Auto (automobile) is a motorized vehicle; that is driven by a single driver, for private purposes. A vehicle is also a motorized vehicle that automatically drives over the open road or highway, with no human control over its movement. Automobiles can be either manual or automatic, powered by internal combustion engines or electrically powered engines. Cars include both passenger vehicles and trucks; the latter being more common in urban areas.
Most states in the US require that a minimum level of auto insurance coverage to be carried by each and every individual who drive a motor vehicle. The minimum level is determined by each state’s Department of Insurance. The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) also has a similar requirement. Both state agencies provide a detailed set of what an auto insurance policy covers, including liability coverage for third parties involved in a vehicular accident involving the insured vehicle. This is known as “penalties” and is not paid by the insured.
Some states also have requirements concerning the type of coverage that must be provided by an auto. For example, in Michigan no person may drive any vehicle unless it is equipped with at least adequate front and/or rear side-view mirror that properly and safely reflect on the front and/or rear of the vehicle. Also, no person may drive a two-door family-sized car unless it has at least two airbags. In addition, no person may operate a motorcycle unless it is equipped with safety belts, at least one motorcycle helmet, and properly functioning airbags. Both the driver and any passenger must also wear safety helmets.
There are many types of coverage available to an auto owner. These types of coverage, when purchased by an auto owner, provide protection from many common hazards that affect automobiles. The auto industry offers specialized training to certified mechanics to ensure that they are up to date on these issues. In addition, mechanics are required by law to complete an approved training program before they can obtain their current certification.
A title loan is also an option for financing an auto purchase. Title loans allow the buyer to borrow funds against the value of their auto. The value of the auto loan is based on the age and condition of the vehicle. As with any loan, the interest rate varies with the lender. If the borrower fails to make payments on the auto loan, the lender will seize the vehicle. Once seized, the vehicle can be sold to repay the debt.
An auto loan would not be the first choice for funding a vehicle purchase. However, these types of loans are available to help bridge the gap between financial needs and financial ability to purchase a car. In order to make the best decision regarding an auto loan, an individual should carefully consider all of their options. Doing so will ensure that they are able to make a well-informed and informed decision.