Summer’s Coming – Finding Good, Cheap Classic Car Insurance

If you’re in the market to buy Classic car insurance, you may be wondering what your options are. What you and I see as a classic car, when we look for insurance is, to most car insurance companies, just an old car worth very little.

Just an old Car?

For example, say you have an “old” 1970 Ford Mustang with a sports roof. Your local insurance provider looks in his book and says, you know, that thing’s over 30 years old, so the policy is pretty cheap.

And you’re thinking, great, cheap Classic Car insurance. But what do you get if your car gets into an accident and needs to be repaired? What is their value of your cherry 1970 Mustang Boss 302 to them?

Maybe a couple thousand bucks. Not good. Particularly since even your wheels and tires are worth more than that…

Agreed Value

So, what do you do? Find your Classic Car insurance from a company that will cover you on an agreed value. Some will require an appraisal of the market value of your car and some will allow you to specify and agreed value. The amount can be of your choosing, so long as you agree to pay a premium based on that dollar amount.

How often do you drive your car?

If you only drive your classic car occasionally, you may be able to reap the benefits of short term insurance. In the past, I’ve used day plates ( one or more day’s insurance coverage only) to drive vintage cars I’ve owned, If I only ran them a few days a year. In my area, the maximum number of days that made sense was 10 days a year. If I’d planned to run the car more than that, I found other alternatives.

Collision and Comprehensive Insurance

If your classic car is involved in a collision, and you’ve settled on the agreed value of insurance, then an accident will be a lot less traumatic. Before that happens, however, its important to figure out the right deductible for you. While cheap Car insurance is the goal, you’ll need to weight the risk and the benefits.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance – A Review of Their Benefits and Restrictions

Specialty insurance from a classic car insurance company offers a number of benefits for those who own and drive collector cars. Companies that specialize in antique car insurance can offer better coverage with lower premiums than a standard auto insurance company, but the better coverage and lower premiums come with some restrictions. There are a lot of points to consider when choosing a classic auto insurance provider, so it is important that you do your homework in order to find the antique auto insurance provider that is the best fit for you.

Grundy Worldwide is one insurance company that specializes in collector car insurance. They have been in business since 1947 in Horsham, PA just north of Philadelphia. Since their beginning, Grundy Classic Car Insurance has covered over 1.5 million collector vehicles, and they are one of the fastest growing classic auto insurance companies. The owner is a car collector and restorer himself, having won awards at several of the major collector car events in the US. His involvement in the hobby helps him to understand the wants and needs of other car collectors.

Grundy Classic Car Insurance is the originator of the Agreed Value policy, in which the insurance company and the car owner set an agreed value on the vehicle before the policy is initiated. If there is a total loss, the car owner receives the full value of the car, instead of what the insurance company decides the car was worth after the fact. Grundy will insure any year vehicle, even late model cars as long as they are used for show, hobby and pleasure purposes only. Many other collector auto insurance companies will only write policies for vehicles of a certain age or older.

Grundy only uses underwriters with an A.M. Best rating of A+ or higher, which means the companies are very stable financially. They offer liability up to one million dollars, and have a single liability charge for collectors with more than one vehicle. Grundy’s antique auto insurance policies have a number of built-in coverage perks, which include towing and labor expenses, car show medical reimbursement, automatic 30-day coverage for new acquisitions, and coverage for the loss of spare parts. They even have “Trip Interruption” coverage for costs incurred from a breakdown on the way to a show (such as transportation, lodging, and meal expenses). One feature that Grundy provides that many others do not is their “Inflation Guard”, which automatically increases the amount your vehicle is insured for by 4% each year.

Like any other vintage car insurance provider, Grundy has some restrictions. Your car must be stored inside a locked garage when not in use; you must have a daily driver vehicle for each licensed driver in your household in addition to the classic vehicle; and the car must be in excellent condition. The vehicle should only be used for collector activities, but one feature that sets Grundy apart from many other classic antique auto insurance providers is that they do not have a mileage limitation. Many antique classic car insurance companies have limits ranging from 1,000 miles up to 6,000 miles per year, but with Grundy Nationwide you can drive the car to as many distant car shows as you like without worrying about exceeding a yearly mileage limit.

Grundy also offers specialized insurance for restoration shops. It provides Agreed Value coverage for the Garagekeepers portion of the policy, instead of the Actual Cash Value coverage that other insurance providers offer. Since they don’t offer this policy to mainstream collision repair shops, the premiums are lower than they would be for the often inadequate protection a specialty shop gets from a standard insurance provider.

Grundy Classic Car insurance has a lot to offer for the car collector. Whether you need muscle car insurance, antique car insurance, or collector car insurance for a late model specialty car, Grundy can provide an Agreed Value policy that will most likely suit your needs. However, they are just one of many different classic auto insurance providers out there. Do some research on several different specialty insurance providers to find the one that is right for you.

Top 10 Misunderstood Things About Car Insurance

After spending many years in the insurance industry we have come up with a top 10 list of most misunderstood things about car insurance.  These car insurance myths are some of the most common questions that most people have about direct car insurance either buying or reviewing their  auto insurance coverage.  Its better to find out now before you have a claim and  it’s too late.

  • I just got my 1st speeding ticket my insurance rates are going to go way up.

Reality:  If this is your first ticket your rates probably won’t even change.  Most direct car insurance providers will give you a pass if you don’t have any other tickets or claims in the past 3 to 5 years depending on the company.

  • That new Plasma TV I bought last year won’t affect my Car Insurance

Reality:  If you didn’t pay the credit card  you charged it on then it just might.  Almost all insurance companies now use some form of credit scoring when determining not only if you will qualify for insurance, but also what you will pay.  There can easily be 50% difference in rates for a person with excellent credit to someone with poor credit.

  • I just slammed my car door into my lawnmower parked in my garage, my homeowners policy will cover it

Reality:  Your homeowner’s coverage has nothing to do with covering your car.  The only way your car will be covered is if you have Comprehensive (Comp) coverage for your car.  And then only after you pay you deductible.

  • I just cracked up my friends car and I tell him don’t worry my insurance will cover it

Reality: It will but only after your friends policy pays first.  So let’s say your friend has a $500 collision deductible and you have a $250 deductible.  You would have to give your friend the $500 for his deductible as his insurance company is Primary.  Meaning your insurance will only pay after his policy limits are exhausted.  So just remember in this scenario your deductible does not matter its going to be based on your friends.

  •  If you’re riding your bicycle and get hit by a car your car insurance won’t get involved

Reality:  If you get hurt or killed while riding your bike or even walking down the street you maybe surprised to learn that you may be covered by your direct car insurance policy.  If the person driving the car didn’t have any insurance or not enough insurance to cover your injuries, your Uninsured or Underinsured coverage would pay for your claim. 

  •  Someone just broke into my car and stole all of my personal belongings out of it i.e. Cd’s, Cell phone, Christmas Presents, my car insurance will pay for it.

Reality:  Your car insurance does not cover your personal belongings left inside the car.  You are going to have to file a claim with your Homeowners or Renters insurance policy to be compensated for these items.  The general rule of thumb is your car insurance will only pay for items that are attached to the vehicle

  •  I am going to be charged more for my  Car Insurance because my car is red, blue, black, pink…

Reality:  The color of your car has absolutely nothing to do with your rates.  If you like red buy a red car, if you like black buy a black car.  Don’t ever let this silly nonsense stop you from buying a car.   

  •  I didn’t have a car for the last 2 years, this won’t affect my rates.

Reality:  Not having continuous car insurance is frowned upon by most direct car insurance companies now a day’s.  Some companies won’t penalize you for not having prior insurance.  If you don’t have prior insurance make sure you have a good excuse like you took the bus, or you were in the military, or some other legitimate reason.  Oh and by the way I couldn’t afford my insurance is not on that list

  • Telling a little white lie on my insurance application won’t affect my coverage if I ever have a claim

Reality:  This is one of the worst things a person can do.  If you lie on your insurance application there is a good chance you won’t have any coverage when you need it the most.  You think they won’t find out?  Remember these 2 things when insurance company is on the hook for a ton of money.  #1 They are going to start asking questions and the first thing they look at is your application.  Wouldn’t you if you were them?  And reason #2, the insurance companies have more money than god and they have people working full time to find this stuff out. 

  •  Buying a cheaper more reasonable car will be less to insure the a more expensive car. 

Reality: There are a lot of different factors insurance companies use to determine rates, however there are many times were the rate for the more expensive car is less than the cheaper car.  One of the biggest factors for the Comp & Collision coverage’s are how much do replacement parts cost.  Sometimes on those cheaper cars or the more exotic cars the replacement parts can cost a lot to replace.

So just remember the next time your online looking for a cheaper insurance policy, to consider some of your options.  There are hundred’s of direct auto insurance companies out there looking to get in your pocket, just make sure when the time comes you can get into theirs.

Bryan Waldo