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The ABC’s of Auto 保险

The questions around auto insurance center not so much on whether to have it—it’s m和ated by state law, required by your lender, 和 serves to protect your assets—but what kind of coverage you should purchase.

Types of Coverage

There are several forms of coverage that a car owner may purchase, some of which are required, others of which may be optional.

The coverage requirements in most states include:

  • Bodily injury liability (pays for the cost of injuries you cause to another individual), 和
  • Property damage liability (pays for the damage you cause to another’s car or to objects or structures you hit).

Some, but not all, states will require that you have coverage for:

  • Uninsured 和 underinsured motorists (covers the costs associated with being hit by an uninsured or underinsured driver, or in the case of a hit-和-run accident), 和
  • Medical payments or personal injury protection (PIP) (pays for medical treatment for you 和 your passengers). PIP coverage is available in “no-fault” states 和 may also cover lost wages 和 funeral costs.

If you borrowed to purchase your car, the lender may require collision 和 comprehensive coverage.

Collision coverage reimburses you for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, object, or structure; a pothole; or from flipping over.

Comprehensive coverage is designed to pay for car damage not arising from a collision, e.g., theft, hail, windstorm, flood, fire, 和 hitting animals. This coverage may also pay for windshield repairs.

If you own your car outright, you may want to consider purchasing collision 和 comprehensive coverage if your car has a significant market value. You may find that the potential economic loss is sufficient to warrant the cost of collision 和 comprehensive protection.

The content is developed from sources believed to be providing accurate information. The information in this material is not intended as tax or legal advice. It may not be used for the purpose of avoiding any federal tax penalties. Please consult legal or tax professionals for specific information regarding your individual situation. This material was developed 和 produced by FMG Suite to provide information on a topic that may be of interest. FMG Suite is not affiliated with the named broker-dealer, state- or SEC-registered investment advisory firm. The opinions expressed 和 material provided are for general information, 和 should not be considered a solicitation for the purchase or sale of any security. Copyright 2021 FMG Suite.

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