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Monthly Archives: June 2018

Terms and Conditions of Auto Insurance

Based on the high rate of accidents which happen each year, it is imperative that anyone driving a car whether it is your car or a friend’s car must have an auto insurance policy even if it is the least of all insurance policies available.

An insurance covers the policyholder and in most cases it covers other people who use the car or the driver. However if the car gets into an accident which is not in the interest of the policyholder, or in violation with the agreement between the policyholder and the insurance company, the insurance policy will not cover the damages from such accident.

In instances where the insured vehicle gets sold to another person, the new owner is covered by the third party liability Insurance and also by the comprehensive car insurance policy (if there is any) within a period of 3 weeks after the change of ownership. When there is a new active insurance policy, all deductibles under the insurance will be paid by the new car owner.

Auto insurance does not cover damage to vehicles in company possession for purpose of sale

Depending on the car insurance policy agreement between you and your insurance company, there might not be a need for you to notify them when the terms in the policy agreement changed. The consequence of refusal to notify the insurance might be forfeiture indemnity and compensation if an accident occurs or reduction of the indemnity and compensation or lapses in the payment if indemnity and compensation.

Therefore to avoid the consequences stated above, whenever there is a change in the policy information notify your insurance company immediately.

You can purchase the same auto insurance from two different insurance companies without terminating the initial insurance with the first company but when an accident occurs, the agreement in your car insurance policy will applied, and this may mean that both companies pay half is the cost for the accident each.

Another important thing to note regarding auto insurance is the deductibles which are based on the agreement in the auto insurance policy. Deductibles are deducted only once in cases of an insurance event involving both third party liability and damages under the comprehensive auto insurance.

No deductible will apply in situations such as:

1. Damages from a known liable tortfeasor

2. Damages from fire, explosion, lightening or theft

3. Damages from items falling on the car.

Furthermore, there will be additional deductible if there is driving damage to the car by another person other than the policyholder, or any registered user of the three car under the auto insurance policy.

There are certain accidents which your auto insurance policy may not cover. Under the liability insurance, your auto inside policy does not cover;

1. Injury to the driver

2. Damage from the carriage of goods by road under the acts of contract

3. Damage to attached vehicle

4. Damage which occurred at the time the vehicle was rented out unless it can be proved that the damage is as a result of occurrence which is in accordance with the auto insurance policy

5. Damage to items belonging to the driver, policyholder, anyone stated in the auto insurance policy it a regular user.

The following accidents are not covered by the comprehensive auto insurance:

1. Damage resulting from weather conditions

2. Damage car parts during repairs unless it can be proved the damage had occurred during the driving or by fire

3. Damage in the electrician and mechanical parts the vehicle, unless it can be proved the damage occurred in accordance with the auto insurance policy

4. Damage resulting from reckless driving i.e. Overheating or no change of oil

5. Damage which occurred while the car was rented out

6. Damage which occurred from intoxication of the driver

7. Damage caused intentionally by grid negligence

8. Loss of the car due to seizure of the car by law enforcement authority

9. Damage under warranty and guarantee

10. Damage from usage of the car such as wear and tear, scratches on the car body and so on.

Duration of the auto insurance policy is based on the agreement between you and the insurance company. Most auto insurance agreement are annual and are renewed yearly unless it’s canceled in writing by the policyholder or the insurance company with a month’s notice.

Major Factors That Affect Insurance Premium

1. DMV Records:

Ticket history and past involvement in accidents are major elements. Annual mileage also helps determine the likelihood of road accidents. The logical explanation is that the more time a car spends on the road increases the risk of incidents and the other way around. Clean records with no violation and incident-free experience indicate that the policyholder is a low-risk driver who deserves affordable premium.

2. Car Model:

The cost to repair and replace policyholder’s car in case of accident comes into play as well. Insurance Information Institute suggests that the likelihood of theft is also an important factor. For example, a brand new Lamborghini which costs more than $200,000 demands more expensive financial protection than a $20,000 Toyota. Replacement parts for the former are nowhere near affordable range, so insurance company needs to ask for a higher premium. Criminals tend to target more expensive car, too.

3. Age, Address, and Occupation:

Auto insurance companies look for relevant personal information about the driver to make the quote. Young or teenage drivers have very little experience on the road, while senior drivers have a visual impairment; both of them show signs of higher risk. At the same time, a neighborhood where crime rate is quite high relates to the likelihood of theft and vandalism. Some insurers relate occupations with the possibility of accidents. Stressful jobs such as public relation officers and real estate agents can be the factors that increase premium rate.

4. Credit Score:

Many insurers still use applicants’ credit score information to determine approval and price. A person with bad credit score tends to lapse payment due to financial difficulties. Because carrier needs assurance, the policyholder must pay more to cover the possibility of skipping payment.

5. Coverage:

In addition to states’ minimum liability requirements, there are optional coverage options. Every auto insurance company has different prices for optional purchases such as Collision, Comprehensive, Rental Reimbursement, and Roadside Assistant. Policyholders can choose not to buy them to lower premium.

Age is the only personal factor that is impossible to control. Address and occupations are not ones that policyholders can change as they like either. DMV records and credit score are always open for improvement, and at some points, they can help to save money on auto insurance. When a vehicle comes to owners through lease or finance company, the optional coverage of collision and comprehensive often become mandatory. However, higher deductible allows for more affordable premium, hence manageable expense. It is worth to compare premium prices from multiple providers and consult an independent to get the best price for the most appropriate and complete financial protection.

How to Get More Affordable Insurance

There is no way to change age, and it is almost impossible to change address and occupations in an instant. In the auto insurance industry, cheaper is not always better, but it does not hurt to shop around and find the best deal available. Companies change prices all the time to attract potential customers; policyholders can do a little comparison before every renewal and switch in case the price difference is profound that it is worth the hassle to file a new application. Apart from that, there are some other effective methods to lower insurance premium at ease. Sometimes policyholders must consider all the options and make changes to habits/style to get the best deal.

PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) Insurance

This is like a reward program that gives benefits only to safe or low-risk drivers. As soon as the insurance policy takes effect, the insurer monitors car usage such as mileage, average speed, sudden braking, and overall obedience to traffic laws. Drivers who demonstrate improvements over the last policy period deserve discounts for the next renewal. A teenager or first-time policyholder should pay more for premiums because the lack of experience, but PAYG gives the chance for them to showcase their low-risk behavior on the road to get the benefit.

Premium can change in every renewal, which means it can become higher when drivers receive traffic tickets for any reason. Some insurers that offer PAYG require policyholders to install tracker device so the company can monitor the vehicle at all times. For policyholders, such methods can be too intrusive to privacy. In California, tracker device only monitors mileage but not how policyholders drive their cars.

Defensive Driver

It never hurts to practice defensive-drive attitude on the roads. Drive safe and avoid involvement in accidents or traffic violations. There is no need to go faster than the speed limit or ignore the red light. Claim-free history often comes with premium price reduction. Also, safe, calm drive habit helps with fuel economy.

Low Cost of Ownership

Cost of ownership is different from the price of car. After the purchase price, owner has to calculate depreciation, interests (if the car comes from a lease or finance company), taxes, maintenance, and insurance premium. A vehicle with lower cost of ownership comes with lower premium as well. The best thing to do is to consult an insurer’s representative about how car choice affects coverage price because this gives the chance to manage expense for many months to come. An independent agent will be glad to provide assistance in the calculation.

A Step-By-Step Reduction of Your Car Insurance Premium

That is why we wait for the sale season, use discount coupons or shop online – all in an effort to bring down our expenses. What about our car insurance premium? Is there a way to bring it down too?

We care about it. That’s we’ve made this step-by-step guide on reducing car insurance premium.

Car Insurance Premium – Saving VS Coverage

Your car insurance premium is always a considerable sum no matter how cheap your car was in terms of its cost. Being a mandatory requirement (the Motor Vehicles Act mandates a car insurance cover), the cost is unavoidable.

Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we part with our money when buying or renewing our car insurance plan.

It is possible to customize the premium amount of your car insurance policy to some extent. The idea is to not miss out on future coverage in the race of reducing premium costs for the present.

Step 1 – Determine the optimal Insured Declared Value (IDV) of your car.

The IDV of your car is in effect the maximum Sum Assured of your car insurance plan. It is the amount (calculated as the car’s market price minus the depreciation) which is payable to you if your car is stolen or your car is damaged beyond repairs.

As is obvious, the premium rate is determined on the quoted IDV. The IDV varies across insurers and so does the premium rate. The option to select the IDV is solely on you. This chosen IDV should be optimal. Too high and you unnecessarily pay a higher premium, too low and you get a small claim. A balance must be reached and an optimal level of IDV should be selected.

For selecting the optimal IDV, you can deduct the depreciation rates standardized by IRDA from the car’s market price.

Vehicle’s age Rate of depreciation

Less than 6 months 5%

6 months to 1 year 15%

1-2 years 20%

2-3 years 30%

3-4 years 40%

4-5 years 50%

Assess your IDV as per your car’s age and settle on the optimal level.

Step 2 – Consider the coverage available.

Once you have identified the IDV, look at the coverage provided by various plans. Usually a comprehensive policy has two coverage parts – third party cover and own damage cover. Also, there might be riders available which allow you to customize your plan and enhance the coverage. Special consideration should be given to such riders as adding them would increase the premium incidence.

Riders should be chosen based on your requirements. For instance, a zero depreciation cover works wonders for newer cars while an engine protect rider is helpful if monsoons causes water-logging problems in your locality and endangers your car’s engine. Cut down the frills but opt for riders which pertain to your requirement and you can substantially lower the premium.

Step 3 – Assess the optimal premium based on the cover.

The premium for a third party cover is fixed by the IRDA. It is the own damage premium which varies across insurers and is fixed on the IDV of the car. Riders too increase the premium. So, compare the different premium quotes on two parameters – the computed IDV and any additional rider benefits.

Step 4 – Utilize policy discounts and accumulated No Claim Bonus (NCB).

If you are transferring your insurance plan to a new car or renewing your car insurance plan, you can reduce your premium if you have any accumulated NCB in your previous policy. NCB is allowed if the policyholder does not make any claims in the last year. This NCB lowers the premium.

For those who are buying a new car insurance plan, there might be discounts in a policy which should be explored for reducing the premium.

Step 5 – Portability

Blindly sticking to one insurance policy when other plans are offering a lower premium for the same level of coverage is foolish. You should constantly review your car insurance plan on each renewal and if a cheaper substitute is found you should port your policy and enjoy lower premiums.

Following these steps would definitely result in a much lower premium than you were originally charged. This little nugget of wisdom is, therefore, sure to make your pockets and consequently you happy.

Guide To Van Insurance Policies

The law requires that you be insured as a van driver. This is to ensure that you are fully protected when you injure another person or damage another person’s property. You are supposed to have an insurance policy in place unless you are registered as off road.

Types of van insurance policies

There are plenty of insurance policies that you can choose from. The most common ones are:

Third party only (TPO):┬áThis is the minimum level of insurance cover that you need into drive legally on the road. The insurance company pays for the damages caused on others but it won’t pay for your losses. This means that you are liable for the repair costs of your van in the event of an accident or theft. Due to the simple nature of this insurance, it’s cheap.

Third-party, fire and theft: This policy covers you in the event of an accident that came about as a result of your fault. In addition to covering you, the policy will also cover the damage caused to another vehicle, property and if people were injured in the process, the policy pays for the people’s medical treatment. This policy also covers you from theft. When your vehicle is stolen it’s good to note that you will have to pay the excess. This is usually the first amount of claim that you are placing.

Fully comprehensive: It’s the most extensive insurance cover. It provides you with protection against damage to your van, your property, and even to yourself even if the accident was your fault. The cover will provide you with protection against loss of personal effects, damage to your vehicle, medical expenses, and even breaking of the windscreen. You should note that the policy doesn’t cover you in the event your van breaks down. If you want to be protected you have to get a separate van breakdown cover policy.

Getting the van insurance cover

Different companies sell their policies at different amounts. It’s up to you to research and find a company that will sell you insurance cover at a favorable amount. You should visit different companies and collect quotes. When the companies are determining the amount that they will charge you they consider a number of factors such as: your claims history, occupation, use of the vehicle, and security.

Just like when you are getting other car insurance policies, there are a number of things that you can do to lower your premium. Some of the things that you can do include:

Secure your van: As you have seen, one of the factors used to determine your premium is the security of your vehicle. To pay a lower premium you should install security features in your vehicle thus making it difficult for people to break in or steal your vehicle. Some of the things that you can do include: installing an immobilizer, tracker or an alarm.

Buy a small van: The engine size and the physical size of the van are of big impact. Big vans are said to cause more damage in the event of accidents thus attract a higher premium. If you don’t need a powerful machine, go with a smaller van and pay a lower insurance premium.