Your Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

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  • An auto insurance policy must meet your state's minimum required level of coverage.
  • Medical payments, collision and comprehensive coverage are highly recommended.
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Your Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

Your Auto Insurance Coverage Explained

If you drive, you need auto insurance. But many drivers still cruise around town uninsured. But why? It's because they don't think they'll end up in an auto accident. However, everyday hundreds of drivers find themselves in auto accidents, and I'm sure it's safe to say that they weren't expecting it.

Auto insurance is security. It's a way to protect your car, yourself, and other drivers while on the road. Auto insurance policy holders pay premiums and in return, the auto insurance company subsidizes expenses involved in an auto accident. It's a way to protect drivers against costly car repair, hospital, and even legal bills as a result of an auto accident.

But there isn't just one type of auto insurance available. Drivers have a few options they can choose from when selecting an auto insurance policy. Drivers can choose the level of coverage and liability of their policy. However, more liability and coverage means higher premiums. So how do you decide what policy to get?

What to Select
When shopping for auto insurance, you first need to establish what type of coverage the state requires you to have and what additional coverage you want. Different states have different auto insurance coverage laws, so be sure to check with the DMV or your auto insurance company about specific state requires.

But, in addition to state required levels of coverage, you can always add additional coverage to your policy. Standard coverage options include medical coverage, collision, and comprehensive coverage. Liability coverage options include injury and property damage. If you want to protect yourself from paying high medical fees for someone you injured in a car accident, include injury liability to your policy. With most policies, you can even state the level of liability coverage, dictating how much your insurance company will cover and what your premiums will be.

What Not to Select
Some people see auto insurance as a burden. They think they're perfect drivers and will never get in an auto accident. And if they do, it won't be their fault and the driver at fault will pay for any necessary repairs and medical expenses. So, they opt for the most inexpensive or basic coverage possible.

If you're one of these "perfect drivers" who thinks this way, you're not looking at the entire picture. What if you're rear ended and injured by an uninsured driver who flees the scene and is never found? Now you're stuck with medical and car repair expenses. If you had a policy that covered you in such an event, you wouldn't be stuck with the entire bulk of the bills. Basic auto insurance only provides basic coverage; and the term "basic coverage" means different things to different insurance companies. If you're shopping for auto insurance, don't just ask for the most inexpensive and basic policy. Think about what you need to keep yourself safe on the road in any situation. You never know what will happen when you're on the road.

Auto insurance is a basic necessity of life. If you want to keep yourself safe while on the road, you need to have proper auto insurance and a policy with the coverage and liability you need to protect yourself and your passengers in any situation.

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  • BH
    Oct, 2012
    Bria
    Mount Clemens, MI
    I love using the RATEKICK auto insurance price calculator on Bills.com!
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