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Never Take Your Car For Granted

Jun 11, 2008
One of the things that your car insurer may tell you is that your car needs to be repaired and that you must repair it to the insurer's recommended shop. While at first you might think that there is nothing wrong with this, since 'the insurer said so, that's why it must be good for my insurance,' well think again. If you don't agree to repair damage that is covered by insurance, the insurer still owes you for the value of repairs that your car needs to be restored to its former condition. However, if this is the situation, your insurance company will not be required to insure the car for its full retail value.

When an accident occurs in a street, several factors make it hard to determine what will be done on the part of insurers. For an example, motorcycle riders are in high risk in terms of injury even though the impact of collision is lower than that between cars. Cyclists are the most vulnerable riders, bus accidents are the most serious because of buses size and the number of passengers involved. In bus accidents, the operator of the bus is included in the payment of losses. To prevent from accidents, be careful on unsafe roads, don't race with other drivers and drive safely.

If you own an expensive car, keep in mind that your insurance will differ immensely than those who own ordinary cars. As expected, you will pay higher premiums because there is a higher risk of theft when you are driving a valuable and flashy car. You could ask the company questions so that you would be clear about what you pay for and what additional coverage you are required to have. If you don't want to be limited to a certain company, ask a broker or your state service insurer. You'll learn from them and they will be able to show you to people who may help you further in purchasing the right insurance for your expensive car.

Diminished value is a financial loss which can be compensated. This commonly occurs in many claims from car accidents, but many owners don't know that they are entitled to cash in addition to repairs done to their car. The basis of this claim is the insurance carrier's duty to restore the position that the owner of the damaged car has before the accident. Also this includes losses sustained from wrong repairs. If their car sustained structural damage and was repaired with cheap parts, the market value of the car will decrease, thus the value diminishes. Now you know about diminished value and how it could be compensated, don't be fooled about getting your car repaired with cheap parts or without additional cash payment.

The way you use your car affects the cost of your insurance. The more you drive, the higher the risk that you'll be involved in a car accident. Because of this, frequent drivers often pay higher premiums than those who don't drive much or those who take the public transportation. Also, the insurers would consider the person driving the vehicle. Does he have a disability? Poor eyesight? Back aches? If there is an inexperienced driver in the car, the risk increases and so does the premium. If there are different drivers using the car, there would be a greater possibility that the one who drives can't drive well and have an accident, thus premium increases also.
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Jon Caldwell is a professional content manager. Much of his articles can be found at http://theautomobileinsuranceblog.com
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