Car Insurance – How Much Do I Require?
Once you have finally found a reputable auto insurer, you then have the difficult task of deciding how much coverage you actually require. This is something that you should consider carefully before signing up with a provider. These tips will give you some guidance when it comes to that tricky task.
State Requirements: Most states have minimum requirements that should be followed. These are usually in a form similar to 20/40/15. In this example, the 20 represents (in thousands of dollars) the minimum amount of insurance that you should have in the event of for bodily injury, the 40 represents the total amount of thousands of dollars per accident, and the 15 represents the total amount for property damage. Due to soaring medical and car repair costs, it is recommended that you buy coverage well above these minimums.
Driving Requirements: Consider how much and where you drive. If you regularly drive long journeys, you will have a statistically higher chance of being involved in an accident that someone who only drives to the shops in New Jersey once a week, so take this into account when choosing coverage. Also decide whether the value of your car makes it worthwhile taking out more comprehensive levels of coverage, such as collision insurance. An example of this is if you own a car that is only worth a few hundred dollars. This would mean it is not worthwhile paying a hefty sum every month for comprehensive cover, as you will only get a few hundred back in the event of serious damage to your vehicle. When you take off your deductible you may be left with virtually nothing.
Honesty is the Best Policy: No-one can determine what is round the corner, and if you are an inexperienced or poor driver, do not try and scrimp and save on car insurance. Remember that the insurance is just as much about covering you as it is about covering other people - so be honest with yourself when taking out a policy.
Affordability: On the other side of the coin, whilst you should make sure that you have the best amount of coverage that you can afford, do not go overboard and take out more than you will need, meaning that you are struggling to make the monthly payments. Consider your requirements carefully and choose the one that best meets your needs and your budget.