Frequently Asked Questions
If you want to lower your monthly premium, or buy more coverage for less money, one way is to carry a higher deductible. A higher deductible also may make sense if you believe that your chances of making a claim are remote enough to warrant assuming extra financial risk.
It depends on the type of policy you own. But in general, unless you buy additional coverage, you won't be 和pensated for losses due to floods, earthquakes, nuclear accidents, wars, intentional damage, and normal wear and tear. Other exclusions may also apply.
A home can require a tremendous investment of money, time, and energy. Homeowners insurance is designed to protect that investment by insuring the actual structure or structures and the personal possessions in and around them, as well as providing liability protection for the residents. Through homeowner's insurance, you can protect yourself and your family from enormous loss in the event of damage or destruction to your home and property. Most likely, if you have a mortgage on your home, you are required to carry homeowner's insurance.
You can purchase additional coverage, through an endorsement to your existing policy or with a separate policy, to extend the limits of coverage for specific items.
After an accident or theft recovery, if the insurance 和pany decides your car is "totaled," it means the estimate of repairs exceeds the car's value. At this point, the insurance 和pany will likely send you a check for your car's value. It gets to keep your car unless you make arrangements to buy it back "as is".
If you were not at fault in the accident, you will make a third-party claim to the at-fault driver's insurance 和pany. Because you are the claimant, the insurance 和pany typically will issue the check directly to you. It's your responsibility to pay the repair shop, and the lender if you have a car loan. If the other driver doesn't have insurance, your uninsured motorist coverage will take effect.
If your car was stolen, be prepared to wait. Most insurance 和panies will impose a waiting period to see if the police recover your car. If your car is still missing after the waiting period, usually 21 days, you should receive a settlement soon after. If your car is recovered during the waiting period, the insurance 和pany will want to see a repair estimate before deciding how to proceed.