Does Car Insurance Cover Hurricane Damage?

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Does car insurance cover hurricane damage?
How do I know if my car insurance covers hurricanes?
How much hurricane damage does my car insurance cover?
If basic car insurance does not cover hurricane damage, what will?
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Does car insurance cover hurricane damage?

I recently moved to Louisiana just in time for hurricane season. I was wondering, what happens if my car gets damaged in a hurricane? Will my car insurance pay to have it repaired?

It depends on what kind of car insurance you have. There are multiple types of car insurance coverage. The kind that covers natural disasters like hurricanes is comprehensive insurance, also known as all-but-collision insurance. If you have comprehensive car insurance, you’re covered.

How do I know if my car insurance covers hurricanes?

I recently bought car insurance, but I’m not sure if it covers natural disasters. I live in a coastal area and want to make sure I’m covered for hurricanes. How do I know what my car insurance does and doesn’t cover?

To understand the answer to this question, you need to know that there are three main car insurance coverage types. Each one covers different situations.

  • Liability: Covers damage you do to other people, vehicles or property.
  • Collision: Covers damage that other vehicles do to you in a collision. Also covers damage from collisions with inanimate objects, like mailboxes.
  • Comprehensive: Also called all-but-collision, it covers just about everything else, including hurricane damage.

If you have car insurance, then you definitely have liability insurance, since it’s the legally required minimum. But collision and comprehensive coverage are optional, so you may not have them. Check the details of your policy online or in your paper packet to see.

If you have comprehensive insurance, then you’re covered for hurricanes and other natural disasters. If not, it’s easy to work with an independent insurance agent and add that coverage to your policy if you want it.

How much hurricane damage does my car insurance cover?

My car got damaged in a hurricane. Will my car insurance pay the full cost of repairs?

It depends on the size of the deductible and the limit of your car insurance policy. 

The deductible is the amount the insurance company requires you to pay before coverage kicks in. If the damage is $1,000 and your deductible is $500, then you'll pay $500 and your insurance will pay the other $500.

The limit is what it sounds like: It's the limit on what the insurance company will pay. For comprehensive policies, which cover natural disasters like hurricanes, the limit is almost always the actual cash value of your car.

Actual cash value isn’t what you paid for your car. It’s the replacement cost minus depreciation, a.k.a. the amount of value your car loses each year due to age and wear and tear.
So the answer to your question is that the insurance will cover the cost of repairs or replacement, minus the deductible, up to the limit.

If basic car insurance does not cover hurricane damage, what will?

I recently bought a newer, nicer car. I want to upgrade my basic car insurance to something with better coverage, especially for hurricanes and flooding, since that could damage the interior and appearance of the car. What kind of car insurance should I look for? 

If you want your insurance to cover natural disasters, then you need to buy comprehensive coverage. Liability insurance, the most basic type of car insurance, won’t cover it.

Luckily, adding comprehensive coverage usually costs only a few hundred dollars per year. Discounts can bring down that cost even more.

A quick call or email to an independent insurance agent will get the ball rolling. They can help you fill out paperwork, find discounts, and generally make the process as painless as possible.

Hopefully you’ll never have to use your comprehensive coverage, but you’re right to be thinking about it! If disaster strikes, you’ll be glad you took the time to get your car covered.

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