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How Much Car Insurance is Required in Your State?

Without car insurance, the financial consequences of an accident can be devastating. Car insurance requirements by state vary so it’s good to know what is required where you live. But, most states insist you have car insurance to drive a car so it’s important to have the right amount of coverage. If you’re buying a new car, adding a driver to the family, or moving to a new state, now is the time to revisit your automobile insurance policy. Ensure you hold the required amount of car insurance, at a minimum, to protect you and your family should an accident happen. Car Insurance Requirements State-by-State Car insurance is a conglomeration of many different policies. Every state has its own requirements for the policies you need to hold. Some require you to carry liability insurance, others add on personal injury protection, and underinsured/uninsured motorist coverage. Liability insurance protects the people in…

Your Kid’s at College – Do You Keep Insuring the Car?

Should you keep your college student on your car insurance policy or have them take out their own car insurance policy when they go away to school? There’s not one right answer. For college students, car insurance premiums can vary widely due to factors such as vehicle type and age, the miles the student drives each year, where the vehicle is garaged, the grades he or she gets in school and driving record. All of which raises the question, are there reasons to keep my college student on my car insurance policy? Or is is better to have them take out their own policy? What if they don’t even take the vehicle they drove through high school to college? As you might expect, there is no single answer. But there are some basic guidelines for making the right decision. Reasons to Keep Your College Student on Your Car Insurance Policy…

Shopping for Homeowners Insurance? What you Need to Know

Whether you are purchasing your first home insurance policy or seeking to update your coverage, talk with your SelectQuote agent to make sure you’ve got your bases covered. Things may seem complicated, even with a basic understanding of how home insurance coverage works. It makes sense to have questions for an expert when you shop for homeowners insurance. Here are five important questions to ask your SelectQuote agent about homeowners insurance. Does my homeowners insurance policy cover replacement cost or the actual cash value? Insurance agents strongly suggest replacement cost policies. However, some homeowners purchase actual cash value policies because they cost less. Saving money upfront may cost significantly more in the end. Actual cash value policies figure in depreciation so you won’t get the same amount back you paid. Sue Callies, regional coaching manager at SelectQuote explains if you choose cash value and not replacement coverage and have to…

What You Need to Know About Motorcycle Insurance

For motorcycle enthusiasts, a weekend trek with the motorcycle community is many rider’s idea of paradise. Don’t have the right motorcycle insurance? Paradise can quickly turn into something else. To stay in motorcycle bliss, make sure to protect yourself, your precious bike and others. Before selecting or renewing motorcycle insurance coverage, here’s what you need to know. First, you need insurance. Most riders are required by law to — at a minimum — to purchase liability coverage. Motorcycle Liability Coverage: Bodily Injury and Property Damage For motorcycle liability coverage, there are two different types: bodily injury liability and property damage liability. Bodily injury liability helps cover costs for others if you cause the accident. It addresses medical costs, loss of income, as well as funeral costs in event of a fatality in an accident. Property damage liability covers the damage to another motorist’s property. Minimum liability insurance requirements vary by…

Home Sweet Homeowners Insurance: Everything You Need to Know About Getting Covered

There’s no place like home. That’s why it’s so important to protect your home with homeowners insurance. While the paperwork can sometimes seem overwhelming, there’s nothing more rewarding than the peace of mind that comes from knowing you have the right amount of homeowners insurance. If you’re ready to get a better understanding of how your coverage works and to see if you need to make any updates to your policy, these tips can get the job done faster than you imagine. Homeowners Insurance Requirements First things first. For most of us, homeowners insurance isn’t optional. Why? We don’t actually own our homes. Banks do. Until your mortgage is paid, your bank or mortgage company is going to require you to carry homeowners insurance. They want their investment protected. The exact specifications can vary, but generally, your lender will want you to have coverage at least up to your outstanding…

How to Insure Your Car for a Short Period of Time

In doing auto insurance research you may have run across some information about temporary car insurance. If you ask Google “Do I need temporary insurance for my situation?” we have the answers. In most cases, experts say, additional auto insurance is not necessary or even useful. Exceptions pop up, but chances are the comprehensive auto policy you already have also will work in a “temporary” situation. Realize something else: With some exceptions, “temporary insurance,” usually means terms lasting six months or a year. However, it’s also the kind of agreement you can cancel once you no longer need it. No matter who your insurance company is — Progressive, Liberty Mutual, Nationwide, or any of SelectQuote’s many trusted carriers — getting in touch with your agent to review your policy is a smart move. In the meantime, let’s check out a few scenarios where someone might think they need additional auto insurance. Renting…

High Blood Pressure No Barrier to Life Insurance

If you’re among the 75 million Americans – that’s one in every three adults – with high blood pressure, there’s a lot you can do to control it and reduce your risks of heart disease and stroke. Living well with high blood pressure (hypertension) also means you can qualify for life insurance even if you’ve never applied, are middle age or older, or have been turned down previously. Underwriters – the people who review your life insurance application and assess if you’re a good candidate for insurance coverage – look at your overall health and your lifestyle, along with your blood pressure history. Here are some common questions about how insurance companies assess individuals with a chronic health condition such as high blood pressure: Is High Blood Pressure a Major Concern for Getting Life Insurance? If you’re getting proper medical care for your hypertension and it’s well under control, quality…

7 Resources for Making Sense of Medicare

It’s open enrollment season for Medicare. If you’re currently enrolled in Medicare, you have until December 7 to review the various plan options. This is the time when to decide which are right for your health insurance needs and finances. These are the same decisions you would make if you’re enrolling for Medicare for the first time—which you can do starting three months before your 65th birthday and up to three months afterward (or eight months after retirement if you work past 65). If you fall into either camp, or need to help make these choices for a parent or older spouse, it’s important to know the options and how they best align with your needs. Personal health situations change from year to year. Elements and rules that go with various Medicare plans often change too. Medicare is a tremendous benefit for Americans 65 and older, one that most of…

How to Avoid Mistakes When Choosing Medicare Plans

“A problem well-stated is a problem half solved,” said renowned inventor and businessman Charles F. Kettering. With the number of options, choices and deadlines facing you when making Medicare decisions, it’s not difficult to run into a few problems. In some cases, you may not realize it until it’s too late. So, what are some mistakes when choosing a Medicare plan? Here are five of the most common: Staying the Course Without Reviewing Your Current Medicare Coverage You signed up when you were eligible. That’s good. But inertia can be a dangerous thing. One of the most common mistakes is doing nothing after you’ve signed up for your initial plan. Medicare’s Annual Enrollment Period (AEP) runs mid-October into December so you can adjust your coverage as your needs change. Like your needs, Medicare options change each year, as well as potentially the cost of those options. Are you making good…

Disaster Strikes Your Second Home: Are You Prepared?

Once you decide you’re financially ready to buy a vacation home, one important step is insuring your new pad. It’s different than buying insurance for a primary residence. Factors such as where it’s located, who stays there and what amenities are available will help determine your home insurance needs. Your Vacation Home Versus Mother Nature For many people, the whole idea of a vacation home is to be closer to a sandy beach or among the crisp mountain air. That perfect location for rest and relaxation may come with some additional insurance costs. Hurricane season and intense rainstorms underscore the importance of knowing your coverage. The point applies to primary residences and vacation homes. When hurricane Florence hit in September 2018, more than 30 million people were under a flood watch and media outlets reported only about 3 percent of North Carolina and South Carolina homeowners held insurance policies.  And…

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