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  • Buying Insurance in Florida

    August 25, 2017
  • Buying appropriate auto insurance in Florida can be complicated and difficult. One of the main reasons for this is that Florida has very low auto insurance coverage requirements. While other states require drivers to purchase auto insurance that covers multiple potential losses, Florida only requires drivers to purchase two types of auto insurance coverage, the rest is all optional. This can lead uninformed consumers into purchasing the minimum requirements in order to pay lower rates while thinking that they are fully insured when they are not.

    The two mandatory auto insurance coverages in Florida are PIP or Personal Injury Protection and the PD or property damage coverage. Now we’ve created other sections that go more into detail on each particular coverage available to consumers in Florida but let me just say that the mandatory PIP and PD required by Florida law will not get you very far in terms of what losses will actually be covered in the event of an accident. Now I know that insurance coverage is probably one of the most boring topics consumers have to deal with and more often than not we are just looking to purchase the most economical coverage we can find. But beware!!

    Often you’ll see an ad for really low insurance premiums like $20.00 or $30.00 dollars a month but the truth is your not really buying insurance coverage for a lower price, your just buying less insurance coverage.  If you really analyze these policies, you will find that often times you are actually paying more money for the type of coverage your buying but the reason the total premium is lower is because your just buyinglimited coverage.

    In other words, If you want to be covered for almost every type of loss that can occur in an auto accident, you would probably have to buy about six different types of coverages. Personal injury protection coverage and Property Damage coverage which are the two mandatory coverages in Florida but you would also have to purchase, Bodily Injury coverage, Uninsured Motorist coverage, Comprehensive coverage  and collision coverage. So when you pay less money for your insurance policy you may just be buying two types of coverage instead of all six.

    So the problem is that a lot of consumers in Florida are just looking to pay less money for auto insurance without realizing that they won’t be covered for certain losses that they think they are actually covered for. It’s not until they actually get into an accident that they realize how little coverage they actually have.

    The best advice I can offer you when it comes to buying auto insurance is try to buy insurance from a local insurance agent that is reputable and willing to explain the different options available to you. You should probably stay away from a lot of these online sites where you can buy insurance through your computer unless you truly understand the type of coverage that is proper for you and your family. You can also call me and I’ll be happy to assist you in choosing the right coverage for you.
    Now, not only can you purchase multiple types of auto insurance coverage but you can also choose the maximum amount of money each type of coverage will actually pay. For example you can choose a property damage coverage limit of $10,000.00 or $50,000.00. Obviously the $50,000.00 limit will be more expensive.

    Your specific needs will vary based on factors such as whether you have other insurance coverage such as health insurance, what your assets are worth, whether you have children, the value of your car, and other factors that we will further discuss in this website.