You know about your car insurance deductible? This is the amount you have to pay on an insurance claim before your insurance kicks in to pick up the repairs. Say you have a $500 deductible. You get into a fender bender and file a claim to have your bumper repaired. An estimate for the repairs is $1500. You have to pay $500 and insurance picks up the $1000. If your deductible were $1000 then you pay $1000 and insurance covers $500. Get it?
So why not make the deductible as low as possible?
Sounds reasonable. You would rather your insurance pay more and you pay less. Things is though, the lower your deductible the higher your premium is! You pay more on your plan when your deductible is low. This is the insurance company’s way of getting that extra cash layout back before an accident. The opposite is true too. The higher you make your deductible the lower your premium payments are.Continue Reading