Insurers don't determine your actual cash value (ACV) settlement based on what you owe, but rather on what the car is worth just prior to the accident. Let's say you owe $20,000 on your new car, but it's only worth about $16,000. If your car is totaled, you might get a settlement check of $16,000 but still owe an additional $4,000 on your loan or lease.
Meeting the minimum car insurance requirements does not mean you’re adequately insured. In fact, insurers will see this as being underinsured. In Illinois for example, a $20,000 property damage liability coverage isn’t enough if you collide with a high-end vehicle. The repairs alone will quickly eat up your coverage. After it’s all used up, you’ll have to pay out-of-pocket.
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Drivewise: Allstate rewards you with up to a 3% discount just for using its Drivewise app, which analyzes your speed and braking behavior, as well as what time of day you drive. You can earn an additional 15% back after your first 50 trips and every six months you drive safely afterward, and earn rewards points toward shopping discounts. Even non-customers can sign up for the rewards points program, but it’s not available in every state.
If you have adequate health and life insurance, you may not need a huge car insurance coverage. Generally, your car insurance coverage is the first to be used up if you are involved in a vehicular accident. Then, you may use your health and life insurance policies to pay for medical bills, if applicable. One extension of car insurance policies is Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage, which covers your medical expenses, regardless of who is at fault. If you avail of this with your car insurance policy, and you also have life and health insurance policies, you need only take out the minimum PIP coverage.
One of the interesting contrasts we found was between teenaged and elderly drivers. According to the AAA Foundation of Traffic Safety’s 2014-2015 American Driving Survey, drivers aged 16-17 crashed their vehicles more than any of the other age groups. When it comes to fatal crashes, however, the same group is tied with drivers aged 80 and above. Both groups ranked higher than others in that category, as well.
To get this coverage, purchase a Collision Damage Waiver from the rental car company, or rent the vehicle through our Alliance Services Company rental providers. (Our Alliance Services Company rental providers waive the above fees provided you reserve the vehicle at a participating Avis, Hertz, Budget or Enterprise location and use the appropriate discount code in the rental agreement.)
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