Choosing the right amount of car insurance coverage

How much car insurance should you buy? These questions can help you decide.

It's a common question: How much car insurance do I need? Unfortunately, there's no black and white answer. It depends a lot on what coverages you need and the amount of deductible you feel comfortable with. (Need a primer on coverages and deductibles?) So let's try to break it down:

  • What should my liability coverage limits be? No one can predict exactly how much you'd have to pay if you were to cause a crash. But the key question to ask is: Can you or do you want to pay for any damages exceeding your coverage limits? The higher your liability coverage limits, the more damages your policy may be able to cover.
  • What should collision and comprehensive deductibles be? This is a balancing act. Higher deductibles typically lower your premium, but will increase your out-of-pocket costs if a loss occurs. Ask yourself how much you're willing and able to pay directly, often on short notice, to potentially save on your premium. If you want to lower the amount you have to pay when a crash occurs, you might want to opt for a lower deductible.
  • Do I need collision and comprehensive coverage? There may not be a choice if your car is leased or financed. But if you do have the option, consider whether the savings from dropping collision and/or comprehensive coverage is enough to offset the risk of having to pay the entire cost of repairing or replacing your car.

Learn more about deductibles and coverages.

Because insurance protection is a contract, any coverage descriptions in this article are general only and are not statements of contract. All coverages are subject to all policy provisions, including applicable endorsements.


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