I'm Buying a Cheap, Used Car. Do I Need to Insure It?
Purchasing a cheap, used car is a great idea for individuals who are on a budget and looking to save money. However, it is still mandatory that, in order to drive the vehicle on public roads in the United States of America, the vehicle needs to be insured by an auto insurance company. Some individuals may choose still to not insure their vehicles, even though the laws of their state mandate that they have current auto insurance coverage on their vehicle(s) in operation. These people may be subject to heavy fines and penalties for operating their vehicles without insurance coverage in the event that they are caught without insurance. There are a number of things for which a vehicle needs to be insured. It is not just a case of insuring the driver and the vehicle in the case of an accident damaging the vehicle.
If this were the case, many people would be able to get away without having insurance since, to this extent, as long as they stayed out of accidents that were their fault, drivers could avoid any damages that may occur. Unless one of these mishaps occurs or an individual is pulled over, it would not be likely that the issue of insurance would come to the attention of law enforcement. However, individuals that do choose to drive without being properly insured are taking a huge risk. In addition to vehicle accidents, there are a number of other problems for which an individual's insurance may be applicable. Vehicles can also be insured against theft, fire, accident damage and third party use.
Individuals do not need to insure their cars against all different types of damages or accidents. In general, individuals can choose between having comprehensive or liability insurance coverage. Deciding between which insurance coverage would be best for you as an individual can be more easily begun by first determining which type of auto insurance is affordable to you. Once you determine the insurance you need to have, you can begin to explore whether or not any additional coverage would be beneficial in your life. Liability coverage covers damage caused to other people. This can include not just their property, but their body as well. Medical liability helps to ensure that the cost of a person's medical costs and/or their death will be met. Comprehensive coverage extends to your own vehicle and the property of other people. Collision coverage ensures that your car and other vehicles involved in the collision are covered in the event that they are damaged and you are found to be the cause. Underinsured motorist property damage pays for the costs in the event that the liability insurance coverage had by the negligent driver is not enough.
Regardless of the type of insurance that an individuals chooses to have, the laws of the United States of America do require drivers to insure their vehicles prior to taking them out on the road. Individuals who do not insure their vehicles, or who allow their insurance to lapse, can bring problems down upon themselves if they are ever caught in a situation where they need to, but cannot, provide proof of insurance.
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