Short Term Temporary Car Insurance

When thinking insurance what comes to mind is the annual full policies that most customers are exposed to. However, short term or temporary insurance covers are available to offer you the most needed coverage for a few days even just a day depending on your needs. The temporary insurance is not just available for motor vehicles, but there are insurance providers who offer the short term policies for health and other valuables that require protection for a day or a few more.

If you are a driver who is not planning to use a car for long periods, temporary car insurance schemes can be great options to full policies. The best thing about the one day insurance policies is that there is no requirement for you to be the owner of the car and it doesn’t matter whether it is insured in another person’s name. The temporary cover backs you up in situations such as when you want to borrow a friend’s car, when selling or transporting a car that is for sale or when test driving a private vehicle.

The temporary insurance covers any car make or model including classic cars, modified racers and motorhomes. You can get comprehensive cover for your car for a day or a few days, third party theft and fire coverage, and even covers for audio equipment and windscreens. The insurance policies give you the flexibility to insure your car for anywhere between a day and three months, making them suitable for a time when you want to attend events, go for holidays or take day trips with a car of your choice even if you do not own it.

When to choose the temporary insurance

Annual policies are without doubt very popular policies, but one day car insurance will come in handy when:

· Borrowing a car from a friend for a short trip

· When moving house using a friend’s car

· When visiting family or friends and private car transport is most convenient

· When using a car to collect large items like furniture

· When going out for a test drive

The benefits

· The temporary car insurance cover comes with a number of benefits and they include:

· Convenient short term cover that lasts from a day to 28 days or three months, depending on your insurance provider options. You can choose daily, weekly or monthly policies to match your needs

· No long term contracts that tie you down even when you do not really find the coverage beneficial

· Comprehensive covers that gives you peace of mind depending on your needs when using the car; you can practically have any area of concern covered by your insurance policy so you can relax and enjoy using the car

· Quick cover arrangements so you can be on the go without any unnecessary delays. Online arrangements are possible so you can print and be on the go saving you lots of time

· Possibility to tailor the policy and have the right cover at a price you find suitable and affordable

Insurance Totaled My Car – What This Means

“Your vehicle is a Total Loss.” These words, more often than not, spark immediate controversy between an insured and their insurance company. The main cause of controversy between an insurance company and an insured as it relates to total loss is that most people feel their vehicle is worth more than it really is.

A vehicle, though historically not a good investment, is very personal to us. Many of us spend a great deal of time in our vehicles each day and grow attached to our car. Many others ”trick out” their cars and inherently feel that their modifications enhance the value of the car.

I thought it might help some folks if they heard exactly how an insurance company views this and how they go about compensating you for your car should it be determined to be a totaled. There are typically two main things involved in understanding this process: What exactly is a Total Loss and how is the value of a car determined. In this article I am going to discuss and define a Total Loss from an insurance companies perspective.

So, what exactly does it mean when your insurance company deems your vehicle a total loss? In general, there are two types or measurements if you will when it comes to making this determination: Financial or Economic Total Loss and an Obvious Total Loss.

Financial or Economic Total Loss

A vehicle is often declared an Economic Total Loss when the cost of repairs exceeds the value of the vehicle, plus sales tax, less your deductible. I am sure you have heard that there is a percentage used to determine if a car is an Economic Total Loss. You have probably heard numbers from 50% to 70%, or more. This is true, however, it is important to know that not all states set an actual percentage and that for the states that do not set percentages, it is up to the insurance company to determine what that will be.

Although all insurance companies that are free to set this number themselves are all different, a common number you will hear is 70%. What exactly does that mean? I thought a quick illustration might help:

Market Value $15,000

Plus tax $ 1,050 (7% used as example)

Sub-total $16,050

Less Deductible $ 500

Total Loss Value $15,550

Cost of Repairs $11,662

Repairs are 75% of the value

In the example above, your insurance company would likely determine your vehicle to be an Economic Total Loss. One thing to remember is that if you are paid the value of your vehicle, the insurance company will retain the salvage or damaged vehicle and then sell it to a vendor. Most insurance companies have negotiated contracts with salvage buyers and will use that avenue to recoup some of the money paid out for the total loss. In the example above, your insurance provider would know that your car had a salvage value of $3,000 (example). So, when making their total loss decision, they would factor in this amount and subtract it from the total amount paid of $15,550, bringing their net cost to $12,550.

One other brief point to make that is worth noting is that your insurance carrier will also factor in estimated supplemental damages were your car to be repaired. From my experience as an adjuster and claims manager, there are often supplemental or additional damages/repairs identified once a car begins the repair process. These damages are often discovered on “tear down” or after parts of the vehicle are removed and additional damages are more visible. In many cases it is almost certain that there will be additional damages based on the visible damages, however, an adjuster will only write for what they can see and note that additional damages are likely.

Obvious Total Loss

An Obvious Total Loss or OTL is in which the damages to a vehicle are so extensive in terms of repair and/or putting the structural integrity of the vehicle at risk with a repair, that the car is determined to be an OTL. Some examples of an OTL are:

  • Fire Damage
  • Rollover
  • A theft
  • Extensive Water Damage
  • High impact front-end collision
  • T-Bone or hard hit to the side of a vehicle at the center-point

In most cases, a claims adjuster will not have the direct authority to determine a vehicle to be an OTL. The two insurance companies I worked for required a manager approval to make this call. With today’s technology, that can be done easily in the field by simply sending some detailed photos to a Claims Manager or Property Damage Manager. In this case, there isn’t a cost of repairs necessarily but the valuation process is the same.

Hopefully this helps you understand what is meant when you are told that your car is a total loss. Your insurance claims adjuster should explain all of this to you, however, having a basis understanding will certainly help should you find yourself in this situation.

Finding the Top Classic Car Auto Insurance Company

If you have a collector car then it is bets to purchase insurance from a classic car insurance company. Classic cars are a specific type of cars that tend to be at least 15 years old and have a value attached to them. Classic automobiles are special cars that as long as they are kept in good condition will increase in value as they age. Typically they are already very expensive when originally purchased as new or they may be a limited number of those models manufactured.

Each state has their own regulations that must be met to be considered a classic car. The vast majority of these guidelines and regulations are similar but there are a few unique ones found among different states. Additionally collectible car clubs may have even more regulations to meet as clubs may be looking for specific types of classic cars.

Insurance is important because collectible cars can be treated as an investment that will gain value over time. The most valuable classic cars are the ones that have the original paint job, no rust and are in excellent condition with very low mileage. Typically insurance rates are determined based on the mileage on the car and its condition.

Insurance quotes can be obtained by filling out information online via a classic car insurance company site. Almost all car insurance companies will offer classic car auto insurance as well as some specialized insurers. You have many different options that can be included in your classic car insurance package that includes emergency towing, reimbursement of personal effects, car show expenses, lockout, lost keys, and roadside assistance to name but a few.

Theft is a large issue with collector vehicles and you should have a strong theft policy as having your collector car stolen can be a huge loss in assets. For well insured cars many time the insurance company will offer a reward for the recovery of the car. Many times it is less expensive for the insurance company to pay a reward for the recovery of the car rather then pay out the actual value of the stolen classic car.

Insurance rates for collectible cars can be separated out based on mileage. Many antique cars will have quite low mileage as the collectible car is usually not a persons main form of transportation but taken out for special occasions. There is a greater danger of damaging the collectible car if it is driven frequently and this will depreciate the value of the car.

It is also possible to get specific classic car auto insurance just to cover the cost of repairs and other associated costs. This is many times based on the current value of the car and the availability of parts and a skilled mechanic that can fix your collector car. As with insuring other cars your driving history will also be factored into the insurance.

After you have received a basic quote from your classic car insurance company or companies you will need to get a more detailed one that is customized for your classic car. You should be able to customize the insurance package any way you like and if you need help you should be able to receive it from the insurance company or an outside company such as the state auto insurance.