Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Tips on Leasing a Vehicle and its Insurance

When leasing a vehicle, it is so much easier to remain with the same company for your car insurance. What many people don’t know, however, is that one may end up paying too much for his or her coverage and it would be better to look elsewhere for cheap car insurance.

When you lease, the vehicle that you will use belongs to the leasing company. They will want to make sure that their investment is covered in the event the vehicle gets damaged, totalled or stolen. They typically want to get covered for the difference between what your auto-insurer pays and your outstanding leasing obligations at the time of the accident or damage. This is called GAP, short for Guaranteed Auto Protection, and is usually included in the leasing contract.

If your leasing company is called BMW Financial Services, Chrysler Financial or any other finance division of an automaker, then chances are your GAP insurance will be offered by the same lease company.

A person is under no obligation to accept GAP insurance included as part of a lease agreement. Why pay an insurance premium if you could get the same coverage for a lower price? Invest some time shopping by comparing car insurance quotes from other companies, including your existing one. Ask for discounts that you already qualify for and adjust your coverage accordingly.