Should I pay out of pocket for my damage to my car from months ago?

Scraped my car against a wall months ago. Doors function, but it looks really bad. I saved up, but just found out my estimate is $4k. My insurance is so high already - should I move forward with a claim (and can I, even though it's been months) and just pay the $1k deductible or should I move forward with only some repairs and have an ugly car for a little bit?

Feb 24, 2018 Orlando, Florida

Ava Lynch

Feb 24, 2018

What you should consider is how much your premium will increase after your file a claim versus what the cost of repairs are out of pocket. In Florida in 2017, an at-fault accident increased premium by about 38%. Now, most insurance companies will charge you for most at-fault claims for 3 years. Meaning, that 38% will hit you for 3 years. Consider if the 3 years increase plus your $1,000 deductible is greater or less than the $4,000 damages.

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