Can someone explain these automobile coverages? Part Two

Here we continue our brief discussion of typical coverages found in an auto policy. Be sure to see Part One of this topic.

Cars are expensive to buy and repair and their high cost is a strong incentive for protecting them. If you borrowed money to buy your car, the lender was likely to make certain that you carried comprehensive (increasingly referred to as "other than collision") and collision coverages to pay for any damage to the vehicle. Collision coverage

This covers damage to your own vehicle. The damage has to be the result of your vehicle running into (colliding with) another object, such as other vehicles, trees, light poles, mountains, etc. Comprehensive or Other Than Collision coverage

This also covers damage to your own vehicle. The damage has to be the result of a specific cause of loss. Although causes of loss may vary by policy, some common causes include fire, theft, hitting an animal, vandalism, earthquake, flood or hail.

Remember that both Collision and Other Than Collision coverages are subject to deductibles. A deductible is merely the initial dollar amount of a loss which is paid by you, the policy owner. Personal Injury Protection or Medical Expense

This coverage, the available financial limits, and the exact details of how such coverage operates vary by state. The coverage typically handles medical expenses for injuries to you, your passengers or people who are "around" you. It is usually a "per person" limit. It may also cover you and members of your household if you, as a pedestrian or while riding a bicycle, are struck by an automobile. Towing and Labor coverage

This coverage is to help pay for your costs to deal with a disabled car. It could help pay for the car to be towed to a service station or for any repair that occurs at the location of the car's breakdown. Again, this coverage is for labor and not the cost of any necessary parts. Typically the available coverage amount is minimal (often between $25-$75). Rental reimbursement

This coverage reimburses you for the expense of renting a car as a temporary replacement. The car being replaced must be an insured car that's unavailable for use because of that car being damaged or destroyed due to a covered cause of loss. Coverage is also available if use of the insured car is lost because of it being repaired or serviced.

Remember the above information only touches upon some typical auto insurance issues. It's always wise to contact your agent and discuss your coverage questions and needs in detail. If you missed it, please see Part One of this topic which discusses other, typical auto policy coverages.


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