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Auto Insurance in Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC
J M Hamilton & Associates is Charlotte’s trusted agency for personalized insurance policies. Our agency, unlike most large ones, has agents that will listen to your every insurance need and will go out of their way in assisting you with choosing the right coverage. We make it a priority to assure the customer they have the best plan for the future.
When it comes to insurance policies, auto insurance is one that most people need. Auto insurance policies can differ greatly among car owners, though, so it’s important to know that our agency will help you determine the best policy for your specific situation.
Common Auto Insurance Questions
What is auto insurance?
Auto insurance is, in many ways, a contract between a car owner and an insurance agency that states the insurer will help assist financially in the case of an accident to help alleviate significant damage costs. The amount the insurance agency provides depends on the type of policy the car owner has. The benefit of auto insurance is that the driver can feel safe knowing that they’ll have financial assistance in the unfortunate case of an accident.
How does auto insurance work?
Costs tend to get very high for car accidents. Auto insurance is a guarantee that you will be assisted financially, in some type of way, to keep out-of-pocket costs down. Following an accident, you will file a claim and, depending on what you are responsible for, you’ll be given a certain amount of money to assist with damage costs. It’s important to have proper coverage to avoid paying hefty out-of-pocket costs.
What does auto insurance cover?
The average auto insurance policy can offer numerous benefits, including:
Collision insurance: This covers damage to your own vehicle that you sustained in a wreck.
Comprehensive insurance: This coverage pays for damage from non-accident mishaps, such as weather damage, fires, theft, vandalism or similar accidents.
Medical payments coverage/Personal Injury Protection: If you get hurt in an accident, this coverage can pay for your medical bills. It sometimes will cover other losses, like lost income.
Uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance: This insures you against damage caused by someone else who doesn’t have appropriate liability coverage. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run, for example, then this coverage can pay for your car’s damage.
Plus, to further customize your benefits, you can add countless perks into qualifying policies, including:
Rental car reimbursement
Is auto insurance required?
North Carolina Motor Vehicle Law requires that Automobile Liability coverage be continuously maintained. The minimum coverage requirements are
$30,000 Bodily Injury for each person
$60,000 total Bodily Injury for all persons in an accident
$25,000 for Property Damage.
Motor Vehicle Law also requires Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorists coverage. Auto insurance policies with the minimum Bodily Injury and Property Damage limits are required to include Uninsured Motorists coverage. Policies with limits greater than the minimum must provide combined Uninsured/ Underinsured Motorists coverage. UIM coverage does not provide protection against property damage. The UIM coverage will pay a maximum of the difference between the other driver’s Liability limits and your UIM limits.
Collision, comprehensive and gap coverage policies might also be required for car owners who decided to finance their vehicles.
Settling for the bare minimum coverage is something you will want to avoid, and our agency will assist you in picking the right coverage for you and your vehicle.
What does auto insurance cost?
Numerous factors can influence the cost of your auto policy, including:
Your chosen coverage limits
The value of your vehicle
Your driving accident history
Your history of claims on other auto policies
Where you live
Although there are some car owners who pay different prices for the same auto insurance policy, we assure you that we will use our knowledge and experience to assist you in finding the best, most reasonable coverage.
Call us at 704-364-0833 or request your free quote to figure out the best auto insurance policy for you and your vehicle.