Those “fine prints” in contracts, policies, and agreements, which people usually forget to pay attention to, are usually the ones that can lead to some various problems and issues in the future. It is these small details that can lead to substantial savings or increased expenses, depending on whether people choose to read them or completely neglect them. This is especially true when it comes to car insurance policies, offered by AMI Insurance, or other New Zealand insurance companies.
Tedious, but highly important
While these agreements and contracts can be somewhat time-consuming and tedious to read, you should know that they are designed in such a way for a good reason. The details found in car insurance policies will allow them to cover and discuss, in great detail, all the potential eventualities and situations that might occur. Of course, some of these situations can turn out to be of critical importance.
The purpose of this article is to show you, why exactly you should never skip on reading the specific details of your car insurance policy before you sign anything.
One of the most common unfortunate scenarios among car drivers are hit and run accidents. These accidents do not include only those incidents, where a driver hits someone with his car and decides to flee the scene. Hit and run accidents can also include milder situations, for example, where one parks his/her car in front of the grocery store, heads into it to shop, only to find his car damaged or dented upon exiting the store. There is hardly a person who hasn’t experienced this annoying and infuriating situation.
Hit and run
What this means, is that someone probably bumped into this person’s car and left off without leaving any contact information. The most common thing in a situation like this would be to file a claim via the uninsured motorist clause because this incident still falls under the category of hit and run. But, this is where things can get a bit more complicated.
Various car insurance companies have various opinions when it comes to the deductibles applied to such situations. If you fail, or simply forget, to read the fine prints in advance and familiarize yourself with the details, it is highly likely you will end up paying a much higher fee.
Car renting is yet another common situation car drivers can face from time to time. Many reasons can lead to this. Some of them may include your car being broken or unavailable or being on vacation. Reasons aside, you need to learn whether you are covered by your initial car insurance plan, and if so, to what degree.
Full or partial coverage
The main thing you should know here is that, in most cases, your car insurance provider will take on all the risks, or some of them, the ones that you assume when operating a rented car. The conditions and the specific amounts of coverage under which an insurance provider is willing to apply are usually quite different from one insurance company to the next.
This is yet another reason why you should pay special attention to the fine prints. Many people still believe that, when renting cars, they are fully covered by their insurance. What they usually realize soon after, is that their coverage is only partial and lasts for a short period, which increases their chances of facing massive insurance premiums, when driving rented cars,
Even though these details might seem unimportant, make sure to read them. Otherwise, you will spend much more than you bargained for.