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Should senior citizens carry collision insurance?

Thanks for the question! Comprehensive and collision are not state-mandated coverages. Though if she is financing the vehicle she would need to carry these coverages for her loan in most cases. If she has been insured for a while — with a clean record — she should shop around and see if her rate is competitive.

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Will there be a cost to remove a deceased from a car insurance policy?

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. As far as your insurance goes, you should contact your agency and have them remove the driver.

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What are the coverage limits on comprehensive and collision?

Thanks for the question! This is because the limits for these coverages are variable. At the point of a claim, the maximum an insurance company will usually pay is the actual cash value of the vehicle unless stated otherwise. 

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Eligibility

Do you have to have full coverage to drive for Uber in Illinois?

While passengers are in the vehicle, most rideshare insurance is handled by Uber or Lyft. Passengers are covered for any injuries sustained during such a ride.

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General Insurance

Will an unreported car accident affect my premium?

If you were never cited for the accident and never filed a claim, there should be no insurance record of your accident. Insurance companies generally run two reports when you sign up for new insurance — your motor vehicle report (MVR) and another for claims history (CLUE). If they're clean, they should show no record of the accident and your rate should be unaffected. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

General Insurance

Can there be different deductibles for comprehensive and collision?

Some companies will allow you to have different deductible amounts for collision and comprehensive — and some people prefer to have a smaller deductible for comprehensive than collision. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

Coverage & Claims

Is the lienholder in any way responsible in a car accident?

A lienholder would not be responsible for your accident. The lienholder would receive the claims payout for the vehicle if insurance got involved. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

General Insurance

I signed up for a new insurance policy, but why doesn't the quote doesn't match the policy I signed up for?

The first thing you'll want to do is to check your policy's declaration page to see the exact coverage that you currently have. This may be a physical document or, if your insurer has an app, could be electronic. If you find that your coverage is insufficient, you should start shopping for a new policy or look to add coverage from your current insurer.

Coverage & Claims

Do I need a police report to file an uninsured motorist claim?

For uninsured motorist claims, it's likely that your insurer would want a police report of the incident. What I don't know would be if it would be possible to still get a police report and redo the claim.

Coverage & Claims

If I ask my insurance agent about making a claim, can they raise my rates?

While your agent could certainly help advise you about whether or not to make a claim, it's possible that they could report the potential claim to their underwriters who may follow up on it. At-fault accidents can add a considerable amount to your insurance premiums, so you definitely want to be careful about filing.

Eligibility
General Insurance

Does DoorDash include liability coverage?

DoorDash does cover some liability for its drivers. See more info about what insurance delivery drivers need here. When it comes to using a rental car for deliveries, they will not provide any physical protection for the vehicle.
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