You may think your car is insured, but there are standard exclusions that can make your coverage null and void.
September 7, 2017 ·
by Logan Utsman
Car insurance providers are legally allowed to not help pay for damages caused under certain situations. These are call exclusions and can really hit you where it hurts at the worst possible time. In order to avoid these at all cost, you need to first know what the car insurance industry views as standard exclusions.
Some of the most common car insurance exclusions are:
While these are the standard exclusions, there are other, lesser known examples that you should still be aware of.
With the rising prevalence of ride-sharing companies, you may think putting your car up for ride services would be an easy way to make money. However, you need to also understand that most insurance companies will not provide coverage if you get into a collision while working for a rideshare company. It’s best to be honest with your car insurance provider and find a more legitimate policy.
If you take your car to the track on weekends, your car insurance might not kick in if you get into a wreck while racing. If you have a dedicated race car however - something that is brought to the track on a trailer - you can seek out speciality insurance from speciality providers.
Most car insurance will not cover damages from catastrophes such as hurricanes, floods, tornados, nuclear blasts, etc. There actually is specialty coverage called catastrophe insurance to protect against situations like these.
For cars with custom equipment, such as aftermarket stereo systems or performance parts, it’s highly unlikely that your car insurance will cover the cost of these parts if they’re damaged in a collision, or stolen. Make sure to keep this in mind when you start modifying your car.
Most if not all of these situations and circumstances will make your insurance provider withhold payment or even cancel your policy in the event of a collision or damages. This is why the insurance agent will ask numerous questions when you file a claim so they can make sure they’re not dealing with insurance fraud - something that costs the industry billions of dollars a year.
With this list in mind, you still need to talk to your car insurance provider and ask specifically what exclusions your policy carries. Some providers may be more strict than others, so it’s better not to assume and be safe knowing exactly what situations will negate your coverage.
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