If your car is hit by another car in a parking lot, it is covered by collision insurance, not comprehensive insurance. But if the at-fault driver is identified and has insurance, their liability coverage should pay to repair or replace your vehicle, so you won’t need to file a collision claim.
Comprehensive insurance covers events other than a car crash, such as theft, natural disasters, and vandalism. So if your car is hit by a golf ball or a shopping cart in a parking lot, comprehensive will pay for the damage. Similarly, vandalism to a car in a parking lot will be covered by comprehensive insurance. But anything involving two cars will be covered by collision insurance.
Comprehensive insurance is coverage that helps pay for the cost of damage to your vehicle when you're involved in an accident not caused by a collision. Comprehensive car insurance covers losses from things like theft, vandalism or extreme weather events.
Comprehensive coverage is never required by state law, but it is usually needed for cars that are leased or financed.… read full answer
You should consider buying comprehensive coverage if you cannot afford to pay out of pocket to repair or replace your car in a worst-case scenario. Comprehensive insurance is usually considered to be a good investment since it’s cheaper than other types of car insurance and covers events that are out of your control as a driver. A good rule of thumb is that if the cost of comprehensive insurance exceeds 10% of your vehicle’s value, you can consider dropping it.
No, comprehensive insurance does not cover a hit-and-run collision. Hit-and-runs are usually covered by collision insurance, while comprehensive insurance covers non-accident damage (which could include vandalism done to a car by an unidentified perpetrator).
In other words, a hit-and-run accident does not qualify for comprehensive coverage since it involves a collision with another vehicle, but hit-and-run vandalism would be covered by comprehensive insurance.… read full answer
You should drop your collision insurance when your annual premium equals 10% of your car's value. If your collision insurance costs $100 total per year, for example, drop the coverage when your car is worth $1,000 since, at that point, your insurance payments are too close to your car's value to be worthwhile. Drivers can easily find a car’s value with the online vehicle appraisal calculators from Edmunds or Kelly Blue Book.… read full answer
When to Drop Collision Insurance
When you rarely use your car
The more you drive, the higher your risk of being in an accident – so if you don’t drive often, your risk is lower than average. That means you could be paying for collision insurance that you’re unlikely to need.
When repairing a car would not have a big impact on your finances
Maybe you have an emergency fund that you could use to fix your vehicle. If you're willing to spend your savings on car repairs, then it's safe to drop collision insurance. However, people often prefer their emergency fund to be a safety net for when they leave their job, face health issues, or need home repairs. It all depends on what you're comfortable with personally and how much you have saved.
When you’re paying 10% of your car’s value in premiums annually
The cost of repairs goes down as your car gets older, so you don’t want to overpay as your car loses value.
Other Things to Consider Before Dropping Collision Insurance
The 10% rule for dropping collision insurance is not set in stone. But it’s a good milestone to keep in mind because as the value of a vehicle falls over time, the value of its insurance coverage does too. And when you start paying a significant portion of your car’s value in premiums each year, you’re simply overpaying to offset the actual level of risk that remains – at least as far as collision damage to your own vehicle is concerned.
Collision insurance repairs or replaces your insured car if it's damaged, whether by another vehicle or an object like a tree or mailbox. This insurance covers up to the cash value of your car - which is where the 10% rule comes in. This rule most frequently applies to older cars or vehicles with a lot of mileage, as they are worth relatively low amounts. There are a few other situations where it might be a smart move to drop collision insurance, too.
When Not to Drop Collision Insurance
Every state requires car insurance except for New Hampshire and Virginia. However, the law doesn't mandate collision insurance. The only legally-mandated car insurance is liability coverage, for damages to someone or something that you accidentally hit with your car. Although collision insurance is optional, it's well worth purchasing for many people.
If you're financing your car, collision insurance is usually required. Otherwise, you might be stuck with a repair bill equivalent to the value of your new vehicle! If you're leasing your car, the same logic applies – most lessors require drivers to carry collision insurance, too.
In summary, it's a smart money move to drop collision insurance when your car is old or has high mileage, but you should definitely think twice about doing so.
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