In most states, auto insurance is not an option. Some sort of coverage is mandatory in order to operation a motor vehicle lawfully. That being said, you may be wondering what sort of auto insurance coverage to purchase. There are two approaches taken by most motorists. On the one hand, you have those who want the minimal amount of coverage, meaning they want liability coverage. Yet, others want full coverage so they have wider range of protection.

The question you will probably ask is whether one form of auto insurance coverage is better or worse than another. As noted above, the minimal amount that you will need is liability. This based upon the guidelines of most state laws. Clearly, if you wish to drive legally you will at least have to purchase some sort of liability insurance policy. This type of insurance is meant to protect you from legal repercussions in the event that you cause a injury to another motorist or property damage.

Liability coverage is arranged by different numerical components. There are three numbers used to describe coverage levels. For example, if you have 30/50/10, the 30 defines the amount ($30,000) that the insurance company will pay to cover any bodily injuries sustained by a single person, with each accident. The second number, 50, equals $50,000 and is the maximum amount that the provider will pay for every injury that is a result of a particular accident. Finally, the third number 10 equals $10,000. This last value is used to cover property damage.

Now, full coverage affords the motorist far more area and levels of protection than basic liability coverage. This does not mean that it is absolute coverage. Rather, the term “full” means that it includes additional coverage beyond foundational liability. Two major components—other than liability—include comprehensive and collision. Full coverage has some flexibility attached to in that you can choose to add comprehensive without adding collision, but if you want to collision you are required to have comprehensive.

Briefly, comprehensive auto insurance guarantees protection against damage caused by theft, vandalism, fires, and natural disasters like hail. Collision affords protection to the motorist in the event they are injured in a collision and proves options for getting repairs made or for the purchase of a replacement vehicle.

You can understand now what the essential difference between full coverage and basic liability coverage is now. Still, you will have to make a decision about how much coverage you will need or must have. Factors like vehicle type, year, and whether you are currently under financing to purchase a vehicle can determine what sort of auto insurance you will need. Costs for full coverage insurance plans will typically be more than simple liability. Anything you add will cost you extra. So bear that in mind. Also, you will probably have to look at different providers to get the perfect protections for your individual needs.

Auto insurance should not be taken lightly. You know that you will need it drive responsibly, so you should take the time to make wise choices about how much coverage you want and how much you wish to pay.