You can choose from a wide variety of coverage, but there are five main types of insurance: liability, collision, comprehensive, uninsured/underinsured, and medical. You’ll need to check your state requirements to see which types of insurance you’re legally required to have.
When you’re at fault in an accident, liability insurance covers the costs of the other parties’ medical bills and damages. Other parties include anyone who was involved in the crash, such as pedestrians or the drivers and passengers in other vehicles. Most states require liability insurance.
This insurance may be required when you’re leasing or financing a vehicle. It covers damages to the vehicle caused during an accident.
If you’re leasing or financing a vehicle, this coverage is often required. It covers damages to your vehicle caused by something other than a crash, such as weather or fire damage, vandalism, or theft.
Uninsured and Underinsured Motorist Coverage
Depending on what state you’re in, this insurance is often a legal requirement. If the driver at fault has no insurance or insufficient insurance, this coverage pays your and your passenger’s medical bills. It also covers property damage.
This insurance pays your medical bills, no matter who is at fault. It’s not required, and you may find that it’s not necessary if you have great health insurance!
Personal Injury Protection
Also known as PIP or no-fault insurance, this coverage is required in no-fault states. If you’re injured in a crash, it covers medical bills and lost wages, no matter who was at fault.
GAP insurance, or guaranteed asset protection insurance, steps in after you total your car. It pays the difference between what your car is worth and the balance on your loan. For example, if your insurance determines your totaled car is worth a $10,000 payout, but you still owe your lender $15,000, GAP insurance can cover that extra $5,000.
There are still more types of insurance you can add. For example, forgiveness coverage can protect you from an insurance hike if you’re found to be at fault in an accident. Glass coverage will help you cover the cost of a cracked window. Choose the extra coverage plans that suit your needs.