Driving History

If I have an accident in my parent's car, will the accident be on my record or my parent's record?

Thanks for the question. Different claims departments file such claims differently.

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Should I take my 23 yr old daughter off of my insurance? She recently was involved in an accident and has a DUI pending.

Yes, it would be a good idea to remove your daughter from your insurance policy due to her recent DUI and suspended license — both of which would impact your insurance by way of a much higher premium. Find out just how much a DUI can impact your rates here. Even with the citation and suspended license, she'll be able to find her own insurance — though that may be difficult.

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Homeowners Insurance

Our son-in-law is a USAA member (Navy). Can we join also?

Parents are not eligible for USAA. I believe USAA eligibility flows "downstream" — so descendants, i.e.

Renters Insurance

Who is responsible for carrying sinkhole insurance? The renters or the landlord?

If your parents are renters, they are not responsible for the property — just their own liability and possessions — so it's not required to have sinkhole insurance since that's property-related. The landlord has to maintain safe living conditions for their property.

General Insurance

Do I have to add my adult son to my insurance if he'll be driving my car while visiting?

Since your son lives in his own home at college, you will not have to add them to your policy if they drive your car less than ten times per year, with most companies. Some insurance companies offer a discount if you add a college student who lives away from home and has limited access to the insured car and seldom drives it.

Eligibility

Do I need to get a non-owners policy if I'm borrowing my mom's vehicle?

Hello, If you live with your parents and drive their vehicle more than once a month, they will need to add you to their policy. If you do not live with them and/or you do not drive the vehicle more than once a month, you would be covered under what's known as permissive use (provided you have your parent's permission to drive their car). Good luck and if you have any further questions don't hesitate to ask.

Coverage & Claims

Should we keep our adult son's car insurance in our name?

Put simply, if your son is on your insurance policy, you can be held liable for the damages he causes. You can put him on his own policy, but the rates will very likely be higher.

Coverage & Claims

Could my parents' premium increase if I reported an accident to the insurance company but decided to repair the car out of pocket?

The claim can still show up on your insurance report but it would show that $0.00 was paid on the claim. Having said that, it can still impact your rate for up to five years.

Car Insurance Costs

Can I use my parent's address if my college zip code is causing my rate to increase?

The zip code where the vehicle is primarily kept is what needs to be used for insurance purposes. Depending on your age, company, and residential state, you may have been able to stay on your parent's policy, but since you now live off-campus you will have to use the address where you live.

General Insurance

If I insure a vehicle owned by my parents, could they be sued if I were involved in an accident?

While it's quite possible that the liability portion of your policy would provide sufficient coverage for damage you may cause in an accident, your parents may be subject to "vicarious liability" since they technically own the vehicle. This means that it is possible for them to be sued if you hurt someone else in a crash.

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Renters Insurance

If I use my parents' house as my permanent address but live in an apartment, can I get renters insurance?

You would need to use the address of the apartment you are planning on renting. In the event of a claim, let's say a fire, your renters insurance provider will notice that the address listed on your claim doesn't match your policy paperwork.
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