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Deciphering all of the parts of your auto insurance policy can be a difficult task. Here, we’ve broken it down section by section so you can understand the information that is included in each part.

Deciphering all of the parts of your auto insurance policy can be a difficult task. Here, we’ve broken it down section by section so you can understand the information that is included in each part.

Declarations Page

The declarations page of your auto insurance policy provides an overview of all details of your contract. Included on the declarations page are the following:

  • Name of the insurance company
  • Your name and address
  • The policy number
  • Effective and expiration dates of the policy—your policy covers you between these two dates
  • Description of all vehicles included on the policy, including year, make and model
  • Coverage information—expect to see the different types of coverage you have selected listed here along with your deductible and the limits for each line of coverage
  • Premiums—this is how much you will pay for coverage
    • Premiums will be listed by vehicle as well as by coverage type.
  • Name of the lien holder or lessor—this is the person or institution that issued your car loan or lease.
  • If you paid for your vehicle without a loan, this area will be blank.
  • Name of the loss payee—this is the person or entity that is entitled to all or part of the insurance proceeds when a claim is paid out.
  • Any endorsements adding additional coverages or restrictions.

When you receive a copy of your policy, it’s important to review all of the information on the declarations page for accuracy. Keep a copy of your declarations page in your files in case you find yourself with questions about your policy. If you change or revise your policy at any time, a new declarations page will be issued to you reflecting the changes. Make sure to review and keep this new declaration page as well.

The Insuring Agreement

The remaining pages of your policy document are called the insuring agreement. The insuring agreement section of your auto insurance policy explains the risks you are covered for,the people covered under the policy and the amount of time the policy covers you for. The purpose of the insuring agreement is to state the terms of the policy explicitly and clearly, leaving no room for misunderstandings.

Definitions

The insuring agreement always includes a definitions page. This is where the “fine print” of your policy is located. The definitions page defines vocabulary you will find in your policy to make it easier to understand. It also states your rights as the policy holder.

Conditions

Your responsibilities and the responsibilities of the company insuring you are outlined here. Conditions include payment requirements, the proper steps for filing a claim and the process for resolving disagreements. If you have any questions about the conditions of your policy, make sure to contact Prairie Villa Insurance right away to prevent issues.

Exclusions

This section of the insuring agreement lists the events and circumstances which are not covered as part of your policy. The intent of the exclusions section is to make your policy as clear as possible and prevent any surprises in the event of a claim. A solid understanding of what your policy excludes is crucial in determining any additional coverage you may want to purchase. Contact Prairie Villa Insurance if you need any clarification on the items that are excluded from your policy.

Policy Wordings

The insuring agreement in Alberta is outlined in the S.P.F. No. 1 – Owner’s Form. If your insurance provider does not include a copy of this document with your new policy, contact your broker, who can provide you with one.

Make sure to set aside some time each year to review your policy and ensure that the limits and coverage you have selected are right for you. Evaluate your needs based on your provincial regulations, the value of your car, the money you have in savings and the amount of risk you feel comfortable taking. If you have questions about your auto insurance policy, contact your broker.

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