Car Insurance: A Helpful Guide
Anyone who owns a car must invest in at least minimal car insurance to avoid potentially severe consequences. But getting your insurance and then dealing with everything involved with it is not always easy. Since vehicle insurance is unavoidable if you want to stay safe on South African roads, it is best if you know as much about it as you can. The following information shares some helpful hints that you may need when you are shopping for car insurance.
First of all, you need to do some research on the insurance companies in your area. You can look online to see what others say about the company, ask your friends or check with the insurance authority in your province. It may be easy just to pick a company and use that one, but insurance is important and it is important you go with a trustworthy company.
Next, it is important to know a few key terms when it comes to insurance policies. The minimal cover you need is Third Party Only insurance. This will cover anything that you do to another vehicle or someone else or their property. Uninsured coverage will pay for any damages caused to you by someone who does not have insurance. Third Party (Fire & Theft) insurance pays for any damage that is caused and deemed to be your fault. Comprehensive cover is for anything that happens to your car, including damage that is not the result of a collision. This includes fire, theft, vandalism, wind or anything else not related to an accident. Going into the insurance agent’s office with knowledge will be quite helpful and will make it so much easier for you to make your decision.
The excess amount is another thing that you need to consider. This is the amount you will be responsible for and then the insurance company will pay for the rest. Whether it is medical charges, property damage costs or repairs that need to be done to your vehicle, the excess amount is something that you need to take into consideration. The lower your excess amount, though, the more you will pay for your insurance policy. If you have plenty of ready cash, you may consider going with a higher excess amount, that way you will pay less on your insurance policy.
Look into discounts that may be available to you. If you have homeowners or rental insurance, talk to your insurance agent as you can often get a bundle deal if you have more than one insurance policy with the same company. You may also be able to get a discount if you have a safe driving record, work at a particular company, or belong to a certain bank or have other special circumstances. Always ask your agent about the available discounts and you may be able to save some money on your insurance policy.
Shopping for vehicle insurance is not always easy, but if you own a car it is something that you must do. Use the information shared here in this article and you should have a much easier time getting the insurance you need for your vehicle.