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If you owe more than the value of a car that was declared a total loss how much does the insurance company pay?


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2015-07-15 19:46:19
2015-07-15 19:46:19

Typically the insurance companie will pay the cost of the vehicle at the time of loss, they will not pay anything more. If you purchase a vehicle that is higher than blue book, then consider gap coverage to help with this type of situation.


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Regardless of what you paid for the vehicle, in most cases,if your vehicle is deemed a total loss, you will be paid the local market value of your vehicle. If you happened to purchase your vehicle for less than that, you lucked out:)

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If you want to keep a totaled car, the insurance company will determine the salvage value and deduct that from your settlement check. You can still get liability insurance (if there are no safety issues related to the damage), but not collision or comprehensive unless you have the repairs made.

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It gets a little complicated. When a car is declared a total loss (cost of repair is 75% or more of the value of the car) the insurance pays for the fair value of the car. minus any deductible that applies. If there is a loan recorded against the car, the payment goes first to the company that made the loan, anything left gets paid to the owner. But if you owe more than the car is worth, the insurance company still pays what the car is worth (to the loan company). The owner is then responsible for paying anything the insurance company did not pay. You can look up the fair market value of a car on line at nada bluebook or Kelley blue book.

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Yes. The insurance policy is a contract. All it requires the insurance company to do is to pay the fair market value of the vehicle. You would need to get what is called gap insurance to pay the difference between the market value and the loan value.

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No, if it is your fault you are not eligible to received diminished value from your insurance company. It has to be a third party claim, ie the party at fault's insurance company pays the damages if you can recover them.

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