What Is New Car Replacement Insurance?
If you’ll be buying a new vehicle sometime in the near future, you might want to look into a special type of coverage designed to protect your investment. Here’s a brief look at what new car replacement insurance is and the benefits of having it.
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What it is and what it covers
As its name implies, new car replacement insurance protects you in the event that you total your new car soon after bringing it home. This means that insurance will pay the cost for a brand new car of the same make and model as the one you’re replacing — minus the deductible, of course.
Considering that new cars lose more than 20 percent of their value in the first 12 months of ownership, this type of coverage protects you from getting the short end of the stick when it comes to depreciation. Without replacement insurance, the carrier will typically value your totaled car at a lower price and offer to replace it with a cheaper vehicle and different model instead of the same one you just lost.
More details about this type of coverage
Before you commit to a new car replacement policy, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Per Forbes, your new vehicle must meet the insurance company’s age and mileage requirements. For instance, some companies specific that your new car has to have less than 1,000 miles on the odometer.
In addition, if you already have collision and comprehensive coverage, you can usually just add on this provision to your existing policy. When shopping for the best insurance rates, look for a low deductible. The deductible is the amount you’ll have to pay if your new car gets totaled and insurance covers the difference of the replacement vehicle.
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Whitney Russell is a current resident of Dayton, though her spirit can be found beach-bumming in Puerto Rico (the land of her half-Puerto Rican heritage). When not adventuring through the exciting world of car news, she can be found hiking with her husband and their two dogs, motorcycling, visiting her cute nephews and nieces, discovering new memes, reorganizing and/or decorating some corner of the world, researching random things, and escaping into a great movie, poem, or short story. See more articles by Whitney.