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Four Reasons to Choose Gap Insurance

2017-04-14T08:00:33+00:00April 14th, 2017|Insurance|

Gap insurance protects drivers from significant loss in case of an accident or collision when they owe more on a vehicle than it is actually worth.

A simple explanation of Gap insurance, also referred to as Gap protection, is that it covers the difference between what you owe on a car and what the car is worth. There are number of different circumstances that result in this, accidents being the most common, but by having Gap insurance you can prevent a lot of frustration, hassle, and expense. If you are the kind of person that enjoys peace of mind on the road, Gap insurance can provide you the financial relief of knowing that in the event an accident, you will have coverage.

Four Reasons to Purchase Gap Insurance

If you are financing a loan in order to purchase your vehicle, Gap insurance is important to consider. It isn’t uncommon for customers to finance a loan that at some point during ownership of the vehicle, surpasses the value of the car. This is called “negative equity”. This situation can occur in a number of different ways, including:

  • Car value depreciation – It’s a well-known fact that cars lose their value over time, some faster than others. When financing a loan, it’s important to consider what the value of your car may be a few years after purchasing. Research previous models of the car and see how quickly they’ve depreciated.
  • Financing more than the value of the car – Rolling negative equity from a former car into the loan for the purchase of your next vehicle might seem financially advantageous at the time, but in the event of an accident that totals the new vehicle, your losses will be substantial. This is where Gap insurance becomes particularly beneficial.
  • Low or no down payment – Paying less for a down payment is helpful at the time, but, in reality, it just means you will be paying more over time. As a result, you will need to finance a heftier loan. If the amount you finance is higher than the value of the car at any time during the loan period, you’re at risk of loss without Gap insurance.
  • Extended loans – With loan term options continually extending, the risk of owing more on your loan than a car is worth becomes more probable. When you finance a 48-month, 60-month, or 72-month loan, you are practically guaranteeing that interest on the loan will surpass the value of the car; another instance where Gap insurance is very beneficial.

At Santa Barbara Auto Group, our friendly finance representatives are here to help you with your purchase. We encourage customers to sit down with a finance representative to discuss their loan and insurance options. Come to us with your questions and concerns and a qualified finance representative will help you to figure out which purchasing plan is most beneficial to you. To learn more about Gap insurance and other information related to financing your next vehicle, visit Santa Barbara Auto Group and sit down with one of our finance representatives.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart. Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week. To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-682-2000
Email: sales@sbautogroup.com
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Four Reasons You Need Gap Insurance

2016-10-03T12:20:54+00:00October 3rd, 2016|Insurance, Maintenance, Safety, service, Warranties|

Gap insurance helps protect drivers in case of an accident or collision when they owe more on a car than the vehicle is actually worth.

If you are purchasing a new car and want to roll in any negative equity from your trade-in vehicle, it is important to consider gap insurance. What is it? What does it cover? Gap insurance is also known as gap protection and it covers the difference between what you owe on a car and what the car is worth. This discrepancy can occur in a number of situations and by having gap insurance you can prevent a lot of frustration, hassle, and expense if you do happen to get into an accident. Depending on your circumstances, it can be a very important protection.

Understanding Gap Insurance?

Gap insurance can be a mysterious concept to many drivers, but it is really very simple. Basically, gap insurance protects car owners in case something happens to a car but the owner owes more money on the car loan than the vehicle is worth. In this case, if a car is totaled, the owner will receive the value of the car from the insurance company and then receives additional funds for any amount they own in excess of the value of the car.

4 Reasons You Need Gap Insurance

Gap insurance is something important to consider during the purchase of a car if you are financing a loan and there is a chance that at some point during your loan you will owe more money than the car is worth. When this occurs it is called “negative equity”. There can be many different causes for a situation like this which include:

  • Car value depreciation. Cars lose their value over time and some vehicles may decrease in value faster than others. It is important to understand what the value of your car may be in the first few years following your purchase.
  • Financing more than the value of the car. Sometimes car buyers will roll negative equity from a former car into the loan for a new car. While this may make sense financially for the buyer, it still can put them at risk without gap insurance.
  • Low or no down payment. The lower your down payment is, the more you will have to finance in a loan. If the amount you finance is higher than the value of the car at any time during the loan period, you are at risk without gap insurance.
  • Extended Loans. These days, there are many options for buyers regarding loan terms. Drivers may be approved for a loan on a 48-month, 60-month, and even 72-month basis. If a buyer opts for a longer loan term, they are paying off a lower portion of their debt each year and may at some point owe more than the vehicle is worth.

When customers come to purchase a new or pre-owned vehicle at Santa Barbara Auto Group, we ensure they have the opportunity to sit down with a finance representative to discuss their loan and insurance options. Our finance representatives will walk buyers through their options, letting drivers make a more educated choice about their purchase. Drivers can learn more about gap insurance options from a qualified finance representative with Santa Barbara Auto Group.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart. Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance. Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week. To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave
Santa Barbara, CA 93105
United States (US)
Phone: 805-682-2000
Email: sales@sbautogroup.com

Gap Insurance Covers Negative Equity for Santa Barbara Drivers

2014-11-25T11:45:20+00:00November 25th, 2014|Santa Barbara Auto Group|

Santa Barbara drivers can protect themselves by purchasing gap auto insurance. 

background-nightWondering about gap insurance?  What is it?  What does it cover?  These are excellent questions.  Gap insurance is also known as gap protection and it covers the difference between what you owe on a car and what the car is worth.  Depending on your situation, it can be a very important protection.

What is Gap Insurance?

Gap insurance protects car owners in case something happens to a car but the owner owes more money on the car loan than the vehicle is worth.  In this case, if a car is totaled, the owner will receive the value of the car from the insurance company and then receives funds for any amount they own in excess of the value of the car.

Why would I need Gap Insurance?

Gap insurance is something important to consider during the purchase of a car if you are financing a loan and there is a chance that at some point during your loan you will owe more money than the car is worth.  When this occurs it is called “negative equity”.  There can be many different causes for a situation like this which include:

–          Car value depreciation.  Cars lose their value over time and some vehicles may decrease in value faster than others.  It is important to understand what the value of your car may be in the first few years following your purchase.

–          Putting no money down.  The lower your down payment is, the more you will have to finance in a loan.  If the amount you finance is higher than the value of the car at any time during the loan period, you are at risk without gap insurance

–          Financing more than the value of the car.  Sometimes car buyers will roll negative equity from a former car into the loan for a new car.  While this may make sense financially for the buyer, it still can put them at risk without gap insurance.

–          Extended Loans.  These days, there are many options for buyers regarding loan terms.  Drivers may be approved for a loan on a 48-month, 60-month, and even 72-month basis.  If a buyer opts for a longer loan term, they are paying off a lower portion of their debt each year and may at some point owe more than the vehicle is worth.

When purchasing a new or pre-owned car, it is important to discuss your loan and insurance options with a finance representative.  They can often walk buyers through their options, letting drivers make a more educated choice about their options.  Drivers can learn more about Gap Insurance from a qualified Finance representative with Santa Barbara Auto Group.

About Santa Barbara Auto Group

Santa Barbara Auto Group is located off the 101 and Hope Ave and serves Santa Barbara residents and drivers throughout Southern California as the premium dealer for Acura, Audi, BMW, Jaguar, Land Rover, Porsche, Mercedes-Benz, and Smart.  Every Santa Barbara Auto Group employee is dedicated to providing the highest in sales and service assistance.  Santa Barbara Auto Group represents eight different luxury brands and friendly experienced sales representatives are available seven days a week.  To learn more about your favorite luxury vehicle, or to schedule a test drive, feel free to call, email, or visit Santa Barbara Auto Group.

Santa Barbara Auto Group

402 S Hope Ave

Santa Barbara, CA 93105

(805) 682-2000

https://sbautogroup.com