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Friday, February 11, 2011

How to find the best automobile insurance

To find the best auto insurance coverage for you involves determining how much of your budget can be used for the insurance and then identifying specific insurance coverage that protects you from liability, medical expenses and repair costs.

Choosing the most suitable coverage and limits involves several variables including a) monetary coverage, b) types of coverage and cost saving factors and c) the vehicle(s) themselves. Finding the right company, and agent may also be significant. This article will outline these variables and how they can affect one's insurance coverage decision; below are a few key points to consider when finding the best car insurance coverage.

1. Coverage that matches cost of vehicle
2. State insurance requirements
3. Agent or insurer relationship
4. Extent of coverage and deductible
5. Number of drivers


Monetary coverage


All the symbols on an insurance card and contract represent different types of coverage. These symbols, which are often in the form of letters, are important because they reflect the dollar amount an insurance company will pay under certain circumstances. The symbols also represent the amount the insurance holder will have to pay in the event of an accident.

The types and levels of coverage an auto insurance policy holds can also affect the price of the insurance premiums. Understanding the potential costs involved and matching those costs with the insurance coverage can help ensure an insurance holder is not over or under covered.

Types of coverage


If one has health insurance, a high medical coverage may not be necessary via the car insurance. However, the other driver(s) in an accident may not be so well covered medically and may also exercise an option to sue. In light of this, a higher bodily injury coverage may be desirable for both insured and uninsured drivers. Some of the other types of coverage and reasons why they may or may not need to be adjusted are as follows:

• Death Indemnification
• Bodily Injury
• Emergency service
• Rental and Travel coverage
• Third party coverage
• Property damage and/or Theft

Cost saving


Another important variable in choosing the right insurance policy is the price. Several items within the insurance policy can affect the price one pays on a monthly, or bi-annual basis. For example, a driver less than 25 is going to pay more than an older driver with a good driving history for the same policy due to age related factors.

These and other cost related concerns are listed below. It may also be helpful to keep in mind higher deductibles usually translate into lower insurance costs all other variables held constant.

• Driving history
• Coverage levels
• Liability
• Reductions/Discounts
• Deductibles
• Age of driver

Additional considerations


After deciding what types and levels of coverage one wants, a few other factors can come into play. For example, if one's car is old and has little value, it may not make much sense to pay an extra amount every month to cover replacement costs in the case of total loss.

What's more, if one has a particularly good relationship with one's insurance company, it may be worth a little extra in terms of monthly fees. What's more the company may have a conveniently located office and/or the insurance holder may also have other insurance coverage with that company. These and other considerations are listed below:

• Budget
• Age of Vehicle
• Model and Make of Vehicle
• Value of vehicle
• Insurance provider

To summarize, choosing the right insurance coverage involves weighing several factors including the level of monetary coverage, types of coverage, vehicle, budget and provider related considerations. Finding the right balance of coverage may involve some time, a conversation with the insurance provider and thought about the value of one's vehicle, one's budget and needs in the event of an accident.

Being well prepared in the event of automobile related adverse circumstances is accounted for in general simply by owning an insurance policy. However, being familiar with one's needs, cost expectations and coverage requirements can assist in improving one's automobile insurance coverage decisions.