There is a case to be made for getting just comprehensive and not collision insurance, even if your car is not valuable. Comprehensive covers you for a lot more perils than does collision--including, most importantly, against theft. Regardless of the value of your car, having it stolen is a major inconvenience. Even if your car is worth only $2,000 at the time of the theft, and your insurer gives you $1,500, that sum would go a long way in buying yourself a new vehicle. As we discuss in more detail below, comprehensive insurance generally costs no more than $200 per year, so a $1,500 reimbursement would make the coverage valuable.
State Farm is the largest auto insurer in the country, with roughly 10.19% of the market. You don't get that big without doing something right. For starters, it's extremely easy to manage your policy – you can call an agent (there are 18,000 of them), use online chat or even use the convenient Pocket Agent app. The shopping experience is pretty painless, too.
A common misunderstanding is that annual insurance policies that cover commuting allow business trips to any location – they don’t! Commuting use only covers journeys to or from your regular place of work – so this could exclude cover if you visit a client, attend a training course or help out at a local branch. Our temp car insurance policies provide full business use (but not the carrying of goods or passengers for hire or reward).
I am glad to see USAA at the bottom; but it should not be on the list at all. I am currently going through a claim with them (total loss, I got rear ended, pushed into the car in front of me and they hit the car in front of them; not at fault). I have all correspondence recorded and proof of them lying to me, and using made up regulations to justify it. When asked for the reference for said regulations, I am ignored. I have been throwing WAC at them, quote after quote as to how they are being unruly. This was in December, it is now April and they have YET to give me a valuation report in compliance with WAC. I will be more than happy to provide a copy of our correspondence (with PII edited, obviously), proving how bad USAA is at customer service and how willing they are to break the rules if it benefits them. Email me if you want to see it. I finally had enough and contacted the Washington State Insurance Commissioner; USAA has until the middle of this month to respond to them… We will see what happens next.
(iii) The 'Driving Other Cars' extension offers limited cover. Some people have a 'Driving Other Cars' extension on their own insurance policy. This covers the policyholder only; and not any additional named drivers. Should you be involved in an accident, the 'Driving Other Cars' extension would not cover you for any damage to your friend's car – only the 'third party' involved. In contrast, if a short term insurance policy was taken out, this cover is comprehensive, meaning the vehicle would be covered, even in the event of a fault accident.
Craig’s Ford Focus RS is extremely modified. The engine is forged with oversized pistons etc. It’s also had lots of headwork – it’s running a gtx 35/86r turbo with 1000cc injectors. In addition, it’s running an emu black ecu, is on bc racing coilovers and has a full roll cage (painted orange) fitted. Other modifications include: racing bucket seats, a wrap (done by blueprint), a btcc front end, and many more.
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Craig’s Ford Focus RS is extremely modified. The engine is forged with oversized pistons etc. It’s also had lots of headwork – it’s running a gtx 35/86r turbo with 1000cc injectors. In addition, it’s running an emu black ecu, is on bc racing coilovers and has a full roll cage (painted orange) fitted. Other modifications include: racing bucket seats, a wrap (done by blueprint), a btcc front end, and many more.
Matthew thanks for posting this. You’re absolutely right. USAA has gone down the tubes, I dont get it, a simple claim recently for auto, turned into a nightmare. bouncing my calls all over the country with a bunch of idiots for claim reps answering the phones, and forcing my car into total loss when it should not have been, and paying only a portion of the damage even though I have collision.

USAA’s adjustor knew he messed up big time. He told me that & I said no I don’t agree & I’m not accepting that, so, I guess you need to finish this conversation with my lawyer. He promptly snarkily replied we can’t talk if you have a lawyer… I said I guess we can’t talk then here’s his number & hung up. I think he had enough time to Google my lawyer & he called me back to back 3x. The 3rd one I said you said we can’t talk so we’re not talking. You are finishing it with my lawyer… click. I’m done messing around @ this point. I hurt. I can’t get to my follow-up doctors appointments & they’re trying to screw me out of fair market value for my truck. Just no way.

Collision and comprehensive insurance are two optional types of auto insurance where your insurer pays for repairs to your vehicle. While there are other optional auto insurance coverages, liability, comprehensive, and collision are three of the most common. These coverages work hand-in-hand to repair or replace most of the damages to your car. It's important to know the difference, and make sure you're adequately covered.
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