Insuring A Private Passenger Vehicle

December 9, 2016 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance 

If you’re getting vehicle insurance for the first time then you may not understand the various aspects that exist. An important part of owning a vehicle is insuring it. This is true whether you vehicle is new or used. There are different types of coverage that you will encounter when you’re looking for vehicle insurance. It’s wise to choose your coverage based on your vehicle.

You will be looking at getting one of two types of coverage for your vehicle. There are three factors that will help you choose what type of insurance you get. You will want to consider the type of car you have, how old it is, and how much value it has. Many cars that are older have very little value to them and only need liability. However if you have a new car or a car that still has a lot of value to it then you will want to get full coverage. This is because full coverage will cover your car in the event of an accident.

If you’re purchasing a new car you should know that most states require you to have full coverage while the care is being paid off. The reason for this is to protect the lenders against a potential loss. If your car gets damaged in an accident and is beyond repairable you would still be liable to pay the loan but may choose not to since you no longer have a car. By requiring full coverage the insurance company would pay off the car for you. If your car is not new and you are debating on getting full coverage or not then you will want to take into account how much you would be paying for insurance every year versus the worth of the car. If you would have paid for the value of the car through insurance payments within 3 years then you will want to get liability only.

The other type of insurance that you can get as an alternative to full coverage is liability only. Liability coverage will cover you if you are at fault in a car accident. In most states that you are required to have insurance you will be required to at least have liability coverage. Liability only should be used if your car is older or has very little value to it. This is because liability will not cover your car in an accident situation or if it gets vandalized.

If you want to protect your car from being vandalized then you will want to add another type of insurance on to your insurance plan. Comprehensive insurance isn’t a standalone insurance plan as it only protects your car from damages not due to an accident. Typically this will include fire, theft, weather, as well as some other conditions.

Comprehensive insurance is not a standalone insurance policy. It’s an add-on to your insurance to help cover damages that aren’t due to accidents. This type of damage is usually caused by vandalism or dangerous weather conditions. You will usually find this insurance in a full coverage plan however you will want to adjust the deductible accordingly. It’s important to note that if you change your deductible you will also change your monthly premium. This is handy if you’re looking to lower your overall premium.

You can get a possible discount in you can pay 6 months of your premium in full. Yes its quite heavy financially but if you have the amount, you can save a lot if you think of it.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for Carinsurancesa.co.za. South Arica?s leading Car Insurance portal.

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