When you buy a new vehicle, the lender often requires that you have full coverage-auto insurance. What is full coverage-auto insurance?
Full coverage-auto insurance describes coverage that includes collision insurance and comprehensive insurance.
Collision insurance is insurance that pays to repair the damage done to your vehicle when you are at fault in an accident. If you are not the driver at fault, the other driver’s liability insurance should pay for the cost to reconstruct your vehicle to the same condition it was before the accident. If you vehicle is totaled, then insurance should pay for a replacement vehicle of the same value as your previous one.
Comprehensive insurance, on the other hand, is insurance for damage to your vehicle. That damage could be broken glass, vandalism or theft.
Auto loans often require that you have this insurance, but the state you live in will require that you have a certain amount of liability insurance. Each state has different laws regarding the amount of liability that you carry on your vehicle. Failure to purchase this insurance may cost you dearly. You can be fined, lose your license, or have your vehicle registration canceled. However the largest cost is that if you have an accident you will be responsible to repair the other vehicles involved in the accident, and for any medical bills the occupants of the other vehicle may have.
One way to purchase full coverage auto insurance is to request auto insurance quotes online. An easier way may be to call your local agent, who can quickly check prices for several companies. You can find an agent online, or get a quote through the internet by searching for auto insurance in your hometown, for example, auto insurance Cincinnati. The quote forms will ask for information about all the drivers in your household, the vehicles being insured and your driving record. Quotes should start coming into your e-mail rather quickly and you should have three to four within twenty-four hours.
Compare each of the quotes in order to find the best price for your own situation. The quotes can vary by several hundred dollars over the course of a year, so be sure that you choose the one that can save you the most money.
There should be information about how to request that a policy be written in the e-mail that you receive. Sometimes it is possible to have a policy written and all paper work taken care of online. Then you are able to print your proof of insurance cards on your own printer at home.
When vehicles depreciate to below 2000 dollars, it is normally not worth the extra expense to carry full coverage insurance on the vehicle. By the time that the deductible is subtracted from any settlement after an accident, you will not even get as much as you pay annually for insurance.
Drive defensively to keep insurance costs low. Learn to watch out for the other person and avoid all accidents.
Additionally, be sure that you avoid getting tickets by following the law. Drive within the speed limit and follow traffic signals to keep your insurance rates low.