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Insurance Coverage for the Oldies but Goodies

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Research Last Updated: 06/29/2016

Classic and antique cars can qualify for different insurance than regular everyday vehicles.

Older cars come in many different conditions. Some owners restore them to better-than-new condition and others look like they need to be stored in a Ziploc bag so they don’t lose anymore parts when they fall off. Other old cars fall in-between the two categories and are just there. The condition of your vehicle will determine exactly what type of insurance is best for you.

Classic Car and Antique Insurance Coverage

Classic cars actually have a special old car insurance of their own. This is due to the age and that some of these cars have been modified or restored to conditions that are better than when they were new. Most classic cars insurance coverages are on a stated value. A stated value is when the owner tells the insurance company the value of the car rather than the insurance company telling the owner.

There are also restrictions placed by the insurance company as to the use and the storage of the vehicle by the owner. If the owner does not comply they no longer qualify for this special category of old car insurance. They will instead have to get insurance coverage for their classic car under a normal car insurance policy which may not protect their car as well as the special classic old car insurance.

Insurance Coverage for Old, But Not Classic or Antique

Insurance coverage for those cars that are not classics, but aren’t junkers yet either depends on you and your financial situation. If your older model car is in good shape and is still retaining a good value, you may want to consider keeping comprehensive and collision coverage on it. There is no reason to go without this coverage if it will benefit you in the event of an accident.

However, keep in mind that your car insurance company is only going to pay out so much on your old car insurance. If the amount that you are paying exceeds the amount that they would pay out if your vehicle was a total loss, drop the comprehensive and collision coverage from your old car insurance. Just like with the junker, put that money in a bank account. Only use this money when you need to pay for damage to your old car or need to buy a new car.

There is just no reason to keep handing the insurance company money for old car insurance if you would be better off financially with paying for any damages yourself.

Your Car Insurance Policy Contract

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Research Last Updated: 04/30/2016

Your car insurance policy package broken down into easy to understand sections.

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Breaking down your car insurance policy package.

Opening that huge package from an insurance company that is your new car insurance policy leaves most of us so overwhelmed that we just pull out the insurance cards then slide the rest back in the envelope and quietly file it away. Well, filed away until we actually need it after an accident to see if we have coverage. Even then because it is a legal document it can still leave us scratching our head.

So here is a quick an easy guide to help you navigate that daunting package a little easier.  Now keep in mind that every insurance company is different, so this is just a general guide.

Breaking Down the Car Insurance Policy

Every car insurance policy can be broken down into sections and understanding one section at a time can make it a lot easier to understand the policy as a whole. In general, car insurance policies all have the following:

  1. Declarations Page
  2. Insurance Statement
  3. Conditions
  4. Exclusions
  5. Definitions
  6. Endorsements

Declarations Page

The declarations page has all of your personal information, your specific coverages and also your billing information. You will actually get a new declarations page every time your insurance renews because the information will change at each renewal. However, this is the only part of the insurance policy that you will get at renewal as the rest of the policy package stays the same so there is no reason to send you the other parts again.

You will, however, get a full packet if there have been significant changes in any of the other parts of the insurance contract.

Insurance Statement

The insurance statement is exactly what it sounds like, it is a statement from the insurance company stating that through this contract they are agreeing to provide you insurance coverage.

Conditions

Specifically outlines what your responsibilities as the policyholder are and the responsibilities of the insurance company.  It can also include how to cancel your policy, billing options, and other legal obligatory information.

Exclusions

Defines in details what is NOT covered under your insurance policy. There is no gray area here, the insurance company is very specific about things they don’t cover.

Definitions

This is the insurance company’s version of their dictionary.  Everything term that could possibly be confusing is right here specifically defined for you.

Endorsements

Some insurance policies don’t have an endorsement section or there is nothing in it, this is only because there are no endorsements on the policy.  Endorsements are additional coverages that are not included in the basic policy but that the insurance company offers to add on for you. Those additional coverages and their details will be added here.

Yes, an insurance policy packet can be daunting, but it is in your best interest to understand exactly what you are paying for and to make sure you have the car insurance coverage you need in the event of a catastrophe.

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