have claimed twice for the cars and all the [claims were] quick.” – Nkhensani M, 15 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

Still great can’t complain at this moment.” – Phumlani S, 24 Nov 2023. ★★★★

For more, check out Budget Insurnace’s page on Hellopeter.


Dialdirect is a prominent player in the South African insurance industry known for its straightforward, no-nonsense approach to insurance. Their story started in 2003 when a couple of insurance enthusiasts got together. It used clever thinking and smart innovation to bring to life a clear and simple insurance offering that South Africans could embrace for their valuables. Operating in Auto & General Park in Dainfern, Johannesburg, Dialdirect offers an extensive range of insurance products designed to meet the diverse needs of its customers.

Coverage Options And Plans Offered

Dialdirect offers insurance for cars, motorbikes, caravans, trailers, watercraft, and golf carts. Some policies may also include additional coverage like collision coverage, salvaging or towing benefits. 

Dialdirect has a monthly payback product where you can get up to 75% of your comprehensive car premium back in cash. You receive the amount straight into your account of choice just for driving and insuring right, depending on the coverage and payback option. 

Plus the Payback Bonus entitles you to a cash payout of 25% of all your premiums paid over four years, or your entire first year’s premiums, whichever amount is lower.

Dialdirect Insurance Reviews: The People Have Spoken

They are helpful quick to respond was happy with the service.” – nandipha, 22 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

“Been with [Dialdirect] for a year now both car and home insurance. I was due for review [and] spoke to Rea what a brilliant [consultant]. A brand ambassador.” – Odwa D, 13 Feb 2024. ★★★★★

“Very good, easy to talk to, and mostly efficient. I recommend them highly.” – Martin, 29 Nov 2023. ★★★★

For more, check out Dialdirect’s page on Hellopeter.


South Africa’s car insurance market is rich with options, each designed to protect, enhance, and simplify your life on the road. Leading insurance providers such as Pineapple, MiWay, OUTsurance, Santam, Budget, and Dialdirect each offer unique benefits, setting them apart in the industry. 

From tech-driven policies and cashback rewards to affordability and innovative coverage, local motorists are truly spoiled for choice.

Discovering ‘the one’ and choosing the right insurer boils down to matching their offerings with YOUR needs. You should consider factors like coverage specifics, cost, and the company's service reputation. 

The right car insurance provider is key to safeguarding your vehicle and ensuring peace of mind on every journey.

We hope this piece led to a few discoveries… such as how affordable Pineapple’s car insurance is. 

Click here to get a free quote and start saving today!

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article was obtained from the respective insurers' websites and reflects the status at the time of writing. Please be aware that products, services, and offerings are subject to change and may have evolved since this article's publication date. We recommend consulting directly with the insurance providers to obtain the most up-to-date and accurate information. The publisher of this article assumes no responsibility for any discrepancies or changes in the information provided or for any reliance placed on this information.

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