Five Things You Should Know About Auto Insurance

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In the Philippines, the average brand new car costs almost half a million pesos nowadays. Considering the exorbitant price you pay, it is readily assumed that your vehicle is one of the biggest investments you would ever make in your life. To protect this expenditure and asset, getting an auto insurance should not be a matter of the question when—but rather, it should be automatic. For this reason, it is imperative to include an auto insurance when you are calculating your budget. After all, you would not only be paying bills to defray the cost of your car loan—but your car insurance as well.

However, do not just simply buy whatever auto insurance you can immediately find. You need to be a little meticulous about how you select an insurance for your car—take into account more than just the monthly premium you will be paying and think about what the insurance policy actually covers. Experts may encourage you to buy as much auto insurance as you can afford, but this is not necessarily helpful. To have a better understanding of what you are paying for, it is best if you know the basics of how it works and which coverage you should have and skimp on. Understand what the best auto insurance coverage is for you and select that. So, if you are planning to buy a car insurance in the Philippines anytime soon, here are a few things you should know:

1.) Some of the most helpful coverages are the cheapest

Typically, liability insurance would be the most expensive and as it should be. Most common coverage limits would mean that your insurance is on the hook for a great deal of money for any kind of damage that you do. However, not all coverages are the same, and most of them would be capped by the value of your car. You might neglect to get optional coverages such as roadside assistance, rental reimbursement, and gap coverage but these are actually necessary for optimal protection with just a little price increase. Paying a bit more than usual would not be all for naught. After all, it could potentially save you a lot of money in the future.

2.) Many factors would affect your insurance rate

Your car insurance rate does not only depend on the make and price of your car. Depending on the auto insurance company, the criteria can mean a myriad of things when it comes to evaluating an insurance application. Guidelines in each company differ in the sense of which drivers they want to accept and ow much they would charge those groups they consider to be at a higher risk. Underwriting is the term given to the process of evaluating an application. It is usually done automatically and by a software behind the scenes.

3.) Insurance prices vary by company

Much like how life insurance prices differ from one company to another, auto insurance prices vary a lot by company as well. This is because each company has its own formula to assess and evaluate a risk. From there, they will evaluate how much you pay for the coverage. As a consequence, no two insurers would offer the same price for the same policy. Considering this, comparing prices is paramount to choosing the best insurer. After all, if you do not compare rates, you would likely end up overpaying or lacking in some coverages.

4.) You will potentially pay more if you let your policy lapse

Auto insurance companies view drivers who have licenses but without car insurances as reckless, irresponsible and risky. Considering this, letting a policy lapse means that you are likely to pay more when you do buy insurance. Prevent this, make sure to acquire and pay for your car insurance before your current policy is canceled.

5.) Discounts can make a significant difference

You might think a safe driving record, anti-theft devices, and car safety features are negligible things, but it actually contributes to a significant difference in what you pay for your auto insurance. Many companies would offer you discounts for this such as this—most especially if you opt to pay in full.

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Budget Tips for College Students

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A few weeks from now, college students will be back to their classrooms, and we will also welcome heavy traffic on the roads. For workers or non-students, it is the start of the long months of being more patient on traveling. On the other hand, some students are all hyped up or maybe too tired to go back to school. Surely even if you are already finished taking classes, you have remembered whether you are the excited one or the “please extend our vacation kid.”

Whoever you are on the spectrum, one thing’s for sure: you want to save a couple of bucks in school. We have different reasons why we need to budget our money effectively and here are some tips on how you can achieve your goal:

Make use of your school’s fast Internet

I understand how hard it is for you to do paper works especially thesis without a WiFi LTE connection since most of the up-to-date facts and information you need are online. What you can do is to connect to your school’s Internet or maybe rent a computer in your library and download all the files you need to read or analyze. Trust me. I survived college without having a stable Internet connection at home. We only load our prepaid connection from time to time that is way cheaper than availing a full-contract service of Internet, and you will seldom use it.

Cook food at home and bring it to school

It can be your mom, dad, sibling or guardian who cooks at home, and it can be you! Aside from saving some money on buying expensive food at the cafeteria or canteen, you will be enjoying freshly prepared meals which are made with love and can fill your stomach (and heart and also your tired brain). It is also fun to share your baon with your colleagues.

Or eat outside your campus

And I am talking about carinderia or small food stalls. If you want to save, you know that high-end restaurant or eating at fast food chains every day won’t do you any good. Ditch those fancy places and start looking for the ones who offer budget meals for students.

PDF and online copy of books will save you

Have a soft copy but be sure that you are allowed to use it for the class (not to mention these copies should be legal). If there’s no problem with that, congratulations for saving some money! However, some people still prefer to have their readings printed or in hardcopy.

Reuse, recycle and reduce your things for school

In whatever we do and wherever we are, we should not forget the three golden R’s. If you have old things you can still use, don’t buy and reuse those. Have some time to DIY stuff you need at school? Improvise don’t buy. Reduce purchasing unnecessary new things if you can still make the most out of what you have.

Sell things you are sure you won’t need anymore

This could be your old books, uniform, gadget, to name a few. Again, know that you don’t need them anymore. You don’t want to regret selling things and wanting them back after a couple of weeks or years. This is not actually a budget saver but more on an income-generating move.

Maximize your school’s perks and benefits

Know your rights and privileges at school. If you can avail of some products and services for free or at a lower cost at school, go for it instead of buying and going to outside stores. Don’t be timid to ask your admin about the perks and benefits you as a student can enjoy.

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It is never too late to start saving for your dream gadget, vacation, target amount saved, or whatnot. So gear up and have fun with a new school year ahead of you!