One thing is sure that you cannot just buy some and hope that will be enough when you must make a claim. Although there isn’t a formula, a secret method or calculation to figure out how much car insurance one would need there are considerations that can help motorists decide what type of coverage would be best. Below, we discuss a few points to take into account in the process of determining the level of assurance.
Everyone has different requirements and essentially your personal circumstances will dictate the final decision. Here are a few factors you should consider when you are thinking about the level of protection you want.
1. Do you have any money in the bank you can fall onto? If you do you can increase deductibles and save on premiums at the start. Should something really happen you have coverage and you can use some of the money you got at the start to pay for deductibles that will come out of pocket. This strategy is not advisable if you have no savings.
2. What type of automobile you own? If it is a cheap car that is not worth insuring you may be all right with buying Liabilities only. Another example, if you own an SUV you may want to increase liability limits since they are known to cause a lot more damages to automobiles they hit and injuries to passengers in them.
3. Is there a loan on your car? Then it may not be optional to purchase Collision and Comprehensive coverage, as the lender would probably want them. Also, you may be required to get GAP automobile insurance as well to make sure you are covered if the loan goes upside-down. Guaranteed Assent Protection pays the difference between the amount you would be paid if the auto were totaled and the current outstanding loan.
4. Are you risk averse? Then, you would probably be keener to beef it up. For example, you may want to include Rental Reimbursement or Legal Defence Cover even though you are not sure if they would ever be called upon. In that case, you should check to see if the extra premium quoted is negligible or too much. There is no harm in doing this exercise anyway. If the costs are acceptable you can include additional options. Otherwise, you can walk away.
5. Where do you live? Risks of having an accident or being victim of an auto theft are heightened in cities and rates are higher too. However, in the same way, car insurance policies are more valuable in cities as the risks you are facing are more substantial, based on statistical data. So, you may have to grin and bear the costs and look for other ways of getting discounts in such places like getting low-mileage or telematics policies.
6. Level of income: Statistics show that it largely affects decisions in many ways. If you are a low-income driver you may be able to benefit from a state low-income scheme that allows you to get affordable policies. Again, statistically richer people buy more insurance and there is no surprise there since they own more assets to protect. This may be true but probably poorer people need better coverage since they cannot afford to pay for large losses out of pocket.
7. What is the main use of the vehicle? Think about how essential it is in your day-to-day life and how often you drive. For example, you can buy pleasure only auto insurance if you are not using it for commuting. Also, people in rural areas like to hold on to vehicles because of lack of public transport. You may consider getting rid of that second auto in a city.
8. Do you use your car for business? You may need to include business use if you are self-employed and likely to carry trade equipment in it and do work related visits. If this is a regular occurrence you may actually be served better with business vehicle insurance. This may be a wiser option, especially when you like to advertise the trade on it with a logo and contact details.
9. Do you have a good health plan? When you don’t have a good health plan you may be pressured to buy Personal Injury Protection for yourself and the family in case you are injured in an accident.
10. Do you own a classic car? Then, you may want to make sure that it is insured on an agreed valuation bases. Also, you may like to consider a multi-vehicle policy that includes the usual ride and the classic.
Answering these questions would help you understand the intricacies of arranging a decent policy and make a better choice as a result. In any case, personal circumstances and opinions will probably be the most influential factor. That is why you should go through them step by step like above before rushing into buying unsuitable or insufficient coverage.