Choosing Auto Insurance
Insurance is defined as the paying of a premium to protect against loss. Most vehicle owners have a love/hate relationship with auto insurance, finding it a necessity with a worth largely dependent on who the authorities decide is the person at fault in an accident. Many will attempt to pay out of pocket damages in an accident in order to prevent their rates from increasing. This feels like a perversion of the concept of insurance which was designed to protect all parties involved. Auto insurance has been on the scene since the arrival of the automobile in the late nineteenth century. It was created with the idea that motorists should be protected from the potentially enormous financial loss of operating a car. The first liability insurance for a car was taken out in 1889 for Dr. Truman J. Martin in order to provide protection against claims arising from injuries or damage to other people or property. Almost twenty years after the introduction of the Ford Model T, the state of Massachusetts passed a law that mandated insurance for drivers.
In more modern times auto insurance is not an option either, and people must pay on a monthly or yearly basis dependent on the type, model, and year of the vehicle that they drive. Rates are still typically higher for men than women, and higher for single men. There are many companies available to choose from, and most offer more than just auto insurance. A plethora of options exist that cover auto insurance, home insurance, life insurance, business, farm, and commercial insurance. People choose their insurance companies for a variety of reasons, and stay with a company for years if their level of overall satisfaction is high. Satisfaction with an insurance company has been interpreted as: overall satisfaction, price and claims, interaction, policy offerings, and billing and payment.
There are multiple reasons to choose one policy or company over another and that choice could also depend on what the rates are for bundled insurance. People tend to bundle insurance because of the convenience of having home, life, and auto insurance in the same monthly payment and only having to negotiate with one company or representative. Customers tend to demonstrate loyalty to a company if they feel that they have been well treated, their concerns addressed, and the price reasonable.
Auto insurance has many facets. Liability covers injury to others and/or damage to their property through negligence by the owner. Accident benefits are mandatory in Alberta, and provide limited medical protection, death benefits, and lost wages coverage. Physical damage provides coverage for the owner’s vehicle in the event of a collision or loss. There are different enhancements that can be added such as family protection or loss of use endorsements for more coverage and protection.