Coverage & Claims

How can I get points off my license?

Hello, Unfortunately, there is no way to instantly remove demerit points from your license since there was a collision. In a case where an animal is involved, insurers typically rule it to be safer to hit the animal than to swerve trying to miss it.

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Eligibility

My "totaled" car was barely damaged. Is it still possible to get full coverage on it?

Hello, Car insurance companies typically total a car when it costs more to repair it than what the car is worth. Since it has already been totaled, it's highly unlikely that a car insurance company would be willing to give you full coverage (comprehensive and collision) for a rebuilt title vehicle.

General Insurance

How do I choose a car insurance deductible?

When it comes to selecting your deductible you have to know what you can afford, and if you could cover the claim or damages with a high deductible. If so, high deductible + good driving = a lot of savings but a lot of people can't fork over 1k-2k in the event of an accident.

Coverage & Claims

Is it considered an at-fault accident if I hit a tree?

This is considered a single-vehicle accident which is considered at-fault. Unfortunately, in this instance, insurance companies would prefer that you not swerve to avoid a collision.

Car Insurance Costs

What's the average rate increase for a collision claim?

Sorry to hear about your accident. You shouldn't need to get a police report if you were at fault and will be filing as a collision claim.

Coverage & Claims

Are car diagnostics covered by the at-fault party?

If the diagnostics are part of your car's repair and the other party is at fault, this expense should be covered by the insurance company. However, this is specific to your claim and you will need to contact the company that's paying for the claim to find out the specifics of what they will cover.

Eligibility

Can I purchase additional coverage for the same car through a different insurance company?

No, you would need to get a new policy since every policy needs to have the state minimum liability for Illinois and then you would be able to add comprehensive and collision coverage. Keep in mind, because of the age of the vehicle, there are some companies that will not add comprehensive and collision coverage. The Zebra can quote you with several different companies.

Coverage & Claims

If I'm the victim of a hit and run will my rate increase?

The accident will show up on your record. How it appears on your record depends on what coverage paid for your repairs.

Coverage & Claims

Why was a hit and run listed as an at-fault accident on my insurance?

A hit and run can be considered at-fault for a few different reasons. First, you must have uninsured motorist property damage coverage for the accident to be listed as not-at-fault.

Coverage & Claims

Who pays for hit and run damage if there's no UMPD coverage in NY?

Uninsured Motorist Property damage is not a coverage that is offered. If the policy has collision coverage you can use that coverage to have the damages repaired.

Coverage & Claims

Grace period to use newly added coverage?

It depends. Some companies will not pay a claim until the policy has been in effect for 30 days.
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