Understanding Auto Insurance Quotes

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 23, 2013)

For many people, trying to understand auto insurance quotes can be a confusing, and possibly scary task. It doesn't need to be that way though. In large part his is because most auto insurance quotes and policies are written in such complicated legalistic jargon that most people either get lost half way through it, or they simply throw their hands up in frustration. Understanding auto insurance quotes doesn't need to be that way though, as long as you keep a few things in mind.

  • Coverage type. One of the most basic parts of getting any type of insurance quote is to decide on the type of coverage you will have. Generally speaking, there are about seven coverage types that you can choose from. Some of them are mandatory (such as the liability coverage's of property damage and bodily injury) and others are optional such as comprehensive. Depending on the type of coverage you go with will impact the size of your bill.
  • Deductable. The deductible is simply the amount of money that you will be paying before your insurance actually kicks in. For example, if you have a $500 deductible, and got into an accident that will take about $2000 to repair, you will need to pay the first $500 of the repair bill before your insurance will cover the rest.
  • Declarations. This part of a policy is completely unique for each and every person involved. The reason for this is that the declaration is what contains the personal facts for your household such as the make and model of your vehicle, the VIN, your name, and so on. To get as accurate of a quote as possible you need to make sure that all the information you put into this section is correct and accurate. In fact, if you happen to put inaccurate information down you can find your policy being turned down or denied.
  • Insuring agreement. The insuring agreement is the part of the policy or quote that lists what your coverage options are, as well as the limits of those options. Furthermore, this is also where the insurance company will promise to provide specified services in return for your payment.
  • Exclusions. Typically, the exclusion area is where the company lists what is not covered by this policy. When the exclusion section is combined with the insuring agreement, you will know exactly what will be covered and not by any claim that you make or file.
  • Conditions. Often times there are some legal responsibilities for both you and the company that is issuing the policy, this is where those are listed. Some examples of what are listed here are things like your payment obligations, how to file a claim, and how to resolve any disagreements or discrepancies that may crop up.
  • Definitions. This is the section that is most often referred to as the fine print. In this section is where you will find your rights, as well as the rights of the company, listed. Be sure that you take a good hard look at this section before you sign anything. This is usually where most of the confusion about policies crop up.

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Lee Wyatt

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