Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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UPDATED: Sep 30, 2017

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Have you had enough of sacrificing to pay insurance each month? You are no different than most other vehicle owners. Vehicle owners have multiple car insurance companies to buy insurance from, and though it is a good thing to have a selection, it can be more difficult to compare rates and find the lowest cost insurance.

Consumers need to take a look at other company’s rates at least once a year since insurance prices fluctuate regularly. Just because you found the lowest rate for Z3 insurance six months ago you can probably find a lower rate today. Block out anything you think you know about insurance because you’re about to learn the only way to save on insurance.

The easiest way to compare policy rates utilizes the fact most of the bigger providers provide online access to give you rate quotes. The only thing you need to do is give the companies some data such as if it has an anti-theft system, driver details, how you use your vehicles, and the year, make and model of vehicles. That rating data gets transmitted to multiple top-rated companies and they provide comparison quotes immediately.

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Insurance agents can help

When it comes to buying the best insurance coverage coverage for your vehicles, there really is no perfect coverage plan. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so this has to be addressed. These are some specific questions can help discover if your situation would benefit from professional advice.

  • Is my camper covered by my car insurance policy?
  • When would I need additional glass coverage?
  • Do I pay less for low miles?
  • When can my company non-renew my policy?
  • Exactly who is provided coverage by my policy?
  • What is no-fault insurance?
  • Does my policy cover my teen driver if they drive my company car?

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Specifics of your car insurance policy

Knowing the specifics of car insurance can help you determine the best coverages at the best deductibles and correct limits. Policy terminology can be confusing and reading a policy is terribly boring. Shown next are typical coverages found on most car insurance policies.

Comprehensive car insurance

Comprehensive insurance coverage pays for damage that is not covered by collision coverage. You need to pay your deductible first and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for claims such as a broken windshield, fire damage, theft, hitting a bird and hitting a deer. The maximum payout you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider dropping full coverage.

Liability insurance

This coverage can cover damages or injuries you inflict on other people or property in an accident. It protects you against claims from other people, and does not provide coverage for your own vehicle damage or injuries.

Coverage consists of three different limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. Your policy might show limits of 50/100/50 that means you have $50,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, $100,000 for the entire accident, and a limit of $50,000 paid for damaged property. Occasionally you may see a combined single limit or CSL which combines the three limits into one amount rather than limiting it on a per person basis.

Liability can pay for claims like pain and suffering, structural damage, medical services and emergency aid. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is a personal decision, but consider buying as high a limit as you can afford.

Coverage for medical expenses

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance reimburse you for bills for dental work, ambulance fees, chiropractic care, prosthetic devices and rehabilitation expenses. They are often used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance plan or if you do not have health coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover you and your occupants and will also cover any family member struck as a pedestrian. Personal Injury Protection is not available in all states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers

Your UM/UIM coverage gives you protection from other drivers when they either have no liability insurance or not enough. Covered losses include injuries to you and your family and damage to your BMW Z3.

Since many drivers only purchase the least amount of liability that is required, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is important protection for you and your family. Most of the time the UM/UIM limits are similar to your liability insurance amounts.

Coverage for collisions

This will pay to fix damage to your Z3 from colliding with another car or object. You first must pay a deductible then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage protects against things such as hitting a mailbox, sideswiping another vehicle and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from lower value vehicles. You can also choose a higher deductible to bring the cost down.