What Is Car Insurance and Why Do I Need It?

Car insurance is designed to protect you and everyone who shares the road with you from the potentially high cost of accident-related and other damages or injuries. It is a contract in which you pay a certain amount — or “premium” — to your insurance company in exchange for a set of coverages you select.

Most states require that you have car insurance if you own a vehicle, but mandatory minimum coverage and policy limits will vary. If you finance or lease your vehicle, your lender may also require specific coverages.

Beyond legal requirements, having car insurance is a smart decision. If you cause an accident, you may be held responsible to cover the related expenses such as car repairs, property damage, medical bills, lost wages, legal fees and more. Without the proper coverage, your financial well-being may be at risk.

Working with an insurance representative to help you choose a car insurance policy that addresses your individual needs and budget can help protect you, your loved ones and your assets.