What You Should Know About Insurance Deductibles

Understanding your insurance deductible.

If you’re like most people, you won’t have read through your insurance policy. However, doing so could pay off. When shopping for home insurance, auto insurance, and commercial policies, you’ll see that your ‘deductible’ is mentioned. Understanding how deductibles work can help you to feel confident in your policy and can even save you money.

Your insurance deductible is the out-of-pocket amount you choose to pay for certain coverage if you need to file a claim. This amount will need to be paid upfront before your insurance can kick in to help. Typically, your insurer will give you a range of deductibles to choose from and you can select the best that works with your budget.

High Deductible

Generally, the higher your deductible, the lower your monthly premium. This is because you are opting to take on more responsibility for the cost of repairs when you file a claim. While this option does come with immediate savings, policyholders should be reminded that your deductible should be a realistic out-of-pocket cost for your budget.

High Out-of-Pocket Risks

For some individuals, it makes more financial sense to pay slightly more every month with the knowledge that they have a lower, immediate, out-of-pocket cost if they do file a claim. For example, on a $1,000 deductible auto policy, you will be required to pay $1,000 towards the expenses before your insurance kicks in. This is a sizable outlay of money compared to a $250 deductible.

Talk to your insurer to determine the right deductible for your needs and budget. When you’re looking for the right insurance coverage, contact us at Sausman Insurance Agency in Mifflintown, Millersburg, and Lewistown, Pennsylvania.