When I talk to a potential client and ask what coverage they currently have for their auto insurance, the two most commons responses are “liability only” and “full coverage”. Liability only is fairly straight forward; if you’re at fault in an accident, liability coverage provides protection for damage to the other person’s vehicle, their medical expenses, and lawsuits arising from the accident, up to your policy limits. There is no coverage for damage to your own vehicle. When someone mentions full coverage, they’re typically referring to collision (repairs your own vehicle if you’re at fault), and comprehensive (damage to your vehicle other than collision, i.e., theft, vandalism, fire). But does having full coverage mean you’re covered for everything? Far from it!
Owner of Paul Nelson Insurance, and resident of Santa Cruz and Monterey counties for 30 years.