Coverage & Claims

Can I wait to file an auto insurance claim if it takes me a year to save up for the deductible?

Thanks for your question. In most cases, you can file a claim for up to two years after the loss. However, I would recommend that you go ahead and start the process as soon as possible.

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What does Rate Lock mean, and can I make adjustments to collision and comprehensive deductibles?

"Rate Lock" is a term defined by the specific company that is offering that type of feature — I believe it's Erie that offers this. This feature will "lock in" your rate, even if you file a claim, until changes are made to your policy (i.e.

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

Why won't my insurance recognize or cover Tesla labor rates?

Each insurance company has different guidelines when it comes to how they handle claims and repairs. As long as they are following the guidelines agreed to within your policy documents, then they are meeting the requirements on their end, so refer back to your policy and check what's covered and what's not.

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

Do I have to pay a deductible if I caused an accident?

If you do not file a claim to have your car repaired you do not have to pay your deductible. Your liability insurance will pay for the damages to the other vehicle. Liability coverage does not have a deductible, meaning you will only pay a deductible to have your car repaired if your comprehensive or collision coverage pays for the damages.

Coverage & Claims

Do I have to pay a deductible if I hit someone but my vehicle is not damaged?

You only have to pay a deductible when your collision or comprehensive coverage pays for damages to your vehicle after filing a claim, so no, you will not need to pay a deductible in this case. I also recommend reading this article regarding claims to see how this will impact your rate.

Coverage & Claims

Should I file old damage with my new company or my old company?

No, you would need to file the claim with the company you had at the time of the incident. They are the ones that would be responsible to pay for the damages since it occurred while you were insured with them.

Coverage & Claims

Do I pay a deductible for a liability claim?

You are not responsible for a deductible unless you have comprehensive and collision coverage. Since you only have liability, the damages to your car will not be covered which means there is no deductible.

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Is my insurance company responsible for balance after I've paid deductible?

Yes, if the damage is more than your deductible, then your insurance company should pay the remainder of the damages. There are some plans that will not transfer coverage to another vehicle but this is not common.
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