Filed an Auto Insurance Claim? What Happens Next

Filed an Auto Insurance Claim? What Happens Next

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Oh, no. You’ve gotten into a car accident. Whether or not you’re at fault, the aftermath can be difficult, and you’re not looking forward to dealing with all the paperwork in the aftermath.

If you’re filing a claim with your insurance company, you may be wondering what happens after you send it in. While each company’s process is unique, most have the same basic steps. If you want to know what’s happening with your claim, read on. This blog will show you what’s happening at your insurance company.

1. Gather Evidence

After you file your claim, your insurance company first needs to look at all the accounts of what happened. They will assign an insurance adjustor or liability examiner to your case. That person may:

  • Ask for a copy of the police report from the accident
  • Talk to the other driver and any witnesses to get their stories of what happened
  • Look at and photograph your car’s damage
  • Visit where the accident took place
  • Look at your medical records to see the extent of your injuries (if you sign a medical release form allowing him or her to do so)
  • Check your social media accounts to see if you’re telling a different story of what happened online-after all, some people file fraudulent claims

Once your insurance adjustor has all of the information he or she needs, you can start taking care of your car.

2. Repair the Damage

Most insurance companies understand that you can’t put your life on hold while they make a decision about your claim. While they deliberate, they’ll help you get your car fixed. The process is different for each company, so make sure to ask what to do, but generally, companies have repair shops that they trust.

If you take your car into a trusted shop, you can be assured that the insurance company won’t argue with you on the cost. However, if you take your car into a shop of your choice that the insurance company isn’t familiar with, your insurance company may decide that the repair price is higher than it should be, and you’ll have to make up the cost.

Make sure you know what your insurance company wants to you do before just picking a shop at your leisure. That way, your insurance is more likely to cover the entire cost of the repair.

3. Determine Fault

Now that your insurance company has gathered evidence and had time to review it, they need to make a decision about who is at fault in the accident. It’s likely that they will work closely with the other driver’s insurance company during this time.

Fault isn’t all-or-nothing. It’s entirely possible that the companies will agree that both people are partially at fault: one person could have been speeding, and the other could have been turning without using a turn signal. If both people messed up, the insurance companies will decide what percentage of blame to assign to each (like 80 percent to one driver and 20 percent to the other).

The costs follow the percentage of blame: the insurance company of the person who is 80 percent at fault will pay 80 percent of the total costs. With so much investigation and negotiation, it’s no wonder that the claim process can take a while.

4. Settle the Claim

Now that the insurance company has decided on how much it will pay versus how much the other company will pay for the accident, it’s time to settle your claim. You’ll soon hear their decision and receive any reimbursement you need.

 

If you’re not happy with the way your insurance company is treating you, consider Great Northern Insurance Agency. We make a point of treating our customers like people, not numbers. And if you were recently in an accident, we hope you’ll get the best outcome possible.

Want to Become a Driver for a Ridesharing Company? 5 Factors to Consider

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With the rising popularity of Uber, Lyft, and other ridesharing companies, using your car to make a little extra cash may seem like a great idea. However, while driving for a ridesharing company works for many car owners, it is more complicated than just signing up and showing up.

You might make good money through ridesharing, especially if you live near a big city, but you also have to consider the costs and restrictions your new job makes you subject to.

In this blog, we cover five considerations that many prospective drivers forget.

1. Insurance Coverage Requirements

The insurance you have for your personal vehicle only covers situations that qualify as just thatpersonal. When you also use your car for business purposes, you encounter situations that aren’t covered in your personal policy.

Because you will use your vehicle for commercial purposes, you must disclose your ridesharing occupation to your insurer. If you choose not to report your commercial driving or choose not to change your policy, your insurer may drop your coverage.

2. Local Regulations

Ridesharing companies have expanded quickly and many cities and states still do not have a standard way for regulating ridesharing.

Because of this difficulty, some locations have banned ridesharing entirely. In other places, you may have to drive a newer model car, have specific insurance coverages, or submit to a background check before becoming a ridesharing driver.

Check your local regulations to ensure you operate within the law in your area.

3. Taxes for Independent Contractors

When you work for a ridesharing company, you technically work as an independent contractor. While your day job pays you at a specific time and takes taxes directly out of your paychecks, your ridesharing income will work differently.

When you work as an independent contractor, you must pay your taxes to the IRS directly. If you make a lot of money through your ridesharing work, you may need to pay estimated taxes. Essentially, when you pay estimated taxes, you project how much you will make for the year, determine taxes based on that amount, and make quarterly payments.

Because independent contractors often pay a higher tax rate and the filing process can be complex, you may want to work with a tax professional.

4. Vehicle Wear and Tear

Your daily commute puts plenty of wear and tear on your car, but ridesharing can cause even faster deterioration. When you put more miles on your car overall, you must replace your tires and change your oil more often. Additionally, drivers who work in cities often go through brake pads more quickly.

To minimize wear and tear, avoid idling and schedule routine maintenance as needed.

5. Work-Related Expenses

Ridesharing companies claim that their drivers make enormous amounts of income for the hours they work. This claim can be true depending on where you work. However, you must also consider the expenses that come with a vehicle-dependent occupation.

Remember, much of the money you make will go toward paying for gas and the other expenses listed above. Consider calculating your estimated insurance cost, taxes, and other expenses before deciding to drive for a rideshare company.

 

Take all these factors into consideration to decide if ridesharing represents a viable option for you and your vehicle.

Think driving for a ridesharing company could work for you? Consult with Great Northern Insurance Agency to find the right insurance coverage to keep you safe and compliant with laws in your area.

Should You Buy a House? 4 Benefits of Home Ownership

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As a young single person or newlywed, you probably look at the expense of buying and maintaining a home and feel a little apprehension. Houses can often cost more than apartments, and houses also come with less flexibility than apartments. After all, when you have an apartment, you can move on to an exciting new locale with new neighbors when the lease ends.

Yet, your parents and the other adults in your life swear by home ownership. They tell you about the freedoms you’ll have when you have a property you actually own. But is it really advantageous to own a home?

Below, you will find a list of some of the most prominent benefits you will reap after you buy a house.

1. You Get a Tax Deduction From Your Home

When you own a home, you don’t have to pay as much in taxes as you did before. Tax deductions lower the adjusted gross income on your tax forms every year, which means you have a lower tax liability as well. These deductions come from everything you pay on mortgage interest, real estate taxes, and any points you pay to a lender when you create a new loan or refinance.

In addition to tax deductions, you can also get tax credits on your home if you improve it to make it more environmentally friendly, such as adding certain kinds of solar panels.

2. Houses Appreciate in Value

If you have ever watched your parents or family friends sell a home, then you probably noticed that the home sold for more money than they bought it for. Houses appreciate over time, which means they increase in value through the years. While your car decreases in value the moment it leaves the dealership, your home does the opposite when you buy it.

3. You Do Not Need Anyone’s Permission to Make Changes

Maybe you would like to paint a wall in your living room a deep, warm red to give the place some character. Or perhaps you want to replace the kitchen counters or the bathroom tile. When you rent, you have to ask your landlord if you can make these improvements, and he or she may refuse.

On the other hand, when you own a home, you get to decide what to do with it. So, if you want to significantly remodel, change the carpet, or add a greenhouse to the property, you can do so. A home you own is a canvas for your personality, while a place you rent is more of a spot to store your belongings.

4. Pets and Parties Are Not Off-Limits

Again, your landlord would normally stipulate that you cannot have a pet or a party in your rental. You would have to keep the noise to a minimum, and you would have to rent a pet kennel elsewhere to keep your cat or dog. The animal could never come into the apartment just in case future tenants have an allergy or a sensitivity to smells.

But again, when you own your own home, you get to decide what you do with it. You still have to respect your neighbors, but you can be much louder than you ever were in a rental, and you can have as many pets as you please.

 

Homes also come with increased privacy, predictable and stable living costs, and a sense of pride because you’ll live somewhere you own.

However, when you make a significant investment like a house, you need to protect it. Make sure you have home insurance so that if anything happens to your house, you don’t suffer financially as a result. Turn to a home insurance specialist to get the coverage you need, and don’t be afraid to ask questions.

3 Reasons to Buy Insurance for Your Road Trip to Mexico

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Your international road trip through Mexico will be a fun, wild ride through a warm, exotic country. It’s the kind of scenic, eye-opening adventure that inspires travelogues and novels. It also will give you the convenience you love, taking your things with you in your own car without the hassle of flying internationally and checking bags.

Before you leave, you may want to purchase insurance specifically for your trip. Normal American car insurance policies won’t cover damage to your car or your liability in case of an accident.

The risks and consequences of driving in Mexico without insurance coverage are significant. Read on to learn the three reasons you should buy car insurance for your road trip.

1. Without Insurance, Your Car Can Be Impounded After an Accident.

Mexican law requires all drivers to have proof of financial responsibility. In other words, even for a short trip, you’ll need to have some form of liability insurance to legally drive in Mexico. The liability insurance you do buy must be from a company licensed in Mexico or a company that partners with a Mexico-based insurer.

If you choose to skip this minor purchase and you experience a collision, your car will be immediately impounded. You won’t be able to get your car out of the impound lot until you pay damages to the other party involved and the impound fee.

2. Without Insurance, You Risk Going to Jail

Scary stories of foreign jails aren’t something you want to experience yourself. Countries like Mexico don’t offer the same legal protections as the United States. In addition to legal boundaries, unless you are a competent Spanish speaker, you may have trouble contacting a local attorney and paying for your release should you find yourself in a Mexican jail.

While this scenario may seem hyperbolic, you risk jail time if you drive into Mexico without basic liability insurance and cause a car accident that results in bodily harm.  

3. Road Conditions Can Be Challenging, Even Treacherous.

As an American driver, you’re accustomed to well-lit streets, extensive signage, right-hand highway exits, and paved highways. In Mexico, you may not experience these commonalities of car travel.

Unlike the US, the Mexican government doesn’t maintain all roads, meaning many rural routes have large potholes. It’s not uncommon for these roads to be entirely without street lights or signage. Many highways in rural areas will also have open livestock grazing, where cattle roam freely on and across the road you’ll be driving on. All of these road conditions can put you at risk for damaging your vehicle.

Conditions aside, driving in a foreign country presents certain cultural differences that can make you susceptible to driver error.

For example, roads in Mexico use the “returno” system, instead of right-hand off-ramps. To exit a highway, you pause in the left hand turning lane, then make a U-turn and head to your destination. Mexican roads also feature many unmarked speed bumps, which you can accidentally hit at a high speed and damage your car. 

 

Without appropriate coverage, car accidents can be very costly and even result in jail time. As you’re weighing the added expense of buying insurance for your trip, review these three reasons why you should protect yourself and your vehicle in Mexico.

It’s mandatory for American drivers in Mexico to have liability insurance. Great Northern Insurance Agency works with one of the most well-known, widely respected insurance companies in Mexico, Seguros Ana, to provide you with exceptional coverage during your South-of-the-Border road trip. When you purchase Mexico-based car insurance from us, you get the benefit of Seguros Ana’s 24-hour bilingual hotline and roadside assistance.

Supplemental Homeowners Insurance Options to Consider

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Think back on the last time you played the Game of Life. You drove your six-seater car around the board, getting married and buying a house when the squares and cards prompted you to do so. Did you land on any squares like “house flooded” or “tree falls through roof”? If you didn’t have homeowners insurance at that moment, you owed thousands to the Life bank.

In today’s version of the Game of Life, a homeowners insurance policy covers anything that happens to your house. But in older versions, you had to buy a separate fire insurance policy if you wanted fire protection for your imaginary house. Those older rules resemble real-life insurance more closely than today’s game: most homeowners insurance policies have gaps.

When you invest in homeowners insurance, it’s vital for you to know what your policy covers-and what it doesn’t. You may decide to pay for supplemental insurance that protects your house against additional types of damage. Check out our list of coverage options to consider.

Mold

Many homeowners policies offer at least some coverage for mold damage. However, those policies usually have limits. For example, you might only receive funds for up to $10,000 worth of damage. You would have to pay for the rest of the restoration out of pocket.

Dozens of conditions can cause mold to grow inside your home, including:

  • Leaky or broken pipes
  • Poor ventilation
  • Leaky roofing
  • Flooding
  • Humidity

Mold often grows in walls, under cabinets, or in other places you don’t see often. Consequently, mold growth sometimes causes extensive damage before you know it’s there. Insurance agents usually offer extended coverage options for homeowners who want additional protection from mold damage.

Sewer Backup

Sewage pipes in many parts of the country are close to 100 years old. The older these systems become, the more likely they are to back up. Heavy rain or tree roots that grew into pipes are other common causes of sewer backups.

When a sewage backup occurs at your home, the resulting damage could affect the walls, flooring, and electrical wiring. It might even ruin your furniture. Plus, you’ll likely have to move out while you wait for restoration and construction crews to return your home to a livable condition.

Most homeowners policies offer little to no protection against this problem. For instance, the provider might pay for you to stay in a hotel while repairs take place but not pay for the repairs themselves. You can purchase supplemental insurance that takes care of these expenses if they come up. The premium is usually affordable, between $40 and $100 per year.

Floods

Many homeowners insurance policies include language that promises coverage for “water damage,” but exactly what “water damage” means varies from policy to policy. For example, some policies with water damage clauses won’t cover property damage caused by muddy water.

Clarify with your insurance agent whether your policy protects you from huge bills after a house flood. This step carries particular importance if you live in an area with frequent flooding or heavy rain, but flood insurance is a smart idea regardless of where you live. Repairing your house after a flood can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you probably won’t pay more than a few hundred for the policy.

Trampolines and Tree Houses

Do your kids or grandkids love playing on these backyard extras? If they do, take precautions to make sure everyone avoids injury while having fun. Chances are your homeowners policy offers no coverage for accidents on these toys.

Insurance companies don’t like the high risk of injury associated with trampolines and tree houses. Thousands of people head to the emergency room every year after falling off these structures. If you have them on your property, your provider may automatically raise your premium or exclude coverage for trampoline or tree house injuries.

Some insurances companies do provide separate coverage for trampolines or tree houses. Ask an insurance broker to shop several providers for a reasonable policy you can add to your basic homeowners insurance.

Dogs

If you own a dog, you consider him or her a member of your family. But insurance companies tend to see dogs as liabilities because when they bite, the victim might need expensive medical care. If your dog is a breed that your provider considers high risk, they may refuse to include dog-bite liability in your policy.

Ask your insurance agent if your dog qualifies as a high-risk breed with your provider. If it does, you may qualify for coverage after you take mandated precautions, such as putting your dog through obedience school. However, some companies refuse outright to insure some dog breeds, so you may have to switch providers or purchase a separate policy.

 

Talk to your insurance agent about what your homeowners policy covers. Discuss which types of supplemental coverage are suited for you so you don’t face unexpected bills after an accident or natural disaster. 

How to Prepare for Anything During Your Next Road Trip

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While the open road beckons, you also feel a little apprehension. You know you would enjoy a road trip, but you cannot afford a mishap that leads to expensive automobile repairs or medical bills. Even a misadventure as simple as a flat tire could push your budget. So, for now, you have elected to stay at home and save your paychecks just in case something happens.

However, you do not have to stifle your wanderlust to keep yourself, your family, your vehicle, and your budget safe. With some advance preparation-and a little spending upfront-you can handle anything that chance sends your way on your next adventure. Use the instructions below to begin.

1. Purchase a Travel Protection Plan

A travel protection plan covers you in case your vehicle breaks down and you have to use a rental car for the remainder of your trip. Depending on the rental car companies in your vacation’s vicinity, the rental could prove expensive. When you add a travel protection plan to your insurance coverage, you do not have to worry about that potential expense.

2. Add Roadside Assistance to Your Car Insurance

Even if you have a travel protection plan and can get a rental car, what do you do if you cannot move your own car into a mechanic’s shop? Roadside assistance, another optional addition to your car insurance, gives you towing, repair, and lockout services for only a little extra money on your premium. So, should something go wrong while you travel, you can get help without stressing about the expense.

3. Schedule a Pre-Departure Car Inspection

Prevent car troubles before they occur by having a mechanic inspect your vehicle prior to your departure. Have your mechanic inspect and refill all your fluids, and have him or her check your automobile’s tires, shocks, transmission, and engine as well. Whenever you catch a potential problem before it grows, you save money in the long run.

4. Put a Car Jack and Toolkit in Your Vehicle

During your road trip, you may find yourself far from civilization. So, even if you have roadside assistance, you may have to wait an hour or more before your rescuers reach you. If you or anyone in your group has experience with vehicles, you may have the ability to change tires and fix engine problems on your own. Keep a jack and other tools in your trunk just in case.

5. Check Your Spare Tire-Or Purchase One

If you already have a spare tire for your vehicle, check its tire pressure and refill it, or have your mechanic refill it. However, if you do not own a spare, then purchase one. The mechanics at your local shop can give you a recommendation on the type of spare tire you should purchase. The spare in question should fit in your trunk and support your car’s axles well enough that they won’t go out of alignment when you use it.

6. Find Mechanics, Hospitals, Pharmacies, and Hotels Before Departure

You have likely plotted your route and told friends and family members about where you’ll be during each leg of your trip. Use that route to find hospitals, mechanics, hotels, and food in each place you plan to stop. If you know where to find these basic services, then you do not have to search for them frantically if a mishap occurs.

7. Pack All the Gear Necessary for the Weather

Have chains, a towing cable, ice melt, coats, blankets, and flares on hand if you plan to drive on snowy roads. Make sure you keep water, umbrellas, and sunscreen in your vehicle for hot weather. No matter what time of year your road trip takes place, you should keep jumper cables in your trunk as well.

8. Take out Cash for Emergencies

Perhaps your bank sees your road-trip expenditures as unusual and freezes your card. Or perhaps you find yourself in a rural area where nobody takes cards. You may also come across an unexpected toll road. Cash works better than a card if you have an emergency situation, so make sure you take out a few hundred dollars before you leave.

9. Have a Paper Map in Addition to an Electronic One

Should your phone or GPS run out of power in a remote area, you should have a paper map on hand with your route marked in a bright color. Paper maps do not run out of batteries, which will enable you to find your way to the next town if your phone and your car battery both run out of power.

10. Make Sure You Bring Identification Documents-Just in Case

If you plan to cross international borders, you must bring a passport and travel visa, where necessary. However, you might want to bring your passport with you even if you do not plan to cross into Canada or Mexico. Should a crisis occur, a passport gives you more solid documentation than a driver’s license.

 

Most people who go on road trips do not experience problems. However, if chance does throw you a hurdle or two, you can overcome them. Simply keep the information above in mind. 

The Essential Checklist for the First-Time Car Owner

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You have one of life’s major milestones looming before you-you have decided to buy your first car. You will traverse what many consider a difficult and even taxing process. However, you have extensively researched each of the vehicles you want, and you do not feel afraid of haggling with dealers on the lot.

Yet you still feel nervous. After all, you have not done anything like this before.

Use the steps and tips listed below to prepare yourself for every eventuality before you go to the dealership or meet with a private owner. As long as you have prepared, the process should go smoothly and quickly while you get the rates and the vehicle you desire.

1. Prequalify for an Automobile Loan

Even if you have enough money to pay for a vehicle out of pocket, consider taking out an automobile loan to build your credit. You will need a solid credit score later if you decide to purchase a house. Just ensure you do not choose the first automobile loan you qualify for. Shop for the best interest rates and borrowing limits for your needs and budget.

This strategy doesn’t necessarily mean you should find the highest possible borrowing limit. You do not need the most expensive car on the market when you purchase your first vehicle. Keep your requirements reasonable, but not so flexible that you would take any loan.

2. Find Your Preferred Automobile Insurance Provider

Your automobile insurance will change once you have a vehicle, but you should still have insurance before you make the purchase. Again, do not choose the first insurance provider you come across. Look at coverage options and premiums to find a policy that fits your monetary requirements.

However, just because you can afford a policy does not make it the right one. Check what each policy covers before you make a decision. Some may have a reasonable cost but barely cover anything. And remember that you can call on insurance agents or brokers to assist you and help you look at multiple policies simultaneously.

3. Look at Online Ratings for Dealerships in Your Area

The closest dealership for the make and model you want might not treat you as fairly as one that lies a little farther away. Look at the ratings that each local dealership has earned, and read the comments that accompany those ratings. If you find a dealership with high ratings and comments that seem genuine, opt for that location rather than the closest one.

4. Take Someone Knowledgeable to the Dealership With You

If you have no prior knowledge of how automobiles work or what flaws and problems to look for, take an experienced friend with you. This friend cannot work at the dealership you visit. This friend must also have the ability to either thoroughly inspect a car or at least look and sound imposing. You should get more flexibility with the salespeople this way.

5. Remember That the Salesperson Works for You

The salesperson’s job involves helping you find a car you want to buy. He or she has to explain each car to you, show you its perks, and help you find the type of car you would actually consider purchasing. If he or she fails at this job, you have the right to work with someone else. Do not let the salesperson push you around. He or she works for you as long as your appointment lasts.

6. Bring Photocopies So You Do Not Get Trapped

Bring photocopies of your driver’s license, your proof of insurance, and your loan approval with you. But do not give anyone this information unless you plan to purchase a car, and never give people at the dealership your originals. If you decide to leave, you will have to wait while they hunt down the originals, and you might have to deal with further sales tactics in the meantime.

Additionally, do not talk about trade-ins or offer your car for an inspection before a trade-in. The dealership personnel will take your keys to get into your car, and if you decide to leave, you’ll have to wait for your car and your keys. Do not talk about trade-ins until you decide to buy.

7. Do Not Purchase Without a Test Drive

Only if you test drive will you know if you like to drive that vehicle. Also, remember that you can test drive multiple times if you oscillate between two cars and want to get a feel for the nuances between the two. A test drive may also expose potential perks or flaws that factor into your final decision.

8. Have the Salesperson Give You a Tour of the Vehicle

You should receive a tour of the vehicle’s features inside the cabin, in the trunk, and under the hood. Ask your salesperson how easily you can change the vehicle’s fluids and get to its battery and other features in case something goes wrong. You can also inspect the accessibility for yourself or have an experienced friend do it.

9. Have the Vehicle Inspected Before Purchase

Before you sign anything, you must schedule a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection checks for any flaws so you don’t have to pay for repairs and other considerations before you drive the vehicle off the lot.

 

A vehicle purchase represents a huge undertaking, but you do not have to do it alone. Call your bank, your insurance agent, and other professionals as outlined above to ensure the process goes effortlessly.

Beyond Comprehensive: The 6 Most Common Car Insurance Types

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When you think about car insurance, you likely recall a couple key phrases. These phrases probably include a generous helping of catchy jingles, along with some insurance product types like “comprehensive” and “collision.”

Understanding your car insurance is a vital part of protecting your assets. Unfortunately, surveys of American car owners show a wide range of misconceptions and a general misunderstanding of insurance products.

In this blog, we list six of the most common car insurance types. You may hear about these coverages in ads and in conversations with your agent; you also may be required by law to have them.

1. Liability

Liability coverage comes in two forms: bodily injury liability and property damage. If you are involved in an accident where you are at fault, your liability policy covers the cost for the other driver’s bodily injuries and property damage.

Typically, the only insurance required by all vehicle owners in a state is liability coverage. In Illinois, for your personal or family vehicles, you must have the following:

  1. $25,000 coverage in the case of injury or death of one person in an at-fault accident
  2. $50,000 coverage in the case of injury or death of two or more people in an at-fault accident
  3. $20,000 coverage in the case of damage to another person’s property

You may decide to expand your liability policies because you must cover any expenses incurred that are higher than the insurance payout.

2. Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Liability (UMBI)

While virtually every state requires a minimum limit of liability coverage, not all drivers follow the law. If you are involved in an accident with an at fault uninsured motorist, UMBI coverage will apply.

Illinois state law requires that you carry the same UMBI limits as your basic liability coverage.

3. Medical Payments

This optional coverage gives you a little extra protection against the high cost of health care following an accident. It can help pay for medical expenses if you, another driver named on your policy or your passenger(s) are injured in an accident.

4. Uninsured Motorist Property Damage (UMPD)

This another optional coverage designed to pay for damages to your vehicle in the event that you are involved in an accident with an uninsured motorist. IF you do not have physical damage coverage, you can add UMPD as a valuable alternative.

5. Physical Damage Coverage

This coverage protects your vehicle and comes in two forms: Comprehensive and Collision.

  • Comprehensive covers your vehicle from a loss other than collision; to name a few: fire, theft, vandalism, and malicious mischief.
  • Collision covers your vehicle for an accident involving your vehicle and whatever it collides with: another car, a stationary object, etc.

Typically, both forms of physical damage coverage come with a deductible which you pay before the company pays. If you are paying a car note, physical damage coverage is a requirement of your lien holder.

6. Towing and Rental

Two more optional coverage options can be added to your policy. At Great Northern, we can offer you towing PLUS roadside assistance which will give you a tow, fix a flat tire, or even bring you gas or come help when you lock yourself out of your car.

Rental reimbursement coverage provides an allowance of up to so much per day for so many days while your vehicle is in the shop being repaired as a result of a covered loss.

If you use your car for business, contract driving, or other nontraditional uses, the law may require other types or amounts of coverage in addition to these. If you don’t feel sure which insurance you need or which insurance best protects you, consult with a trained insurance representative from a reputable agency.

This professional can help you determine which of the above coverage options (and any others) you may need before you get on the road.

Remember, once you purchase a policy, you must keep your insurance card or other proof of insurance inside your vehicle during operation.

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