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Guide to Auto Insurance Quotes

Shopping for auto insurance quotes online is extremely time and cost effective, assuming you know what you are looking for. When doing anything online, it is important to watch out for scams. Here are some tips for how to get reputable car insurance.

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Auto Insurance Quotes:
What is Basic and Standard Coverage? »

Auto Insurance Quotes: What is Basic and Standard Coverage?

There are many different options to consider when shopping for auto insurance quotes.
Coverage can fall under basic or standard categories, but what you pick is up to you. Keep reading to find out the differences.

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How Does your Sex and Age Affect your Auto Insurance Quotes? »

How Does your Sex and Age Affect your Auto Insurance Quotes?

There are many factors that go into your auto insurance quote premium. Age and sex are two that you unfortunately can't control. Keep reading to learn why these two factors affect your auto insurance rates.

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Auto Insurance Quotes for Gap Protection

The insurance industry is always seeking creative new ways to offer insurance to its customers in order to protect their property, lifestyle, and investments. Gap Insurance for automobiles is one of the better investments to consider when investigating auto insurance quotes for a newly purchased or leased vehicle.

Gap Insurance covers the ‘gap’ that often exists between the official book value of a car involved in an accident or theft and the amount still owed on the vehicle to a dealer or bank on financing or a lease. It’s well known that cars begin depreciating the moment they are driven off the dealer’s lot, as wear-and-tear and the risk of dents, scratches, and mechanical failure go up with each passing day. As a result even very new cars are often valued at quite a bit less than what’s owed on them. When the car is involved in an accident or is stolen, the insurance adjuster is bound by tables of values that have been calculated for the model and make of vehicles. Often owners are shocked to be offered compensation on the car that is quite a bit lower than what they owe on a car loan or lease agreement. The dealer or bank is not concerned with your losses; despite having damage to the car or having lost the car completely, the money is still owed as agreed.

Sometimes, Gap Insurance is mandatory when taking on a car loan or lease, mandated by the dealer or bank, much in the same way mortgage holders are often required to have homeowner’s insurance by their banks. Without Gap Insurance, the dealers and banks know victims of accidents of theft will be unwilling to continue paying on a note on a car that no longer exists or is not in drivable condition.

Most insurance companies offer some form of Gap Insurance and will be happy to include Gap Insurance in any car insurance quotes you request. The necessity of Gap Insurance sometimes is determined by the amount owed on the vehicle. If a large down-payment is made at the time of purchase, Gap Insurance may not be necessary as any loss on the vehicle will be covered by the regular accident or theft claim payout. If you do purchase Gap insurance on the car, it is wise to keep track of the balance of your loan. At a certain point you may not owe enough on the car any more to justify the cost of the extra Gap Insurance. However, most Gap Insurance is very inexpensive, especially when rolled up with other coverage, often costing just a few extra dollars every month.

In general, if you are seeking auto insurance quotes on a new or leased car that you owe a significant amount on, Gap Insurance is a good idea to consider. Any reputable insurance company will be able to give you information on its costs and how they will determine the value of your vehicle. Gap Insurance can be the difference between an accident being financially ruinous and being merely inconvenient.