Car Insurance

Did you know that a motor vehicle accident happens in the United States every eighteen seconds? It’s true. This means that there’s a high probability that you’ll be involved in an accident at some point, even through no fault of your own.

 

Every time you get behind the wheel there’s no way to know what will happen, which is why having car insurance is so important. Whether it’s a minor fender bender or a catastrophic disaster, having insurance coverage protects you from the risk of devastating financial loss due to unforeseeable vehicular incidents.

 

If you got into an accident today, would you have adequate coverage? Are you aware of the minimum coverage levels required for drivers in your state? Want to know more about your vehicle coverage options? What follows is an overview of car insurance, the types of coverage available and how it helps to safeguard you and your finances.

What is car insurance?

Car insurance is a policy that protects a vehicle owner from financial loss that results from operating a vehicle. The policy holder pays monthly premiums, and in turn the insurer provides compensation for any accidents or damages that the insured driver and vehicle are involved in. The insurance typically pays for repair costs, medical costs, legal fees and vehicle replacement costs if it becomes necessary.

What types of coverage are available?

Vehicle policies usually provide several essential coverage options, which include, but are not limited to the following:

Comprehensive Coverage

Protects you from loss due to factors outside of a motor vehicle collision. This includes damages such as vandalism, theft, falling objects and those that result from natural disasters.

Bodily Injury Liability

Covers costs that result from injury and loss in a motor vehicle accident. Common items covered include lost wages, compensation for pain and suffering, medical bills and legal costs if a claim is brought against you. Bodily injury coverage is a requirement of all vehicle insurance policies.

Property Damage Liability

Protects you from loss associated with damaging someone else’s vehicle or private property as a result of an accident that you are responsible for. Most states require your vehicle insurance policy to include property damage coverage.

Collision

Provides compensation for damages to your vehicle if you are involved in a collision with another car, whether you are at fault or not. The insurance only pays the costs that exceed the deducible amount, which you must pay out-of-pocket. This type of coverage is generally optional, but if your vehicle is financed it is usually a requirement.

Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage

Protects you and your passengers from loss caused by being in an accident with a driver who either has no auto insurance or who does not have enough insurance to cover the cost of your medical bills, repairs and other related expenses.

Medical Coverage

Covers the costs associated with medical bills that result from being involved in an accident no matter who is responsible for the incident.

Rental Reimbursement

If you need to rent a car because your vehicle is damaged in an accident, rental reimbursement provides a daily allowance amount that covers the cost of renting the vehicle.

How much does car insurance cost?

There is no set cost attached to car insurance policies. Brokers take several factors into consideration to determine your auto insurance rates and premiums, which include the following:

Vehicle Value and Ownership

The value of your vehicle is a key factor in costing your policy. In general, the higher the value of your vehicle, the more expensive your insurance premiums will be. However, if you own your vehicle outright, you are not required to have any specific coverage types or amounts. However, if your car is financed or leased, the lien holder usually requires you to have either collision or comprehensive coverage, and in some cases both.

Out-of-pocket Costs

Your deductible is the amount that you must pay out-of-pocket before your insurance coverage kicks in. The higher the deductible on your policy, the lower the monthly premium amount you have to pay.

Health Insurance Status

If you have your own health insurance coverage, excluding this option from your policy is possible and will result in a lower premium payment. However, if you do not have adequate health insurance, including this option is very important.

Driver Age and Experience

Your age and driving experience are very important factors for creating your car insurance policy. In general, older and more experienced drivers pay lower premiums than younger and more inexperienced ones, because they are much less likely to be involved in an accident.

Financial Assets

The higher your net worth, the more you stand to lose if a claim is brought against you because of an accident. Your broker will recommend a coverage level that best shields your assets from loss.

Risk Tolerance

How much risk are you willing to take on? The higher your risk tolerance, the less coverage you need and the lower your insurance costs will be. On the other hand, the lower your risk tolerance, the higher your coverage and insurance costs will be.

Budget

The amount you can afford to pay for your auto insurance is a major factor in the types and levels of coverage you can include in your policy. The higher your budget, the more coverage and protection you can afford to have.

Ihry knows car insurance

If the unexpected were to happen with you and your vehicles, would you be able to recover from the losses? Accidents always happen when you least expect them to, so being prepared and protecting your finances, wellbeing and personal property with car insurance coverage is essential.

 

Working with a well-qualified car insurance agent ensures that you get the level of coverage required by your state and that you don’t pay more than you need to for your policy.

 

Finding the right auto insurance policy for your needs doesn’t have to be a stressful process. Call Ihry Insurance today and speak with one of our specialists to get the help you need and a free car insurance quote.