Yes, there is a deductible for uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) insurance in most states that require it or make it available. States that allow insurers to sell UMPD typically dictate the deductible amount, and depending on where you live, it can be as high as $1,000.
A car insurance deductible is the amount that a policyholder must pay for a claim before the insurance company will cover any costs. Most types of insurance that require deductibles, like collision and comprehensive insurance, allow the policyholder to choose the amount, but that’s usually not the case for UMPD.
Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Deductibles by State
In some states, your UMPD deductible might vary based on the situation. For example, Virginia and Washington both require a UMPD deductible that’s specific to hit-and-run claims. Additionally, several states, including California and Indiana, offer UMPD but do not specify a deductible, leaving it up to the discretion of each insurance company.
A collision deductible waiver helps drivers save money on their deductible after an accident with an uninsured driver. Collision damage waivers typically apply only to accidents where an identified driver without insurance is completely at fault. A notable exception is California, where collision deductible waivers can be used in hit-and-run accidents. … read full answer
When a Collision Deductible Waiver Is a Good Idea
Collision deductible waivers are similar to uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) insurance, so a waiver is usually redundant if you are already required by your state to have UMPD. In states where UMPD is optional or unavailable, collision deductible waivers can be a great alternative for the same type of coverage. However, keep in mind that you cannot purchase a collision deductible waiver without collision insurance.
Collision Deductible Waiver Cost
The cost of a collision deductible waiver is usually less than $50 for your entire policy term. Although collision deductible waivers can only be used in a limited number of situations, their low cost means they are a good investment if you want to avoid any out-of-pocket expenses in the event that you’re hit by an uninsured motorist.
Finally, it should be noted that collision deductible waivers are different from collision damage waivers, which are sold by rental car companies to cover damage to their vehicles.
A collision insurance deductible is the amount of money that a driver must pay out-of-pocket when filing a collision insurance claim. Collision insurance pays to repair or replace a car damaged in an accident, and a driver must pay their collision deductible before their insurance company will cover the remaining costs.… read full answer
Collision Deductible Example
Say you are at fault in an accident that causes $10,000 in damage and you have a collision deductible of $1,000. You are responsible for covering your $1,000 collision deductible out-of-pocket in order for your insurance company to pay the remaining $9,000.
Collision Deductible Amounts
Collision deductibles typically range from $100 to $1,000, and you select your deductible amount when you purchase your policy. The higher your deductible, the cheaper your premium will be. Although it’s tempting to get a higher deductible in order to pay less upfront, you should only choose a deductible that you can afford to pay if your car is suddenly damaged in an accident.
No, you should not reject uninsured motorist coverage unless you have collision insurance and enough medical coverage to pay for your expenses after an accident caused by an uninsured driver. Drivers can reject uninsured motorist coverage in states where it is optional but still has to be offered by insurance companies. For instance, drivers in California, Florida, and Texas can legally reject uninsured motorist coverage. In 21 other states, including New York and Illinois, uninsured motorist coverage is required, so drivers cannot reject it. … read full answer
Uninsured motorist (UM) coverage is still a good investment even if it’s not mandatory in your state. The price of UM varies based on each driver’s risk factors, but it averages around $50-$75 annually. Given that an estimated 1 in 8 drivers in the U.S. is uninsured, this coverage is an inexpensive way to protect yourself financially.
Uninsured motorist insurance is divided into two categories, bodily injury and property damage. Both kinds of UM insurance are designed to replace the liability coverage that an at-fault driver should have purchased. Covered drivers can file a claim with their own policy if they are in a crash caused by someone without liability insurance. Depending on the state and the policy, drivers might also purchase underinsured motorist (UIM) coverage, which can be used when the at-fault driver’s liability insurance is insufficient.
What Happens If You Reject Uninsured Motorist Coverage?
If you reject uninsured motorist coverage, you will need to use another type of coverage or pay out of pocket in the event that you are hit by an uninsured driver. If you already have collision insurance and medical coverage of some sort, rejecting uninsured motorist coverage might be a good way to lower your premium. Otherwise, paying for uninsured motorist coverage is generally an inexpensive way to add extra protection.
However, keep in mind that the average uninsured motorist bodily injury claim was $32,337 in 2016, the latest year with data. So a few thousand dollars of PIP will not cover you for a serious accident with an uninsured driver. Similarly, UMBI requires you to pay fewer out-of-pocket expenses than general health insurance when you need to pay for medical bills after a qualifying accident.
Uninsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage
Uninsured motorist property damage (UMPD) coverage is only available in some states. UMPD is less important than the bodily injury variation for most drivers, since it overlaps entirely with collision insurance.
The main advantage that UMPD has over collision insurance is that it usually has lower premiums, since it covers fewer situations. UMPD could also be a worthwhile purchase if you don’t want your collision premium to increase in the event of a claim after an accident with an uninsured driver.
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