Auto insurance policies generally help protect car owners from having to pay out of pocket for three broad types of situations:
But there isn’t one type of car insurance coverage that will protect the policyholder in all situations. Rather, a policy is made up of different types of coverage that all contribute to protecting the policyholder financially. Each coverage type has its own set of scenarios in which it will provide protection.
Typically, a single type of coverage will pay out for one of the following:
But those are only the broad classifications of coverage, and they have many subtypes.
Which types of coverage and how much protection you need will depend on your budget, your car, and the laws in your state. Click on a link below to learn more about coverage types, common coverage discounts, and recommendations for choosing coverages.
Coverage for theft and damage to your own vehicle isn’t required by law in any state. You have to opt-in for those coverage types if you want to make sure that repairs to your own car will be covered.