Should You Purchase GAP Insurance Coverage?

GAP InsuranceChance are good that are when you purchased your new vehicle, the dealership offered you, along with extended warranties, sealants and other extras, gap insurance or “guaranteed asset protection” to protect you from your cars value depreciating lower than your vehicle’s loan balance. GAP insurance may be good idea to purchase it if you don’t make a big down payment and the thought of making payments on a vehicle that was totaled would make you cringe.

It is not uncommon for a vehicle to depreciate by 40% the first two years of ownership and most of that is in the first months of ownership. If your vehicle cost you $50,000 and a few months later you have an accident and it is totaled. For ease of illustration – let’s say your vehicle fair market value is now 40,000 and you owe $48,000. You will be on the hook for $8,000. The loan company will want their money. It’s the old paying for a dead horse scenario.

If you leased a vehicle it was most likely required or factored into the lease. It was added in to protect their asset.

Here are the big tips: If you don’t put down a large down payment and/or you don’t want to take the risk of losing the difference between loan value and market value – you should purchase it.

If you decide GAP insurance is a good idea – get it from your current auto insurance agent. It will most likely be significantly less.  Do it right away as it may not be possible to do it later.  Some companies only allow it at the time of purchase or for a limited time after.

The dealership’s finance person will most likely put the hard sell on you and tell you want it you must purchase right then and there or not at all. They don’t want you contacting your agent, getting advice, and comparing.

If you are a sharp shopper you should tell the finance person thanks, but no thanks. Your insurance agent can add it to your policy – probably for less than half – and if you want to drop it after two or three years you can take it off your policy. It’ll be easier It would be best to call your agent before hand just to make sure your company offers it. There are, although not many, a few companies that do not offer it.

Many people have been purchasing GAP insurance from the dealer at the time of purchase. It can be an emotional and exciting time. Hey – you’re getting a new vehicle and it’s a happy fun time. However, it is easy to get caught into buying the insurance and paying double to protect your new asset. People will buy more when they are excited and in the buying mode. Call your agent and see what it would cost. Use the money saved for extra payments or some new accessories.

This article was written to inform and save you some money. Stay aware.  Take a few minutes and do the math. You will be quite surprised how much you will save. It will probably be around two vehicle payments.

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Should you buy GAP insurance?

Condo Insurance and FAQ 612.460.7796

CondoInsuranceMPLSCondos are popping up all over Minneapolis, all of them are different. The associations and condo insurance policies can be vastly different too.

Minneapolis was the fastest growing city in Minnesota in 2014 this was the first time in around 100 years and 2015 looks to repeat.  Minneapolis is the largest city in Minnesota and growing again.

Much of the growth has been downtown and condos. There are over 35,000 residents living just downtown. If you are thinking about moving into a condo or have recently moved into a condo, you probably have a lot of questions about the complex that you have gotten into and about things such as affordable and the right condo insurance coverage. Though not all of these questions can be answered because each condo will vary, the basics of learning some of the rules of your condo complex is actually not that difficult to do.

 

You’ll want to look at or better yet – have your insurance agent look over the condo associations master policy.  Are just the contents and liability covered?  These policies vary and you’ll need to know things like what is covered and what the associations deductibles are and how much loss assessment coverage you’ll need on you HO6 policy “condo and town home policy”

You’ll also want to read the bylaws they are all different too. If you want to determine the answers to questions like whether or not pets are allowed?  Are rentals allowed? Are there are designated parking spaces in your condo complex?

Learn the Rules Before You Buy

Condos are like snowflakes, all of them are different. Of course, this is not to the same degree, but it can be said about the rules that are found in each individual condo complex and they can impact your condo living experience.  Condo insurance policies vary too and even though they are generally less expensive than home insurance policies they are often the most improperly insured.  Don’t just assume the associations bylaws and insurance policies are the same.

Consider all Your Insurance Options

You can receive a discount on your premiums if you package your car and condo policies together same insurer.  You will likely be offered condominium insurance coverage through the company that insures the whole building. While this may be useful to make sure all gaps are covered as they know the policies – you’ll still want to make sure your contents and liability limits are adequate.

The buildings insurer may be more expensive and their autos may be more expensive.  So, it’s best to have a local independent agent look over the hazzard insurance policies and run some quotes.  Most condos and town home master policies are written by captive agents who represent only one company.

There are ways to get your insurance lower by paying a higher deductible will lower premiums, as will allowing your provider to deduct your payments from your checking account. New safety and security devices in your unit can make you safer in your home while lowering your rates.

For more info on the available and various condos in Minneapolis

For a condo insurance quote or questions call 61.460.7796 and speak with a downtown condo insurance specialists.

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