Coverage & Claims

Will insurance cover a leak in my car's sunroof?

Insurance will only cover things that are a result of a loss. So if the leak in the sunroof was caused by a covered peril — like damage from bad weather — this would count towards a comprehensive claim.

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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.

Car Insurance Costs

Should I stay with my care insurance company even if I'm getting a better quote from elsewhere?

It's possible that your agent is simply trying to keep your business. However, he may actually be correct.

Eligibility

My step-daughter moved to Tennessee three months ago and is still on her mother's Florida auto policy. Is this legal?

You are correct to be concerned. Car insurance will not transfer from state to state.

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General Insurance

Can I switch companies if my rates go up after an accident?

You can shop around for lower rates elsewhere as you please. But keep in mind that the accident will still be on your record for all insurers to see and rate you on — namely, it will show up on your CLUE report, which all insurance companies use to access your claims history. On average, an at-fault accident increased rates by 42% in 2018.

General Insurance

My two kids live at home and drive my cars. Should I give the cars to them and have them handle their own insurance?

If you want to transfer the titles, you can do that through your state's DMV. The kids would list themselves on the policy only and remove themselves from your policy since the cars are no longer under your name.

Coverage & Claims

I agreed to pay out of pocket for an accident, but do I have to pay for their rental car if it's prohibitively expensive?

Sorry to hear about your accident. If you accepted fault for the accident you are responsible for the person's transportation expenses.

Coverage & Claims

I was driving my friend's car and his car wasn’t insured but I am insured under my own policy. Will my insurance cover it?

Your insurance policy won't cover the damage to your friend's car — it's only your liability coverage that follows you as a driver. Since you're not at fault, I recommend that your friend contact the at-fault party's insurance to get the car repaired. Note that if the vehicle is uninsured but registered under your friend's name, the state of Florida can suspend his license once they check for insurance. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

General Insurance

A friend is purchasing a car for me tomorrow, I'm wondering if there is a temporary policy I can get through the dealership until I can shop for my own policy?

Temporary car insurance doesn't really exist. You will likely have to get a Texas auto insurance plan before they let you leave with the vehicle.

General Insurance

What is your best advice to buy auto insurance for my 18-year-old who is buying a used car which will be paid off?

The bad news is that car insurance for an 18-year-old on their own separate policy is incredibly expensive — over $3,400 more than the national average. The good news? Typically, we see that combining insurance by adding your kid to your policy is the best route.

General Insurance

My son has moved out on bad terms. Should I still keep him on my insurance?

If your son's vehicle is registered in your name, I would keep it insured. Florida will suspend the license of the registered person if a vehicle isn't insured.
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