Does car insurance boggle your mind? We’re not surprised. The various options and decisions regarding your car insurance could leave you confused and conflicted. With this article we shall attempt to clear up some of those dilemmas.
1. Getting insurance Vs. Driving uninsured
You’ve just bought your first car, don’t have a job and are already burdened by the weight of your college debt. Insurance doesn’t seem high on the priority list and you’re wondering if you should bother with it at all. After all what’s the worst that can happen? A lot actually. If you get caught driving uninsured, you could get fined heavily, have your license suspended and have your car impounded. And if you happen to get into an accident while you’re driving uninsured you’re in for a world of trouble. Chances are you’ll be responsible for damages to your own self and vehicle and will also have to bear the costs of any damages to the other party’s self and property if you are found at fault. So this one is actually easy. Get car insurance no matter what.
2. Full Coverage Vs. Minimum Liability
Now that we’ve convinced you to get car insurance, let’s deal with the next dilemma. How much? While it may be tempting to get just the minimum coverage stipulated by the state, we suggest you get more. If your state only requires you to get a certain amount of liability coverage, and that’s all you purchase, you will receive no support from your insurance provider in the event of theft, natural disasters, acts of God, accidents with uninsured motorists, etc. We suggest you get collision, comprehensive and Personal Injury Protection (PIP). Collision will take care of damages to your vehicle in the event of an accident with another party. Comprehensive covers theft, fire, flood, vandalism, random objects falling on / crashing into your car, etc. PIP (Personal Injury Protection) will take care of medical bills and in some cases loss of wages that occur as a result of the accident.
3. High Deductible and Low premiums Vs. Low Deductible and High premiums
The answer is simple. Settle on the highest deductible you can afford. Keeping a low deductible means that your insurance rates will be higher and vice-a versa, so raising your deductible could potentially mean huge accumulated savings. However keep the amount that is your deductible aside, put it under lock and key and forget about it because if you get into an accident and make a claim, you will need to fork it out.
4. 6 month policy Vs. 1 year policy
Generally people purchase 6 month policies, but you can also get 3 month and 12 month policies. If you plan to retain insurance coverage for the entire year, its best to go with a 12 month policy. By purchasing a 12 month policy, you have the security of knowing that your rates won’t rise and that you will be insured for that period of time. If you were to get a 6 month policy, you might see a hike in premiums at the end of that term, and if you made serious claims, your insurer may choose to non-renew you. Not only do you benefit from the lack of stress, but your insurance company may also give you a discount for purchasing their policy for a whole year.
5. Addition to parents’ policy Vs. Separate Policy
Young drivers tend to pay very high insurance rates, so many of them choose to get added to their parents’ policies. However, this presents its problems. A claim made by you or a driving violation will affect not just your own insurance records, but your parents’ as well. There is no single answer to this dilemma; the best thing to do is get an estimate from your parents’ company and compare this with free auto insurance quotes and discounts offered by other reputable providers.
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