Anamarie Waite, Car Insurance Writer
No, car insurance does not cover theft of personal items that are left in your car. Property like your phone, laptop, and other valuables that might be stolen from your vehicle should be listed on your homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy because they will not be covered by your car insurance.
If your vehicle or any of its standard parts are stolen or vandalized, comprehensive car insurance coverage will help pay for the damage to your car and can even replace it in a total-loss situation. Comprehensive insurance only covers permanent, pre-installed features of the car, though—not personal items that may be destroyed or stolen from inside the car.
How Theft Is Covered by Car Insurance
For example, let’s say someone breaks a window to get into your car, breaks open the lock to your glovebox, and steals your smartphone from inside. Comprehensive coverage will pay for your glass claim and any repairs to the car’s interior, like fixing the broken lock and any other damage to the glovebox. But you must have had your phone insured on your homeowner’s policy and file a claim there to recover the cost of replacing the stolen phone.
Remember, comprehensive car insurance usually has a deductible, so you will likely still have to pay some money out of pocket. If you have liability-only coverage, your policy will not cover theft or vandalism at all.
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