Renters Insurance

Does the unit I want to rent need to be a legally registered residence in order for me to get renters insurance coverage?

Most likely, an insurance company is going to want the address to be verifiable before they offer coverage. If the unit doesn't have an address, you should list the main residence's address on your renters insurance and the same rules would likely apply.

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Coverage & Claims

Someone attempted to steal my neighbor's vehicle and wrecked my van, how do I handle insurance?

You would not be at fault in this case. In cases like this, it's best to get all the documentation you can, like a police report. If you have comprehensive and collision, you should be able to get your car fixed.

Eligibility

Do I need liability car insurance at the time of an accident?

Coverage offered to unlisted drivers varies from policy to policy. You would have to check with the vehicle owner's insurance policy.

General Insurance

Can a police officer tow my car if I had a temporary pass from my insurance company?

I'm not really sure what they gave you was a temporary pass — a vehicle is either insured or it is not. Temporary insurance doesn't really exist. You should definitely go back to your insurer and verify if you were insured at the time of the towing or not.

Eligibility

Can I insure my recently-deceased mother's car while waiting for the title to transfer?

So sorry to hear about your loss. Yes, you are allowed to insure and use the vehicle before the transfer is done.

General Insurance

Should I take my 23 yr old daughter off of my insurance? She recently was involved in an accident and has a DUI pending.

Yes, it would be a good idea to remove your daughter from your insurance policy due to her recent DUI and suspended license — both of which would impact your insurance by way of a much higher premium. Find out just how much a DUI can impact your rates here. Even with the citation and suspended license, she'll be able to find her own insurance — though that may be difficult.

Eligibility
Homeowners Insurance

Our son-in-law is a USAA member (Navy). Can we join also?

Parents are not eligible for USAA. I believe USAA eligibility flows "downstream" — so descendants, i.e.

Coverage & Claims

What can I do if I was in a not-at-fault car accident without insurance?

Sorry to hear about your accident. Regardless of whether you had insurance or not at the time of the accident, the at-fault party must pay for the damages.

Eligibility

Can someone with a French driver's license obtain car insurance in California?

Absolutely, you can get insurance with non-US licenses. Many of the big-name insurance companies won't offer this kind of service, but we can help.

General Insurance

We will be purchasing our first car shortly before moving from WI to CA. How should we navigate car insurance?

Every state has separate laws, insurance plans, and registrations, but you shouldn't have an issue buying a vehicle in one state and moving to another state. If at all possible, I would wait and buy the vehicle in California — this way, you would only pay all the fees once.

Car Insurance Costs

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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