Basics Of Auto Insurance

Published January 1st, 2021 by Elliot Glass Insurance

Auto insurance is a type of insurance that consumers purchase for truck, cars and other vehicles. It provides protection against losses incurred. Depending on the type of coverage purchased, buying auto insurance protects you against the cost of repairing the vehicle following an accident. The cost of purchasing a new vehicle if it is stolen or damaged beyond economic repair and to the legal liability claims against the driver or owner of the vehicle following the vehicle causing damage or injury to a third party.

The risk associated in buying a new car is not fully covered by a comprehensive insurance. There is generally a period in which the remaining car payments exceed the compensation the insurer will pay for a destroyed vehicle, due to the sharp decline in value immediately following purchase. To protect the consumer on the market, GAP insurance was established in the early 1980’s. GAP protection was developed because of the escalating price of cars, extended term auto loans, and the increasing popularity of leasing.

Liability insurance covers claims against the policyholder and generally, any other operator of the insured vehicle, provided they do not live at the same address as the policyholder and are not specifically excluded on the policy. Those living at the same address must specifically be covered on the policy. Generally, liability insurance does not protect the policyholder if they operate any vehicles other than their own. You are just covered by another party’s policy if you drive a vehicle owned by that party

Liability coverage also extended when you rent a car. But in most cases, comprehensive policies or full coverage may not be applied. It is because the insurance company does not want to assume responsibility for a claim greater than the value of the insured’s vehicle, assuming that a rental car may be worth more than the insured’s vehicle. But some states, it extends to rental cars. Most rental car companies offer insurance to cover damages to the rental vehicle. In some regions, the “Loss of Use” or the costs associated with not having access to the vehicle is also covered.

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