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Non-Owner Car Insurance: What Is It and Who Should Have It?

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The basics of auto insurance seem very simple on the surface. You have a car, you want to drive it, so you get a driving license and of course, an auto insurance policy. The type of auto insurance policy is also easy to understand; get liability insurance with the minimum coverage limit and you are good to go. There are however some instances when things get complicated. For example, what if you want to drive, but you don’t have a car. Or when you get your license suspended? 

 

Insurance companies will not give you any auto insurance policies if you don’t have a registered car to your name, or if your license has been suspended. And walking 20 miles every day to your work or for other emergencies is not the best idea, and neither is driving without auto insurance. This is where non-owner car insurance policies come in and it can save you from a lot of hassle, and legal trouble as well. 

 

What is Non-Owner Car Insurance

The great thing about the names of some auto insurance policies is that they are self-explanatory. A non-owner car insurance policy is an insurance policy for someone who does not own a car. But why can’t people with no car get an auto insurance policy? 

 

Insurance companies are risk management companies. These companies charge a fee to take your side of risk so that in case of an accident caused by you, you don’t have to pay from your pockets. This is applicable when you have a car that’s registered to your name. When you don’t have a car (that you own), then there’s an issue of insurable interest. 

 

Insurable interest means that the car (that you don’t own) is not in your financial interest. Since you have not invested your money in the car, you don’t have any stake in it. Why would you care to drive the car carefully? The chances of you crashing or damaging the car is higher when it is not your insurable interest.

 

This is when non-owner car insurance policies come in. This insurance policy allows you to get car insurance even if you don’t own a car or you are renting a car for a trip. Non-owner car insurance is your best option if you intend to drive someone else’s car or rent a car often. 

 

What Does it Cover

Non-owner car insurance coverage is exactly like liability coverage. It has three different coverage, one for bodily injury liability per person, one for bodily injury liability per accident, and property damage liability. The coverage limit depends on the policy you choose and the price of the policy. 

 

Do note that non-owner car insurance policies can be a bit expensive since they are taking on more risk than normal insurance policies have. This is why you should compare as many insurance companies as possible and look at their prices. Get the non-owner insurance policy that costs the least, has the lowest premium rates, and provides the best coverage.

 

What Non-Owner Insurance Does Not Cover

Non-owner insurance just covers the liability and it can be claimed by the other person, not the policyholder. For example, if you cause an accident and the other person sustains injuries and damages to their car or property, your liability coverage will pay for the medical treatments and repairs of the vehicle. 

 

Non-owner insurance policy does not cover collision or comprehensive insurance policy. This means that any damage to the car that you are driving will not be covered under this policy, whether it is parked or moving. You’ll have to pay from your pockets for the repairs. Since it also does not include comprehensive coverage, if there is any damage to your car due to hailstorms, fire, earthquakes, and other natural calamities or theft, well, tough luck. 

 

When Do You Need Auto Insurance

Most of the time, if you own a car and want to drive, general insurance is enough. If you want to drive your friend’s car or maybe a car that belongs to someone in your family, you can request them to add you as a driver to their insurance policy and that would be fine. But there are specific cases when you need to get a non-owner car insurance policy.

 

Suspended License 

If for some violations your driver’s license has been suspended but you need to drive a car for emergencies and commuting to your office, you can apply for a non-owner car insurance policy (as insurance companies won’t give you a general policy), along with an SR-22 or FR-22 form that proves you have an auto insurance policy. Remember that SR-22 is just a legal form that shows you have an insurance policy. It is usually provided by the insurance company once you get a non-owner insurance policy. 

 

You’re a Serial Car-Renter

Some people spend their lives avoiding the road, while some spend most of it there. If you belong to the latter, and you rent cars a lot, then a non-owner insurance policy is the one you should get. It helps you save cost, provides the coverage you need to drive securely, and does not require you to show a registered car to your name. Just note that some car rental companies will make you pay extra for comprehensive and collision coverage.

Cost of Non-Owner Insurance Policy

The cost of a non-owner insurance policy depends on multiple factors, just like general auto insurance policies do. Important factors such as your driving record, previous insurance claims, the amount of coverage, your age, gender, etc are considered when deciding the cost of the insurance. 

 

If you have had your license canceled, you will have to pay a higher amount for the policy since the insurance companies see you as a high-risk individual. A ballpark figure for the average cost of a non-owner insurance policy would be somewhere around $250 to $650 per year. There is a chance that you might get a higher quote than this estimate, but for most people, this will be a range. 

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Local Firms Produce 30% Oil, Gas – NUPRC

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Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Nigerian Upstream Petroleum Regulatory Commission (NUPRC), Mr. Gbenga Komolafe, says indigenous firms account for the production of about 30 per cent and 20 per cent of crude oil and gas respectively.
Speaking at the Independent Petroleum Producers Group (IPPG) dinner at the 21st Nigerian Oil and Gas Conference and Exhibition in Abuja, Komolafe said “as at today, I am proud to say that indigenous companies contribute about 30 per cent of crude oil and 20 per cent of the gas production, as well as 40 per cent and 32 per cent of oil and gas reserves.”
He diclosed that seven indigenous companies are among the top 20 companies with the highest oil reserves in Nigeria.
Komolafe noted that the commission is not oblivious of the threat posed to the development of the  hydrocarbon industry by divestments of the International Oil Companies (IOCs).
The impetus for divestment by the IOCs, according to him, is mainly attributable to the hostile upstream petroleum environment arising from crude oil theft and energy transition as a global response to the advocacy for reduction in carbon emissions.
As far as NUPRC is concerned, he stated, IPPG and other prospective indigenous players should see the IOCs divestment in some of the upstream assets as an opportunity rather than a threat to the development of the Nigerian upstream petroleum sector.
“It is indeed the right time to look inwards in the sector to prove the capability of the local content in value addition and optimising development of the nation’s hydrocarbon resources”, he emphasised.
The theme of the event was ‘International Oil Industry Divestments- Nigeria’s Energy Security, and The Role of the IPPG in this New Mix’.

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Stakeholder Urges Govt To Hands Off Business 

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A player in the oil and gas sector of Nigeria’s economy, Dr Godswill Ihetu, has said that government should keep its hands off business, saying its interference is detrimental to the growth and sustainability of business.
Ihetu, an octogenarian who had been in the oil and gas sector since 1959, said this while speaking to newsmen at the 5th Nigeria Entrepreneurial Summit and Honours Foundation (NESH) Oil and Gas Roundtable Series in Port Harcourt.
Giving reasons for the huge unemployment indices in the country, in spite of having huge oil and gas reserves, Ihetu stated that the oil and gas sector does not actually employ a lot of people due to the way it is structured, noting that there were inputs from the industry, capable of creating employment if well managed.
According to him, “the industry itself does not employ many people, but there are inputs that are capable of creating employment in the economy, like the Ajaokuta steel plant, petrochemicals”.
He continued that the oil and gas businesses, in which the government had majority share and played managerial role, did not strive due to incessant hire and fire of top officers, adding that such constant removal of captains of such establishments would not allow for continuity of laudable projects.
“30 to 40 years ago, there was a pipeline sending gas to Ajaokuta plant. Can you imagine if that plant had succeeded, the number of people that would be employed? But that huge complex is lying waste and there are many such complexes scattered across the country that are not producing much”, he explained.
He observed that the private sector-driven companies such as Eleme Petrochemical, were doing well, “ but you come to government-owned establishment, you find that the ability to sustain those plants like the refinery is lacking, why?
“Government’s interference, government’s lack of support in making sure that these establishments were created. If the Port Harcourt refinery  was working it would create more jobs for the youths.
“So the oil industry itself is not one that creates a lot of jobs but the pinups from the industry, gas into petrochemicals, gas into power, gas into manufacturing create a lot of jobs.
“Unfortunately, some of those establishments that are government-run have not done very well”, he said.
He urged government to sell majority stake to private sector and let NNPC be a minority shareholder.

By: Tonye Nria-Dappa

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NSC Nets N115.2bn, Records 28 Seizures In Six Months 

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The Onne Customs Area Command of the Nigeria Customs Service (NCS) collected a total revenue of N115,264,159,921.12 between January and June this year.
This amounts to an increase of N78 billion over the N37,097,63.91  in the corresponding period of 2021. The net was N68,597,503,002 in 2020.
Onne Customs Area Controller, Comptroller Auwal Mohammed, disclosed this in a statement made available to our correspondent by the Public Relations Officer of the command, SC. Ifeoma Onuigbo Ojekwu.
According to the statement, the command recorded 28 seizures, comprising nine containers with a duty paid value (DPV) of N531,386,166.78 in the period under review.
“This year’s number of seizures is higher by 20 numbers between January and June 2021.
“Among the siezed goods are machetes brought into the country without end users certificate, military wears, vegetable oil, whisky, soap and used clothing.
Others include used tyres, foreign parboiled rice, tomato paste, used vehicle parts and  others classified as uncustoms goods.
“There is a corresponding decline in smuggling activities accasioned by the aggressive anti-smuggling operation of the ommand.
“This is in order to ensure total compliance with the  policy thrust of the Comptroller General of Customs, Col. Hammed Ali (rtd)  and the extant law of the service”, Mohammed said.
On export, Mohammed said,”our export drive has also yield Fruitful dividends. A total number of  876,775.60 metric tonnes with $495,384,221.99 Free on Board (FOB) value translated into N203,969,499,562 and Nigeria Export Supervision Scheme (NESS) valued N1,075,060,914.52 were also processed during the period under review.
“It is petinent, therefore, to sound this note of warning that our eagle- eyed officers are very much on red alert to checkmate the activities of those who thrive on evasion of customs duties on their consignments”, he stated.

By: Nkpemenyie Mcdominic, Lagos

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