Car Insurance with an Open Claim

It's possible to get an accurate car insurance quote with an open claim — find out how to get rates, find coverage, and switch companies.

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How to get car insurance with an open claim

If you have car insurance, it's likely you'll file a claim at some point. Having an open auto insurance claim can have ramifications when you try to switch insurance companies or make changes to your current policy. Let’s run through some common scenarios and some best practices on how to handle auto insurance with an open claim.

Switching car insurance with an open claim
  1. Changing car insurance with an open claim
  2. Can you make coverage changes with an open claim
  3. Can you cancel your insurance if you have an open claim
  4. Best practices for handling car insurance with an open claim

Switching car insurance with an open claim

After you’ve filed a claim, you can switch car insurance companies. However, the open claim will be settled under your prior policy and handled by your previous insurer. Although you’re transferring your coverage from one policy to another, the claim will stand as-is.

You should keep in contact with your previous company to ensure the claim is resolved. Once the claim is satisfied, any future claims will be settled by your new insurer.

Changing your insurance policy with an open claim

While you can always switch insurance companies while carrying an open claim, it could be tougher to change your coverage while staying with the same insurer. If you get into an at-fault accident but only have liability insurance, you won't be able to add full coverage afterward. While your liability insurance will provide coverage for the other individual in the accident, any damage to your vehicle won't be covered without collision coverage.

If you were to try to add collision coverage and backdate the coverage before your claim, you would most likely be denied. To avoid situations in which you could be left uncovered, carry all the coverage you might need at all times.

Other changes — such as adding a vehicle or making changes to vehicles not in the claims process — should be fine.

Can you cancel car insurance with an open claim?

Yes — as long as the accident happened when your policy was active, canceling it afterward will not affect your ability to file a claim. For example, if you were involved in a total-loss accident on June 21 and canceled your policy on June 30, your claim would be unaffected: after all, you were carrying coverage when the incident occurred.

Car insurance with an open claim: best practices

Except for adding coverage for a vehicle currently in the claims process, the way to car insurance with an open claim isn’t much different than purchasing, switching, or changing car insurance without a claim. You can still shop around and cancel your coverage. Just remember to keep your previous company’s information handy if you do switch, as your new company will not be able to provide support for this prior claim. If you are ready to shop around for car insurance — with or without an open claim — enter your zip code below to see rates!

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Based in Austin, TX, Ava has been in the insurance industry as a licensed agent for 4-plus years. Ava is currently one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts and has been featured in publications such as US News Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.