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I canceled my insurance after two weeks. Am I owed a refund?

You should be able to get your payment back, providing that you check with your insurance company to see if there are any fee disclosures. I would contact them and see what they can do to rectify the situation. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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Coverage & Claims

How will my rate be impacted by opening a comprehensive claim? How is fault decided?

If it is considered comprehensive, there would be no fault on the claim so you can take that out of the equation. Comp claims are best summed up as your responsibility but not your fault.

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I'm moving from TX to WA, where car insurance is a lot more expensive. Why is it so much and what can I do to lower my premium?

Insurance is regulated on the state level and every state has its own insurance laws. For example, Michigan residents are well-known to pay the most expensive premiums in the country due to the state's coverage requirements, which include unlimited medical coverage for the lifetime of car accident victims. Interestingly, our data suggest that the average rate in Washington is slightly less than the average in Texas ($1,368 versus $1,415, respectively).

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What's the fee for canceling car insurance after two months?

Thanks for the question. Typically, Texas auto plans do not carry a cancellation fee.

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Will having historical plates on my car lower the cost of insurance?

If you are going to have historical or classic plates you are going to fall into special types of plans. Personal auto plans that most companies offer will not adequately cover what you need.

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General Insurance

DMV shows my license being suspended for 3 months because paperwork was submitted late. My insurance has skyrocketed, how can I correct this?

As far as I know, there is no way to get rid of the license suspension unless there is a legal loophole. You could always consult a lawyer who specializes in driving records to see if something can be done.

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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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Will my girlfriend's bad driving record follow me to another car insurance company?

Sorry to hear about the situation. It is possible for claims to follow you elsewhere.

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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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