Are you planning to get your car insured? Check out the articles below, it will enlighten you more on this.
Nearly every state in the U.S. requires drivers to carry automobile insurance. It might seem like an unnecessary expense if you’re a good driver, but accidents can happen to anyone. There are lots of options when you’re looking for car insurance, so the process of getting it can be overwhelming. However, by thinking about the type and amount of insurance you need and comparing costs between insurance companies, you can find coverage that is both affordable and will keep you protected in the event of an accident.
Deciding How Much Coverage You Need
Research the coverage required by your state.
Each state has a minimum requirement regarding the amount of car insurance coverage drivers must have. When you’re in the process of buying car insurance, the first thing you’ll need to do is research the requirements for your state.
Every state except New Hampshire requires a minimum amount when it comes to liability insurance. This amount varies from state to state, however.
A quick internet search should let you find the information you need about the requirements in your state. If not, try contacting your Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV).
Consider your driving patterns.
How much car insurance coverage you need can depend, in part at least, to your driving patterns and habits. People who drive a long distance to work or frequently drive on dangerous roads may need more comprehensive coverage than someone who doesn’t face this type of commute. Check into some of the following before deciding what type of coverage you need:
Do you have a lot of fender benders in your driving history? Are there a lot of speeding tickets on your record? What is your commute like?
It might be worthwhile to obtain a copy of your driving record from the Department of Motor Vehicles. This can give you a solid idea how many accidents you’ve been in and how many tickets you’ve received over a certain time frame.
Think about where you live.
The neighborhood in which you live can also play a part in determining how much coverage you need. Comprehensive coverage covers you if your car is damaged through theft, fire, or flood. Where you live can play a part in determining whether or not you need comprehensive coverage, or how much you need. Ask yourself:
Is my neighborhood prone to flooding or other natural disasters? Is it a generally crime-free part of town? Has anything like this happened to my neighbors in the past few years?
Determine how much liability coverage you need.
Liability insurance covers the amount you would be held responsible for paying if you were found legally liable for an accident. This can include such things as lawyer fees from the other party in the accident, coverage of their hospital bills, and damage to their car. As a general rule, it is recommended that you get $50,000 in bodily injury liability for one person injured in an accident, $100,000 for all persons injured in an accident, and $25,000 for any property damage. (You might see this displayed in insurance shorthand as 50/100/25.)
However, many experts recommend you decide how much liability insurance to buy depending on the amount of assets you have. The more assets you have, the more assets can be seized from you in the event of an accident. Therefore, the more assets you have, the more liability insurance you should choose.
For example, if you have $50,000 in bodily injury liability coverage, but $100,000 in personal assets, and you’re found at fault in an accident, the other party could come after you for the additional $50,000 not covered by your insurance.
Decide if you want collision coverage.
Collision coverage pays for damage done to your car from hitting an inanimate object like a parking meter or fence. While adding it to your policy might be a good idea, depending on your situation, collision coverage is not required.
For instance, if you have an older car and a great driving record, it might not be worth it for you to add collision coverage. In this case, the likelihood of you getting in an accident is low and it may not be worth it to fix your car if it is totaled.
Consider what you discovered about your driving record to help you decide whether or not you need this type of coverage.
You will be required to choose a deductible—usually between $250 and $1,000—for this type of coverage. The deductible is the amount you’ll pay before you insurance takes over. The higher the deductible, the lower your insurance premium for this coverage.
Determine if you want comprehensive coverage. Like collision insurance, comprehensive coverage is optional and covers damage to your car that was not caused by a wreck. For instance, comprehensive coverage would cover damage from a fire, flood, or theft.
Think back to the questions you asked yourself about where you live to help you decide if this is something you need to get.
Like collision insurance, this type of coverage will require you to pay an out-of-pocket deductible before your insurance kicks in.
Decide what add-ons you want.
There may also be some a la carte options for you to add to your insurance coverage, all at an additional cost. The most common of these items is rental car reimbursement, which pays for a rental car while your car is being fixed, and roadside assistance, which provides you with towing services.
Check to make sure you do not already have coverage like this through other means. For example, if you have a AAA membership, you likely are already paying for roadside.