Cheap California Auto Insurance

by : Eric Morris

Californians are currently able to procure low cost, reduced limit automobile liability coverage. The California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program (CLCAIP) is a new program that meets the financial responsibility laws of the State of California. These policies are accessible to competent citizens living in the counties of Los Angeles and San Francisco. To qualify, you need have a certain household income, driving record (the number of accidents and violations), and vehicle purchased value.

The voters of California enacted Proposition 103 (Prop.103) into law in November of 1988. Prop. 103 gives numerous consumer protections associated to buying and maintaining automobile insurance. Given below are some of the major provisions of Prop. 103 that protect your rights as an insurance consumer.

Prop.103 recognized a legal description of a "Good Driver" in this state. A Good Driver is someone who has been licensed for at least three consecutive years and has no more than one point on their driving record. Certain major violations may be considered for periods of seven years, such as a DUI (Driving under the Influence) conviction.

All automobile insurance companies licensed in California are required to tender coverage for Good Drivers. If you are a Good Driver and you are denied the opportunity to buy insurance from the company of your choice, then you can contact the California Department of Insurance for further action. Also, it is significant to note that your rates as a Good Driver should be lower by at least 20% to regular rates.

It also established new criteria that determine an insurer's ability to cancel or non-renew your policy. There are only three bases on which an automobile policy can be canceled/non-renewed once it is issued: fraud/material misrepresentation, non-payment of the premium, or substantial increase in the hazard insured against.