Coverage & Claims

Can another insurance company find out about my at-fault accident if I pay for my own damage?

Sorry to hear about the situation. There are a few things to think about here.

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Coverage & Claims

Should I file a claim through State Farm?

These kinds of situations are going to depend greatly on your current finances and insurance premiums. If you've previously had a clean record, an accident will typically increase your rates by about 20 to 30%.

Coverage & Claims

I got in an accident the same day I reinstated my lapsed policy. Will it be covered?

It depends on how the policy was reinstated. If they reinstated with no lapse, then you are free to file a claim.

General Insurance

What kind of insurance do you need if you'll be using your personal car for work?

If she plans on using a vehicle for business-use and transport people to and from different locations, most personal auto plans will not accept the risk if they know the vehicle was used for work purposes and not disclosed. She'll need to look into a commercial policy or, if available, adjust her current personal auto policy.

Eligibility

Do I need to report a fix-it ticket when applying for new auto insurance?

As long as your license wasn't suspended as a result — or other violations that affect your driving record — you do not have to report fix-it tickets to your insurance company. Insurers typically will only rate against moving violations that show up on your motor vehicle record (MVR). If you're looking for new auto insurance, you can start comparing quotes instantly here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Coverage & Claims

Can an insurance company refuse payment for an accident claim by their client if I'm unable to pay their full set amount?

The full amount of damages is to be settled at the time of loss. The insurer giving you a payment option versus taking you to court is already a courtesy they are offering you.

Coverage & Claims

Will gap insurance pay out if I buy the salvaged vehicle from the insurance company?

Your gap coverage should still cover the $2,000 owed on the loan regardless of what happens after that. I would definitely check directly with your insurance company to make sure there is no stipulation that prevents this if you choose to buy back the salvage title. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Coverage & Claims

Can the other person still file an insurance claim against me if I wasn't issued a citation?

Yes, regardless of police involvement the other party can file a claim against you if you were at-fault. Your insurance will want to settle the claim to avoid a lawsuit.

Eligibility

How do I get insurance if I'm not the owner of the car I'm driving?

Many companies will still insure you even if you're not the owner of the vehicle. However, they will likely want your father to be listed on your policy as an additional interest since he is the owner.

Coverage & Claims

My car was hit by a drunk driver that ran off. Why do I owe a deductible if my car was damaged in a hit and run?

Your insurer should not at all be listing you as the liable or at-fault party in a hit-and-run claim. I recommend contacting your insurance company to ensure they are filing the claim accurately. If you're using uninsured motorist coverage for this claim, you could be responsible for your deductible; but depending on the circumstances, this could be reimbursed back to you. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Renters Insurance

Does renters insurance include pet coverage?

Unless specifically stated, renters insurance extends liability coverage to your pet. This also applies to situations outside of your home.
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