Payment after payment month after month may leave you wondering what the purpose of car insurance is. If you have never filed a claim, are a new driver, or new to car ownership, it can be increasingly frustrating because of the high cost combined with the feeling of not getting anything in return. Believe it, car insurance does have a purpose and is not a scam. Understanding what car insurance is for will alleviate some of your concerns.
Car Insurance is for Financial Protection
If you carry PLPD only on your car, it is possible you will never file a claim. Insurance is a game of chance. Maybe your car did get damaged and you have car insurance, but no coverage to fix it. It is at this point in time when you feel your car insurance is worthless, but you get what you pay for. PLPD does not cover physical damage to your car. It does however, offer you protection for other types of losses.
Injuries, Pain, and Suffering to Others Depending on Your State’s Laws
Medical Costs for You (Automatically included with liability policies if you live in a no-fault state.)
PLPD car insurance protects you against lawsuits. If you are at-fault in a car accident, the injured party will want compensation. Without car insurance, you will be held financially responsible and potentially forced to pay for all the damages out of your own pocket.
Most people cannot afford to self-insure, which is why most states require at least PLPD to be purchased for all drivers.
Years without a claim may make you wonder if you need car insurance at all. Nothing ever happens so why keep paying the premiums? It is good to not have any claims. It will keep your insurance rate lower and you can avoid claim hassles.
By continuing to carry car insurance you are legal to drive and have protection for a possible future claim.
Car Insurance is for Physical Damage Repairs
Car insurance can pay to repair your vehicle after an accident depending on what coverage you select. A vehicle is often a major expense and you want to protect it. Comprehensive and collision each offers coverage for physical damage, which comes with a lot of rules regarding what is covered and what is not.
Comprehensive coverage is for anything other than a collision. Fire, theft, vandalism, deer, and storm damage all fall under comprehensive. Usually, comprehensive is required in order to get roadside assistance. It is also required in order to purchase collision coverage.
Collision coverage protects your vehicle against accidents. Collisions with automobiles, mailboxes, light posts, trees, and any other inanimate object. A deductible is often required to be paid before getting your repaired vehicle back. Collision coverage most often comes into play when you are at fault or do not know who damaged your vehicle.
Car Insurance is NOT for Mechanical Repairs
Unless your mechanical damage was caused by an exterior factor such as vandalism, fire, or a collision, your car insurance will not cover it.
Wear and tear or bad workmanship is not something your car insurance handles. All mechanical repairs are your responsibility or possibly covered by your warranty if you have one.
Car insurance is for sudden accidental occurrences, not auto maintenance. For those of you who feel like you have paid in to your car insurance way more than you will ever get out, consider yourself lucky. Claims, especially severe claims are always best avoided. Think of car insurance as protection against the unthinkable. Car accidents occur every single day.
Each state mandates its own set of car insurance laws and enforce strict penalties when caught driving without it. Car insurance laws not only protect you from yourself but from the other drivers on the road. Keep your car insurance active at all times, you might be extremely grateful one day for that «useless» policy.
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Liability (bodily injury and property damage)
Covers damages you cause to others
If you’re at fault in an accident, liability covers damages you cause. That could mean damage to other vehicles, property (mailbox, street sign, house, etc.), or even other drivers’/passengers’ injuries. Plus, liability covers you if someone sues you over an accident.
Example: You rear-end another car, it’s damaged, the other driver is severely injured, and sues you. We’ll pay for the other driver’s car repairs, injuries, and your costs from the lawsuit (up to the amounts you select). There’s no deductible for liability.
Comprehensive and collision
Covers damage to your car
These are two separate coverages. Comprehensive covers incidents out of your control: theft, vandalism, hitting an animal, fire, acts of nature, and glass damage. Collision covers car accidents.
Example (Comprehensive): You park your car outside during a major hailstorm, and it’s totaled. If you have comprehensive, we’ll pay out for the full value of your car (minus your deductible amount). Example (Collision): You back out of your garage, hit your basketball hoop, and cause $2,000 worth of damage to your vehicle. If you have collision, we’ll then pay for your repairs (minus your deductible amount).
Covers your injuries and damages
These can be two separate coverages: One that covers your injuries (bodily injury) and another that covers your vehicle’s damages (property damage). Both kick in if a driver hits you and doesn’t have insurance or enough to pay for your losses.
Example: Another driver runs a red light and hits you. They’re at fault and don’t have insurance. If they can’t or refuse to pay for your damages, you can instead file a claim with us. We’ll then pay for your repairs.
Covers your injuries
Pays for medical costs if you, your passengers, or your family members are injured in an accident (no matter who is driving). Medical payments coverage can be beneficial even if you have health insurance, as there is no deductible you have to meet before we pay out.
Example: Your newly licensed 16-year-old neighbor is driving your child to school, and they’re in an accident. Your child is injured and has a $1,000 medical bill. Instead of filing a claim with your health insurer, you can file with us and we’ll simply pay the bill (up to your limit). No deductible applies.
Rental car reimbursement
Covers rental car fees
Pays for your rental car fees while your vehicle is being repaired from a covered loss (that just means damages we or another insurance company pays for and not general maintenance).
Example: Your car is severely damaged in an accident, and repairs will take a week, so you need a rental. If you have rental car reimbursement, we’ll pay for your rental car fees (up to your limits).
Helps pay off your loan when your car is totaled
Loan/lease payoff is also called gap insurance. If your car is totaled, we’ll help pay off the balance of your loan (up to 125% of your vehicle’s current value).
Example: You finance $30,000 for a new car. The second you drive your new car off the lot, it could only be worth $25,000. If your car is totaled, you’re still responsible for the $30,000 on the loan. If you have loan/lease payoff, we’ll pay $25,000 for your car, plus the $5,000 left on your loan.