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Monthly Archives: October 2018

Selecting Car Insurance

A comprehensive car insurance policy covers the owner’s damages as well as the damages of the third parties who suffer loss due to collision. If your car is new then never commit the mistake of getting only third party insurance done, which is mandatory to have by the Indian law, as repair costs in case of accidents can be steep. Also, there are many add-ons over the regular OD (own damage) section of comprehensive car insurance policy that one should consider while selecting a plan. Important add-ons are:

• Depreciation Reimbursement: The depreciation on parts that have to be replaced because of damage is waived off under this add-on.

• Return to Invoice: The insurance company pays the difference between the claim admissible and the sale invoice price of the vehicle or new replacement value of the same make and model, whichever is less.

• No Claim Bonus Protection: NCB of over 25{4ab1f3bb204e007a8099ed651b8b253745bae8dad9d0f11ee02730a20669795c} is earned on a new vehicle or by no claims in previous two years. This NCB is protected under this add on provided there are up to 1 claim in a year and the policy is renewed on or before 90 days of the expiry of the policy.

• Repair of Glass, Rubber, Fiber & Plastic Parts: NCB is not affected when claim is filed to repair the glass, rubber, fiber & plastic parts instead of replacing them.

• Emergency Transport and Hotel Expenses: In events when the vehicle becomes UN-usable the cost of hotel accommodation at nearest place and return to home expenses are allowed up to 50{4ab1f3bb204e007a8099ed651b8b253745bae8dad9d0f11ee02730a20669795c} of the sum insured or Rs. 50,000, whichever is less under this add-on.

• Loss of Personal Belongings: Loss of personal belongings lying in the insured vehicle following an accident is covered.

• Key Replacement: Cost of replacement of lost vehicle keys is allowed.

• Daily Allowance: Cases where the damage takes place due to insured peril and the vehicle takes more than 3 days to get repaired, the insurer would pay allowance for hired transport up to 10 days for normal damages and up to 15 days for total loss. Per day allowance ranges from Rs.600 to Rs.2000 depending on the category of the vehicle.

• Engine Protector: Covers damages to the internal parts of the engine due to water ingress ion/leakage of lubricating oil and/or damage to gear box as a result of accident.

• Spot Assistance or Road Side Assistance: This cover provides a range of emergency services that the vehicle owner could face in daily use of vehicle. Some of these emergencies do not arise from an accident.

Car Insurance Areas of Coverage

1. Liability Insurance Of all of the types of auto insurance available to drivers today, this is the most important. In fact, several states mandate that drivers cover this insurance, at a minimum. However, the required policies are generally much too little to actually protect a driver should he or she be found negligent in an accident. Consider the fact that a minimum policy may provide only $5000 in vehicle repair coverage. If the negligent party caused an accident that resulted in a newer vehicle being totaled, the damage totals could reach upwards of $40-$50 thousand dollars. It is easy to see how one can quickly become financially strapped, especially if forced to go to court. In order to better understand the level of liability insurance that should be purchased, one must first know of the two types of liability insurance:

Bodily Injury Liability: Minimum requirements for this type of coverage are generally listed at the lesser of $15,000 per person or $30,000 per accident. That is to say that the insurance company will cover this much of the medical expenses related to the accident. It is highly recommended that drivers consider more realistic policies providing the lesser of $100,000 per person or $300,000 per accident.

Property Damage Liability: Will cover the damage done to vehicles in an accident. As mentioned above, the minimum required is typically $5,000 per accident, but experts recommend a policy for $50,000-$75,000 per accident.

2. Collision Insurance will cover the damages done to your vehicle when it has collided with another car or stationary object. It is not generally required that a driver carry collision insurance, but a personal injury lawyer will highly recommend it. A car that is totaled in an accident can represent a loss of $2000-$70,000 dollars depending on the value of the vehicle. That is a lot to lose as compared to the relatively small expense of an insurance policy. In addition to coverage levels, one should consider the amount of deductible that can be afforded after an accident. Deductibles can range from $100-$1,000.

3. Comprehensive Insurance protects the driver should the car be damaged by something other than a crash. For instance, hitting a deer, getting stuck in a hail storm, or having a tree topple over on the car are all unexpected expenses mitigated by insurance. Again, this is not typically required, but is highly recommended.

4. Medical Payments This is insurance that covers medical expenses not covered by health insurance. It is not mandatory, but it can protect the driver and his or her passengers in the event of an accident.

5. Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance This is probably the most valued insurance. There are a large number of drivers operating vehicles with very little or no insurance. When that uninsured or underinsured individual causes an accident, there is nothing there to protect the victims, especially if the negligent party has little or nothing in the way of assets. For this reason, insurance companies now offer protection, so when the negligent party cannot cover the expenses, the victim’s insurance picks up the tab.

Factors That Affect Insurance Premium

Age, Address, and Occupation:

Auto insurance companies look for relevant personal information about the driver to make the quote. Young or teenage drivers have very little experience on the road, while senior drivers have a visual impairment; both of them show signs of higher risk. At the same time, a neighborhood where crime rate is quite high relates to the likelihood of theft and vandalism. Some insurers relate occupations with the possibility of accidents. Stressful jobs such as public relation officers and real estate agents can be the factors that increase premium rate.

Credit Score:

Many insurers still use applicants’ credit score information to determine approval and price. A person with bad credit score tends to lapse payment due to financial difficulties. Because carrier needs assurance, the policyholder must pay more to cover the possibility of skipping payment.

Coverage:

In addition to states’ minimum liability requirements, there are optional coverage options. Every auto insurance company has different prices for optional purchases such as Collision, Comprehensive, Rental Reimbursement, and Roadside Assistant. Policyholders can choose not to buy them to lower premium.

Age is the only personal factor that is impossible to control. Address and occupations are not ones that policyholders can change as they like either. DMV records and credit score are always open for improvement, and at some points, they can help to save money on auto insurance. When a vehicle comes to owners through lease or finance company, the optional coverage of collision and comprehensive often become mandatory. However, higher deductible allows for more affordable premium, hence manageable expense. It is worth to compare premium prices from multiple providers and consult an independent to get the best price for the most appropriate and complete financial protection.

How to Get More Affordable Insurance

There is no way to change age, and it is almost impossible to change address and occupations in an instant. In the auto insurance industry, cheaper is not always better, but it does not hurt to shop around and find the best deal available. Companies change prices all the time to attract potential customers; policyholders can do a little comparison before every renewal and switch in case the price difference is profound that it is worth the hassle to file a new application. Apart from that, there are some other effective methods to lower insurance premium at ease. Sometimes policyholders must consider all the options and make changes to habits/style to get the best deal.

PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) Insurance

This is like a reward program that gives benefits only to safe or low-risk drivers. As soon as the insurance policy takes effect, the insurer monitors car usage such as mileage, average speed, sudden braking, and overall obedience to traffic laws. Drivers who demonstrate improvements over the last policy period deserve discounts for the next renewal. A teenager or first-time policyholder should pay more for premiums because the lack of experience, but PAYG gives the chance for them to showcase their low-risk behavior on the road to get the benefit.

Premium can change in every renewal, which means it can become higher when drivers receive traffic tickets for any reason. Some insurers that offer PAYG require policyholders to install tracker device so the company can monitor the vehicle at all times. For policyholders, such methods can be too intrusive to privacy. In California, tracker device only monitors mileage but not how policyholders drive their cars.

Defensive Driver

It never hurts to practice defensive-drive attitude on the roads. Drive safe and avoid involvement in accidents or traffic violations. There is no need to go faster than the speed limit or ignore the red light. Claim-free history often comes with premium price reduction. Also, safe, calm drive habit helps with fuel economy.

Low Cost of Ownership

Cost of ownership is different from the price of car. After the purchase price, owner has to calculate depreciation, interests (if the car comes from a lease or finance company), taxes, maintenance, and insurance premium. A vehicle with lower cost of ownership comes with lower premium as well. The best thing to do is to consult an insurer’s representative about how car choice affects coverage price because this gives the chance to manage expense for many months to come. An independent agent will be glad to provide assistance in the calculation.

Info Vehicle Insurance Basics

The type of policy you have is written out in detail in the declaration page, so make sure you always read it and understand the exact coverage you have. It’s always smart to go through your policy thoroughly and make sure you don’t have any overlapping items, such as rental insurance. This is often covered on your credit card agreement, so you might just be wasting money having it. Remember, you can always upgrade your insurance and cancel it anytime.

What does automobile insurance cover?

This is a common question new customers always ask agents. The answer is, it depends on the plan and policy type you buy.

There are four main categories of protection.

* Liability Insurance

This covers injuries to the other party, damage to their vehicle and also property damages. If you have a vehicle not worth very much and you don’t drive too often, liability only insurance may make sense. It is much cheaper than comprehensive, with pricing in some states starting at $29 for good drivers.

* Collision Insurance

This will pay for damage and medical costs pertaining to you. It’s smart to buy it if your vehicle is newer and worth more than $12,000.

* Comprehensive Insurance

This is the gold standard of coverage. This type of policy costs more but has wide ranging protection. It coincides with collision and will repair of replace your automobile for events that cause damage or a loss, not relating to an vehicular accident. This means if your car is stolen, you will be protected and can get it replaced for its current market value. Also, weather related damages done to your auto will also be covered. Typical examples are flooding, fires and animal incidents.

* Uninsured Motorists Insurance

There are more people driving on the roads uninsured than ever before. Buying uninsured motorists insurance will protect you from these lawless drivers. If you get involved in an accident with someone with no insurance, you will insured up to your policy limits.

It is important to know that every state has different insurance mandatory coverage and laws. You should familiarize yourself with the mandated limits in your state and stay current with changing laws.

The Most Common Car Insurance Coverages

Each type of coverage you purchase contains a set of limits, policy terms and multiple conditions. Bodily injury is an all important one.

It will pay for, as the name implies, bodily injuries sustained from an incident you were found to be at fault causing. A good liability policy will also pay for legal fees, up to certain predefined limits, in the event you are sued in court.

Liability will also pay for damages you caused to another persons property, almost always their automobile, after an at-fault accident occurred. Medical insurance will most often cover you and the passengers riding along in your vehicle who were hurt in a crash. Another advantage of having good medical coverage is, it will cover medical costs in the event you are hit by a car walking as a pedestrian.

There are several states that have PIP or personal injury protection laws as opposed to medical coverage. Some people refer to this as no-fault coverage. PIP insurance will most often pay for medical, funeral, income loss and a variety of other costs that relate to bodily injuries sustained after a vehicle accident.

What you Need to Know Before Buying Car Insurance

The most important thing to think about when buying auto insurance is getting coverage that meets your needs. What are your specific needs, including your budget and tolerance of risk. Remember, you should think of a worse case scenario, such as buying enough coverage to replace your car and protecting the assets you have accumulated.

In general, the higher your personal net worth, the more insurance protection you will need. Lawyers also target people who have large amounts of money with vigorous lawsuits, claiming pain and suffering damages. Your insurance plan should follow your asset growth and protect you to the fullest.