Posted on April 30, 2008 in Auto Insurance by adminComments Off

When we shop for car insurance, we naturally tend to focus on the bottom line premium. We all do. However, while getting a good insurance rate is important, it is more crucial to focus on the proper protection first, price second.

Consider the following:

Bodily Injury coverage may be the single most important piece of your auto policy. If you are at-fault in an accident and the other driver (or their passengers) are hurt they will expect you to cover their injuries. In turn, you will expect your insurance policy to fully cover the claim against you. What if you hit a pedestrian, a child on a bike or a motorcyclist? You could easily cause disability or death.

Bodily Injury provides protection to those you injure from all these situations. But it only provides protection to the limit of your policy. If you carry too little bodily injury coverage, you may be setting yourself up for financial trouble.

In some states, you are allowed to carry $15,000 as a minimum on bodily injury. That might cover basic accidents. But in cases where there are significant injuries, disability or even death - this amount will fall far short of what is needed. That is when you can be subject to a lawsuite. Keep in mind, people can even sue you for lost income if they are unable to work due to the accident, in addition to medical costs sustained and long term disability.

Carrying too little Bodily Injury:

What happens if you don’t carry enough Bodily Injury on your policy to cover the claims against you? Simple, you will be sued personally. The claimant likely will hire an attorney to ascertain your assets and income. By court order, you can be required to provide a complete listing of your assets and income. If you do not have lots of assets or savings, the claimant can potentially obtain a judgement against your future earnings. Not a pleasant thought, is it?

When shopping for car insurance, seek the best rate you can find. But also seek the proper coverage to protect your assets, savings, current and future income.

Most consumers should carry at least $100,000 on Bodily Injury. It won’t cover every possible situation but will provide a decent level of coverage and protection for you and those you hit. Should you feel that amount is not enough, most insurance carriers offer the ability to purchase higher levels of coverage.

Remember, bodily injury coverage protects YOU as well as those you hit. By using an insurance shopping service such as ours, you can often accomplish both objectives - a good policy and great price!

Posted on April 21, 2008 in Auto Insurance by adminComments Off

How does a car dealership commercials attempt to hook a potential shopper? Come on over to So-and-So Auto Sales with $100 and drive home in a new car!  ITS THAT EASY!

We could only wish car buying could be this simple.  Individuals who are new to car buying will soon find that buying a car can be much more expensive upfront.

Setup a budget:

Before you begin, the smart thing for shoppers to do is setup an overall monthly budget.  Lets say you “plan” on paying a total of $400 a month for 3 years. Now you have a target.

Decide on the ride:

With budget in mind, you now must get a clear view of what car you are shopping for.  You can write down a few cars you may like to purchase.

Learn your car payment budget:

Next step is to call a couple local agents for insurance quotes on the vehicle you are in the market to purchase.  Get a monthly quote and a six month quote.  If you pay six months up front for your insurance, you’ll find yourself earning a discount. 

Finalize your plan:

So lets say you really want that first car you took a note of earlier.  The best insurance rate was quoted at $200 a month or $950 every six months.  Now you know either way you decided to pay for insurance, you have approximately $200 left over in your budget for a monthly car payment. 

Making the deal:

Other things you need to keep in mind when buying from the dealership is tax, title and license.  These expenses can be covered by the dealership if you play your cards right.  Remember, they need to earn your business and it’s not going to happen with only a handshake and a smile.  Make a deal that works with you.  Depending on how starved they are for your business, You may be able to have them pay your first months insurance payment.

After the Car purchase visit us.  Here you can quickly compare rates between 4 or more insurance companies for you newly-owned or pre-owned car or truck.

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