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The Importance of Auto Insurance

By Compuquotes Team on March 27th, 2008
Auto Insurance

If you own or are making payments on a vehicle then investing in auto insurance policy is not only the law, it is important to protect yourself financially. Auto insurance is designed to protect you from financial loss that is causes by an auto related accident.

There are different coverages available through insurance companies. The first and most important is liability for property damage which is basically the coverage against damage you or a person driving your vehicle with your permission does to another person's property. These damages include the other person's vehicle, fences, buildings, homes, utility poles, businesses or any other structure that your vehicle damages.

You can also purchase liability for bodily injury which will protect you from having to pay out of your pocket for the damages you or someone driving your vehicle with your permission cause to another person. Anyone who has been in a car wreck or has spent time in the hospital knows that going to see a doctor and treatment is incredibly expensive. Be sure you have adequate coverage when it comes to bodily injury.

Collision coverage will protect your vehicle from any damages that are caused by an accident, a collision with another object such as another vehicle, building, or your car rolling over. Collision coverage is designed to cover the cost of repairing your vehicle. If your vehicle's repair costs are higher than the value of the car then you will get reimbursed for the value of the car, less the deductible.

The comprehensive coverage portion of your auto insurance policy is designed to cover any losses due theft or any other types of damages other than collision, and includes hail, vandalism, fire, flooding, hurricanes, and damage caused by contact with an animal.

You also need to have medical/Person Injury Protection (PIP) which is coverage that pays for the high price of medical treatment when you are injured in a vehicle accident when you are driving or are the passenger in your own vehicle. You can find companies that will offer a larger range of coverage which can include rehabilitation costs, funeral expenses, and even lost wages.

Most people don't realize how important this last type of coverage is. Uninsured motorists' coverage will protect you from having to pay out of your pocket for damages that are caused by an uninsured driver. This portion of the policy covers the costs if you are the victim of a hit and run.

Uninsured motorists' coverage will protect you if you suffer losses to someone who has doesn't have sufficient resources to pay for you damages and medical expenses. This portion of your auto insurance policy will protect you is you are hit by vehicle while walking as well.

Depending on the specific types of coverage you need, you are able to add on these different types of coverage as you need it. Depending on your age and driving history each type of coverage will require a separate fee and can have different deductibles you can choose from.

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