In a rough economy, people are often looking to cut costs and reduce spending in as many ways possible. Not knowing what the future has in store can leave many people nervous about spending money. This can force them to make choices they wouldn’t have to make under ordinary circumstances. In some cases, people may be tempted to reduce their spending by lowering or even dropping their car insurance. While it may seem like a good idea, here are some reasons why you should never completely discontinue your car insurance.
- It’s Illegal – All states have laws that require drivers to carry minimal insurance while operating vehicles. This is to ensure that medical bills and repairs to damaged vehicles can be covered by the at fault party. States also have different penalties to punish those caught driving without insurance.
- Your license may be suspended – If you are caught driving without insurance one penalty may include losing your license. While this might not seem like a big deal financially, you will have to consider how you will get to work. Who will drive you? On top of that, if you lose your license and decide to drive, there are even more serious penalties that could lead to added costs.
- You are responsible – If you do not have auto insurance and you get into an accident that causes damage or bodily injury, you will likely be responsible for the entire amount. If you do not have sufficient funds to pay, your assets including your house could be in jeopardy. The purpose of insurance is to aid you in paying for damages if an event such as this occurs. Damages are apt to be more expensive than paying the premium of a policy as well as the deductible.
If you are looking to save money you should contact your provider to see if there are ways in which you can reduce your costs. Ask if you qualify for any discounts, or if you think you are a safe driver, you may want to raise your deductible to reduce your premium.
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