The Auto Insurance Basics You Should Know!

Automobile insurance serves as a safeguard against financial hardship in the event of an auto accident and assists in paying for damages if your company vehicle(s) is damaged, starts on fire or is stolen. Every state, with the exception of New Hampshire, requires all drivers to carry liability insurance. For more information on auto insurance, click here: Unveiling Auto Insurance: Basic Auto Insurance Policy.

Types of Coverages

A basic automobile insurance policy contains the following six types of coverage:

  • Bodily injury liability and property damage liability

    • Liability insurance covers the costs of damage that you may do to others, including property damage and bodily harm. It also covers legal fees, if you were the driver who caused the accident.

    • Property damage liability coverage compensates to replace or repair property that you destroy (other vehicles, fences, buildings, etc.).

    • Bodily injury coverage compensates for medical bills and lost wages. It also pays for pain and suffering damages up to your policy limits.

  • Collision coverage

    • Pays to repair your own vehicle after an accident.

    • Coverage applies after deductible is met.

  • Comprehensive coverage

    • Pays for damages to your car that were not caused by an accident, such as fire, theft, vandalism, natural disasters, hitting an animal, etc.

    • Glass coverage is also covered under this portion of the policy.

    • Coverage applies after deductible is met.

  • Medical Payments

    • Medical payments (MedPay) coverage compensates for medical expenses for the driver and his/her passengers as a result of an accident, regardless of who was at fault.

  • Personal injury protection and no-fault coverage

    • Personal injury protection (PIP) coverage pays for medical expenses and lost wages for the driver and his/her passengers who are injured in an accident. PIP also covers funeral expenses, and is required in 16 states.

    • No-fault coverage pays for losses, regardless of who was at-fault in the accident.

  • Uninsured/underinsured motorists coverage

    • Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage pays for medical bills if you are hit by a driver who does not have automobile insurance or if you are involved in a hit and run accident. This coverage is required in many states.

    • Underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage takes effect when you are hit by a driver who does not have enough automobile insurance to cover all of your medical bills. In this circumstance, the at-fault driver’s insurance would pay to its maximum, and then UIM would cover the remainder up to your maximum.

    • In some states, UM and UIM cover property damage.


There are also several add-ons available to beef up your automobile coverage and ensure that your business vehicles are properly covered:

  • Rental reimbursement coverage pays for a rental car if your vehicle is lost or stolen.

  • Towing and labor coverage pays for fees as a result of breakdowns.

  • Gap coverage for new vehicles pays the difference between the actual cash value of the vehicle and the remainder left on a vehicle loan, if the vehicle is totaled.

Illinois Auto Insurance Rates, like all others, are constantly changing, so it's important to get insured as soon as possible and through the right agency.

If you have questions or concerns on this issue, do not hesitate to call Zeiler Insurance Services, Inc. and speak to one of our customer service representatives. As an independent agency, Zeiler Insurance prides itself with quality customer service for the people of the Chicago-land area and the rest of the Midwest. Customer or not, we can review your insurance and see if you are being protected appropriately for the right price.

708.597.5900 x130


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