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Banks And Car Insurance Companies Secrets

Let’s say you’re involved in an accident and it’s serious enough that the car is considered a “total loss” by your Insurance Company. Or, maybe your vehicle gets stolen. A few weeks later, you get a check from your Insurance Company.

When you look at the amount, you’re shocked. It’s thousands less than what you owe on your car. How can that be, you ask?

Well, like most, your policy has this short clause buried somewhere in all that legalese –

“In the event of a total loss, the policy holder will receive the actual cash value of the vehicle, minus any deductible.”

Did you catch the 3, very important words in that clause? The three words are – “actual cash value.”

Actual Cash Value means you’re going to get a get a check for….

“What it’s worth” not “What you owe.”

Isn’t that a nasty little surprise.

And like most, you owe quite a bit more than what the car or truck is worth. What would you owe your Bank or Credit Union if your car was totaled today?

So, how do you avoid this situation?

Well, when you buy a new or used vehicle, add a “rider” to your policy or purchase a separate “rider.”

If you have Homeowners or Rental insurance, a “rider” might sound familiar. For a homeowner’s policy, if you own expensive items, like fine jewelry, you need to add a rider to your policy. The reason – Insurance Companies won’t cover those types of items as part of a regular insurance policy.

So, you pay an extra $5 or $6 a month to have those items fully covered by the rider.”

If anything ever happens to the jewelry, it gets replaced.

A rider for your car or truck is called GAP Insurance or GAP Protection. It’s just like the rider for your Home – except it’s only for cars, vans, trucks or suv’s.

It covers “What You Owe”, not “What its worth.”

It doesn’t matter what the reason is – if it’s ever totaled due to theft, fire, accident, flood, tornado, vandalism, hurricane, it’s covered – and paid-in-full!

You can protect yourself four different ways.

1. Put at least 20%-30% down on any new or used car purchase to erase any gap;
2. Purchase a “Rider” – AKA GAP Insurance from your Car Insurance Company or Bank;
3. Purchase Gap Insurance from another Insurance Company;
4. Buy Gap Insurance from the Dealership you’re buying at.

Any one of these options is great way to protect yourself. Whether you’re getting ready to purchase a new car or truck, or purchased a vehicle in the last 2 years or so, make sure the “gap” between what your vehicle is worth and what you owe is covered.


Use Car Insurance to Protect Your Assets

Car manufacturers, in order to solve these problems, put additional parts in cars to enhance their safety components. They put seatbelts and air bags to protect the driver and the passengers. They also make the body of cars durable enough to withstand collisions. Car manufacturers usually put every car through several tests to determine how it will react to collisions, before putting it in the market to insure its durability.

Even with these safety measures performed by car manufacturers, accidents still happen. Most accidents are caused by reckless driving and driving under the influence of alcoholic drinks. On the average, a motor vehicle crashes every 5 seconds, a person is injured in an accident every 11 seconds and a fatal injury occurs every 12 minutes. These statistics are convincing evidence of why car insurance is so necessary.

Drivers are not the only reason why accidents occur. Sometimes, the cars that drivers use can also be the major cause of an accident. Passenger cars and light trucks accounted for nearly 95% of the 11 million vehicles involved in motor vehicle crashes in 2004. Large trucks accounted for only 15 % of the vehicle accident. Regardless of the severity of the crashes, the majority of the accidents occurred during daylight, in normal weather conditions, while driving on a straight roadway. This pattern shows that no one can say that he/she is safe riding in any type of vehicle.

As stated, accidents do happen, but you can avoid them by following simple safety measure, include the wearing of seat belts and the following of simple traffic rules such as paying attention to speed limits and being cautious of your surroundings. Having car insurance is also advisable for your protection. This will serve as a protection for you and your family. It does not protect you physically in the same way that seat belts and air bags or helmets do, but it can protect you and your family financially.

Most countries like United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand make it compulsory for drivers to get their own coverage. In most countries in Asia, a driver cannot renew his license without getting covered.


Online Cheap Auto Insurance

If you prefer to look for cheap auto insurance from individual insurance companies search for “cheap auto insurance” at and you’ll find over 36 million results to choose from.

Millions of people search in the Internet everyday for cheap auto insurance. The insurance companies know this and every one of them claims to be the one to offer you the cheapest auto insurance. Buyer beware. There can be a huge difference in premium from one insurance company to another.

Things to look for when searching for cheap auto insurance:

Discounts available for a good driving record

Teen Driver Policy – Is it cheaper to have your teen driver on a policy designated to a specific car rather than the family car?

Multiple car discounts

Multiple policy discounts (auto, home, life)

Are senior discounts offered?

Are you covered when you drive someone elses car?

Will you be dropped from your insurance if you are involved in an accident?

Do they pay for a loaner if your vehicle is out of commission as a result of an accident?

What is the cost of 100% comprehensive coverage? – Things that happen to your vehicle other than being involved in an accident. ie. broken windshield.

Searching for cheap auto insurance is not an exact science. Some things will be more important to you than others based on your circumstances. Whatever your circumstances are, ask the questions based on your needs.

Tips to Find Auto Insurance for Your Son

Let’s face it. At this age, your teenager hasn’t had the experience necessary for insurance companies to consider them anything but a high risk. But there are a few things you can do to find good cheap insurance and help keep your premiums down.

Knowledge is power. And it’s our responsibility as parents to pass on this knowledge to our children.

Driver Safety

The first and most important thing you as a parent need to stress to your newly licensed teenager is the importance of safety. Lack of safety is the cause of too many unnecessary deaths in the United States and other countries every year.

If you can’t impart this information to them, send them to a driving school where they can learn from professionals. Most highschools offer their students a drivers education class.

Clean Driving Record

Your teenagers driving record will have a direct impact on the cost of your insurance premiums. With no violations or accidents, the premiums will decrease over time.

Type of Vehicle

If your teenager wants a 2 door red sport about, be prepared to pay a hefty increase in premiums. Cars with 2 doors are considered sports cars and stastics show us that red cars are involved in more accidents than any other color. Cheap auto insurance may not be an option for you with this choices.

Safety Features

Choose a vehicle that is rich in safety features and well built to help reduce your costs.


You can also reduce your rates by selecting a higher deductable. Generally the higher the deductable, the lower the monthly premium.


When you’re searching for cheap auto insurance and getting quotes from various companies, find out what discounts are available for things like, multiple car policies, drivers education credits, defensive driving coarses completed and clean driving records. The competition in the automobile insurance industry is fierce. Some companies are willing to offer bigger discounts than others.

Tips to Lowering Your Car Insurance Costs

1. Drive carefully. It may sound obvious but as insurance premiums are related to risk then your manner of driving is related to your insurance premiums. Safer driver equals lower premiums. It may not seem so at the time but those traffic violations or speeding fines reflect in your bill.

2. Have a look at other insurance policies you have with other companies. Many insurers offer discounts for combining all your family insurance with their company. Find out who they are and get a quote on all your policies combined.

3. Also note the differences in premiums you would be paying for the type of car you have. Different types of car attract different levels of premium because, in particular, different types of car are driven by different types of people, who may have different types of risk profile. Sports cars, for example, will usually show a higher rate of accidents than staid boring family cars.

4. Consider your deductible. This is the amount you pay first out of any claim, and the cost of your policy is directly related to the amount of your deductible. Higher deductible – lower premium. So consider carefully whether you could afford to pay a higher amount first from any accident and raise your deductible. If so, you will get lower premiums.

5. Safety and anti theft devices can reduce the insurance costs for a car. Talk to your insurance company and find out if there are any safety or anti theft devices that you can install to reduce your premium. Then consider installing them making sure that you notify your insurance company once you have done so. And why not ring up your company and make sure that they are aware of any safety and anti theft devices you already have, if they aren’t you may get a reduction.

6. Always look online for a competitive quote from other companies. Most of the major players and brokers are represented online and it is extremely competitive. Be sure to take advantage of this fact.

7. Don’t just pay your premium blindly without checking if you can do better. Car insurance rates vary all the time and so even if it was the best rate last year it may not be this year. Every year shop around to see if you can do better, you may be surprised.