Auto insurance is a requirement in every state. All drivers are required to carry auto liability insurance coverage. However, there are situations where drivers are required to carry more than auto liability insurance. Our team at Great Lakes State Agency is committed to helping Lansing, MI drivers understand auto insurance and get the coverage they need.
What is full coverage auto insurance?
Full coverage auto insurance includes both collision and comprehensive insurance in addition to the state minimum required auto liability coverage. Auto liability covers damage and injuries to others when you’re found at fault for an accident. However, auto liability insurance will not cover your injuries or any damage to your car. Both collision and comprehensive auto insurance cover damage sustained by your car, your injuries, non-moving accidents or damages, and theft and vandalism. All of these components comprise full auto insurance coverage. If you have a car loan, it’s likely that your lender requires you to carry full coverage auto insurance. Even if you decide not to carry full coverage auto insurance, auto liability insurance is still required in the state of Michigan.
I just paid off my car. Should I drop full coverage auto insurance?
It depends. If you paid off your late-model car, it is probably wise to continue to invest in full coverage insurance. It’s likely that any damage your car might sustain in a wreck wouldn’t exceed the value of the car. This means that your insurance would likely pay for the repair or replacement of your car. Conversely, if your car is substantially older or old, the value has diminished substantially. As a result, your insurance premiums should guide whether you continue to invest in full coverage insurance. If your premiums exceed the value of your car, it’s likely your car will be totaled, deemed a total loss if you were in a significant accident. This means that your insurance company would be unwilling to pay for the repair or replacement of your car. Investing in full coverage insurance in this scenario wouldn’t be wise.
If you have questions about full coverage auto insurance, call us at Great Lakes State Agency in Lansing, MI. We’d be happy to help you explore your options.