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Auto Insurance Coverages Explained
An auto insurance policy actually consists of several different coverages. Required in most states, it is something all drivers must posses.

Liability Insurance
This coverage is the basis of all auto insurance policies, and the minimum required in most states. If you're found at fault in an accident, liability insurance pays for the injury and property damage expenses of the third party involved in the accident. Property damage pays for the replacement or repair of anything that was damaged. Bodily injury expenses cover lost wages and medical bills. If you cause a major accident, your current or potential coverage may not cover you sufficiently. It is a safe bet to buy more than the minimum required by your state.

Collision
If you're found at fault in an accident, collision coverage will cover expenses needed to repair your vehicle. Collision coverage is usually the most expensive component of an auto insurance policy, although it isn't required. Insurance companies might proclaim your car a “total loss” if the repairs exceed the market value of the car. When this occurs, the insurance company will pay you the actual cash value, minus the deductable. From there your car is off to an auction where it will be sold for parts or scrap.

Replacement Cost
The amount required to replace your car or repair damages without considering depreciation.

Depreciation
Decrease in value because of age/wear on vehicle.

Actual Cash Value (ACV)
The value of your car when it is damaged or destroyed. Insurance companies figure the ACV by subtracting the depreciation from the replacement cost.

Tip
In most cases, it’s better to choose replacement cost coverage. Although higher in price, the protection may be worth it.

Comprehensive
Comprehensive coverage will pay for damages to your vehicle that were not caused by an accident. This includes fire, vandalism, theft, natural disaster, and even animals. Depending on the damage, the insurance company will pay the cars worth right before the incident. This is also optional coverage.

Auto Insurance Articles
Auto Insurance Explained
Learn about auto insurance policies and the different coverages that are optional and those required by state law.
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Motorcycle Insurance
Special tips on motorcycle insurance to save money and lower your premiums.
"The first step in purchasing motorcycle insurance is to contact your agent or broker with whom you currently have auto or home insurance..."
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The 13 Steps if an Accident Happens
Important life saving information if and when an accident occurs. Be prepared with these tips and know what to do in case an accident happens.
"Unfortunately, bad things do happen, no matter how careful we are. Think through these 13 steps now. If a car accident happens, you'll know what to do..."
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RV Insurance
Learn about why special protection and coverage may be needed for RV insurance.
"Many RV enthusiasts opt to use their ordinary automobile insurance company to provide insurance for their recreational vehicle. In many cases, this does not provide sufficient coverage..."
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Filing an Insurance Claim
Learn about what to do before and after you file an insurance claim.
"Before You File a Claim be sure you know the answers to these questions before you have to file a claim..."
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Watercraft Insurance
Is your watercraft covered through your homeowners policy? Find out why special coverage is needed to protect yourself and your watercraft.
"If you're an avid watercraft enthusiast with some nice toys in your garage, you might want to check into watercraft insurance. Don't assume that your craft is covered under homeowners insurance, because in most cases, they aren't..."
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