Cheap Car Insurance Coverage Types

Car insurance is sold in different packages and combinations. Choose the coverage you need from the available packages that best match your requirements to protect yourself and family.
There are typically two situations in which you want protection:
  • You are held liable for injury and damage to property of others.
  • You receive injury and damage to your own body and property.

Liability Coverage:

A. Bodily Injury: Covers other people’s injuries or death for which you are held responsible. Legal defense against lawsuits. Other people’s medical bills, loss of income, pain and suffering. Does not include damage to your vehicle or your family’s injuries. Is usually mandatory in most states. Coverage amount refers to per person per incident. B. Property Damage: Covers the cost of damage to other people’s property. Usually it is for the other person’s vehicle, but it can apply to anything you run in to. Coverage amount refers to maximum per collision.

C. Medical Payments:

Covers expenses for the insured’s medical and funeral services due to bodily injury caused by a collision. Insured includes yourself, family member, passenger, in your vehicle, and yourself and family member as a pedestrian. Coverage amount refers to maximum for each person.

D. Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist

UM Property Damage Applies in an accident caused by a driver without enough liability insurance coverage. UM Bodily Injury Covers yourself, family, and passengers for injuries, or death, caused by the negligence of a person with insufficient insurance.

Physical Damage:

E. Collision: Covers repairs of damage to your vehicle if you hit or are hit by another vehicle. Choose the highest deductible you can afford to pay out of pocket. Coverage is normally up to the value of the vehicle, or it is ‘written off’. Consider not having this for low value cars. Required for leased or financed vehicles. F. Comprehensive: Covers damage, not related to collision, to your own vehicle or other vehicle you may be using. e.g. theft, fire, flood, vandalism, accidents other than collision. Select as high a deductible as you can afford to pay out of pocket. Required for leased or financed vehicles. Unnecessary for low value vehicles.

Other Coverage

G. Transportation Expense Roadside Service – Covers towing if your vehicle is immobilized. Rental – Contributes to cost of a rental car while yours is undrivable or being repaired. H. Personal Injury Protection Available in certain states to cover policyholder, household members, passengers, other authorized drivers for medical, hospital, and funeral expenses. Covers injuries to yourself and household members when in another person’s vehicle. Helpful if you have low or no health insurance, or if you are a passenger in a carpool.
This is a summary of the types of car insurance coverage that are typically referred to in a policy quote. Be sure to read a complete policy document for the details of what is included before signing an agreement. Keep in mind:
  • what coverage you must have legally,
  • what you need in order to protect yourself from out-of-pocket expense,
  • and what features you can do without, in order to find cheap car insurance.
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