Many car insurance myths revolve around the internet, from what it covers to how much it costs. As a car owner, it is vital to have a complete understanding of the policy to make a well-informed decision concerning the coverages you may need. That is why we have debunked some common car insurance myths to help you learn the actual facts about the policy and act accordingly.
The color of the car does not matter. Your auto insurance cost is only based on factors such as your car’s make, model, age, condition, price, repair/replacement costs, safety, etc.
Comprehensive coverage helps to repair or replace your car if it is stolen or damaged by falling objects, natural disasters, fire, vandalism, or animals. It will not cover damages caused to your car by collision or personal belongings that are stolen along with the car.
Drivers engaging in reckless driving usually pay more. However, getting a single traffic ticket or being involved in an accident will not increase your rate, especially if your violation is minor and your driving record is clean. Multiple violations in a short period may increase your rates indeed.
If you have been hit by an uninsured motorist, you have to pay for the incurred car repairs and medical bills out of pocket. However, having underinsured/uninsured motorists’ coverage will keep you covered against accidents caused by drivers without sufficient liability coverage or insurance at all.
A short lapse in your car insurance coverage, whether accidental or intentional, may significantly impact your rate. Some insurance companies offer a grace period, so you can avoid penalties if you pay your premium before the end of that period. However, a lapse going beyond the grace period may affect your rate in the future.
You cannot negotiate rates with your provider, but you can lower your premiums if you qualify for discounts (usually provided for taking defensive driving courses and having safety features in the car). You can also bundle your car insurance with other insurance policies to save some costs.
Whether or not your car is in a drivable condition, it is crucial to make monthly payments to your lender until you repay the total amount you have borrowed. This condition applies even if your car is totaled following an accident.
You will still be covered in some circumstances even after your insurance provider totals your car, including:
However, in all these situations, your insurance company only pays for your car’s actual cash value (deducting depreciation), and you are liable for paying the remaining (if any).
Your credit score will also factor in a while determining your premiums. Insurance providers usually review your credit history to see your credit history’s length and whether you make payments on time or have any outstanding debts. People with good credit scores often end up paying less.
Now, you know what your car insurance covers, what factors affect its rate and what doesn’t, and what factors are controllable to reduce your premiums, so you can choose the right yet affordable coverage for you.