That said, you must maintain enough coverage to protect yourself from financial loss in the event of an accident. Finding this sweet spot between adequate coverage and keeping the cost down can be tricky.
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What are the car insurance laws where you live?
Before you start tearing up your car insurance renewal letter, it is important to remember that nearly every state requires drivers to have some form of car insurance.
Liability insurance is legally required everywhere except for New Hampshire and Virginia. It consists of bodily injury liability and property damage liability, and is used to reimburse the victims of an accident if you are
(UM) is a legal requirement in just over half of the states. This coverage will kick in if you’re hit by a driver who doesn’t have insurance (or enough insurance) to pay for your expenses. Without it, you would be on the hook for costly repair bills and medical costs, through no fault of your own.
explains that in addition to laws governing which types of insurance you need, states also dictate the amount of coverage you need.
For example, your state may have minimum liability limits of 15/30/10. This means that following an accident, your insurance policy must cover up to $15,000 in medical bills per person, up to $30,000 in medical bills for the entire accident, and up to $10,000 in property damage.
At the very least, your insurance policy must satisfy the mandatory minimums required by your state. Drivers who get caught without it face fines, vehicle impoundment, and even jail time.
Aside from liability insurance, personal injury insurance, and UM which are all covered above, there are many types of optional insurance coverages which you can add to your policy for an extra fee.
Two of the most common optional add ons are collision insurance and comprehensive insurance.
Collision coverage pays for repairs to your vehicle following a crash, either with another vehicle or a stationary object. It will also pay for repairs if you are the victim of a hit and run.
Comprehensive coverage will pay for damage caused by non-crash related incidents, such as vandalism or severe weather.
While both collision and comprehensive insurance are a good idea for most drivers, and will be required by the lender if you lease your vehicle, they don’t make sense for everyone.
For example, if your car is old and not worth a whole lot, it will likely be written off following a serious accident. As a result, it’s not worth paying for collision coverage, when your insurer is just going to send it to the scrapyard anyway.
Review your optional coverages each year, and if your circumstances have changed, you may be able to remove them from your policy in exchange for a lower premium.
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"Alex Healey is an insurance writer specializing in car insurance and personal finance. Alex’s mission is to create informative, just-in-time content for car owners and buyers. Alex has written articles for Jerry on topics ranging from hybrid vehicle rankings to used car costs. Before joining Jerry, Alex worked as a digital content specialist and editor for brands including InsuranceHotline.com, Rates.ca, and Booking.com. When not writing for Jerry, Alex continues to build his freelance digital content portfolio in the insurance and automotive industries. "