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Does car insurance cover theft?
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You can customize your policy with Comprehensive Coverage for an extra layer of protection from things besides a collision, including theft. If you lease or finance your car, this coverage may be required.
What is collision insurance?
Coverage for damage to your car caused by hitting another car or object (like a tree or fence). This is an optional coverage in most states, meaning you can choose to add it to your policy.
Do I need collision insurance?
If you don't have it, you could be on the hook for paying for repairs completely out-of-pocket. If your car is new or has good value (or you just don't want a hefty repair bill), collision coverage is probably right for you. Keep in mind, you might be required to have collision insurance if you finance or lease your car.
Understand your auto insurance coverage options
Most car insurance companies tell you what they cover, but how does car insurance coverage work if you need to use it? We’ve broken down some common coverages to help make sense of it all.
What kind of car insurance does my state require?
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Common questions about car insurance
Because car insurance rates depend on so many factors (age, where you live, driving history), they will always vary from person to person.
It’s best to understand what cost looks like for you by getting a quote you can customize.All car insurance companies will take your personal details into account (all those things that affect your rate) when you get car insurance quotes, but most won’t help you understand what's right for you - which can be just as important when it comes to price. That’s the difference with Liberty Mutual. We help you only pay for what you need and nothing you don’t.
If you research average cost, keep in mind you’re seeing an average for the whole country, which includes the most expensive states, the least expensive states, and all kinds of drivers with different driving history. With so much variation, the help these numbers can provide might be limited, but they can give you a starting point.
Also, keep in mind the cheapest car insurance isn’t always the best, so read the coverage details carefully. A super low price now could mean a sky high price later if you’re in an accident.
It can seem like there’s no rhyme or reason as to why your insurance rate is what it is, but there are several factors that help determine your coverage and price.
The basics:Your ageStatistics tell us that certain age groups are less likely to have good driving behavior, and are therefore a higher risk to insure.Where you liveFrom environmental factors to the number of cars on the road, where you live indicates a lot about what kind of risks you’re more likely to encounter. Even varying regional repair and medical costs determine this aspect of your rate.The kind of car you driveThe age, condition, and safety features your car has all contribute to what determines your rate.Your driving historyAs you might guess, a good driving record can mean a better rate on your policy, whereas a history of accidents or other violations can mean a higher risk to insure.A few universal things that contribute to rate increases:
- A notable spike in distracted driving incidents
- Higher medical & auto repair costs
- More drivers on the road
- Look at similar policiesWhen comparing car insurance quotes, it helps to compare apples to apples; in other words, you want to be sure that the quotes you get are for identical - or at least very similar - auto insurance policies. Once you have a better idea of the type of coverage you’re looking for in a policy, this will be easy. To better understand coverage types, browse our car insurance coverages.Know what policy features are includedLiberty Mutual lists all coverages and features in our policies. This helps you understand exactly what's included in your quote, and which items may have an additional cost, such as towing or car rental coverages. When you compare car insurance, make sure you're getting the coverage you need and the features you want.Comparing similar coverage, limits, and deductible amountsPut simply: More coverage + lower deductible = higher premiumLess coverage + higher deductible = lower premiumAlso, be sure you're comparing the same coverage period, usually a 6-month or 12-month term.
We hate jargon as much as you do, which is why we’ve broken down the most common terms you’ll want to understand when comparing, purchasing, and using car insurance.DeductibleThe initial amount you are responsible for before coverage kicks in. In most cases, this amount is simply deducted from your payout after a claim. For example, if your deductible is $500 and you have a $2,000 claim, you will receive $1,500.PremiumThe total amount that you pay for an insurance policy.LiabilityWhat you’re responsible for in the event of an accident.Limit of liabilityThe maximum amount an insurance company can pay for coverage according to your policyAdditional living expensesAny necessary expenses you incur while you're unable to be in your home due to a covered loss.
2019 insurance filing data suggests that the cost of teen car insurance can range significantly across providers and drivers. One thing is more certain though, because new drivers are inherently riskier, you can anticipate that your price might go up. The good news? There are a number of discounts that can help you save on teen car insurance from Liberty Mutual, such as:
It’s because of the higher risk associated with teen drivers that it’s especially important to have quality coverage that protects your teen. If you’re seeing prices that look too good to be true, they probably are. A cheap quote may look tempting at first but will likely look less appealing once you dig into the coverage details and deductible.More resources on adding a new teen driver
- Good Student Discount
- Student-Away-at-School Discount
- Advanced Safety Features Discount