What Does That Mean? The Body of an Auto Insurance Policy part 1- Overview

It’s a daily occurrence here at the office where a client calls in and asks the question:
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Agents and service staff respond with the appropriate answer and explain out the details of that particular coverage. I thought we’d take a few blog moments and detail some of the most commonly asked questions as a helpful guide. Throughout this series we’ll try and stay away from insurance jargon that can lead to even more confusion. We’ll put things in simple terms that even I can understand; I figure that’s a pretty safe bet. We’re going to cover the most common parts of the Auto Insurance policy in this first series. We’ll lay out some common terms and definitions in part one, and then move into more detail for each of the other items in future blogs.

Here is how the policy is normally laid out:

  • Name of the auto Insurance Company, policy number and policy period
  • Names of the policy holders (named insureds) and description of the vehicles insured.
  • Coverage provided including limits of liability, deductibles and the premium charged.
  • Discounts, Credits, and Surcharges etc. that affect your auto insurance premium.
  • List of forms that are a part of the policy.

Major Policy Coverages

  • Bodily Injury Liability
    • protects an insured from financial loss when they are held legally responsible
  • Property Damage Liability
    • Required coverage in Michigan, if your car damages someone else’s property
  • PIP
    • Personal Injury Protection (PIP) - A mandatory no-fault coverage that pays for all reasonably necessary medical expenses and wage loss up to a maximum limit
  • Property Protection Insurance
    • A mandatory coverage that pays up to $1 million for damage your car does in Michigan to other people’s property
  • Limited Property Damage also known as “Mini-Tort”
    • Limited property damage liability
  • MCCA
    • The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association

Some Optional Coverages

  • Comprehensive
    • Covers your vehicle against physical damage and loss from causes other than collision,
  • Collision
    • covers physical damage to your car when your car hits or is hit by another vehicle or collides with another object
  • Uninsured / Underinsured Motorist
    • Coverage for where the other driver was uninsured and legally at fault
  • Road Side Service
    •  Towing, labor and road side assistance
  • Rental Car Reimbursement
    • Daily amount for car rental if your car is being repaired from an auto accident
  • Full Glass Coverage
    • Waives the comprehensive deductible for the glass in an other than collision glass claim


  • Deductible
    • The amount you agree to pay on each loss before your insurance company pays.
  • Insurance Score
    • A rating based or in part on a consumer’s credit information. An insurance score is not the same as a credit score

Should you have any questions on any of these terms and not want to wait for the next blog post, please feel free to give us a call at 734.454.4058. We’ll be happy to review your current policy at no cost or obligation. Visit our website at www.kennedynemier.com. The Kennedy Nemier Insurance Agency is an independent agency and proud providers of Bristol West, Encompass, Foremost, Frankenmuth, Fremont, Grange, Michigan, Progressive and Safeco Insurance companies.

By Bill Adams
Kennedy Nemier Insurance Agency

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