The law requires all drivers to have either comprehensive or liability insurance coverage. The price difference in these types of coverage can be rather substantial. One big question car owners have is whether or not they need comprehensive insurance or if liability will be enough. These tips from Don Allred Insurance can help Burlington, NC residents determine what type of auto insurance they need.
What’s the Difference?
Comprehensive insurance covers a whole lot more than liability insurance. While coverage levels can vary, if you have an accident, even if it is deemed your fault, comprehensive insurance will, most of the time, cover repairing your car as well as the damage of the car you hit. Because the coverage is greater, the premiums for comprehensive insurance are more costly.
Liability insurance is less expensive but covers much less. If you have an accident, your insurance will pay for the repairs of the other party’s vehicle, but you will have to pay for the repairs to your own vehicle.
Do I Really Need Comprehensive Coverage?
First of all, if you owe money on your car, it is likely that the lender requires you to have comprehensive insurance coverage on it just to protect themselves. However, once your car is paid for you can decide what level of insurance you need.
In some cases, it may make sense to simply pay for liability coverage. If you drive an older vehicle that is not worth very much money, you may be better off saving the money. Often, repairs after an accident may cost more than the vehicle is worth, causing the insurance company to total out the car. If you have an emergency fund in the bank with which you could repair or replace a car that is badly damaged in a wreck, it might make sense to simply have liability insurance on your car. If you don’t have the extra funds saved up, you probably should keep your comprehensive insurance.
In general, a good rule of thumb is that you may want to just have liability insurance if the extra yearly cost of comprehensive insurance exceeds ten percent of the value of the car.
To get more help determining what level of coverage is best for your situation, contact Don Allred Insurance, serving the Burlington, NC area.