Car Insurance through Advantage Cornerstone Insurance

Many drivers only think about car insurance after an accident, leaving them financially vulnerable. This guide will help you understand the different coverage options and how to get the most for your money, ensuring you’re protected on the road.

Types of Coverage:

  • Liability Insurance: This covers injuries and property damage you cause to others in an accident, including medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs. It’s required in most states to drive legally.
  • Collision Insurance: This pays to repair your car if you hit something; like another car, a tree, or a pothole. This coverage is often required if you have a loan because the lender technically owns the car until it’s paid off.
  • Comprehensive Insurance: This covers damage to your car from events other than collisions. Theft, vandalism, fire, weather events (like hail or flooding), and even animal collisions. Consider dropping this coverage for older cars with a low value, as the cost of the coverage might outweigh the benefit. We can help you determine if costs outweigh benefits!

Additional Coverage:

  • Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Coverage: This protects you and your passengers if the driver who caused the accident doesn’t have enough insurance to cover all the damages, or if they are completely uninsured. This coverage can help pay for your medical bills, lost wages, and car repairs.
  • Medical Payments Coverage (also known as MedPay): This covers medical bills for you and your passengers, regardless of who is at fault in the accident. This can be helpful if you have a high deductible on your health insurance or if you don’t have health insurance at all.
  • Gap Insurance: This covers the difference between the actual cash value of your car (what it’s worth at the time of an accident) and the amount you still owe. This is especially important for new cars that depreciate quickly, where the loan amount might be more than the car’s actual value.

Factors Affecting Rates:

  • Deductible: This is the amount of money you pay out of pocket before your insurance kicks in. The higher your deductible, the lower your monthly premium will be. However, choose a deductible you can comfortably afford to pay in case of an accident.
  • Age, Gender, Location: Generally, younger drivers, men, and people who live in cities pay more for car insurance due to statistically higher accident rates in these groups.
  • Claims History and Driving Record: Drivers who have filed frequent insurance claims or have multiple traffic violations typically pay higher premiums.
  • Car Choice and Driving Habits: Sports cars, expensive cars, and vehicles driven frequently (especially for work commutes) come with higher insurance costs due to the perceived higher risk.
  • Safety Features and Discounts: Cars equipped with anti-theft systems, airbags, and anti-lock brakes can qualify you for discounts. Additionally, maintaining a good credit score and taking defensive driving courses can also lead to lower premiums.

Saving Money:

  • Compare rates: We can help you compare rates from different insurance companies before buying a policy.
  • Avoid coverage gaps. Even a short lapse in coverage can result in higher premiums when you re-insure.
  • Claim all your discounts. Be sure to ask your insurance company about available discounts and make sure you’re receiving all the ones you qualify for.

Remember: Don’t skimp on essential coverage, but don’t overpay either. By understanding your options, comparing quotes, and making informed decisions, you can find the right balance between price and protection. With the right car insurance, you can be confident on the road!


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