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High or Low Deductible?

Published in Car & Auto

When you sign up for your new insurance policy, one of the most important things you need to decide is what deductible amount should you go with? When making a claim, you are responsible for paying your deductible, and your insurance company covers any expenses over and above that amount. This blog will shed some light on the deductibles and what it means for you.

The insurance deductible was created to prevent small, unnecessary claims from being submitted. Numerous claims can drive up insurance costs, so it is often best to save your “claims” for when you really need them.

Choosing your Deductible.

One advantage of choosing a higher deductible is the premium savings. Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower the insurance cost. Some insurance companies even offer extra discounts for higher deductibles. Saving money is obviously a good thing, but you still need to consider what happens if you need to make a claim. Claims can occur when we least expect them, and a higher deductible may force you to cover those costs when you can least afford it.

A low deductible will increase the cost of your premium; however, it pays off in the event of an emergency or claim. Low deductibles also enable you to claim smaller damages and thus have less out-of-pocket expenses at that time. Since it is impossible to predict when a claim might happen, a low deductible is a great way to safeguard against large, unexpected repair bills.

What Amount is Best for Me?

To help you determine a deductible amount appropriate for you, consider these questions:

  1. What claim amount am I comfortable with taking care of on my own?
  2. When was the last time I had a claim?

It really boils down to what you can financially handle when you have to make a claim. If you are living month-to-month on a tight budget, then a lower deductible might be better for you. If you are good at setting aside “emergency funds”, then a higher deductible could be best for you.

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