Coverage & Claims

Should I file a liability claim if I caused $650 in damage to the other car?

We have a handy guide on how to determine whether or not to file a claim here. For that amount of damage, it's probably wise to forgo the claim and pay for the damage out-of-pocket. If you go through insurance, you would be classified as at-fault in this incident and you can expect your premium to increase over a period of three years.

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In the past five years, we have had four claims. I recently had an accident in my garage where I hit my own car. Should I file a claim?

Given your claims history, I would pay for the damages to both vehicles out-of-pocket. You are correct that having any more claims added will likely make it very difficult to find coverage — not to mention when you do, it's going to cost even more than your current bills.

Coverage & Claims

I cut down a big tree and it fell on my truck. Will insurance cover that?

Your insurance should cover the damages minus your deductible. In this case, you would file a comprehensive claim for the damage.

Coverage & Claims

Can an insurance company recant liability and ask for a refund one month after paying me for damages to my vehicle?

I have not heard of a claim decision being reversed and asking for the claims payout money back. They should be providing you with evidence of why they are refusing to pay the claim — if you haven't asked for this already, you should demand it.

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Can I still get insurance if I just found out that my car has structural damage?

Sorry to hear about your accident and the resulting damages. This is a tricky situation.

Coverage & Claims

Was I right to file a claim with my insurance when I was not at fault? Will my premiums go up?

Sorry to hear about the accident. I do think you made the right decision in filing a claim for your damages.

Coverage & Claims

My car got damaged by a hit and run vehicle that was be driven by a family member. Who pays for the damage?

This can be a tricky situation. If there is a police report and proof the vehicle was stolen, usually your claim will not be covered by the owner of the vehicle's insurance.

Coverage & Claims

If a mechanic started my car on fire and caused damage, should I alert my insurance company?

I'm sorry to hear about your accident. There are a couple of things to think about here.

Coverage & Claims

Do I still have to pay a deductible for a hit and run incident?

In the case of a hit-and-run, if you filed a police report and have uninsured motorist coverage, this could be used to cover the damages. This is additional coverage that must already be on your policy.

Coverage & Claims

I scraped my car in a parking garage and it's a $1600 repair. Should I pay out of pocket or file an insurance claim?

I would not file a claim. With your $500 deductible, your insurance company would pay out $1100 for the damages — but in California, your premium could also increase by 42% over three years if you're cited for an at-fault collision (which this would be considered as).

Coverage & Claims

What happens if the repo guy damaged my car?

I'm sorry for the difficult situation. If the towing company damaged your vehicle, then they would be responsible for paying for the damage.
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