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Things Your Car Insurance May Not Cover

Carefully weigh the facts before letting your insurance company talk you into switching to another plan.

Has your insurance company ever asked you to switch to another plan because it could save you a certain amount of money? If it does, make sure you careful weight the facts. When the insurance company says that you could save up to a certain amount, it often means that is the upper limit and only a few people actually save anything by switching.

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You should remember that you get what you pay for. If you purchase only the minimum insurance your state requires to your purchase, you may end up paying a lot more if you are in an accident and your insurance does not cover all the expenses. If you want to save yourself of all the trouble, you should consider some optional insurance policies, which include:

Collision and Comprehensive Coverage

This coverage pays for the costs of repairs after a car accident. If the car is totaled, the insurance company will generally pay you the amount your car was worth at the time of the accident. This is optional insurance, but if you are financing or leasing a car, your lender might require you to purchase it.

Gap Insurance

If you have collision and comprehensive coverage, your insurance company will generally pay you a check for the amount your vehicle was worth at the time it was totaled. However, if you are still paying off the car or were leasing, the amount you get could be less than what you still owe to the lender.

While it is not mandatory to buy this insurance, most lenders will require you to buy it.

Custom Parts and Equipment

If you have made any additions or modifications to your car such as a new stereo system, it will usually not be covered by your insurance unless you purchase custom parts and equipment policy.

People who are not listed on your insurance, but live with you

When you give someone who does not live with you permission to drive your car, they are typically covered by your insurance. However, if that person lives with you, he/she must be listed on your insurance if they want to drive your car or they may not be covered if there is an accident while they are driving.

Business Uses

Thanks to the rise to Uber and Lyft, a large number of people have become part time taxi drivers. However, if you use your personal car for transporting people or goods, you will typically need business insurance. If you get into an accident while you are using your personal car for business purposes, the insurance company may refuse to cover the damages.

Speak with a St. Louis car accident lawyer

If you were injured or lost a family member in a car accident or truck accident, call our 24-hour legal help number at (314) 361-4242 or toll free (866) 763-6433. You can also contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation.

Updated: August 18, 2021