Insurers use the "Blue Book" value, and factor in mileage and any previous damage, etc. Just as if it were a "trade in".
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When a car is totalled, it goes on your driving record. When insurance companies look up your record, they take that claim you made and make it part of the deciding factors of how much your premium should be. I had an at-fault accident last year and it did not total the car, however the insurance company hiked my rate 50 dollars. My best advice to you is shop around. Seeing a broker (someone who sells insurance on behalf of a certain number of insurance companies) may save you some time.
Typically, your deal with the bank that you bought your car through is separate from your car insurance. However, many insurance companies offer "gap" insurance to cover this issue, so that the car is paid off if it is totaled. Talk to your agent, and they can tell you exactly what coverage you have and how much they'll pay. The insurance company (yours) will look the car and if it is totaled they will give you the money for its current value, minus your deductible. If its repairable, they will give you the money to repair it, minus your deductible. Any money left on the car payments after the amount your insurance pays is your responsibility, unless your insurance specifically covers this. If you didn't have insurance, then you lose it all, no money to fix or replace the car, and you still have to pay for the car. Never drive a car without insurance, period.
Totaled vehicles which have been rebuilt generally have a "salvaged vehicle" title, or whatever it's called in your state. Vehicles with a salvaged vehicle title are by definition, not as valuable as the same vehicle with a clean title. If the vehicle is subsequently in another collision, the insurance company will not pay as much since the loss was not as great. Insurance companies only need to pay you for the actual value of the vehicle.
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