No, Mercury does not offer gap insurance. Unlike seven of the top 10 car insurance companies, Mercury does not sell gap insurance, a specialty type of coverage that pays for the difference between a totaled car’s value and the driver’s loan or lease balance.
You have several options if you’re a current Mercury customer and are looking for gap insurance. You could switch insurers and purchase a policy from a company that does offer gap insurance (or loan/lease payoff coverage, which is similar), like Nationwide or Progressive. You could also maintain your policy with Mercury and purchase gap insurance from a dealership or a stand-alone company. However, it’s worth noting that dealership gap insurance is often the most expensive option, since it’s usually rolled into your loan and charged interest.
For more information, check out WalletHub’s complete guide to gap insurance.
To find out if you have gap insurance, you should check both your existing car insurance policy and the terms of your loan or lease. Drivers can get gap insurance through their insurance company as an add-on or separately through their auto lender, so it’s important for drivers to check both places.… read full answer
Gap insurance, which covers the difference between your loan balance and the car’s actual value, can come from a dealership, bank, credit union, or car insurance company. It’s unlikely that you bought a stand-alone gap insurance policy without realizing it, so your first step should be to check with the obvious candidates.
How To Know If You Have Gap Insurance
1. Check with your car insurance company.
You can look through records such as your recent bills, or you can log in to your account on the company’s website. If this fails, you should call to ask about your coverage.
2. Check with your auto lender.
If you didn’t buy gap insurance from your normal insurance company, you could have purchased it from the dealership, bank, or credit union that supplied you with a loan or lease. It can be easy to overlook gap insurance from one of these sources since it’s sometimes included in your contract automatically.
3. Check your financial documents.
If you do not have gap insurance through your dealership, lender, or car insurance company, you probably are not covered. But as a last resort, you can look through your financial records – such as your online bills, credit card statements, and checkbook – to try to find some clues.
Mercury is cheap because the company offers a wide variety of discounts that almost anyone can get, including discounts for signing documents electronically and setting up autopay. Mercury ranked 7th overall in WalletHub's cheap car insurance study of more than 40 major insurers. However, Mercury only offers coverage in 11 states: Texas, Arizona, California, Nevada, Oklahoma, Illinois, Georgia, Florida, Virginia, New York, and New Jersey, partly because it offers discounts for paying in full or being affiliated with certain organizations. Plus, Mercury rewards customer loyalty with discounts for insuring more than one car or bundling multiple policies, such as home and auto.… read full answer
Mercury is especially cheap for responsible drivers in particular. That’s because Mercury has special savings opportunities for drivers in this category, such as discounts for good students and good drivers. But even though Mercury is among the cheapest car insurance companies, the only way to confirm you’ve found the lowest price is to compare quotes from multiple companies. Your final premium is based on a variety of factors, like your driving record, insurance history, the type of car you drive, and more, and all insurance companies can’t offer the same rate.
To get a personalized quote from Mercury, you can speak to a representative by calling 1 (800) 503-3724.
Gap insurance takes 5-45 days to pay the policyholder after a claim is filed. For drivers to receive a gap insurance payout, the car first needs to be declared a total loss and the insurance company needs to accept the claim.
State laws also dictate how long an insurance company has to pay for a claim. For example, insurers in Texas must pay within five days after accepting a claim. Some other states, like Massachusetts, do not have a specific limit, saying only that an insurer must pay within a “reasonable” amount of time.… read full answer
Factors That Affect How Long it Takes for Gap Insurance to Pay
Insurance companies will generally declare a car a total loss within 30 days of the initial claim being filed. However, more complicated situations take longer to settle, such as accidents involving multiple drivers, medical bills, or an unclear fault determination.
But once the car has been officially established as a total loss and the insurer agrees to pay for gap coverage, the company will begin to process the gap payment. Since gap insurance pays for the difference between a car’s actual cash value (ACV) and the balance on its loan or lease, gap insurance payments are usually sent straight to the lessor or lender.
How To Speed Up Gap Insurance Payout
To get the fastest possible gap insurance payout, be sure to check your policy details and follow any instructions from your insurance company. For example, some insurers require you to keep making payments to your lender or lessor while the claim is being investigated.
Also make sure to send the insurance company any necessary documents, like a copy of the police report, and promptly sign and return all paperwork. And if needed, check your state’s laws to see if there’s a specific window during which your gap insurer is required to pay.
WalletHub Answers is a free service that helps consumers access financial information. Information on WalletHub Answers is provided “as is” and should not be considered financial, legal or investment advice. WalletHub is not a financial advisor, law firm, “lawyer referral service,” or a substitute for a financial advisor, attorney, or law firm. You may want to hire a professional before making any decision. WalletHub does not endorse any particular contributors and cannot guarantee the quality or reliability of any information posted. The helpfulness of a financial advisor's answer is not indicative of future advisor performance.
WalletHub members have a wealth of knowledge to share, and we encourage everyone to do so while respecting our content guidelines. This question was posted by WalletHub.
Please keep in mind that editorial and user-generated content on this page is not reviewed or otherwise endorsed by any financial institution. In addition, it is not a financial institution’s responsibility to ensure all posts and questions are answered.
Ad Disclosure: Certain offers that appear on this site originate from paying advertisers, and this will be noted on an offer’s details page using the designation "Sponsored", where applicable. Advertising may impact how and where products appear on this site (including, for example, the order in which they appear). At WalletHub we try to present a wide array of offers, but our offers do not represent all financial services companies or products.