Let's use the aftermath of a major storm to illustrate the differences between collision and comprehensive. Within that storm, let's consider two hypothetical events: First, a heavy telephone pole was blown down and fell on your truck, or second, you swerved to avoid a falling tree and wound up crashing into a guardrail. In the first event, you couldn't control when or why a tree fell on your car. This kind of accident would get reimbursed under your comprehensive policy. In the second situation, you were driving the car and ultimately swerved into the guardrail. This makes it a collision, and collision insurance pays for the damages.
While all car insurance companies offer a similar product, they differ in how they deliver it. Some car insurance companies are basically self-service, allowing you to shop for and choose a policy completely online. Others use local agents who can meet with you and talk you through the process of buying a policy and personally handle any claims you have. Some companies use a mix of the two. Make sure you find a company that has the type of service you want.
Additional living expenses, or loss-of-use coverage is typically a fixed amount – 20% of your dwelling coverage. However, if you live in an area prone to wildfires or hurricanes, it's worth checking with your insurer to see if they offer higher coverage limits in the event a catastrophe forces you from your home for an extended period. Additional living expenses can add up, so it may be worth the added peace of mind to increase this coverage component.
The sixth largest city in Florida, Hialeah is located just nine miles northwest of Miami. Named for the pretty prairie the city was founded on, Hialeah is known for Hialeah Park, a grand thoroughbred horse race track. Equestrians and other residents in Hialeah can see an average annual car insurance cost of around $2,198, likely in large part due its proximity to Miami. For nearly a 50% savings, consider Florida Farm Bureau GEICO, and Travelers, which are the lowest cost providers in the Miami-Dade County, according to our analysis.
A quick look at the company’s page on the Better Business Bureau shows just how satisfied consumers are with its customer service. Most insurance companies display a large amount of negative feedback online—it comes with the territory—National General, however, enjoys largely positive customer reviews and averages fewer complaints than many of its competitors. Baby Boomers highly value good customer service, and this level of satisfaction with National General can also be seen on other online review outlets.
With access to over 23 miles of sandy oceanfront coastline and a sunny and warm tropical climate, Fort Lauderdale is a great beach town. It’s been known as the Venice of America with more than 300 miles of inland waterways. Auto insurance in Fort Lauderdale costs $1,748 per year, which is 59% pricier than the average city in Florida. You can shave off half of those costs, however, if you go with Florida Farm Bureau, GEICO or Travelers, the three cheapest auto insurance companies in Fort Lauderdale (mean annual premium $868).
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Though you may meet the state's minimum requirement, we recommend that you consider opting in for a higher level of coverage. If you are in a particularly expensive accident, your minimum coverage may not be enough to fully cover the damages and you may have to pay out-of-pocket. This applies whether you're a college student at the University of Central Florida, a new family starting out in Tallahassee or you are a retiree in the Sunshine State.
We collected quotes from a variety of insurance companies across 2,700 towns and cities in the U.S. for 128 insurance companies. Our sample driver was a 30 year old male who drove a 2011 Toyota Camry. To obtain quotes, we kept parameters for getting coverage the same, such as that he was single, and had a clean driving record. The only parameter that changed was the zip code where he lived in the U.S. The amount of coverage we opted for gave our driver bit more than what is required of state minimums.