After buying a home, one of the most expensive purchases many people make is their automobile. For some, it’s merely a means of transportation. For others, it’s the car they’ve always dreamed of, a car that caught their eye and one they purchased as a collector, or simply their ‘weekend getaway” vehicle. But with owning a car, whether it is the family wagon or a prized possession, comes the need for a means of protecting it in the event it is damaged, stolen, or in the event someone, including you, gets injured.
States require that you carry auto insurance, and when purchasing a car, the loan provider will want to see proof of coverage before you drive off. For different types of vehicles there are different types of coverages. For example, if you have a new car, you will want to make sure that your comprehensive and collision deductibles are in line with what you can afford should the car get damaged or stolen. The higher deductible, the lower your premium. But will you able to kick in that deductible amount if and when the time comes should the car be seriously damaged?
The amount of liability coverage you choose depends on the value of your assets and what you can afford to lose should you have an accident where you are sued and found responsible. If the limits on your policy are exhausted, and you have to make up the difference, will that result in financial ruin for you and your family?
Getting the proper auto coverage requires taking the time to speak with a professional who can help you decide just what is needed for your particular situation. It’s not only about the car itself, but also about what your risk tolerance is should an accident or loss occur down the road.
There are so many risks involved when you or a family member gets behind the wheel of an automobile, and having good auto insurance is one way to reduce risks, and give you the comfort of knowing you’re covered in any event.