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Monday, April 25, 2011

High Limits for Young Drivers

When we recommend healthy liability limits to young drivers, we often hear comments like “I don’t own anything“, “I have no assets”, or “What can they take from me?” Aside from the moral issue of doing the right thing and having adequate insurance coverage should you injure someone, it is important to note that if you are involved in a serious accident, you could jeopardize your entire financial future. In the case of a court judgment, you could have your wages garnished for the rest of your life; future assets can also be attached. A judgment in Massachusetts can be enforced for up to 20 years – plus interest.

Let’s be real: I was young once and I know what you are up to and what can happen even to the best drivers. Do you want to jeopardize your future for the sake of a few hundred dollars a year? Remember, if insurance rates are high, it is only because claim exposure is high.

This is not something to take lightly; get good coverage. And the value of your car has nothing to do with the damage you can cause. You can injure someone severely with a new Mercedes or a ten-year-old Toyota.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Fiction: The least expensive insurance policy is usually the best

Fact: Choosing an insurance policy based on price alone is a big mistake. It's important to read through the policy details and understand what's covered. Otherwise, you could end up paying a large portion of the claim if the maximum payout amount doesn't fulfill your needs. A low price may also land you an insurer that fights every claim and delays payments. Making price the key factor in your decision could cost you more money and hassle in the long run.