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5 Car Insurance Myths That Every Driver Should Know

Most drivers think their auto insurance will cover them in an accident if they are current on their monthly premium. This is true in many cases, unless an uninsured driver hits their car – or a friend borrows the car and wrecks it. Auto insurance may not protect them from theft, either.

Without proper insurance coverage, these incidents could cost drivers a small fortune. According to estimates by the Insurance Research Council, more than 16 percent of drivers are uninsured, and state legal requirements are generally not enough to cover the entire cost of an accident. Here are five car insurance myths that every driver should know.

Myth 1: The State Requirement is All a Driver Needs
While the state requirement is all a driver legally needs, it will not cover the expenses for a serious accident. Getting by with the minimum requirement can be costly, especially for an accident that involves litigation.

Myth 2: The Driver is Responsible for an Accident
In most cases, the insurance follows the car no matter who is driving. If a driver has an accident in a borrowed car, the car’s owner must pay for the damages. If the insurance is not enough to cover the expenses, the responsibility goes to the driver involved in the accident.

Myth 3: All Insurance Policies Cover Uninsured Motorists
A basic insurance policy does not protect against uninsured motorists (UM); this coverage is an option. Moreover, drivers who have UM protection are only covered for physical injuries. Only collision insurance covers property damage caused by uninsured motorists.

Myth 4: All Insurance Policies Cover Natural Disasters and Theft
Unless a driver has comprehensive coverage, auto insurance will not pay for damages or loss due to natural disasters or theft. Most drivers do not have this optional policy, unless their car is financed by a creditor that requires it.

Myth 5: A Rental Car Requires Additional Coverage
Basic insurance policies already cover rental cars, so it is not necessary to buy additional insurance. For example, full coverage insurance on a personal car also applies to a rental if both are intended for personal use. Drivers who only carry liability insurance, however, are wise to buy additional coverage for rental cars.

Protection from loss is a crucial part of smart investing, including car insurance investments. Small monthly premiums protect assets (cars) as well as health in case of an accident. A Wilmington auto insurance representative can work with drivers to fully explain their plans and prevent overlapping coverage.