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© 2005 Consumer Jungle Lesson Three: Insuring a New or Used Car
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Auto Insurance Based on Risk & Loss Why do you need it? –To financially protect yourself, others, and your car in the case of an accident. –State Law What well cover: –Types –Pricing & Discounts
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Types of Auto Insurance Liability Collision & Comprehensive Medical Payment, Personal Injury, and No-Fault Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist Rental, Towing, and GAP Coverage
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Liability Insurance Covers bodily injury or property damage that YOU cause to another person and/or vehicle. 100/300/50 $100,000 bodily injury coverage per person Limit of $300,000 bodily injury coverage per accident Property Damage Limit of $50,000
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Collision & Comprehensive Required if you finance your car Covers the cost to repair YOUR car if YOU are at fault in an accident. Dont need this insurance if the cost (premium & deductible) exceeds the value of the car. Comprehensive covers the costs to repair your vehicle for damage that might occur from: –Natural disasters –Vandalism –Theft –Fire –Animal hitting the vehicle (i.e. deer) –Falling Object –Glass Coverage
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Medical Payment, Personal Injury, and No-Fault Medical Payment covers YOU and YOUR passengers if you were at fault in an accident. Personal Injury covers lost wages if you cant work as the result of an accident. No-Fault allows policyholders to submit a claim to their insurance company for reimbursement, instead of waiting to see whos fault it is.
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Uninsured Motorist Covers YOU if someone injures you or damages your car and they either: –Are a hit-and-run driver –Dont have any insurance –Cause you injury/damages beyond their policy limits (Underinsured Motorist)
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Rental, Towing, and GAP Coverage Rental covers the cost of renting when your car is in the shop for a covered loss. Towing will pay for towing –Limits apply GAP Coverage will pay for the loan balance on your car if it is totaled and you owe more on it than it is worth.
© 2005 Consumer Jungle How Insurance is Priced Coverage as a % of Premium –40% - 50% of Premium: Liability –30% of Premium: Collision –12% of Premium: Comprehensive
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Good Student Discount Good grades correlate with good driving habits. > 3.0 for the most recent quarter (doesnt have to be cumulative GPA) 17 – 20% discount on insurance.
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Save on Insurance Choose a higher deductible and pay a lower monthly premium. –Try a $500 or $1,000 deductible. Choose a safe car –Sports or muscle cars with a low weight to high horsepower ratio cost more to insure. Take a Drivers Ed course Apply with good credit
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Your Parents Policy Cant own a car until you are 18 years old. Parents will be registered owners. On your parents policy youll get: –Long-term credits –Multiple-car discount –Multiple-policy discount
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Getting a Quote Give the insurance agent specific information to get a quote: VIN # is the best Year, make, model Features like anti-lock breaks and airbags will lower your insurance premium.
© 2005 Consumer Jungle Monitoring Driving Habits Event Data Recorders (EDRs) aka Black Boxes Parents can monitor their kids driving Connects to vehicles On- Board Diagnostics II port Records –Acceleration –Braking –Cornering Forces Sounds alarm to driver at preset limits. Information downloads to computers
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