Easy and Effective Classic Car Insurance Ideas

Classic Car Insurance

Auto insurance comes in many varieties, depending on the company, the vehicle, and the client. Aside from conventional auto insurance, available from the average company, that covers most cars, specialized types of coverage exist. Unfortunately, coverage for cars, that don't fall into normal categories, can be quite expensive. For this article, we will discuss "classic car" insurance and the best ways to minimize the associated difficulties, and costs.

Before we can understand classic car insurance, we first need to understand what, exactly, is meant by a "classic car". Like many auto insurance terms, definitions of this can vary widely from company to company. These definitions vary based on; 
(i) the age, in years, of the car in question 
(ii) the relative rarity, based on the number of cars, of that model, ever manufactured - as well as the number still driving on the road. Quite a few car insurance companies don't offer insurance for classic cars (or vintage cars for that matter) so it may take a bit of searching to find one, and then to select the one that's most suitable for this obscure field of car insurance. The Yellow Pages and the internet can be very useful in this regard.

When you find such companies, the following general tips can be very useful in selecting the right company, and coverage;

A classic car insurance plan usually involves the owner stating the value for which they want the automobile to be insured. This is because, although insurance companies have an idea of the value of most average cars, the value of classic cars is obscure. These negotiations, on coverage value, are expedited by obtaining a valuation for a recognized entity. The appraisal should be done regularly to keep up-to-date and it should be noted that your premiums, and coverage, will fluctuate at each renewal depending on 
(i) if the classic car has appreciated, or depreciated in value or 
(ii) if the individual car's condition has changed in any way.

Some companies will also stipulate, in the contract, additional conditions that must be met for coverage to be effective, and for claims to be approved. These may include; 
(i) rules for proper storage of the car i.e. you may be required to be proactive in ensuring its protection from the elements etc. 
(ii) mileage limits that may be imposed, though you often negotiate on this figure, with the premium being adjusted accordingly and (iii) limitations, that must also be discussed at signing, may be set on the "miscellaneous" use you are allowed to put the car to e.g. racing, or car shows.

Owning a classic car can be a great personal satisfaction. It is a good idea, therefore, to minimize the costs associated with its use, while maintaining a proper level of protection for its use. Though not all companies offer classic car insurance, many do and the selection of a company that offers excellent coverage, while keeping auto insurance rates as low as reasonably possible, can make insuring your classic car easy, and effective.

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