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How can I find info on my recently deceased mother’s Gap policy?

Gap insurance covers the difference between what your car is worth and what the insurance company is willing to pay out if it’s totaled. This only applies when the car is involved in an accident that totals it; if this was the cause of your mother’s passing, her gap insurance may cover the remaining balance.

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Will gap insurance cover a totaled vehicle?

Likely your gap insurance would not cover the difference if you take the lower payout. Most gap plans are written in a way that requires you to take the totalled vehicle payoff and apply it to the loan first.

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Will gap insurance pay out if I buy the salvaged vehicle from the insurance company?

Your gap coverage should still cover the $2,000 owed on the loan regardless of what happens after that. I would definitely check directly with your insurance company to make sure there is no stipulation that prevents this if you choose to buy back the salvage title.

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If my car is determined a total loss in an accident, will my gap insurance cover the down payment used to secure my loan?

Gap insurance will only cover what is left on your loan after an insurance company pays out. Gap coverage is best purchased if you are going to have a difference between the loan amount and the value of the vehicle.

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If I have gap insurance and totaled my car, but there is no gap between insurance payment and remaining loan balance, do I get a refund?

Not all gap insurance is written in the same manner, so you may have to refer to your insurer to get more information. From my understanding, if you pay off the loan and didn't use gap insurance to do so, they will probably refund some premiums paid back to you.

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If I have full coverage and gap insurance, which one pays out if I total my car?

Sorry to hear about your accident. Your auto insurance plan will pay out the actual cash value as determined by the adjuster—minus any deductible you have.

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Can I cancel insurance on a financed vehicle if I have gap insurance?

In most cases, gap insurance is only applicable if the vehicle is totaled in an accident — not due to mechanical or motor issues due to wear-and-tear. So it would not apply in your situation.

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Can I get liability insurance for a financed car, and can I get gap insurance without full coverage?

Typically, no. You don't want liability only because the car will not be sufficiently protected.

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If I have a gap in insurance, is it better to join my girlfriend's car insurance?

It's certainly possible that being added to your girlfriend's policy could be cheaper. For instance, if you live with your girlfriend and she has an established policy (and a good driving record) she will likely have a better rate for having continuous insurance.

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Where can I purchase gap insurance via auto insurance?

Some companies will offer something similar to gap coverage if you cannot purchase it through your finance company. Sometimes, this coverage will pay a percentage of what you owe.

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Is it ever possible to buy retroactive car insurance?

Unfortunately, if you did not have collision coverage on the vehicle at the time of the accident, your damages will not be covered. Insurance cannot be backdated.
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