Auto Insurance only provides coverage up to policy limits — beyond that, you're personally responsible for damages related to any accident you cause. This is a key consideration, especially if you have assets you want to protect.
Third-party liability coverage pays damages you cause to others in a covered loss — up to the policy’s limits. When selecting those limits, it’s important to know the value of assets you want to protect. Add up the value of everything you own: your primary and vacation homes, savings and investments, cars and recreational vehicles, and any collectibles. Ideally, choose liability limits that are high enough to protect the total value of these assets.
If your car were damaged or totaled, would you have the financial resources to pay the costs of repair or replacement out of your own pocket? If not, consider taking out comprehensive and collision coverage. If you lease or finance your vehicle, your lender may require these coverages.
You might also hear the term Gap Insurance. This isn’t a coverage offered by Farmers — in fact, it’s most frequently sold by car dealers during the purchase process. What gap insurance covers is the difference between the amount you owe on your car and its value in the event of a total loss. It’s worth your consideration when you borrow more than a car is worth.
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