Common Car Insurance Mistakes
Before anything else, this article is not telling you to not get car insurance. It will simply
inform you of the possible drawbacks of auto insurance. Car owners should have
sufficient information about auto insurance to prevent costly mistakes. The first thing
you have to do to avoid major mistakes in auto insurance is to shop wisely.
Mistake #1: Disregarding Auto Insurance
The rule is that car owners should obtain insurance for their vehicles. However, there
are a few people who are ignorant of their legal obligation. State requirements for auto
insurance are not that demanding, anyway. In fact, a lot of car owners buy insurance
products whose coverage exceeds the minimum requirements.
Insurance on your vehicle is determined by a number of factors like your age, gender,
marital status, type of car, profession, and credit rating. These factors will determine the
cost of your insurance, specifically the premiums that you will be paying. You will need
an insurance agent to do the computation for you. Take note that this calculation is
simply an estimate of what your premiums would most likely be. There are cases when
the actual premiums turn out to be different from the quotes resulting from initial
computations. Make sure you present the correct information to the agent when
obtaining a quote.
Mistake #2: Insufficient Insurance Coverage
Some car owners do not know what coverage to get. Some simply get the minimum
coverage required in the state they live in, but the state minimum requirement is often
insufficient to cover common damages to automobiles. For instance, liability coverage is
what most states require, but this one only covers the liability you sustain after bumping
into another person's car. In cases of collision, your car may sustain damages too.
Collision coverage makes you eligible to receive reimbursement for repairs on your own
car. Another type of coverage is called comprehensive coverage, which allows you to
get reimbursement if you car is damaged by flood or fire (other than collision).
Mistake #3: Not Seeking Professional Advice
There is a reason insurers have agents. These professionals help you address your
common misunderstandings and questions. Of course, there are different types of car
insurance, and you most likely would be confused about what insurance product to
obtain. An experienced agent can help you settle your mind on the matter. A trustworthy
agent will definitely be able to help you in determining the appropriate coverage for you.
Mistake #4: Not Reading the Details
Insurance products can look attractive on the website of the insurer, luring you to avail
of the product right away, even if its cost is no longer economical for you. At times,
failure to read the details of an insurance policy makes you vulnerable to disconcerting
surprises at some point in the future. So, you must read the clauses and find out how
much premium you would actually be paying, and how you would claim reimbursement.
More importantly, read the limitations of the coverage so that you would know when you
can and cannot demand for claims. Details for such limitations are stipulated in the
terms and conditions of the auto insurance policy.