How Insurance Companies Determine the Worth of Your Car

Car insurance is important; not only to protect you from unforeseen events but to also reimburse you if your car gets stolen or damaged. Car insurance can also pay for other people’s hospital bills, repair their cars and get roadside assistance.

There are several types of car insurance such as liability insurance, collision insurance, comprehensive insurance, uninsured motorist protection, personal injury protection, no-fault insurance and gap insurance. To determine how much car insurance you need, it is important to first find out what your state requires. In almost every state a car owner must carry liability insurance. Liability insurance is a must because it covers bodily injury coverage and property damage coverage.

Car insurance, for many, is confusing and complicated; however, there are certain steps that will make this process easier to understand. First, decide how much coverage you need. Find out what your state requires you to have. The next step is to review your current insurance policy. Look carefully at the policy and write down how much coverage you have and how much you are paying. Look at how much you are paying both monthly and yearly.

The next step is to review your driving record. If you have been given any speeding tickets, find out how long they have been on your record. If those ticket or tickets will soon be disappearing, go ahead and get some quotes. If those tickets are still there, wait until they disappear. Then, begin to get some quotes. This will take time; however, to speed up the process, check out online quotes. If you do this online, all you have to do is type in your information and start building a list of companies for quotes you can compare. Keep in mind; you may not always get instant quotes. Some companies may choose to email you their quotes.

Continue to gather quotes and information on insurance companies. Keep a running list of their monthly and annual rates for coverage, their 1-800 telephone number and their payment policies. As you continue your research, check out any discounts that they offer. Most insurance companies offer discounts for good driving, a car’s safety and security equipment and certain occupations. Be sure to also check the insurance company’s track record. This can be done by reviewing their consumer satisfaction surveys, checking their financial background and talking with family and friends who have dealt with the insurance company. The last steps are reviewing your policy before you sign and cancelling your old policy.