How Much Auto Insurance is Enough?

When it comes to buying auto insurance, many variables should be considered. Ideally, you want enough coverage if it’s needed, but not so much that you go broke paying for it. Additionally, it is important to ensure that you meet legal requirements.  

State Requirements

Almost every state in the U.S. now requires automobile liability insurance coverage; New Hampshire is the only state that does not make it mandatory. The State of Oregon requires minimum liability coverage in the amounts of $25,000/$50,000/$20,000. This means your Canby, OR policy includes coverage of $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident, and $20,000 per crash for property damage. Oregon law also mandates personal injury protection of $15,000 per person, and uninsured motorist’s coverage. 

What You Drive 

Aside from liability insurance, covering your vehicle in case of an accident or theft is prudent. The type of vehicle you drive should guide you to the proper coverage amounts. For instance, you don’t need as much insurance for a ten-year-old Buick as you would for a new Lexus.  Theft rates and collision repair costs are higher on newer vehicles and certain makes. You want to be sure you have adequate coverage in the event of a total loss.  Also, if your vehicle is financed or leased, GAP (loan-lease payoff) insurance is inexpensive, but a valuable add-on to your coverage.  

Resources 

Your personal resources are another consideration. If a car accident or theft would devastate your finances, carrying additional coverage, and keeping your deductibles low,  is wise. On the flip side, if you could absorb a loss of several thousand, raise your deductibles and pocket the money you save on premiums. Talk to the experts at Oliver Insurance in Canby, OR for guidance.