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How Collision & Comprehensive Car Insurance Coverages Benefit You

Feb 15, 2008
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The most common insurance coverages are collision and comprehensive coverage after your basic liability. In this article you will be shown what is included in collision and comprehensive coverage and the differences between the two coverages.

Collision Coverage

Collision coverage pays for physical damage to your car as the result of your auto colliding with an object, such as a tree or another car. This is relatively expensive coverage. Remember, this coverage is optional and not required by law. However, collision insurance might be required by your lending institution or lessor.

If you have an old car and it is not worth at least $2000, you might want to consider not buying collision coverage. You will likely pay more for the coverage than you would get if you filed a claim. This is because insurance companies are only required to pay for the lessor of either what the car is worth or the costs to fix it. They might deem you vehicle worth less than what it will cost to fix.

Comprehensive (Other than Collision) Coverage

This coverage will pay for almost all other damages to your vehicle including, theft, vandalism, severe weather, flood, fire, the hitting of an animal and glass including your windshield. This coverage isn't as expensive as collision coverage and is chosen by many consumers. This coverage is also optional and not required by law.

Remember if you decide to have collision or comprehensive coverage you will also have to choose a deductible amount from zero to $2500. The deductible is the amount you are responsible to pay before the insurance company pays there portion.

Having a deductible lowers the amount you have to pay for insurance because you are agreeing to take on part of the risk. The insurance companies also likes this because it reduces your chance of filing small claims, which are costly for them to process.

If you buy a new car and take out a loan the lending company will most likely require you to have collision and comprehensive coverage as part of your car insurance. The reason for this is because your vehicle is collateral for the money you borrowed and if they need to repossess your vehicle they need to make sure it will be worth what you borrowed.

If you decide or are required to buy comprehensive and collision coverage you can reduce your cost by agreeing to higher deductible but remember that will be the amount you need to pay before the insurance company pays there share. As the car gets older many people choose to only have comprehensive coverage to protect themselves against other than collision claims. This will help them secure cheap car insurance on an aging vehicle.
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