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Can an insurance agent charge extra added fees just for making payments via ACH or for a hard copy of my policy?

While I don't think your insurance agent is doing anything illegal, it's good practice for agencies to have fee disclosures. They can charge fees for services to make a few extra dollars but they should disclose it.

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Does it cost more to insure a turbo engine vehicle than a non-engine car?

Most insurance companies will charge more for a turbo engine if the VIN identifies it as such — since it has more power and speed, the risk of a claim is going to increase. The same goes for luxury or modified vehicles.

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How do I get my ex-husband's accidents dropped from my policy?

Sorry to hear that this is following you. Unfortunately, some companies won't work around it if these claims show on your prior plans.

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Should I stay with my care insurance company even if I'm getting a better quote from elsewhere?

It's possible that your agent is simply trying to keep your business. However, he may actually be correct.

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General Insurance

Can I switch companies if my rates go up after an accident?

You can shop around for lower rates elsewhere as you please. But keep in mind that the accident will still be on your record for all insurers to see and rate you on — namely, it will show up on your CLUE report, which all insurance companies use to access your claims history. On average, an at-fault accident increased rates by 42% in 2018.

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Will my bad credit affect my fiancé's car insurance?

If you set up the policy in his name before you are married, your score will not impact the rates. Once you are married, it may impact your rates, but not as much if you keep the policy in your finance's name once you are married.

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Will my rates go up if I file a claim for a vandalized windshield?

A comprehensive claim can affect your insurance rating. However, most carriers are alright with allowing one such claim per three year period.

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Coverage & Claims

Can I sell a car if a windshield replacement claim hasn't been completed yet?

Thanks for the question. I would not sell the vehicle while the claim is still open.

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If someone else crashed my car and they were at fault does it affect my rate?

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. The good thing is that the driver is covered under your policy, assuming you gave them permission to drive the car.

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How much would my car insurance be to transfer to a new individual policy from my family's insurance?

It's hard to give you an accurate quote without having more information. There are a number of factors that come into play when determining your premium and each insurance company may weigh these factors differently when determining what you pay.

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Do vehicles that have the IIHS's "Top Safety Pick Plus" award get discounted auto insurance or any other benefits?

Here is how the IIHS defines the rating differences between TSP and TSP+, according to the info found here. "To qualify for 2019 TOP SAFETY PICK, a vehicle must earn good ratings in the driver-side small overlap front, moderate overlap front, side, roof strength and head restraint tests, as well as an acceptable or good rating in the passenger-side small overlap front test.
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