Car Insurance Frequently Asked Questions

What are the advantages of using a car insurance broker?

What protections do car insurance brokers offer their clients?

What are important factors to consider when selecting car insurance for my business vehicles?

Does business car insurance cover employees who drive their own cars for business purposes?

What types of coverage are part of a business car insurance policy?

What is car insurance?

What is contained in a car insurance policy?

What is covered by my car insurance policy?

If I loan my auto to a friend, is he/she covered by my car insurance?

Can I drive my auto without having car insurance?

If I lease my auto, do I still have to have car insurance?

Do I need to buy car insurance for my older auto?

Does my car insurance policy cover my use of a rental car?

What factors determine if a driver is considered high risk?

How can I avoid paying the costs associated with a high-risk car insurance rating?

Do car insurance companies classify drivers under age 20 high-risk?

Do car insurance companies classify drivers over age 70 high-risk?

When does a car owner qualify for SR-22 insurance?

How do I get cheap car insurance for my auto?

How do I qualify for Premier Discounts on my car insurance policy?

How do I qualify for Defensive Driver Class discounts on my car insurance policy?

How do I qualify for Renewal Discounts on my car insurance policy?

How do I qualify for Multiple Policy Discounts on my car insurance policy?

How do I qualify for Safe Car Discounts on my car insurance policy?

What are the advantages of getting car insurance quotes online?

How does an online car insurance quote and/or purchase work?

Is my privacy protected when I get a car insurance quote online?

Will my car insurance rates go up if I make a claim?

What is the best way to lower my car insurance rates?

How does the color of a car affect auto insurance rates?

Should I purchase car insurance when I rent an auto?

Does my car insurance policy cover my use of a rental car?

When purchasing rental car insurance, what does Collision Damage Waiver (CDW) Coverage provide?

When purchasing rental car insurance, what does Liability Coverage provide?

When purchasing rental car insurance, what does Personal Accident Insurance Coverage provide?

What factors should I consider when making comparisons between car insurance companies?

Where is the best place to get information when making comparisons between car insurance companies?

What are online defensive driving courses?

What is the advantage of taking an online defensive driving course?

Can I take a defensive driving course if I do not have access to the Internet?

Are online defensive driving courses approved in all U.S. states?

What is a car insurance binder?

In my car insurance policy, what are conditions?

In my car insurance policy, what are declarations?

In my car insurance policy, what is a deductible?

In my car insurance policy, what is the garage location?

What is indemnity as it applies to car insurance location?

How does my car insurance policy define an occasional driver?

In my car insurance policy, what is the policy term?

In my car insurance policy, what is an exclusion?

Who doe the car insurance policy define as the principal driver?

What and where is the vehicle identification number (VIN) for my auto?

In my car insurance policy, what is defined as a lapse?

In my car insurance policy, what is defined as specified perils?

In my car insurance policy, what is defined as fraud?

In my car insurance policy, what is defined as the Actual Cash Value?

Regarding my car insurance policy, what is the role of the adjuster?

How much car insurance coverage am I required to have?

How much car insurance coverage do I really need?

What is "No-Fault" car insurance?

In my car insurance policy, what is Comprehensive Physical Damage coverage?

In my car insurance policy, what is Collision coverage?

In my car insurance policy what is Liability coverage?

In my car insurance policy, what is Uninsured Motorist coverage?

In my car insurance policy, what is Medical Payments coverage?

In my car insurance policy, what is Bodily Injury Liability coverage?

In my car insurance policy, what is Personal Injury Protection coverage?

How do speeding tickets, or "points," affect my auto insurance policy?

Can I get points taken off my driver's license to lower my auto insurance cost?

What types of costs are covered by uninsured motorists coverage on my auto insurance policy?

What does uninsured motorists coverage for Bodily Injury provide in my auto insurance policy?

What does uninsured motorists coverage for Property Damage provide in my auto insurance policy?

How do I file a claim against my uninsured motorists coverage on my auto insurance policy?

What is "stacked" uninsured motorists coverage on my auto insurance policy?

Is Collision Coverage on my auto insurance policy required in all U.S. states?

Does collision coverage on my auto insurance coverage typically have a deductible?

How do I know if I need collision coverage on my car's auto insurance policy?

What factors affect the cost of the collision coverage on my auto insurance policy?

What is the optional replacement cost coverage that can be included as part of my collision coverage on my auto insurance policy?

What factors affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

How does my age affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

How does my driving record affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

How does my gender affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

How does where I live affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

How does my marital status affect the amount of my car insurance premium?

What do I need to do if I am in an auto accident?

When should I file a claim against my auto insurance policy?

When should I not file a claim against my auto insurance policy?

What steps should I take to prepare for filing an auto insurance claim?

What steps should I take to effectively file an auto insurance claim?

What are the procedures for filing a claim against my auto insurance policy when my car is stolen?

What are the procedures for filing a claim against my auto insurance policy when my car is a total loss?

What is the procedure for opening an auto insurance policy?

What is the renewal process for my auto insurance policy?

What is a "no-claim bonus" and when is my auto insurance policy eligible?

Why do some car insurance companies only write six-month policies?

How do A.M. Best ratings evaluate auto insurance?

How can I use Standard & Poor's credit index to compare auto insurance companies?

How can I use J.D. Power and Associates to compare auto insurance companies?

How can body shops help me choose an auto insurance company?

How can I obtain car insurance comparisons without getting a quote?

Why should I compare care insurance rates?

Why should I compare car insurance rates before buying a new car?

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How can Weiss Ratings help me compare car insurance companies?

How do I find affordable car insurance for my auto accessories?

How should I compare car insurance policies?

Whose advice should I seek when comparing auto insurance?

What is underinsured motorist bodily injury coverage?

What is Underinsured Motorist Property Damage Coverage?

What is Bundled Underinsured and Uninsured Motorist Bodily Injury Coverage?

How do I best use my Uninsured Motorist Car Insurance Policy?

What does my state require for Uninsured Motorist Car Insurance Policies?

Should I seek legal help with my Uninsured Motorist Claims?

Why should I seek underinsured and uninsured motorist coverage?

Can I have multiple claimaints on my underinsured motorist coverage?

What can I do if I have uninsured motorist coverage and at-fault driver who refuses to pay?

What If My Insurance Company Denies My Uninsured Motorist Coverage Claim?

What happens if I am involved in an accident with a stolen car and an unisured motorist?

Should I settle with the other driver's insurance company?

How do I deal with underinsured motorists?

How do I find independent reviews of car insurance companies?

How does a car insurance company determine the policy rates?

What features should I look for in an automobile insurance company?

How can the state board of insurance help me choose an automobile insurance company?

How can I benefit from using auto insurance specialists?

How do I retain my right to sue a car insurance company?

How do I determine if my auto insurance company offer new factory replacement parts?

How do I cancel service with a car insurance company?

What is GEICO auto insurance company?

How can I obtain coverage from Progressive car insurance company?

How do I obtain auto insurance if I've been dropped by my car insurance company?

How did State Farm car insurance company start?

What information will I need to get auto insurance quotes online?

How do I find reputable online car insurance?

Why Get An Online Car Insurance Quote?

Who Can Help With Instant Car Insurance Quotes?

How Can I Compare Online Car Insurance Quotes Quickly?

How Can I Tell If My Free Quote Online Is Accurate?

How can I find an online car insurance company?

How do I obtain free auto insurance quotes for my rare model car?

How do I obtain an online insurance policy for more than four drivers?

How do I find the best online car insurance rates offered by a particular company?

Should I reveal all auto accidents on my driving records when getting free online car insurance quotes?

Should I provide my e-mail address when looking for cheap car insurance online?

How can I find cheap student car insurance online?

Can I get a discount on my cheap student car insurance?

Can I get cheap student car insurance by driving safely?

How can my part-time job help me get cheap student car insurance?

Should young drivers car insurance be obtained through a family plan?

Can my choice of car help me get cheap student car insurance?

Can I get cheap student car insurance with high deductibles?

Can I use my memberships to get young drivers car insurance discounts?

Why should I obtain young drivers car insurance?

How can I get the best cheap student car insurance?

How can driver's educations courses help me with my drivers car insurance rates?

How can safety features help me get cheap student car insurance?

Why should I provide accurate information in my application for young drivers car insurance?

How can I file an auto insurance claim quickly and easily?

How do I file an auto insurance claim for vanadism?

How can I file an auto insurance claim for items that were stolen from my vehicle?

How can I check the status of my auto insurance claim?

Does making an auto insurance claim have an effect on the cost of future policies?

How Fast Are Auto Insurance Claims Processed?

When is the appraiser needed for the auto insurance claim?

How can I resolve disagreements about my auto insurance claim?

Where can I go to get a damage estimate on my filed auto insurance claim?

How can agents help with filing an auto insurance claim?

What do I do when I have an auto insurance claim against an uninsured driver?

How do witnesses help when posting an auto insurance claim?

Why does my car insurance company want to know when I received my driver's license?

How does bad credit affect my auto insurance rate?

Will my car insurance price change when my policy is renewed?

How can I find low auto insurance rates?

Why is my gender requires for a car insurance quote?

How can I get the best car insurance rates?

Why should I research cheap car insurance rates?

Why are my auto insurance rates determined by my residence?

How does my family's driving record determine my car insurance rate?

Why do I need to provide my mileage usage to get a car insurance rate quote?

Why do gaps in coverage change my auto insurance rates?

How does age affect car insurance rates?

Do affinity programs offer the cheapest car insurance?

How can limiting policy features help me get inexpensive car insurance?

Can LoJack help me get discount car insurance?

Should I get my insurance from one company?

How can raising my deductible help me get affordable car insurance?

How can my state representative help me get discount car insurance?

How can I obtain auto insurance discounts?

What types of cars will help me get low cost insurance?

How will my credit help me get car insurance discounts?

How can lowering my mileage affect my car insurance rate?

How can I find low cost insurance?

How can my job help me obtain lower car insurance?

How can I get the cheapest car insurance on an older vehicle?

Is buying auto insurance online a good idea?

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Recent Car Insurance Questions

Q. My car was parked in a parking lot while I was at work. While I was coming outside to go to my car, a woman said she hit a car, it was my car. She hit it when trying to back out of her parking spot. We exchanged info, but do I need to call my insurance company and file a claim?
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Q. I have a 2000 ford focus, how long should I keep it covered by collision Ins.
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Q. What is the typical length of time involved in settling a car insurance claim through the other party`s insurance when they are at fault?
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Q. my son was in an accident, that was determined to be his fault. some one was turning left and he was coming straight, he swerved to avois hitting her and he lost control of his car and rani into a fence on private propeprty. my son is 21 and was driving without insurance, he hadn`t paid his premiums in about 3 months. what type of problems can he expect?
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Q. I am currently posted outside the United States. I come home on leave, etc. and would like to drive my relatives` cars rather than renting. The catch is that they don`t all live in the same place: some are on the East coast, others on the West. As such, there is no point in getting my listed as an "occassional driver" on anybody`s policy. Is there any way that I can get insured, as a person, independent of the passenger vehicle I am driving???
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Q. Hi,

I was rear ended today morning - not called insurance co. Can my insurance rate increase even when it is not my fault ?

What if the person who hits me compensates me and I don`t make any claims ?

Please help.

Hitesh
416-867-3804
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Q. If a household owns 2 or 3 cars, is it cheaper for the oldest family member to insure all of the cars in his name, and then add the other cars drivers to his policy...vs...each carowner carrying his own car insurance?
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Q. around how much a month would car insurance be if i have 2 points on my license and im only 17 about to be 18?
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Q. Hi,
I hit a parked car while backing out of my driveway last night. The damage to the car I hit is not severe. The damage is the left front fender and was pushed in about 2-3 inches. The headlight was lightly scaped as well. My rear has bumper damaged. too. My bumper needs be to replaced. I am not sure what repair shop will do with the damaged fender (replace it or just pull out the dent.)

Question. Should I file a claim with my insurance company or pay for the repairs myself?

I exchanged basic infomation with the owner of the car? She is gave me a break because I was taking my son to hospital. He fell while running down concrete stairs steps and needed several itches above his knee.) He`s fine now!!

I am worried about paying money more in the long run because of higher insurance preiums since I live in New Jersey. The penalty could be huge. Oh.By the way, my driving record is clean.. No accidents or moving violations in the last 15 years..
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Q. Ordinary use of Vehicle. I am thinking of using my vehicle for business. What is the explanation on the policy. Is there several points of mileage such as business for 200 or 300 miles a week? Right now it says pleasure or not over more than 75 miles weekly. I am not sure my mileage and wondering if there were cut off points.

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Q. My car was totaled in Feb in an accident. In April I was sent a good faith settlenment for my car ans a check for the amount. Now, 5 months later, the isnsurance company ajuster calls and says I was overpaid by about half of the amount and demanded repayment? i don;t have the money as I bought another car--how right is this/ I didn;t even get a letter--just a call stating that? Do I need an attorney? What is to stop them from saying it was wrong again? How bizarre! What do I do??Is there a statute oflimitaitons on these kinds of things?
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Q. My 11 year old daughter and I were hit by a semi and he just kept going. The police said they could not find him. Can I receive any pain and suffering payment from my uninsured insurance I have on my car insurance and will it also pay for my lost wages and my broken glasses?
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Q. If I am in a auto accident and there is no fault, and my medical expenses exceed PIP and Medical Payment on my policy, what part of my policy pays my medical expenses.
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Q. If someone else was driving your car and involved in an accident, the other dirver has no insurance does your uninsured insurance cover them for medical expenses,lost wages and pain and suffering?
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Q. If you have SR22 insurance for a DUI in one state and then move to a new state and get SR22 insurance in that new state (with the same company) are you required to also continue to carry a policy in the state of the conviction?
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Q. in the state of rhode island if my son who is a licensed driver borrows my car is my car still covered
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Q. If I am driving a friend`s uninsured vehicle, but I have insurance, what will happen if we have an accident? If I am a passenger in an uninsured car, what happens?
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Q. If I am driving a friend`s uninsured vehicle, but I have insurance, what will happen if we have an accident? If I am a passenger in an uninsured car, what happens?
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Q. My husband drives his pickup for work to different places and also pulls trailers for his company? Does our personalauto insurance cover him for liability while doing this or is it excluded?
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Q. Where can I find out the minimum required coverage for a passenger car in the state of Hawaii and how much a year`s premium costs?

Thank you!
-Steve
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Q. My car was "stolen" out of an attended parking garage in NYC. By stolen, I mean they gave my car to someone claiming the car was theirs even though they did not have the ticket. Long story short, the car was recovered but declared a total loss due to extensive damage.

My questions are:
1.) Can I get reimbursed for the mechanical work I had done two months before the loss (brakes, tires, bearings, etc.)? These were not enhancements, but they also weren`t yet needed to pass inspection, just a good time to have it all done for me (or so UI thought).

2.) How do I go about getting paid for the stuff in the car? I don`t have much, but it still adds up. No receipts for the stuff (lots of CDs, some clothes, etc.)

3.) I feel the garage should be responsible for all of this (car, stuff in the car, portion of the rental that my insurance doesn`t pay for, inconvenience, etc.). Does my insurance company (State Farm in PA) handle this for me, or do I need to get my own lawyer? I don`t understand the distribution of responsibility between StateFarm Auto (car), StateFarm Homeowners (stuff in the car), and my own out of pocket additional expenses.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
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Q. If I have my car completely paid off and i have full coverage and someone steals my car. Do I receive money back from the auto insurance? Please advise. Thank you.
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Q. If I have my car completely paid off and i have full coverage and someone steals my car. Do I receive money back from the auto insurance? Please advise. Thank you.
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Q. My vehicle just received hail damage and I do not intend to get it repaired--just pocket the money. My agent says I cannot carry collision or comprehensive on it, then. Is this correct? What if I change companies?
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Q. I don`t own a car and never had a driver`s license in the State.
How much approximately would cost me to get a binder car insurance just for getting a driver`s license?
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Q. My 17 year old daughter had an accident in the school parking lot. She was parked on a concrete plaza that is used for overflow parking during major school events. When she was backing the car out, she hit a fire hydrant, causing extensive damage to the driver`s side door and front quarter panel of the car. The repairs will exceed our $500 deductible (probably by a lot). There was no damage to the fire hydrant or any other vehicle. Any advice on whether to turn in a claim to our insurance company or pay for the repairs myself? My daughter has only been driving for 5 months and I`m concerned about the insurance company dropping her/us or drastically raising our rates. She is insured under our policy. My husband and I have been insured with the same company for 20 years and have never had an at fault claim.
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Q. Someone hit my car while it was parked at a service station adn was not my fault. I am confused as to whether I shoulf file a claim on my insurace co. My agent says it might affect my rates, however this insurance co`s web site said a claim sould be filed in all accidents to protect your self. Also on my policy I am paying for car rental, but how can I get a car rental if I don`t file on my company.
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Q. My son rolled his vehicle and the vehicle was determined to be totalled. He still owes approx. 12,000 on the vehicle, according to the blue book, it is now worth 9,000. Will he have to pay the difference or does the ins. pay the lien holder in full? Also, he had two passengers, they were transported to the emergency, they received thier medical bills, the claim adjuster says the passengers will have to pay their own medical bills. Is this true or should they seek legal assistance? The vehicle was covered 15/30 liablity/comp&coll.
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Q. After coming home from vacation Memorial weekend my neighbors told me that their was a little accident. While mowing the lawn the lawn tractor got out of control and crashed into the side of our vehicle denting in and scatching the bottom of the drivers side door. We are going to take it up and have an estimate done on the damages. However, is something I should turn into my insurance company if the damages are more than my car insurance deductible? I hate to turn it into my insurance because I don`t want my rates to increase. However, since it wasn`t their car that hit us they can`t turn it into their car insurance either. i am just trying to make this the best for all parties involved. Any idea`s?
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Q. Say I have car insurance on my own car and I use a friends car (their car is also insured). While driving my friends car I get in an accident. Who`s insurance do you use. Can I charge the accident to my insurance or does it go onto my friends insurance? I think you know what I`m asking. If its the cars insurance, so really need to watch out who drives your car. If its the drivers` insurance (who also has their own car insurance), you can be more lienient.

Thanks
Michael
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Q. I own a 98 Jeep GC with 118,500 miles and plan to keep it until it dies on me. I have comprehensive insurance and recently filed a claim for hail damage to the driver`s side of my Jeep. The claims rep examined the vehicle, talked about replacing whole panels and wrote me a check for an amount just over the payoff value of my Jeep - I wasn`t expecting that much. My initial intent was to repair the damage minimally, but now with the amount of the check given I could payoff my Jeep loan. Should I decide to sell later, I would either incur the cost of the repair or deduct that from the sell price. What are the restrictions on use of claim checks? The insurance company has in effect reimbursed me for my loss, but because the vehicle is older and I plan on keeping it, is it considered fraudulent to use the money to payoff my Jeep loan and incur the expense myself later if I decide to sell and repair the Jeep? Had the amount been less, this would not be a question for me, but since it is the value of my payoff - it seems more logical to pay the vehicle off rather than spend that much money to repair something aesthetic. Or if I do minimally get the hail damage repaired and have a remaining balance, do I keep or give that back? My friends` argument is that the insurance company has reimbursed me for my loss and it is my choice how to use the money. I just want to be sure I`m doing what is right by understanding the claims process better. Advice?
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Q. My first ticket ever was a DUI last Nov...stupid, I know. However, my ins policy was just renewed again and it doesn`t seem they are aware of this incident. I`d like to purchase a new car or possibly a motorcycle, but was wondering if that would trigger a DMV search and a chance of my policy being cxl`d. I`m currently leasing my car and thought if I just purchased it at lease-end it might help my ins cause. Any advice would be appreicated.Thanks.
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Q. I was rear-ended and significant damage was done to my vehicle. Do I file a claim with my insurance company or with the offenders insurance company?
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Q. I was driving and some guy hit the rear front fender and to off (hit and run)
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Q. I own a 98 Ford F150 and a 97 Ford Taurus. The truck has a pretty nice resale value because of the 4 WD but the car is about $3200 resale--it has around 45,000 miles on it. My question is--is it smart to get rid of the collision insurance on the car?
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Q. I have adui offense in NH but I live in Mass. I am required to get Sr22 to get my license back in NH so I can then get it back in Mass. Mass does not require sr22. How or where can I get a non operators sr22 policy that will provide the coverage needed by NH?
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Q. What is a the reimbursement from a secondary insurance payer once the primary`s benefits have been exhausted?
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Q. What is the difference between Act 6 and trauma when talking about auto insurance payments?
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Q. I recently had a laptop valued at $3400 stolen from my locked car. My auto insurance deductible is $500 for comprehensive. Would this be a valid auto insurance claim, or should I pursue it as a homeowners insurance claim... or should I just pay out of pocket for a replacement?
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Q. what states in the united states offer up to 3 points off on your license if you go 1+ years no violations
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Q. What are the amounts of FULL COVERAGE insurance in the State of California
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Q. Does Massachusetts and New Hampshire take part in and accept the particapating in the "Online Driving Safety Courses"?
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Q. I cracked the front bumper on my car. My deductible is $500 and the cost for replaceing it is $2500. Should I file a claim or pay out of pocket?
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Q. I had my license suspended in Virginia for failure to insure a vehicle.I have paid all the according fines, and had to file an SR22. What is an SR22, and why if I did not have a dui was I required to file an SR22 with my insurance company?

Thanks,
Felicia
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Q. if i am in an accident and it is not my fault, who pays the deductable on my insurance?
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Q. will my uninsured pay for pain and suffering.
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Q. I got a ticket last year on Oct. 2004. After I went to the court, I paid the fine and the court fee. But I didn`t know if my point is removed. Can you plesae tell me how I can know it.

Thanks,
Judy
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Q. If I have a valid drivers license (car, and motorcycle), but I don`t have a car or motorcycle registered or insured for a period of five years, will my insurance step number increase or decrease at all?
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Q. Exactly how is the "cash value" of an
auto determined after a total loss? Is there a standard table used in the insurance industry, and where can I find this information? I was told initially the high retail NADA amount would be used and deductions then made for deductible, any damage prior to loss, etc., and the buy-back cost, but when adjuster really went to work, this high NADA retail figures was not used at all. Thanks.
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Q. i recently receive tickets for not wearing seat belt X2 and no current inspection sticker. does my insurance premium increase in NY state? increase insurance points? with these 3 vioations?
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