ID Automotive Repairs http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au Thu, 01 Jun 2017 07:56:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 109822670 Whatever Happened To The Triangle Window Vent? http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/whatever-happened-triangle-window-vent/ http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/whatever-happened-triangle-window-vent/#respond Tue, 04 Apr 2017 05:38:33 +0000 http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/?p=1473 It’s strange the things you take little or no notice of until one day you realise they are not there anymore, like for example the triangle window vent, also known as the quarter window. Most cars had these back in the day, although maybe there is a whole new generation that wouldn’t even know what they are!  They [Read more...]

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It’s strange the things you take little or no notice of until one day you realise they are not there anymore, like for example the triangle window vent, also known as the quarter window. Most cars had these back in the day, although maybe there is a whole new generation that wouldn’t even know what they are! 

They were triangular in shape and situated in the front of the car, forward of the door window and featured little handles that, when pushed down or up (usually needing some considerable force!) would enable you to push the little piece of triangle glass either inwards or outwards in varying increments. As with modern day air-conditioning vents in the dashboard of the car, the direction and angle chosen depended upon where you wanted the breeze to aim – and in those days of no air-conditioning it was an absolute winner if you could direct it right onto your hot sweaty face! If you came from a family with siblings there’d invariably be a fight over who was going to sit in the front seat and get the benefits of this breeze. 

Back in 60’s and 70’s a large proportion of the population also smoked cigarettes and these vent windows were very efficient at removing the smoke from the interior of the car. It seems so odd to think of driving with a car full of smoke nowadays, but back then it was the norm.

Another advantage of the quarter window was that it enabled you to reach out and adjust the side mirror without having to roll down the window, (no electric adjustment in those days!) particularly helpful in cold weather or when Mum had spent hours with her rollers in and didn’t want her hairdo messed up by the wind. As a child it was also common to pop your foot out to ‘catch the breeze’ – another advantage for the sibling who managed to get the front seat. 

One of the drawbacks of these windows was the fact that when open they were a bit like reverse spoilers – causing a great deal of wind resistance and of course increased fuel consumption! Another was that although the interior handles could be pushed into a ‘locked’ position, they were not very secure and made it very easy to break into the car – this is possibly why we don’t see them in cars anymore. The dispatch of the quarter window was probably sold to consumers as a ‘safety feature’ when purchasing a new model car. 

So, sadly, triangle window vents went the way of wooden sides on station wagons, vinyl seats, chrome bumpers, bench seats and column shift transmissions – rarely seen and remembered with fondness now that they are in the past. It’s fair to say that they likely would not be appreciated in modern day cars but they seem better when viewed nostalgically!

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Kudos for Bosch Best New Business Award http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/kudos-bosch-best-new-business-award/ http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/kudos-bosch-best-new-business-award/#respond Wed, 15 Feb 2017 06:03:24 +0000 http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/?p=1444 ID Automotive Repairs were pleasantly surprised to receive the letter below from REDARC Electronics congratulating us on our award. We use and fit the REDARC electric brake products and highly recommend them for towing vehicles.   

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ID Automotive Repairs were pleasantly surprised to receive the letter below from REDARC Electronics congratulating us on our award. We use and fit the REDARC electric brake products and highly recommend them for towing vehicles. 

  Scott Montgomery, Sales Manager of REDARC Electronics congratulates ID Automotive Repairs Director Ian Daniel on the Bosch Network Best New Business Award.

 

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ID Automotive Repairs – Bosch Award For Best New Business http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/id-automotive-repairs-bosch-award-best-new-business/ http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/id-automotive-repairs-bosch-award-best-new-business/#respond Wed, 11 Jan 2017 05:28:21 +0000 http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/?p=1386     ID Automotive Repairs in Port Kennedy won the Best New Business for Bosch Car Service award at the Bosch Service Network Convention in Melbourne. The gala awards and certification ceremony took place at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia as part of the annual Bosch Service Network convention. Dressed to impress, approximately 200 [Read more...]

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Ian Daniel from ID Automotive Repairs receiving the Best New Business for Bosch Car Service award from Mark Kolpin, National Accounts Manager for Repco.

   

Staff L to R - Ben Barford, Mick Jennings, Ian Daniel (Owner) & Kevin Caldwell

Staff at ID Automotive Repairs celebrate their win:  L to R – Ben Barford, Mick Jennings, Ian Daniel (Owner) and Kevin Caldwell. 

ID Automotive Repairs in Port Kennedy won the Best New Business for Bosch Car Service award at the Bosch Service Network Convention in Melbourne.

The gala awards and certification ceremony took place at the Plaza Ballroom in Melbourne, Australia as part of the annual Bosch Service Network convention.

Dressed to impress, approximately 200 people from Bosch Service Network workshops across Australia and New Zealand attended the gala awards night as part of the Bosch Service Network convention in Melbourne, Australia. 

Nominations came in from around the Oceania region, and owner/manager Ian Daniel and said he was surprised and pleased to win the award which recognises his and his team’s excellence in customer service. He commended his team, saying “We’ve put in a lot of hard work.”

The quality of the Bosch Service Network is strictly monitored through quality assessments. Through these, the level of Bosch Service quality amongst workshops is determined and the results revealed the best performing workshop from the Bosch Car Service business sector. Additionally each year Bosch Car Service workshops are mystery tested, another part of the system Bosch has in place to monitor the customer service level of the network. 

 

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5 Steps to Changing a Tyre http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/blog/5-steps-to-changing-a-tyre/ Mon, 01 Sep 2014 10:20:42 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=560 Step 1: Position the Jack All it takes to change a tyre are a lug wrench, a spare tyre, and a jack. Put the jack underneath the vehicle just behind the wheel (for a blown front tyre) or just in front of it (for a blown rear tyre). Make sure the jack will come into [Read more...]

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Step 1: Position the Jack

All it takes to change a tyre are a lug wrench, a spare tyre, and a jack. Put the jack underneath the vehicle just behind the wheel (for a blown front tyre) or just in front of it (for a blown rear tyre). Make sure the jack will come into contact with metal rather than plastic, then jack it up so it fits snugly underneath the car.

Step 2: Prepare the tyre for Removal

Now that the jack is in place, use the lug wrench to loosen the lug nuts until they can turn easily. On some vehicles, changing a tyre first requires removal of the hubcaps, but the process varies depending on the make and model.

Once the lug nuts are loose, you can go ahead and jack up the tyre. You will want significant ground clearance, so raise it six to eight inches, so it provides enough room to fit the spare tyre on the car. It is always best to err on the side of caution when changing a tyre. When the jack is fully extended, you can loosen the lug nuts the rest of the way and set them aside.

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Step 3: Replace the tyre

Some cars are more temperamental than others when you’re changing a tyre, but try not to see-saw when removing it. It’s easiest if you embrace it in the same position you’d assume to give someone a hug, with both hands on either side of the tyre. Then pull toward your chest, getting into a crouch if necessary.

Set the flat tyre aside and grab the spare. Now you’ll repeat the process in reverse, holding the spare just as you did the original tyre. Line it up with the bolts on the vehicle, taking care not to tilt the tyre in any one direction. Push it forward until you meet with too much resistance to push any farther.

Step 4: Replace the Lug Nuts

Once the spare tyre is on the vehicle and snug, you can put the lug nuts back on and screw them in with the lug wrench. The goal here is not to tighten them all the way, but to thread them enough that they don’t fall off. Then you can lower the jack all the way and remove it.

Now you can tighten the lug nuts all the way, addressing them in diagonal pairs. In other words, you don’t want to work clockwise or counter-clockwise around the car, but start with one, then work on its opposite partner, then the third, and finally the one after that. Make sure they are nice and snug.

Step 5: Clean Up

Once you’ve changed the tyre, you’ll need to put the original tyre away. You can put it in the same place where your spare was kept, or you can put it in the trunk of your car or in the bed of your truck.

Make sure to put your tools in a safe location, as well, so you’ll know where to find them the next time you need to change a car.

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Car Cleaning Tips for Your Car’s Interior http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/blog/car-cleaning-tips-for-your-cars-interior/ Wed, 27 Aug 2014 11:13:24 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=556 Keeping your car clean can pay you big dividends as it will add hundreds of dollars in value to your car when you think of selling it. Moreover who wants a car with dirty interiors. Cleaning the interior of the car needs more careful attention to details than cleaning its exterior. This is because there [Read more...]

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Keeping your car clean can pay you big dividends as it will add hundreds of dollars in value to your car when you think of selling it. Moreover who wants a car with dirty interiors. Cleaning the interior of the car needs more careful attention to details than cleaning its exterior. This is because there are a large variety of items in the interior of a car using a wide variety of materials which need different cleaning methods. Also some accessories and fittings inside your care may be very sensitive. The following are some car cleaning tips for the interior if your car:

1. Before starting to clean the interior you must remove all maps, clothes, CDs, glasses, mats, bottles, pens, food, rubbish, Minties and seat covers from the interior of the car. These are to be cleaned separately out side the car. Before taking up the cleaning process you must refer to the owner’s manual that came with your car. Many of the latest automobile components and accessories are quite sensitive to cleaners. For sensitive items use cleaners and cleaning techniques recommended in the owner’s manual. When it doubt clean a small portion first for testing.

2. There are some hard to reach places that cannot be easily vacuumed. You can easily blow the dirt out by connecting the vacuum hose at the outlet port of the vacuum cleaner. Blow in short spurts so that the dirt is not blown all over the vehicle. This can be done by putting the power switch of the cleaner on and off frequently.and at a slow speed. This will move the dirt to an accessible spot nearby making it easier to remove by vacuuming it up.

3. A toothbrush and a paintbrush are very useful while cleaning the interior of your car. Many hard to reach corners, crevices and cracks can be easily reached with these very useful tools. With one hand you can clean deep spots using the paint brush or toothbrush and with the other hand you can vacuum the loosened debris. This way all those tricky spots will also get cleaned up. Keep these two items handy as you will need them frequently when you clean up the car’s interior. You can use cotton buds also. As you can see these car cleaning tips don’t require you to use any expensive tools.

4. You can remove debris thoroughly from mats and carpets by using a sturdy brush to loosen them and running the vacuum hose right behind it. Be careful not to be too hard on the mat and carpet as you may easily or damage the material. Use enough force to do the job without causing damage.

5. You must be careful while cleaning the transparent plastic on the instrument cluster of your car. They are soft and can scratch easily. Use a plastic cleaner to do the job effectively.

6. Use a chewing gum remover to remove wax, gum and other such materials. The remover freezes the gum, etc., so that they can be easily scraped off. If chewing gum remover is not available at hand you can use dry ice instead. Use a paint scraper that is not sharp to gently remove it once the gum or wax freezes and becomes hard.. Chewing gum removers are usually available at janitorial supply ot auto detailing services.

7. Those places where you touch frequently are usually the dirtiest places in your car’s interior. These include the steering wheel, the door panel at the driver’s side, seat belts, the gear shifting knob, etc. The space between your legs when you sit can also get very dirty . You must locate these extra dirty spots and spend some more time for cleaning them thoroughly.

8. While cleaning the seat belts you can use a diluted solution of a mild laundry soap. This will keep the fabric of the belt intact. Avoid using ammonia containing products on seatbelts as it can weaken the webbing and loosen it to a life threatening degree! These car cleaning tips will protect your vehicle from causing permanent damage while cleaning.

9. Clean the windows inside and out with a glass cleaner and with paper towels. Finally buff the windows lightly with a cotton towel. For windows you must avoid ammonia containing products as they can damage the tint. You should wipe the dashboard and the car panels with a cloth dampened with clean water. Use a mild soap or all purpose cleaner to remove the grime from these areas.

10. For getting rid of smells use vinegar. It works very well and is quite cheaper than the products commercially available. To start with use a 20 -1 (water-vinegar) solution and scrub the interior thoroughly with a soft cloth. If necessary you can increase the concentration. As you can see, you will save a lot of money you would have otherwise spent on a professional cleaning job, by using these car cleaning tips.

To conclude, be gentle while cleaning your car’s interior as the materials used these days are lighter and less sturdy to make the vehicles lighter, than earlier, when the emission standards were not so stringent. If you are not careful you may end up causing permanent damage to some interior parts. The above car cleaning tips will help you to keep your car’s interior in top condition for a long time and add much value when you sell it.

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How to Improve your Tyres’ Lifespan http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/how-to-improve-your-tyres-lifespan/ Mon, 28 Apr 2014 08:53:00 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=526 Properly maintained tyres are very essential for driving safely; in fact, having good tyres is one of the most important things to be considered while driving. Even though, today, there are many tyre brands which construct and design tyres to last for thousands of kilometers; lack of regular maintenance can reduce the tyres’ life. Following some simple [Read more...]

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Properly maintained tyres are very essential for driving safely; in fact, having good tyres is one of the most important things to be considered while driving.

Even though, today, there are many tyre brands which construct and design tyres to last for thousands of kilometers; lack of regular maintenance can reduce the tyres’ life.

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Following some simple rules will ensure that your tyres have a long lifespan and you can enjoy driving without any worry.

  • Tyre Wear – Check your tyres for wear at least once each month and before and after every long road trip. The tyres’ treads will help in determining the time for tyre adjustments or complete maintenance.
  • Checking tyre pressure – With time and uneven roads, tyres automatically lose pressure while driving. Uneven inflation between the tyres will affect the driving quality of your vehicle. So, make sure you check the tyre pressure regularly. Also, it is best to check the tyres’ pressure when they are cool as warm tyres are more inflated.
  • Smooth driving – Make sure your driving is smooth and even. Avoid side-slips or panic breaking as in long run. it shortens the tyres’ life.
  • Changing tyre positions – Every 5, 000 to 10, 000 kilometers, exchange the position of tyres between the front and rear axles because the tyres tend to wear differently in different positions. Moreover, while exchanging tyres, make sure you check the tyre pressures.
  • Rolling direction of tyres – While mounting the tyres, ensure that the tyres are mounted according their rolling direction marking, which is on the side of each tyre. Tyres mounted against their assigned directions won’t give the best performance while driving.
  • Avoid speed driving – Driving at high speed generates excessive heat in tyres and increases their rate of wear along with reducing the tyres’ durability.

So be regular for your tyres’ maintenance, because only then they will boast of a long lifespan. Always remember that tyres are the only contact that your car has with the roads, so good tyre care is the key to safe and happy travel.

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How to Make Used Car Look New http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/how-to-make-used-car-look-new/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 09:03:04 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=536 Are you a car owner who don’t feel good and excited looking at car because it has become old? Most people opt for a new car and get rid of their used car. But this is not the best solution for those who are on tight budget. Don’t worry; even if you have low budget [Read more...]

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Are you a car owner who don’t feel good and excited looking at car because it has become old? Most people opt for a new car and get rid of their used car. But this is not the best solution for those who are on tight budget.

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Don’t worry; even if you have low budget you can make your old car look new by following some methods; for example, changing the old mp3 player with the brand new one, replacing the old wheels, painting the car, etc.

There are many things you can do on your own or even hire some expert to make your old car look new. If you are searching for some tips to change the look of your used car, here are some best of them which can be used:

Clean the Car: – Cleaning the car is most important part in changing the look of your used car. Dust accumulates on the car and makes it look dirty. You should wash your car regularly with the car-wash soap and the right tools to remove the dust. Do it regularly, as it will make your old car shine like a new one.

Change the Accessories: – Car accessories play vital role in enhancing the overall look of a car. If you think that your car accessories are old, it’s better to replace them with the new ones. You can change the music system of your car with the latest product available in the market. If you feel that car tyres are not in proper condition, change them with the tyres and get a perfect grip to your car on road.

Check for the Scratches: – Once you have cleaned your car and replaced the old accessories, it’s time to check for the scratches on your car. There are many products available in the market which can be used to cover the scratches on your car. If you think that the scratches are severe, you may have to visit the auto shop and get it covered in few dollars.

Change the Rubber Strips: – The doors of cars are sealed with rubber strips which get torn with the time. The tears in the rubber strips let dust comes inside the car through the gap. It also allows the rain water to enter the car while you drive. If you find that there is a tear in the rubber strips, it’s necessary for you to change them.

Check the Engine of Your Car: – If there is a leak in the gasket, you will see dark brown oil stains on the engine which means that you have to repair the gasket which can be expensive. Make sure that the brake fluid of your car is not leaking. Change the belts if they look old as they can break anytime.

Giving a new look to the used car is not as difficult as it seems. You can visit the auto shop to give it highly modified look or do it on your own by following certain methods. These tips may take some time but will make your used car look new without spending much time and extra cost from your pocket.

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Basic Car Care Tips http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/uncategorized/basic-car-care-tips/ Sun, 20 Apr 2014 08:57:41 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=531 In earlier times, cars were considered to be a symbol of luxury, but in today’s world, cars are perceived as an object of necessity. Yet, even today, bringing home the ‘dream’ car adds an element of pride and satisfaction amongst people as it is usually the second biggest investment a person makes in his life [Read more...]

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In earlier times, cars were considered to be a symbol of luxury, but in today’s world, cars are perceived as an object of necessity. Yet, even today, bringing home the ‘dream’ car adds an element of pride and satisfaction amongst people as it is usually the second biggest investment a person makes in his life time.

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No matter if you have an expensive car or a second hand one, every car needs care for its upkeeping. Nowadays caring for a car has become easy with many facilities available online, in fact you can even order car tyres, not necessary that you need to be present there in person.

If you make it a practice to do some simple checking and care of your car regularly, it will surely reduce your visits and costly repairs. Maintenance of the car is important for its efficiency and safety on the road. Here are few basic car care tips that will go a long way in improving life of your car –

  • Check pressure of all tyres at least once every month. If you are staying in a city that experiences high heat, remember that under-inflated tyres are likely to blow out due to the intense heat. Similarly, if the tyres are over-inflated, they may burst out on the road.
  • While start-up, do not accelerate the engine immediately as it wears away the engine. Increase the acceleration slowly as you start driving.
  • Check your car battery regularly to make sure that there is enough water in it and also for leaking acids. If your battery has a color indicator, keep an eye for a color change as change in color signifies that charging is necessary. Also check if the battery is mounted securely and connection to the battery is also clean.
  • When you get oil changed, inspect hoses for breakage, rusting or leaking. If they appear to be damaged, get them changed immediately.
  • Check all fluids including power steering, brakes, transmission, engine oil and others in the car at regular intervals.
  • Test all lights, exterior as well as interior and if any of light bulb is not functioning, get them replaced immediately.
  • Replace blades of windshield wiper every six months and also check them regularly for cracks, breaks or wearing out.

Neglecting vehicle care can pose serious dangers and also end in extensive repairs and heavy repair costs. Follow a regular routine of your car maintenance and enjoy its unperturbed performance.

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Used Automobile Dealers: How to Get the Upper Hand in the Sale http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/blog/used-automobile-dealers-how-to-get-the-upper-hand-in-the-sale/ Fri, 28 Mar 2014 20:24:30 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=520 Let’s face it. When it comes to buying a car, most of us are quite naive with that first experience. In fact, used car salesman are thrilled when a newbie car buyer steps onto the lot, excited to get his or her hands on the steering wheel of that first car. If you’ve ever been [Read more...]

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Let’s face it. When it comes to buying a car, most of us are quite naive with that first experience. In fact, used car salesman are thrilled when a newbie car buyer steps onto the lot, excited to get his or her hands on the steering wheel of that first car. If you’ve ever been “taken” by a shyster car dealer or if you’re a first-time car buyer a little wary of dealing with a dealer, take note. There are a few tactics you can employ to make sure that you get the most bang for your buck.

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Step 1: Get preapproved for a car loan. Don’t step foot onto a car lot – even if you’re just “window shopping” – before you’re approved for a bank loan. A car dealer knows that if you fall in love with a car right then and there, he can target your emotional attachment to the car and could, quite possibly, use one of his high-interest, “we’ll approve a loan for just about anyone” lenders. Knowing how much car you can afford will keep you focused in the right direction so that you get a car payment you can afford.

Step 2: Don’t reveal your car budget. That’s right. Keep it to yourself. The dance of the sale relies on the car salesman getting as much information as he possible can so that he can line his pockets with as much money as possible. Once he knows your budget, he will steer you toward a car that will give him the most commission he can possibly get.

Step 3: Buy only the features you need. The extra bells and whistles seem tempting when you’re experiencing the “high” of the sale, but keep your senses. You can easily rack up thousands of extra dollars in non-essentials. Add too many extras, and you’ll feel the extra pinch in your wallet with each car payment.

Step 4: Sport a poker face. Get too excited about a particular car, and the salesman will hone in and run with it. They know that people purchase vehicles for emotional reasons, so any salesman worth his weight will use your enthusiasm as an open window to close the sale.

Step 5: Don’t sign on the dotted line until your mechanic checks out the car. There are a lot of tricks that dishonest automobile dealers use to get vehicles to run just long enough to make the sale and get past the given 30-day warranty. For instance, if the transmission is faulty, adding a little sawdust will keep it going for awhile. Be sure to take the car to your mechanic – not someone recommended to the dealer – to get an honest assessment of the vehicle before you buy it.

Step 6: You don’t necessarily need a warranty. It’s possible that the car still has a warranty in effect and most dealerships offer an automatic 30-day warranty. Don’t buy a warranty just because it is offered. You’ll probably spend more for it than you will in repairs. Instead, put a few hundred dollars aside in a savings account for emergency car repairs. That way, you’ll be prepared and won’t spend money for a warranty you may never use.

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Auto Insurance Matters http://idautomotiverepairs.com.au/blog/auto-insurance-matters/ Thu, 20 Mar 2014 20:22:14 +0000 http://rockinghammechanic.com.au/?p=514 Auto insurance is a complicated business. Most states legally mandate that drivers carry a certain level of coverage, but what that coverage is and why can seem arbitrary and unclear, leading to frustration, unnecessary expense and/or uneven coverage, which can cause problems for any involved in an insurance-related incident. This is why, for both drivers [Read more...]

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Auto insurance is a complicated business. Most states legally mandate that drivers carry a certain level of coverage, but what that coverage is and why can seem arbitrary and unclear, leading to frustration, unnecessary expense and/or uneven coverage, which can cause problems for any involved in an insurance-related incident. This is why, for both drivers and insurers, clear understanding of the laws and what a given level of auto insurance covers is important.

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The most basic level of auto insurance is that of liability. What this really means is that the insurance exists to protect drivers from as many of the financial consequences of their own and others’ errors as possible. Liability coverage is a term that is bandied about however, without a complete understanding of what a given policy may entail.

Depending on the area, liability insurance may appear as a single entity or as two different lines and minimum amounts of coverage on a policy. Regardless of the specifics, there are two halves to it. Property is the heading under which all material items – cars, mailboxes, houses, — that a driver or unattended vehicle damages are covered under.

The second area covered by basic liability is that of bodily injury. This type of auto insurance is usually used to cover the medical expenses of the injured party, though depending on the level, amount and type of coverage the policyholder has, it may involve a range of things. The goal of the insurance is that the driver does not have to cover someone else’s expenses out of their own pocket.

It should be remembered that while the above types are usually the minimum required by a state, they do not cover the driver/owner of the car or the vehicle itself against injuries. They are only designed to protect injured parties and the insured’s finances in times of accident. To protect yourself, your vehicle and other drivers of the same, there are personal injury and property policies, as well as uninsured motorist – which helps to mitigate your expenses if the at-fault driver is not insured. Knowing what kind and how much coverage is needed is tricky and calls for a good agent.

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