Coverage & Claims

I just recently lowered my coverage deductible from $2000 to $250. When does that change go into effect?

Unless otherwise requested, changes on insurance policies go into effect right away. As long as you requested the change sometime before you began your trip, the deductible change is in effect as soon as you request it from your insurance company.
Nov 23, 2020 Victoria, TX

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General Insurance

Can there be different deductibles for comprehensive and collision?

Some companies will allow you to have different deductible amounts for collision and comprehensive — and some people prefer to have a smaller deductible for comprehensive than collision. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
Jun 1, 2020 Phoenix, OR

Coverage & Claims

Do I have to pay the deductible for the damages I caused while driving uninsured?

Sorry to hear about the accident. You are not responsible for their deductible, but you are responsible for all damages caused.
Mar 10, 2020 Thornton, CO

Coverage & Claims

My car was hit by a drunk driver that ran off. Why do I owe a deductible if my car was damaged in a hit and run?

Your insurer should not at all be listing you as the liable or at-fault party in a hit-and-run claim. I recommend contacting your insurance company to ensure they are filing the claim accurately.
Feb 20, 2020 Portland, OR

General Insurance

Can a lender dictate what my deductible is?

Unfortunately, the terms of your loan can dictate what your coverage deductibles must be. Your lienholder may not necessarily notice right away if you change your deductible, but if they catch on they will add force-placed insurance, also known as collateral protection insurance, as a part of your monthly payments.
Jan 24, 2020 Jacksonville, FL

Coverage & Claims

Why is it fair that I have to pay the deductible when someone else hit my vehicle and ran?

Unless you had uninsured motorist coverage, paying the deductible to fix the vehicle is probably the only option in the event of a hit-and-run. So what your insurer is telling you sounds correct.
Jan 22, 2020 Lancaster, OH

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.
Aug 27, 2019 Littleton, CO

General Insurance

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.
Aug 8, 2019 Meridian, ID

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.
Jul 26, 2019 Chicago, IL

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.
Jun 26, 2019 Manitowoc, WI

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).
Jun 26, 2019 Los Angeles, CA
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