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Is ‘Gap Insurance’ Really Worth the Money?

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When purchasing a new or late-model used vehicle, gap insurance — the coverage between the wholesale book value and the amount you would owe on the loan — is often discussed. When deciding if gap insurance is for you, consider these factors:

• Loan Length: a long loan term means more risk.

• Available Cash: do you have the funds to cover the gap?

• Mileage: vehicle value drops with excessive miles.

• Down Payment: smaller down payment means a bigger gap.

• Depreciation: quick vehicle depreciation leads to a bigger gap.

Before purchasing, it is beneficial to talk to your insurance agent about policy options.

Anthony Blackman, Atlantic Tire & Service

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