Coverage & Claims

Am I able to buy insurance now and use it to file a claim for a not-at-fault rental car accident?

Insurance never works retroactively; it goes by the effective date stated on the policy. Any incidents that happened prior to the date of binding will not be covered.

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I broke a tooth while working on my friend's car. Will his auto insurance cover the dentist bill?

Auto insurance will not get involved in this situation unless you were injured in a car accident or something else that would qualify as a loss. If your friend is at-fault for this happening, you could file a claim against the personal liability coverage of their renters or homeowners policy.

Coverage & Claims

If the driver is not licensed, does it affect their ability to file a claim?

Most insurance companies do have access to a driver's background when they quote and insure them. Not having a driver's license is usually an issue for insurers but it's not impossible to find insurance for an unlicensed driver, and that seems to be the case in this situation.

Coverage & Claims

I let a friend use my car and it ended up totaled. What should I do?

If your vehicle is totaled, you should definitely file a claim and see if your insurance will cover it. If they refuse and your friend (the driver) has renters or homeowners insurance, he may be able to use his liability coverage.

Coverage & Claims

My 4-year-old daughter was in a car accident awhile back with a friend who has car insurance, am I able to still file a claim through her insurance?

You should still be able to open up a claim for any injuries or medical visits resulting from an accident. Specifically, in Tennessee, you have three years to make property damage claims and one year for injury claims.

General Insurance

I got a ticket driving a friend's car. I have my license but did not yet have personal insurance. I’m going tomorrow to get it, will they know?

You should be fine as far as any insurance-related issues with the vehicle go. The state checks the VIN of the insured vehicle and not the listed drivers.

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

Can my friend insure and drive a car I bought?

She can get insurance in her name. Some companies will make you be listed as an excluded driver.

Coverage & Claims

If my friend gets a ticket while driving my uninsured car, who will it go to?

If your friend was pulled over without insurance, they would be the one to receive the ticket. However, if they caused an accident, the other party may be able to come after you AND your friend for damages.

General Insurance

When filling out quotes, do I have to disclose an accident that my friend had while driving my car?

The questions pertains to you as a driver. The same would go for tickets.
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