As entrepreneurs, we are often quick to purchase policies that cover our own lives or our companies. However, we fail to purchase adequate protection for one of the most crucial things to both our business and personal lives: our car. Auto insurance is a contract in which one party agrees to pay for another’s financial loss resulting from a specific event that has caused damage to their car. It may not come cheap, but you don’t ever want to be caught without it. You never know when that next storm will come or when somebody will miss the red light and run into your car instead.
Protecting your car is an expensive business, which entices many to try and cut corners. Like any other insurance, naturally, there are minimal packages available. But, do you really want to risk not having the full protection? For instance, if you hit an expensive sports car, minimal insurance packages will not be enough to cover you. In such a situation one would probably regret the fact that he had not taken the needed insurance when he had the time to do so.
As in every situation, there are normally laws that make it mandatory to have minimum protection for your car. But, as entrepreneurs, when have we ever settled for just the minimum? Don’t we always strive to put in 110 percent of ourselves in our business? Don’t we work longer hours than most to get our company off the ground and running? Don’t we sacrifice much of our personal lives for the sake of our babies, or businesses? The issue of self has robbed many of the benefits which they would have derived from insurance cover. In one fell swoop, failing to adequately protect your car can take all of that away from you.
As expensive as auto insurance is, the good news is that it offers more different ways to save money as does, for instance, life insurance. First and foremost, it is important to evaluate when and where you will be using your car. Do you really need to take that trip in the bad weather or heavy traffic? Also, keep your car in the best possible condition so as to minimize the chances of damage. And make sure your vehicle is parked in a safe place at night, especially under the increasing rate of car theft in Nigeria.
One area we have discussed before which is one sure way of cutting coverage costs is to try and increase the deductibles. Doing this may decrease your premiums, thus ensuring that at the appropriate time, one is able to pay the deductibles.
Finally, while it is crucial to buy adequate protection for your cars, it is equally important not to buy what you may not need. For instance, coverage for vehicles that are used strictly by your employees for business may not need to include medical claims. This is more so if they would be covered under the company’s worker’s compensation package.