What’s GAP Insurance?
Although some people will have heard of GAP Insurance, others won’t have, and will have found some of the explanations on the Internet a bit confusing and not very helpful. I’ve created an article with everything you need to know about what GAP Insurance is.
GAP Insurance definition: Guaranteed Auto (or Asset) Protection is a type of car insurance which protects your finances when a loan is taken out to pay for your car.
What’s GAP Insurance: Let’s break it down
That’s the definition, but what does it actually mean? Imagine that you were involved in an accident and you totaled your car. Your insurance company determines that the car is worth $13,000. This is less than you imagined but you bought the car new so it depreciated in value over time. You still owe $17,000 because you took out a long term loan over 7 years, meaning
$17,000 – $13,000 = $4,000
What you owe – car worth = Amount you still owe
GAP Insurance protects you and will cover this $4,000 – this is the “GAP”. Obvi protects you when you take out a loan to finance your car with GAP Insurance.
Why do I need it?
Long term loans are becoming more popular in Canada. According to CBC News, at one point earlier this year, 55 % of all new car loans were for at least 84 months (7 years).
Unfortunately, people forget that having a loan over a long number of years does come with risks. Here are some useful points that we often go over when we explain what’s GAP Insurance.
- “I’m a sensible driver, I’m not going to crash my car…” Hopefully you won’t ever be in an accident, but what if it is stolen? Or there is a fire? Not everything is always in our control, so if you have a long term loan, you want to have reassurance that you will be financially covered in case something happens.
- The worst case; you don’t want to be left with a loan and no car- this can happen, and that’s why you need protection.
GAP Insurance is for when you buy a car and you have a loan to finance your purchase. It covers the GAP between the value of the car and the amount you owe in case something happens such as accident or theft. With Obvi you can purchase GAP Insurance online. Find out more and get a free quote now.