Demystifying Auto Insurance Terms

Nov 27, 2012

By Staff Writer

manautoterms.pngMost states require drivers to have auto insuranceóbut how do you know if youíre getting the right type of coverage for your needs?

Your first step is to fulfill your stateís and lenderís minimum requirements. A call to your stateís insurance commissionerís office can get you started. Then, familiarize yourself with the different types of insurance and what each covers. These typically include:

Bodily Injury Liability covers injuries, lost wages, pain and suffering and other damage you might cause to other drivers, passengers and/or pedestrians. It also covers court and legal fees.

Rental Reimbursement will pay for a rental vehicle if your car is not drivable after an accident.

Collision provides coverage for damage inflicted to your vehicle after a rollover or accident with another car or object. Coverage kicks in after a policyholder meets his or her deductible*.

Comprehensive provides coverage for damage to your vehicle after a non-vehicle or non-rollover incident, such as theft or weather damage. This coverage typically requires a deductible.

Emergency Road Service can cover expenses related to a breakdown, including towing.

Medical Payments and Personal Injury Protection offers compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and even funerals if you or other covered persons* are injured in a vehicle-related accident.

Property Damage Liability covers damage you cause to another individualís property while driving. This also covers court costs and legal expenses.

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Coverage can provide reimbursement if youíre involved in an accident with a driver who doesnít have sufficient liability insuranceóor any at all.

*Terms to Know:

  • Premium: Payment you make to your insurance company for coverage.
  • Deductible: The amount you pay before your insurance company pays the rest. Higher deductibles equal lower premiums; conversely, lower deductibles equal higher premiums.
  • Covered Persons: Policies generally cover the policyholder, their spouse, other relatives living in the home, and individuals driving the policyholderís vehicle with their permission.

Rely on your State Farmģ agent for answers to all your auto insurance questions. Or view additional auto insurance information

Because insurance protection is a contract, any coverage descriptions in this article are general only and are not statements of contract. All coverages are subject to all policy provisions, including applicable endorsements.

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