Auto insurance can be complex and difficult to understand. With all the information available to policyholders, it can be challenging to decipher the facts from myths. Knowing what’s covered under your auto policy and the factors that determine your premium is crucial. What’s more, not understanding your coverage may lead you to believe you’re covered when that may not be the case.
To help clear up any misinformation surrounding your auto insurance policy and put your mind at ease, provided below are eight of the most common auto insurance myths—debunked:
Despite popular belief, the color of your vehicle has no impact on your auto insurance costs. When insurance companies are factoring your car into your insurance policy, they’re looking at the other components of your vehicle, such as:
The insurance held by the owner of the vehicle is typically considered the primary insurance in the event of an accident. So, regardless of who was driving when the incident occurred, the vehicle owner’s insurance is what will serve as the primary coverage to help pay medical bills or damages.
Your credit score is a significant factor insurance companies consider when they determine your premiums. Your credit score can show insurance agents how well you manage your finances and how likely you are to file an insurance claim. People with good credit tend to pay less for their car insurance since they are seen at a lower risk.
Although purchasing the minimum amount of coverage required by law may reduce your premiums, you may pay more out-of-pocket in the event of an accident. In many cases, it is advisable to select limits that are above your state’s minimum requirement. Severe accidents can be very costly when you consider the rising cost of medical expenses, court settlements and vehicle repairs. Liability coverage gets broken down into two basic segments:
If your insurance reimburses you for a covered total loss, such as your car being totaled, depreciation is taken into consideration. Depreciation is the decreased value of an item over time from the age of the property or wear and tear. Depending on your type of coverage, you may get money for your totaled vehicle, but it will most likely not equal the original purchase price.
Driving a vehicle for business purposes has its own set of risks, which requires different types of coverages that your personal auto policy may not cover. If you are using your vehicle for work or driving for a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, you should check with your insurance agent to confirm that you are properly insured.
The price tag on your vehicle doesn’t necessarily determine your insurance costs. However, how much your vehicle costs to repair, the vehicle model’s loss history and other characteristics can influence your premium. If your car model is associated with more accidents or traffic infractions, or is costly to repair, it may be more expensive to insure.
Getting one traffic violation doesn’t always lead to a higher premium, especially for minor incidents. However, if your violations become more severe or you continue to accumulate tickets, you will probably begin to see an increase in your insurance premium. Maintaining a clean driving record following a violation will help alleviate some of the financial repercussions.
With all of the of false information surrounding auto insurance, it’s best to work with a trusted insurance professional. Contact us at Neckerman Insurance Services today to get a clearer understanding of your auto insurance options.
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