Car Insurance Will Protect You and Your Family

By: Tsuyoshi E. Suzuki

Auto insurance is mandatory in order to drive your car on the streets legally, however, it doesn't have to be a bank breaker. Understanding the right amount insurance you need and amount of your deductibles is just as important as finding the most competitive rate from a particular auto insurance company. It is a regulated product. You must have a minimum amount of coverage that is mandated by your provincial government. It is also important to have because the cost of repairing a car after an accident is astronomical. You may even have to replace your current car and if you have insurance your company can help you do just that.

Car insurance is designed to protect you, your family, and your automobile. Drivers purchase insurance to ensure they are financially protected in case they are in an accident. Insurance quotes are easy to obtain online, as many companies exist to offer cheap insurance options to those who are on a budget. Even if you're looking for full coverage and willing to pay a high premium to get it, you can still find excellent policies and car insurance quotes online.

Car accidents happen more frequently than you think, and car repair costs are higher than ever. And, in our increasingly litigious society, the chances that you will also be sued by another driver in the accident are very high. Cars that have more expensive parts, or are sportier are equipped with higher insurance rates. Buying a less expensive car will cut down on your insurance and liability coverage costs.

Liability and coverage for physical damage (i.e., comprehensive and collision) always follow your car. So, if a friend borrows your car and has an accident, you're still protected against the cost of damages or injuries. Liability, collision and comprehensive are the three areas of coverage you want to address. Liability protects you if you are at fault for an accident.

Liability is probably the single most important policy you carry on your car, especially if you have a lot of assets to protect. What's more, a big increase in protection translates into a relatively small increase in your premium. Liability will cover the other person's car, but collision covers your own. Knowing the difference between collision and comprehensive is critical.

Comprehensive and Collision insurance is required to protect the lenders interest in your car when you have a loan or lease on the car. Remember the higher deductible, the lower the cost. Comprehensive coverage pays for damage to your auto from almost all other causes, including fire, severe weather, vandalism, floods and theft. Comprehensive coverage also will cover broken glass, such as windshield damage.

Collision coverage pays for physical damage to your car as the result of your auto colliding with an object, such as a tree or another car. This coverage is optional and not required by law. Collision insurance covers damage to the policyholder's car in the event of a wreck; comprehensive insurance covers other non-wreck incidents (stolen car, broken window). You may also purchase an umbrella policy that covers any additional claims against the driver or company.

Auto insurance is also often a legal requirement. State laws typically state that as a driver, you either must have insurance, or be able to provide evidence that you have the financial resources to pay a judgment against you if you cause injury or damage to another person.

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