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Can I keep my car if the insurance company totals it?
It is possible to keep your vehicle even if the insurance company declares it a total loss, but repairing the car is up to you. Depending on the circumstances, it might prove worthwhile to keep your vehicle, or it could end up a waste of time and money and potentially endanger your safety.
Do insurance companies want to Total cars?
If the repairs exceed the value of the car, your insurer will likely want to total the car. If you’ve got comprehensive coverage or collision coverage, your insurance will give you a check for the actual cash value (ACV) of the car.
How does an insurance company decide to total a car?
Insurance companies determine a car to be totaled when the vehicle’s cost for repairs plus its salvage value equates to more than the actual cash value of the vehicle. They’ll likely use the vehicle’s actual cash value to determine the worth of the car when your vehicle is a total loss.
What are options when insurance totals your car?
The available options are: File a claim and accept the settlement from your insurer. Don’t file a claim and fix the vehicle out-of-pocket. Opt to hold on to your car without repairing the damages (keep in mind that it should still be able to pass a roadworthy test).
What happens if you don’t agree with a total loss adjuster?
In most cases, that’s a decision that will be made by your car insurance company. If you disagree, you can try to work out a deal to pay for repairs. If you can’t agree, you can fight your insurer — but get yourself familiar with the claims process first.
What happens if my car is totaled and it’s not my fault?
Assuming you’re covered, your insurer will send a payment to your lender for the actual cash value of the car, minus any deductible. If your car is totaled and you still owe on it but the accident was not your fault, contact the at-fault driver’s insurance company with your lender information.
Can you force an insurance company to repair your car?
Under California Insurance Code §758.5 an insurance company cannot require that an automobile be repaired at a specific repair shop.
Is a car considered totaled if the airbags deploy?
No, airbags deploying does not automatically make a car a total loss. If a vehicle’s airbags deploy and the cost of replacing them is more than the total loss threshold for your state, it would be declared a total loss. On average, an airbag replacement costs between $1,000 – $1,750, considering parts and labor.
Can I get a new car if my car is totaled?
You can buy a new car after a total loss using your payout from the insurance company if the loss was covered. Without new car replacement, most insurance policies will only pay a totaled car’s actual cash value, which is usually not enough to purchase a similar car again.
How often do auto accident settlements exceed the policy limits?
Although auto accident settlements do not often exceed the policy limits, suing beyond policy limits is possible. However, you will likely have to look to other sources to obtain more compensation. Here are a few ways to collect extra damages if your claim exceeds your policy limits.
At what speed do airbags deploy?
Typically, a front airbag will deploy for unbelted occupants when the crash is the equivalent of an impact into a rigid wall at 10-12 mph. Most airbags will deploy at a higher threshold — about 16 mph — for belted occupants because the belts alone are likely to provide adequate protection up to these moderate speeds.