You love the convenience and freedom of owning a car, but you bridle a bit when it comes to insuring it.
So, you go the cheap route.
But the problem with “cheap” is that it’s rarely of the quality you need to cover yourself adequately against all the potential hazards and pitfalls car ownership and driving can expose you to. But the hidden costs of cheap car insurance can come back to haunt you in a very big way.
Let’s examine why that’s the case and rummage through the fine print of nonstandard policies to see why they’re just not worth it.
You won’t like this one!
While an insurer will check your driving record once a year or every other year, cheap policies may check every six months.
If you have moving violations on your driving record, this triggers vigilance on the part of those insurers offering a cheap fix. They’ll lie in wait until they find something and then your premiums will go up.
No more cheap policy.
Fender benders and other accidents can lead to lawsuits. Don’t count on your cheap, nonstandard policy covering you if you’re found to be at fault in court.
In many cases, you’ll be on the hook to pay punitive damages. And that’s not cheap.
Need repairs? Look out
Anyone who owns a car knows that repairs aren’t cheap. If your car sustains a ding in the parking lot or in a collision, a cheap policy factor in depreciation as part of its payout.
That means you’re only paid out for a portion of the cost of repairs. The market value of your car is used to calculate reimbursement, meaning you bear a substantial chunk of the expenses.
If you’re not the only person who uses your car, a cheap policy may work against you. While not all nonstandard policies are alike, reading the fine print in this regard is a must before signing on the dotted line.
Teenage drivers may be excluded, especially if they’ve got a moving violation on their record. You may not even be able to lend your car to relatives and friends if “permissive” drivers (people you allow to borrow your car) are excluded. Some common exclusions are drivers under the age of 25 or 21.
While there’s quite a lot of variance involved in nonstandard car insurance policies, the common thread is limiting your coverage in multiple ways that can wind up costing you more money. Policies like these also restrain decision-making about who can use your car.
A standard car insurance policy with Abco takes care of everything. We get quotes from more than 10 insurers in the market to ensure you get the best coverage at the best price possible.
Abco Insurance Agency
At Abco, we’ve been creating solid car insurance policies for drivers like you since 1979. With accessible pricing and comprehensive coverage, you get certainty about where you stand, with no secrets in the fine print to trip you up later.