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Car crash bad. Pay money good.

What low-cost auto insurance provider in the US has the best claims service? [more inside]
posted by michaelh on Aug 26, 2014 - 8 answers

We need help with these bizarre insurance questions.

Child Clarkstonian, who is an adult, bought a car. Said child doesn't make enough to satisfy the insurance company. They are making onerous requests. Said child needs good insurance, because our name is on the lien (first car, needed co-signers, child is paying for the car). [more inside]
posted by clarkstonian on Aug 8, 2014 - 23 answers

Filing a car insurance claim with unreported previous damage

I was in a fender-bender that was indisputably the other driver's fault, but I'm not sure how to proceed with the insurance claim because there was already some mild prior damage to my car from a couple of scrapes in my house's treacherous driveway that I never brought to my insurer's attention. Can I get in trouble with my insurance company (USAA) for failing to report those minor solo collisions, and how much will it complicate a claim against the at-fault driver's insurance? [more inside]
posted by patnasty on Jul 22, 2014 - 8 answers

Did my insurance company give me a BS answer regarding a rate increase?

I recently received my renewal notice in the mail for my auto insurance policy. The premium (for the entire year) increased by almost $100. I called my insurance company to find out why, and my BS detector is going off. [more inside]
posted by tckma on Jul 21, 2014 - 15 answers

Nannies/Caregivers/Families: how do you handle car insurance?

I'm currently applying for nannying jobs and have been informed by my car insurance company that my policy does not cover me if I am transporting a client in my car, and that they do not offer coverage for business purposes. They gave me contact information for their parent company, who might be able to help, but the parent company is not available until Monday. I'm in California, if that matters. [more inside]
posted by corey flood on Jun 21, 2014 - 1 answer

should I own this car pre or post- interstate move?

I am 24 and about to be a car owner. Next month I am moving from Utah to Indiana alone with the car, which is currently owned by mother. We don't know whether I should be given the title, have the car registered in my name and get an independent insurance policy in Utah before I go, or leave everything in my mother's name until I get to Indiana. [more inside]
posted by wrabbit on Jun 17, 2014 - 9 answers

Toot toot beep beep

We will soon be owning and insuring a car in NJ, but are confused about how much coverage we should be getting. How much coverage do we need? [more inside]
posted by ThePinkSuperhero on Jun 6, 2014 - 8 answers

Filling out an insurance form given a lot of flux

What do I put on a car insurance quote form? I am moving (NJ/NY/CA), changing jobs, and going through at least 3 unique stages of driving frequency/behavior over the next few months. And it really feels like most of this isn't the insurance company's business. But clearly I need to put *something* in each field. :) Help? Here are my facts, what parts of this should be put into the form? Work 1) I've worked full time in NY for just over a year now 2) I am unemployed between now and the end of June and for most of August 3) I have a full time, residential job in NY during July 3) I'm interviewing for jobs in CA that will begin in late August/early September and have already gotten at least one offer. But I haven't made the choice yet and won't for at least another month. Location 1) I've lived in NJ for just over a year now 2) I'm buying a used car from a friend in NC (my home state) next week 3) But I'm moving to CA and the car will be parked in CA starting in July 4) I myself will be in NY for the duration of July 5) I will begin renting and driving in CA in August Driving Behavior 1) Between June 1st and June 30th, I'm doing quite a bit of inter-state driving, although not all at once. 2) I'm parking the car and not driving it at all in July 3) I'm using the car to commute in CA in August and beyond [more inside]
posted by ch3cooh on May 20, 2014 - 4 answers

Do I need stacked uninsured motorist coverage?

I'm trying to lower my car insurance rates and the rep with my insurance company suggested I drop stacked uninsured motorist coverage because I already have health insurance. I understand how the stacked coverage works but it seems redundant to carry it if I have heath insurance coverage. Am I misunderstanding how UIM coverage works?
posted by photoslob on May 16, 2014 - 4 answers

Old car + too much auto insurance.

I'm a dummy. I have a 17-year-old beloved Honda CRV that I cluelessly have been paying too much car insurance on. [more inside]
posted by HeyAllie on Apr 9, 2014 - 17 answers

Moving cross-country, will need car--but when and where?

In a few months I will be moving across the country from Delaware to California for a year to maybe indefinitely. In which state should I buy a car and how should it be paid for? (Snowflake details below the cut.) [more inside]
posted by serelliya on Mar 24, 2014 - 11 answers

Car insurance error in my favor?

Giant National Car Insurance Company and I disagree about whether or not I have paid my insurance bill for this half-year. They say I have. I say I haven't. Should I just give up and keep the money? Moral Quandry inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 5, 2014 - 18 answers

Involved in accident, at-fault party's insurance couldn't pay for all

Involved in a four-car accident, at-fault party's insurance couldn't cover all the property damages. Now what? [more inside]
posted by Carius on Jan 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Costco insurance--Auto and renter's policies

A few weeks ago, I asked whether I should join Costco, and on your recommendation, I did (and am quite happy). Several people mentioned the Costco-branded insurance (underwritten by Ameriprise). There are both auto and renter's lines of insurance available, and my existing policies with another carrier are coming up for renewal. How is the insurance coverage and customer service on the Costco policies (or with Ameriprise in general)? Did you actually save the money you were expecting? Are there other carriers we should consider? [more inside]
posted by Admiral Haddock on Nov 8, 2013 - 12 answers

Car Insurance- Get them involved or Don't get them involved?

3 years ago my husband backed into a concrete pole in a parking garage while away on business. It has rendered the hatch back useless. We are now moving and need the hatch back more than ever. For many reasons we never informed our insurance company and never fixed it. This is what our insurance is for; right? [more inside]
posted by m. says: on Nov 5, 2013 - 19 answers

Better [not] call [me,] Saul!

Help! I keep getting calls from personal-injury lawyers, and I can't make them stop! [more inside]
posted by Strange Interlude on Nov 4, 2013 - 8 answers

Michigan Auto Insurance - Can Premium Rise b/c of Not-At-Fault Accident?

In the state of Michigan, USA, can your auto insurance [liability+collision+comprehensive] premium be increased as a result of a collision claim for which the driver/policyholder is judged 'not at fault' by the police or court? I thought that it could, but I have a friend who is sure it cannot. Can any of you provide a definitive answer?
posted by Juffo-Wup on Sep 27, 2013 - 6 answers

Is there such a thing as Per Mile car insurance...

...That actually exists right now, and isn't just some thing in a trial state only available in 1-2 small locations? I'm paying a lot for a car i barely drive. [more inside]
posted by emptythought on Jul 22, 2013 - 18 answers

Car insurance and the marriage discount

My ex-husband is still listed as my spouse on my car insurance policy and I just recently found that it's been giving me a discount on my premium for the last two years that we've been divorced. If I send the insurance company my divorce decree, it will remove him from my policy and increase my premium by $100. I'd like to keep him on the policy and continue to get the discount. What penalties (if any) would occur if I did this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 19, 2013 - 28 answers

Car Stolen.....Insurance Pay Out.....Car found.....

We had our car stolen a couple of weeks ago. The insurance company actually worked pretty quickly and we agreed a settlement amount with them and they have paid out. Now been informed by the Police that the car has been found. It looks like it's in pretty good nick apart from a couple of broken windows. Would we be able to buy the car back from the insurance company? How much if any discount should I expect? Problems in the future? Anyone got any experience of buying their car back from their insurance company?
posted by lloyder on May 24, 2013 - 8 answers

Insurance options for a seldom used vehicle?

What are my options for insuring a vehicle that won't be used very much at all? [more inside]
posted by azpenguin on Mar 3, 2013 - 10 answers

Minor car accident - question about insurance claim & responsibility

I was in what I think was a fender bender on Saturday, and have a question about the insurance process / responsibility. This was near Boston, MA if it matters. [more inside]
posted by darsh on Feb 25, 2013 - 13 answers

Troubles with the DMV after lapse of ins coverage. Advice sought.

Hi all, longtime reader here, new poster. While dealing with multiple personal hardships (more inside), I had a lapse in insurance coverage for 10 days. This has snowballed into a major issue for me, and I may lose my driving privileges for 3 months, which means losing my job. Any and all advice/anecdata appreciated. [more inside]
posted by cardinality on Feb 20, 2013 - 7 answers

Parking lot scrape - what's the procedure?

Parking lot scrape - what's the procedure? [more inside]
posted by resiny on Oct 19, 2012 - 8 answers

Got in an accident with a car that wasn't mine a few years ago - what does it mean for my insurance now?

2.5 years ago I rear-ended someone while driving a university vehicle on university insurance (in TN). Next month I'm buying a used car from a friend. Need help figuring out what this means for insurance. [more inside]
posted by pdq on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

What level of car isurance benefits?

Are these levels of car insurance benefits common these days? Our car insurance is up for renewal and out agent is suggesting "Enhanced benefits" (in the GTA area in Ontario). [more inside]
posted by feelinggood on May 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Car accident help

Oregon Car Insurance / Accident question: minor accident late last night, what do I do now. Details within. [more inside]
posted by pseudonick on Apr 16, 2012 - 8 answers

What to do about a hit and run?

I was rear ended by a semi truck driver who did not stop to exchange information. I filed a police report and an insurance claim and have been advised to press charges. Is there anything else I should be doing to make sure the responsible party pays for the damage to my car? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by smokingloon on Apr 5, 2012 - 8 answers

How do I protect myself and my wallet when renting a car?

How much insurance coverage does a person without a car (or their own insurance) need when renting a car in the U.S.? [more inside]
posted by Bunglegirl on Mar 11, 2012 - 5 answers

Auto Accident Aftermath

Should I get a lawyer, and whose insurance should I make a claim against for an auto accident that was the other driver's fault and which caused significant injury? [more inside]
posted by Vectorcon Systems on Dec 12, 2011 - 15 answers

Getting car insurance in Oregon for a car in Minnesota

I live in Oregon and I have never owned a car, but in a couple weeks I am picking up my grandpa's car in Minnesota and driving it back. I know I need to register the car in Oregon and have Oregon car insurance. Is there a way for me to do this before leaving for Minnesota on the 9th of September when I don't have the car physically with me? What information do I need? My parents live in New Hampshire, is it impossible to be added on to their insurance? I am a 21 year old male. I just feel confused and am unsure where to start. Thanks for your help!
posted by Corduroy on Sep 5, 2011 - 5 answers

Do any UK car insurers take US driving experience into account?

Do any UK car insurers take US driving experience into account? [more inside]
posted by piato on Aug 25, 2011 - 6 answers

Non-Owner Car Insurance in AZ for a learning driver?

YANML, but what's the situation for non-owner car insurance in Arizona? How can I minimize liability for both myself and a non-family member if she, a new driver on a learner's permit, is operating my vehicle? [more inside]
posted by Alterscape on Jun 10, 2011 - 2 answers

What are the legal things you have to do to buy a 2ndhand car off a mate?

We're about to buy a car and we're clueless. Insurance, tax, transfer of ownership, DVLA, WTF? What do we have to do to make it legal for my husband to drive this car away from a friends house on Sunday? In particular - how do we insure a car we don't officially own yet? [more inside]
posted by handee on May 12, 2011 - 4 answers

Keeping auto insurance without a real address?

How do I keep my car insured during an out-of-state relocation that may take a month or two to be complete? [more inside]
posted by shiny blue object on Apr 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Insurance help?

Deer hunting with my BMW was expensive! Insurance question from a former insurance agent who has forgotten the rules... [more inside]
posted by kiwi-epitome on Apr 26, 2011 - 8 answers

I was in a motorcycle accident. What will I get?

I had a motorcycle accident (I hit a car). The other driver is at fault. My bike will most likely be totaled, I went to the hospital, and some of my other stuff is broken. What will happen, and what should I be doing to make sure I recoup my damages? [more inside]
posted by aaronbeekay on Feb 27, 2011 - 23 answers

Car Crash = Insurance screwing me over

My beautiful car was destroyed in a crash, someone turned in front of me and it's totally their fault. But their insurance made me an offer for about half of my car's replacement value. And I'm injured too. Now they want to cut off my loaner rental car, to pressure me to settle. How can I get justice? [more inside]
posted by charlie don't surf on Feb 25, 2011 - 44 answers

My car got totaled - help me get what I'm owed

My car got totaled in an accident two days ago. I'm looking for advice from those who've been through this process before. How can I make sure to get the most money for the replacement car from my insurance? [more inside]
posted by smokingmonkey on Dec 31, 2010 - 20 answers

Should I call my insurance company?

I've just pulled off the incredibly suave move of sideswiping one of my cars while parking the other. Is there anything I should know before calling my insurance company? [more inside]
posted by lost_cause on Nov 7, 2010 - 12 answers

Should I get an insurance agent or can I get homeowners & car insurance for 2 cars & 1 teenage driver online?

I need new insurance - homeowners and car. Do I need an actual human agent or can I do it all by myself online? Bonus related question! Should I add my son to my policy or keep him on his own? [more inside]
posted by mygothlaundry on Oct 26, 2010 - 7 answers

Can I own, maintain, and insure a car without paying an arm and a leg?

What is the absolute cheapest possible way for me to have a car? Insurance, car payments, maintenance, all that jazz? [more inside]
posted by skyl1n3 on Oct 2, 2010 - 15 answers

We need more help...

Wife was in a car accident. We're still having serious difficulties. [more inside]
posted by Marduk on Sep 29, 2010 - 23 answers

First car accident, please help!

First car accident ever, also first in the USA. Can you explain to me what I should do? [more inside]
posted by Tarumba on Sep 27, 2010 - 23 answers

Experiences with California Low Cost Auto Insurance?

Does anyone have experiences with the California Low Cost Auto Insurance (CLCA) program, and/or any advice for applying? (Anonymous because the program is only for individuals dancing with the poverty line, and I'd rather not make my financial circumstances known) [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Aug 11, 2010 - 0 answers

Car insurance costs half the car? (UK)

Why am I quoted £1k + to insure a £2k car? (UK only) [more inside]
posted by KMH on Aug 2, 2010 - 23 answers

Insurance is confusing!

What do I need to do to insure my car? (a tricky Canadian situation) [more inside]
posted by Bergamot on Jul 11, 2010 - 3 answers

Attempting to lessen ill effects of DWI on my car insurance...

I am in North Carolina; just received sentencing for a DWI (first offense), and I'm wondering how I might save some money on the inevitable insurance rate hike. Currently I am on a policy with my wife, through Progressive. We have a 2008 Mazda 3i and a 1992 Chevy Beretta; I am wondering if it might benefit me to get my own, separate insurance policy for the Beretta, so that the more expensive Mazda rates will stay with her and hopefully be unaffected? I don't want to run my credit report getting rate quotes, so I'm throwing the question out here. Thanks for any advice!
posted by jeroum on Jun 30, 2010 - 11 answers

Ignore, and maybe it'll go away.

Accident and Car Insurance Filter - the other party is stalling, what recourse do we have? [more inside]
posted by VikingSword on May 17, 2010 - 17 answers

Already drowning in photocopies

Minor, minor car accident. Other driver left the scene. No damage to my car. Is there any reason that I should report this to my insurance agency? [more inside]
posted by oinopaponton on Mar 17, 2010 - 11 answers

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