Unfortunately, irrespective of how careful you are when driving and how secure you believe your car to be, when parked at home or at work, there is still plenty of risk involved in car ownership. Natural disasters, the weather conditions, other drivers on the roads and crime contribute to the amount of risk you and your car will face. This is why most SA car owners consider car insurance to be a necessity rather than an optional extra. The main benefit of vehicle insurance is the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you have protected your financial investment.
The high risk that car owners have to face in South Africa has highlighted the importance of comprehensive car insurance policies. The cost of comprehensive car insurance has increased by quite a bit over the last few years, mainly due to the rising crime rate and poor road accident statistics in the country.
One of the main problems in the South Africa is the fact that many car owners are not well informed or educated when it comes to the ins and outs of vehicle insurance.
While most car owners would love to know exactly how and what to do is to save on their car insurance policies, the first step would be to understand how the insurance industry works on a very basic level.
When you opt for car insurance, you sign a contract that states you will pay a fixed monthly fee (premium), and in return, the insurer will financially cover you if your car is damaged or lost due to theft, natural disasters or any other event that is mentioned in the contract. The premium due is calculated by the insurer and will be based on many different factors such as your risk profile and the value of the vehicle being insured.
It is important that all car owners make sure that they understand the contract and all terms used in the contract completely before they sign anything. This way, they will know exactly what they will be getting for their money. When it comes to car insurance, the golden rule is only to opt for a car insurance policy that you can afford. For example, it is no good opting for a comprehensive car insurance policy when you cannot afford it and miss payments because then you would not be fully covered all of the time anyway.