Most of us really do rely on our cars to get things done, but unfortunately, a lot can go wrong in the process. Even though you might be a safe driver, someone else on the road could collide with you. And even the best drivers can still be involved in an unfortunate incident that happens unexpectedly and unintentionally: an accident.
Your car could get damaged, you could get hurt, or other people could get injured. Anything can happen on the road. And that’s exactly why you need car insurance. A good insurance company will help you cover the cost of repairs to your vehicle, or the damages done to someone else’s car. Insurance can also provide financial support if your car is vandalised, stolen or completely destroyed.
The statistics for hijackings and road accidents and the cost of vehicle repairs in South Africa provide enough evidence for the importance of car insurance. If you are an uninsured driver, you alone are responsible for covering the cost of repairs to your car – or even buying another one if it’s a complete write-off.
Still not convinced? Here are three reasons why you need car insurance:
Save time and inconvenience
If you were involved in an accident, your insurance company will assist you through the unpleasant post-accident process – e.g. guiding you through the claim, working with another driver’s insurance company, helping you find a reliable repair company.
Have peace of mind
Let’s face it, there are a lot of bad drivers out there – from the texting drivers to make-up-applying speedsters. A reliable car insurance policy offers you financial protection from their driving mistakes.
Save big later by paying small now
A relatively cheap car insurance policy can protect your finances from big and unexpected expenses. Your insurance company can also help protect you and your assets from liability lawsuits, and may offer benefits like:
- Installation of a vehicle recovery system
- Lifetime guarantee on all approved vehicle repair work
- 24-hour roadside and medical assistance.
Before you get insured, it’s a good idea to get detailed car insurance quotes from a few companies. There is cheap car insurance and there’s ridiculously expensive car insurance. Shop around and make sure you sign with a reputable company. And remember that you have the right to demand all the information you need to make an informed decision.