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Things You Need to Set Up an Auto Insurance Policy

Money is an obvious one. And, of course, having a vehicle to insure and a garaging address is another. A completed application with signatures applies to all polices. Also, each company will have their own unique set of guidelines for what you will need. Lastly, legal requirements can change in different jurisdictions.

Payments to start a policy are mostly made by check or credit card. Many policyholders now a days use an electronic form of payment. For credit and debit cards the account number, expiration date, and security code are needed. For an electronic funds bank transfer the account and bank routing numbers. In either case the account holder, which is not always the policyholder, must provide authorization.

Before a policy can begin the exact Vehicle Identification Number or VIN (17 digit alpha numeric) is needed. Providing the year make and model is insufficient. Each car has a unique VIN which identifies the characteristics for that particular car. Air bag, antilock brakes and other vehicle features are verified. CLUE reports (Claims Loss Underwriting Exchange) indicating vehicle claims history require the correct VIN.

Information not provided on computer generated reports such as the MVR and CLUE are necessary to complete the application and issue (begin) a policy. Be prepared to provide the employer (school) name and address for all drivers. When making payments on the car the bank or leasing company name and address is necessary. The application will have to be signed and payment authorized.

Companies often require a variety of documentation supporting the policy. Proof of prior insurance or school transcript for discounts is typical. Photographs of the vehicle or policyholder picture identification are less common. If there are different vehicles in the household covered by another insurance policy you may be asked to provide proof. Not all jurisdictions have the same legal requirements. For example, 7 counties in Florida require mandatory vehicle inspections when starting a new policy that include physical damage coverage.

Most, but not all, of the necessary information for a policy is generated by reports from your name, address, drivers license and VIN numbers. It is imperative that the 17 digit VIN number you provide is correct. Complete information, payment details, specific requirements, and signatures are the things you need to set up an insurance policy.

What Do You Mean My Auto Insurance Policy Doesn’t Cover This?!

Auto insurance is an agreement between you and your insurance company where you arrange to pay a premium in an exchange for the peace of mind that your insurance agency will pay for vehicle related financial losses during the duration of the policy. You need auto insurance because you are liable by law to pay for losses you cause to others in the event of an automobile accident. Purchasing auto insurance is the surest way to guarantee you will be able to fulfill your end of the bargain. In some states it is required that you have minimum forms of insurance in order to drive. You also must have insurance in order to finance a car.

One of the first questions you will be asked when obtaining automobile insurance is how much of the covered loss or deductible do you want to be your responsibility? You may choose between $100, $250, $500, or $1,000. The higher your deductible the lower your premium however you must keep in mind that the deductible is the amount you must pay before your insurance will assist you. If you cannot afford to pay the first $1,000 of the covered loss you may want to consider how much you can afford and choose a lower deductible.

Your insurance coverage is broken down into each purpose you would need to be covered for. One of the most common coverages include liability which pays out when the insured driver is legally responsible for bodily injuries and property damage they cause to others. Bodily injury damages cover medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost wages and other special damages. Property damage includes damaged property and loss of use. Liability also pays legal defense expenses. Each state has a set minimum amount of coverage you must carry but you may opt for higher amounts.

Personal injury protection pays medical expenses for covered individuals despite who is at fault for the accident. It also covers rehab, lost wages, replacement of services and funeral expenses. Medical payment coverage pays medical and funeral expenses regardless of fault when the causes of these requirements are due to an automobile accident. Collision coverage pays for damage to an insured vehicle caused by collision with another vehicle or object. Your deductible will apply to collision coverage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for loss of or damage to an insured vehicle unless is damaged or lost as the result of a collision. Comprehensive would cover losses due to theft, fire, wind, hail, flood, vandalism or impact with an animal. Your deductible will apply to comprehensive coverage.

Uninsured motorist pays for loss or damage caused by another driver who does not have liability insurance. Under-insured motorist coverage pays when the insured driver is injured in an automobile accident caused by a driver who has an inadequate amount of liability insurance. Rental reimbursement pays rental vehicle costs when your vehicle is put out of commission as the result of an automobile accident. Daily monetary limits may apply. Emergency roadside assistance coverage pays towing expenses when your vehicle breaks down. Distance limits may apply.

Your policy will generally cover you, your spouse children and other family members who reside in your residence as well as anyone else who has permission to drive your covered automobile.

PIP: Insurance Coverage That You Want Together With Your Auto Policy

Ever hear of PIP? For those unfamiliar, we’ll give you the long form name for this form of coverage. Personal Insurance Protection is an extension of an auto insurance policy that is an optional coverage in some states, a required coverage in others and not available in still other states.

What is it?

PIP or Personal Insurance Protection is a medical insurance that protects you or your passengers if there is an injury from a car accident. If you have acquired it, PIP will cover medical costs and more even if you are responsible for the accident or collision.

Understandably, the coverage is also known as ‘no-fault insurance’ due to the nature of coverage not being dependent on liability.

Of course in states like New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania and Florida where the Personal Insurance Protection is mandated, drivers need only get a minimum required amount of coverage.

This is where the insurance professionals put in their advice.

“Don’t get the minimum amount of PIP coverage,” they say. “Even if you find your overall auto insurance premium on the rise due to our recommendation of at least $250,000 in the associated coverage, you’ll be thankful if the need arises.”

The ensuing example of a policyholder illustrates the truth to the claim.

A man did not like the fact that his car insurance would increase with the acquisition of $250,000 in PIP so he decided to stay with the status quo of $15,000 in related PIP coverage and no increase in overall auto premium.

But luck was not on his side in this case.

After getting into an accident and remaining in the hospital for two days, the associated bill was over $45,000!

This was a hard lesson, spurring him on to requesting additional PIP coverage as recommended by his agency.

“Like me,” he said, “most folks do not comprehend how important an adequate amount of health related coverage is in regard to vehicle protection. I learned the hard way that it pays to listen to the professionals who understand the impact of an accident – something that can occur at any given moment anytime. “

Personal Insurance Protection can provide the following coverage after a crash that may result in injury.

• Medical costs, rehab costs, ambulance, medication, durable medical equipment

• Loss of wages if applicable

• Substitute of service by the injured party, if applicable

• Funeral costs if injury leads to death and if applicable in coverage.

For more information about this important coverage, speak to the experienced professionals.