When fighting a galactic civil war, your spaceship is bound to take a beating.
But just how much does it cost to insure a vehicle that’s made the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs?
More than you might expect. (And more than a smuggler like Han Solo can afford.)
Star Wars superfans at UK-based InsuretheGap are getting into the spirit of the upcoming film by calculating insurance quotes for eight of the franchise’s most famous vehicles.
Based on factors like weight and size—as well as presumed maximum speed in atmosphere—the team created an algorithm to generate an annual price. (For reference, one Galactic Credit is worth roughly 50 cents.)
“We set about working out just how much it would cost to insure some of our favorite ships—just on the off chance we found ourselves suddenly transported to the outer rim with a big stack of credits,” InsuretheGap said.
Luke’s swift landcruiser is easily the cheapest to insure. Boasting a top speed of 155 mph, the two-seater isn’t much to behold, it’s mundane design ideal for harsh desert climates like Tatooine. After the death of his aunt and uncle, Luke sold his speeder in Mos Eisley to help pay for passage to Alderaan.
Jabba the Hutt’s luxury sail barge offers the most bang for your buck, according to InsuretheGap. Basically a giant floating pub, with room for up to 500 passengers and a live band, the large craft is fit for a 600-year-old intergalactic gangster.
Sebulba earned his riches from repeated Podrace wins. So he can afford the annual insurance cost on his heavily modified sports car—which got a bump in price due to the “monumentally dangerous” risks of podracing.
Tie Advanced X1
Darth Vader’s experimental TIE fighter was a modified prototype of what would eventually become the TIE Advanced X1. The later model’s addition of a hyperdrive costs extra, because, according to InsuretheGap, “crossing a galaxy in the blink of an eye is astonishingly easy to get wrong.”
Boba Fett inherited the deadly Slave I upon the death of Jango Fett. But Aurra Sing’s crash landing on Florrum did nothing to help the bounty hunter’s insurance premium.
T-65 X-Wing Starfighter
The Toyota of Rebel Alliance ships, Luke’s X-Wing Starfighter features four laser cannons and two proton torpedo launchers, nimble engines, and an astromech droid co-pilot. But its light modifications have little bearing on the insurance costs.
“Being a Rebel and a Jedi Knight, however, are pretty risky occupations, and this adds quite a hefty extra onto the overall costs,” InsuretheGap said. “He seems to be a pretty stand-up guy, too, so we reckon he’d declare the swamp damage.”
She may not look like much, but she’s got it where it counts.
Surprisingly expensive to insure, Han’s beloved ship is a huge liability for the Rebel smuggler, who’s made heavy modifications to the iconic freighter over the years. Here’s to hoping Chewie goes Dutch.
The Corellian Corvette (or Alderaan cruiser, or blockade runner) is a large, powerful ship with an enormous passenger capacity, a whopping top speed of 590 mph, and a monstrous annual insurance cost.
“We don’t find out exactly who pilots this ship, which drives the price up somewhat,” InsuretheGap said. “As does the risk of carrying stolen Death Star plans.”
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