Involved in a Car Collision? This is What You Have to Do

October 19, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance · Comment 
by Amy Nutt

If you drive frequently, then you know that accidents are a common occurrence on the highways, within the city, when travelling and during the course of your daily commuting. Accidents are a dime a dozen and can be fatal, mild or severe. Whatever the case, if you get involved in a collision, here’s what you should do:

1. Check the State of People Involved

The very first thing to do is check if no one is hurt. This will determine what your next step will be. If someone is hurt, call the police immediately. It is a crime to hit and run or leave someone injured in an accident to his fate. If the accident is fatal and you can move, try what you can to keep anyone alive. In cases of fire, see if you can extricate any of the individuals. If you can, bring them out gently and move them far away from the inferno. Then check to see if they are alive. Lay them down in a position where they are facing upwards and see if they can talk. If they can, ask them simple questions to see if they can still recall things. If the police hasn’t arrived by this time, try to keep them alive. If anyone is bleeding try to tie a tourniquet around the bleeding part. If it is in the limbs, try tying it at the upper part so that the individual will not lose too much blood.

2. File an accident report within 10 days.

This will ensure that you do not get your license suspended. For accidents whose damage assessment is less than a thousand dollars, you should exchange details such as driver’s license numbers, phone numbers et.c. In cases where a domestic animal is hit, you should do all in your best to contact the owner.

3. Contact your car insurance company

There is a reason it is generally advised that all car owners obtain some form of auto insurance and it is that in cases of theft and collision, the insurance company can pay after you make your claims. If the claims are justifiable and proved true, then you will get your benefits. While the insurance may not be able to pay you everything, they can reimburse you to the tune of eight, sometimes ninety percent. That’s at least better than having to scrape up the money for a new car if the car is totalled or pay for the repairs of a slightly damaged car. Therefore, as soon as you can, get in touch with your insurance company and file a claim. This should be attended to before long.

4. What’s Your Status?

This simply means “who was responsible for the collision?”. What were you doing before the accident? If you were drinking and driving or making out, then it might interests you to know that no insurance company is going to be responsible for your excesses. So, be careful particularly when you are filing your claims.

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How Insurance Companies Begin Your Insurance Claim

October 15, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance · Comment 

Whether it is an accident, vandalism or burglary, the best thing about owning a car Insurance is, you can make the Insurance Company handle the replacement of the missing expensive accessories / damaged parts or repairs in many cases by just filing a claim and paying a minimum amount of deductible.

The process for making a claim starts with informing your insurance company about the event that occurred. The insurance agent you contact will begin the initial examination checklist. Their job is to verify that the claim is legitimate and determine the amount of compensation one will receive. They also are responsible for determining the amount of your claim that the insurance company will cover. These checklists generally includes questions about the incident and your policy and coverage details.

The first thing the insurance agent will check for is to make sure your policy is active. When you file a claim your insurance policy must be paid up-to-date and not have lapsed to obtain your coverage.

Your policy has certain coverage amounts and there are items that are not covered, the insurance agent will go over your policy contract and determine if the claim you are filing is in fact covered by the policy. If you have only liability insurance or third party cover then you will not be able to collect on damages such as car theft.

Your policy might exclude certain perils such as flood or fire and if this is part of your claim you will not be covered and the claim be denied. If the car was stolen or vandalized the checklist examination will look at if these items were on the policy. If you had an expensive set of golf clubs in the trunk when the car was stolen or if your expensive stereo was taken during a break in you can collect for reimbursement if these items were specified on your policy.

As it taxes the assets of the Insurance company, the Insurance agent usually looks for policy violation, checks if the driver has stood up to their standard of requirements and might even review items again, so that it can be excluded from the Insurance coverage. Even though it sounds rude, the company usually juggles up for reasons to avoid paying to a claim which at times may burn a hole in the policy owner?s pocket.

Other than looking out for policy reasons, the trained insurance agent might even carry a checklist to rule out suspicion in case of fraudulent claims. For example Expensive trunk load of goods carried in an old car, if reported as stolen and has been filed for a claim, the agent might raise a suspicion that it might be a fraudulent claim by the policy owner. Misleading facts and false information might lead to the coverage being denied. Once the checklist is complete along with the Initial examination, the agent forwards the case to its assessor along with his reports of examination, to assess and approve claim, if it is genuine.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for South Arica?s leading car insurance portal, which helps people save on their car insurance.

You Can Save On Your Current Auto Insurance In Just 3 Easy Steps

October 13, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance · Comment 

The savvy auto insurance shopper today knows that comparison of auto insurance coverage similar to their own is not only a mandate, but is required proof for avoiding overpaying for insurance. In order to make this comparison, the smart consumer knows to ask for the upfront discounts; especially for the student drivers in the household. Did you know that discounts are given for drivers? education and defensive driving courses, as well as, anti-theft devices and having multiple cars insured?

Some types of discounts available include anti-theft devices, good grades for your student driver, driver’s education and defensive driving courses, multi-vehicle coverage and even discounts for purchasing your other policies such as renter’s or home-owner’s insurance from the same provider. Gathering all this information may seem like a hassle but the reduction in your premiums could make a big difference. There are three steps that can help you when comparison shopping for automobile insurance.

But at least you can study trends of different companies in your area from an unbiased source, making useful comparisons that can save you time when you?re calling around. Even if your state doesn?t have a site, the NAIC website contains consumer guides with valuable information to which you may want to refer during your search.

Such variables as bad credit, a poor driving record, even if you smoke could probably result in higher premiums than those listed on the local insurance commissioner?s website. However, studying the trends of different companies in your area from an unbiased source can save you time and help you make a decision as to which insurance company you want to give your business to in your area. If it turns out that your state is not listed or doesn?t have a website, the NAIC website contains consumer guides with valuable information for reference as you conduct your search.

You will also need to make sure you know the coverages your state law requires to insure that you are in compliance. When getting quotes from different providers, make sure the quotes cover the same limits, deductibles, and other important information.

Now that you’ve found the coverage you need, discuss discounts with the providers you have selected. Be sure your quote is the final amount of the premium after discounts. While one provider may offer a separate discount for each eligible item, another provider may offer combined discounts. This does not mean because you are getting three discounts from the first provider and only one discount from the second provider the first premium is cheaper. For example, Provider A may offer a 5% discount for each of three items while Provider B offers a 20% discount because you meet a combination of requirements. You are getting the higher discount from Provider B. Make sure you compare the final premium rate before making your decision.

However, if that one discount offers you a savings of 15% total, it will make more sense to purchase your policy from the second insurer. Take a look at the bottom line (the final premium amount) for a true comparison.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for, a leading South African car and vechile portal, which helps people save on their car and vechile.

The Risks Of Being A Driver

October 12, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance · Comment 
by Graham McKenzie

Car insurance is required to be able to legally drive on all roads. We can become quite confused when trying to determine how much insurance we actually need, what the insurance company considers a risk and which items or circumstances will reward us with the most deductions to our premiums and policy payments. The total cost of the insurance plan is calculated when insurance companies weigh each customer?s risks as well as the incendence risks of the vehicle they are insuring.

Your driving record is crucial for the insurance company to get an idea of what kind of driver they can expect you to be. Drivers with few or no accidents will get a better rate, while drives with more will see high rates. Moving violations like speeding tickets will also play a similar role in calculating the risk. Insurance companies also consider your age and experience as a driver. New drivers with a shorter history are see as a higher risk because they have no proven history that can be use for assessing risk. On the other hand, a mature driver with a strong and safe driving record is considered to be of low risk because they have proven themselves a good driver.

Your credit rating effects how the insurance companies calculate risk. With a good credit rating they believe you will be able to make on time payments without defaulting on your payments. It also reflects on your character, showing more responsibility which may translate to the road. A bad credit rating requires them to take the risk of a default on the payment and the risk that you may not be a responsible person.

Previous insurance history can also reflect risk. Looking at past insurance history also given an idea of what kind of drive you have been, whether you where able to hold long term insurance with few claims and without brakes in coverage, or you switched insurance often, implying difficulties with payments or claims. With bad or no previous insurance history it can be hard to find coverage.

Your car is one of the most important parts in determining how much you will pay for insurance. Expensive cars cost more to fix than cheaper cars, so if you crash it, the insurance company has to pay more. A brand new sports car will have much higher premiums than a ten-year old or older car. All of the factors have to be weighed out, including the cost of replacement of the vehicle, the cost of repair if damaged, and also the likelihood of it begin in an accident, stolen or vandalized before you know how much you will pay.

Finally, there are certain car assessories that can increase the chances of a car being stolen, and thus, requiring higher rates. Alloy wheels, an expensive car stereo, or other customized features will increase the risk of theft. If you protect your car with an anti-theft device, such as an alarm or a GPS tracker, insurance companies may lower your rates. If you want information regarding the risk category into which your vehicle may fall, contact your car dealership or find a reliable website or search engine online. These sources will help you determine whether you own a high risk vehicle. If you discover your vehicle falls into a high risk category, make an appointment with your insurance agent to discuss methods of lowering your risk and your premiums.

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Differentiating Business Usage and Personal Usage

October 12, 2017 · Posted in General Articles on Car Insurance · Comment 

Among the two car insurances, business car insurance and personal car insurance, there are some acute differences among them. It is in fact, a coverage we need in our daily lives. Although they have some similarities, they also have many aspects that are different.

If you are not looking to increase your rates, you will first need to get the driving record of any applicant that applies to your business. This protects you as the owner. You do not want to hire someone for the position only to find out their driving record is less than perfect. In fact, you might not be able to add them on to your policy at all. Then, this employee you hired only becomes a drain on production. Unlike personal car insurance policies where you are only responsible for your household; business policies are more risk and the employees do not always have your best interest in their thoughts.

The flexibility of the business policy far outweighs the personal car insurance policy. This is because you have different circumstances that arise in business. A business usually deals with expensive items and carries certain items. During this time, they are responsible for it. If something happens, they have to pay up. This is business activity and not personal. A business policy is necessary.

The use for business and the use for personal can sometimes get confusing. This is why it is imperative that you use some kind of tracker. In more recent times, many people turn to a computerized log do keep track of miles and gas. This helps keep the lines between personal and business clear.

Keeping business use and personal use separate is always the recommended path. Most people find that their business use is very limited and do not see the reason why they should take out a separate business insurance policy. Although this may be logical, you need to make sure your bases are covered. This means that if you choose to use your personal car insurance policy for business use that is limited, you will need to inform your car insurance agent of this change so they can adjust your policy to cover it. They can find cause to deny your claim if you are found to be using your vehicle for business purposes that were not defined in your policy.

Realtors, Regional Directors and salesman all fall into the classification of often forgetting to note they use their car for business use. This is because some people have a road block do to the fact they do it every day. Any time a person drives to a meeting, property or a house or business for a potential sale, they are using their car for purposes that constitute business. This is the type that needs to be noted under a personal policy.

Whichever road you find yourself on, do not be caught without appropriate coverage. There are many different ways you can get the best deal for your situation so it is advised to talk with a car insurance agent.

Graham McKenzie is the content syndication coordinator for South Arica?s leading car insurance portal, which provides cover for all car insurance types.

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