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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Renewing Car Insurance Policies

Do’s – Get it right

1. Comparison among policies- The first and foremost thing to consider while renewing the car insurance policy is the fact that there is a wide variety of insurance covers in the market to choose from with absolutely no compulsion to continue with the same policy taken. In case you experience certain inadequacies in the interim of one year of the policy or you may wish to upgrade your policy as per the changing demands, then, you always have the option of switching to a new one. Before that, it is critical to take note of the varied policies available in the market and make a thorough comparative analysis.

2. Accurate Details in the Form- While filling up the form for car insurance renewal, it is utmost important to fill inaccurate details about your car and to the best of your knowledge so as to get a suitable policy by the company. Thus, it is advised to fill up the form in a relaxed state and on your own as you know your requirements better than any company agent.

3. Policy Record- Once you have renewed the policy, make sure to fill a copy in a file and keep it with for the record or if it’s a soft copy, then save it with you on a hard drive so as to not lose it. It’s important to maintain a proper record as it gives all information required at any point and leaves no room for any confusion when it comes to availing the No-Claim Bonus (NCB) or any other future claim.

4. Add on Covers- Before taking up any policy, it is vital to take note of all the add-on covers and go through them at length so as to choose wisely the ones that suit your needs instead of blindly going for everything and end up paying a huge amount unnecessarily.

5. Registration Certificate (RC)- While renewing your policy, also ensure that your RC is updated with your present address, name and other details. Also, see to it that the vehicle specifications are accurate and the details mentioned on the RC are in sync with the policy details.

Don’ts – Not to Mess Up

1. No blank columns in the form- Do ensure that you end up leaving no columns in the form blank or unanswered that may impact your policy renewal in an adverse way. Instead, one must provide all possible information, just to be sure to be taking the right help from the insurance company.

2. Not to miss timeline for renewal- Keeping in mind the expiry of the car insurance plan is critical not just from the perspective of any damage occurring in the interim when you are uncovered but also for saving up on the late renewal charges if any by the company. Moreover, it gives one time to think and then act rather than being in a hurry to insure with the first plan that comes your way.

3. No Incorrect Declarations- One must never make any incorrect declaration or give any wrong estimate to the car insurance company, intentionally, as that can end up in getting you the wrong cover. Tell them precisely what your requirements are, what the car condition and car value estimation is and your future claims will remain uninterrupted.

Auto Insurance Premiums Are Very Costly

If you haven’t yet verbalized it, no doubt the glaring question is underscored in your mind: Why does car (read car, truck, motorcycle, RV and so on) insurance have to be so very, very expensive?!

The answer to anything related to insurance comes from the industry itself and this is no exception.

“Insurance rates differ from person to person and are based on a few factors,” says a noted specialist working in the Tri-State area and employed by an independent agency. “It all boils down to how much of a risk you as a driver may be.”

Eight Factors that May Affect Your Auto Insurance Bill

Some of the things that determine how much you pay for auto insurance are listed below.

• What Type of Vehicle you Drive
There is a clear difference between makes and models of cars in regard to safety. Moreover, higher-end cars attached to a bigger price tag are more attractive to car thieves and are more expensive to replace; they are also more expensive to fix after an accident.

• Your Address
If you live in a place that has a higher crime rate, your premium will reflect the risk of theft. If you locality has proportionately more auto accidents and submitted claims, it will have an effect on your premium as well.

• How You Use Your Car
If you use your car for the commute to and from the workplace or use it for business purposes, you’ll find that you will have a higher premium than those that drive just to go to the grocer or for leisure trips.

• If You Are a Good Driver
If you never have gotten a driving ticket or never been an accident, you will have a lower insurance rate than those who have a less pristine driving record.

• Your Claims Record
If you have previously filed insurance claims, especially if they have resulted in big payouts, your insurance premium will reflect that. But you may also find a rate increase if you have only filed claims in regard to accidents where you are not at fault.

• How Old You Are
Young drivers, especially boys in the teen years, are grouped together as riskier drivers because the statistics say they display poor driving habits and are involved in and cause many more serious accidents than older drivers. To a lesser degree, those sixty-five and older may find their insurance rates up due to age matters that contribute to poorer reflexes, eyesight issues and more.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Daycare Centers

Daycares, preschools, and private schools use buses and vans to transport children. These vehicles might be used on a daily basis or only occasionally. Children are extremely precious cargo, so your commercial auto insurance must be comprehensive enough to protect your academic facility, the children, your employees who are driving the vehicles, and others on the road. Your policy should be designed to handle medical bills, property damage, and liability issues that arise.

Trucking Company

If your trucks haul goods around town or around the nation, you need to protect your drivers, vehicles, and others on the road. Since your trucks and vans travel multiple miles every day, you need fairly extensive commercial auto insurance. These policies must cover much more than an average private auto policy. The exact coverage will depend on a variety of factors and would be best discussed with your trusted agent. He or she will have the experience to put together the right policy for you, your fleet, and your truckers.

Catering Companies

If you own a catering business, you need specialized equipment in your vans in order to safely transport foods and beverages. Not only are you transporting edible goods, but you also you have serving dishes, refrigerators, chafing dishes, utensils, and the food itself. Your policy must cover your culinary equipment, your drivers, your chef, and the vehicles. All of these items are necessary for you to run your operation. You must insure everything adequately in order to protect your catering operation.

How to Find an Agent

It’s extremely helpful to establish a comfortable connection with a commercial auto insurance agent. If you don’t have a trusted agent already, ask others in your industry for a recommendation. When you get a few names, you can interview them to decide who’s right for you. Reviews of agents and companies are posted online, as well, so that you can read what other customers’ experiences have been like.

Some Types of Car Insurance Coverage

One of the most common types of car insurance is auto liability coverage. This type of coverage will pay for any damages if you are legally responsible for injuring someone in an accident, or if you cause any damage to another person’s vehicle or property during the accident. It will also pay for your legal defense and any court costs if the other party files a lawsuit. Generally, state laws dictate the minimum amount of auto liability coverage that each driver must have, but higher amounts are available.

Collision coverage is another type of car insurance that is available to drivers. This type of policy will cover damage costs incurred during collisions with other cars, collisions with stationary objects, and vehicle rollovers. To obtain this policy requires a deductible, meaning that the insured party must pay some costs out-of-pocket before the insurer will cover any costs. Deductibles are used to deter insured parties from filing frivolous claims.

Comprehensive car insurance is used to cover reimbursement for damage with causes other than collisions or rollovers. This includes damage caused by fire, wind, storms, vandalism, theft, hail, flooding, or hitting an animal. In many cases, obtaining this will also require a deductible.

Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is used to protect drivers from damage caused by a collision with a driver who either does not have any type of liability coverage or does not have sufficient coverage to provide compensation for the entire amount of damages. This type may also pay for property damages, depending on the individual coverage plans offered by providers. The amount and specific type of damage it covers generally depends on state laws and the plans offered by individual providers.