What’s the most dangerous thing on the road today?
A drunk driver? Some moron who is self-absorbed in his own little texting universe? Maybe an older person who simply doesn’t have what it takes to drive a car anymore?
The most dangerous thing on today’s roads are those folks who fall into these categories and dozens of other high risk behaviors… and don’t carry auto insurance.
Auto insurance is the first thing most car owners will cut out of their budget if they have trouble paying their bills. Food, shelter, health, transportation, and ‘entertainment’ are almost always given priority over the dreary and often expensive ritual practice of paying for auto insurance. Even the most conservative of owners see a good insurance policy as a necessary evil instead of an asset.
As a dealer I definitely consider it is an asset… because it can save your ass. Even if you’re struggling. It’s better to pay monthly and embrace a frugal lifestyle. To have just one accident will send you straight to the courtroom and the poorhouse.
It’s not easy. Every Monday I see the fallout from those who are struggling. In my mailbox will be anywhere from two to four letters from insurance companies stating that one of my customers will soon be running out of insurance or cancelled it.
‘Intent to cancel’ and ‘Notice!’ papers are par for the course. You just make a note of the date of cancellation and do a drill down by calling the customer and informing them that their insurance will expire and that the bank requires it at all times.
The more urgent ones come either in yellow notices or in ‘cancelled’ revisions. Some finance customers will buy insurance for the car as soon as it’s purchased and conveniently cancel it within a few days of the policy. They think that a fast one can be pulled with a simple phone call… and they’re right.
Because as soon as I get that piece of paper they get a personal call from me. If they don’t pay it within 24 hours, the vehicle will no longer be on their driveway. When I have to deal with this same situation three times within a six month period, it’s done. I get my car back. No regrets and no more chances.
This line in the sand may sound crass to some of you. But let me ask the Best and Brightest. Would you trust your own automobile with someone who doesn’t have insurance?