Insurance Deductible


A deductible is the amount of that the insured must pay out of pocket before an insurer will pay any expenses. Typically, a general rule is: the higher the deductible, the lower the premium, and vice versa. Depending on the policy, the deductible may apply per covered incident, or per year. A deductible will apply to claims arising from damage to or loss of the policy holder’s property, whether this damage/loss is caused by accidents for which the holder is responsible, vandalism/theft or “acts of God”.

For example, a person might have an auto insurance policy with a $500 deductible on collision coverage. If this person were in an accident that did $800 worth of damage to the car, then the insurance company would pay him or her $300. The insured is responsible for the first $500. Insurance deductibles can also differ depending on the cause of the claim. As an example the typical auto insurance policy contains two deductible amounts one for comprehensive claims and one for collision claims.

Comprehensive and Collision claims

It is a notorious fact that most car accidents happen due to collisions. This is in itself an adequate cause why you should consider purchasing Collision Insurance, a type of Auto Insurance that, less the insurance deductible, covers the damages of the car resulting from a collision with another car or object. Collision coverage reimburses you, less the deductible, for the repairs or replacement costs of your car after an accident. Comprehensive Auto Insurance includes almost everything that might go wrong with your vehicle except collision. This is the reason why Comprehensive plans are sometimes called “Other than Collision” insurance coverage.

Deductible reimbursement policies

There are also policies available called deductible reimbursement policies. A deductible reimbursement or zero deductible policy works as a supplemental coverage to your primary auto, boat or homeowners insurance policy and will reimburse the insured the entire deductible amount in case of a paid claim. A deductible reimbursement or zero deductible policy is usually a good thing to have as most insurance claims are small or partial losses and the deductible limit has been put in place by the insurance companies to prevent the insured from filing these type of claims. The insurance company saves money by not having to administer and pay claims that otherwise would have been covered under the insured’s primary insurance policy. The premium for a deductible reimbursement policy is usually much less than trying to get the same coverage with primary insurer. Check with your insurance agent for details.

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