You already know that your insurance policy pays to get your car back to pre-accident condition, but what happens if a personal belonging, that is, something that’s not permanently attached to your car, gets damaged in an accident?
Well if you have “Comprehensive coverage” your car itself would be covered after you pay your deductible. “Comp” (for short) will cover things like a broken door lock, smashed windows, punctured tires, etc., those items that are part of the car.
Personal items, like a tablet, wallet, any personal valuables are not generally covered in your auto policy. Those items would be covered in your homeowners/renters policy. You would have a deductible to pay for first, and then you’d need to consider the consequences of a claim on your homeowners policy.
Does Your Auto Policy Cover Vandalism?
After you pay your deductible, Comprehensive coverage should cover the damages to your vehicle if it is vandalized. You’ll want to make sure you:
♦ Call the police right away to report what happened
♦ Make note and take pictures of all damages to your car
♦ Call the claims department or your agent to file a claim. You will need to have the list of damages, pictures, and a list of any items that were stolen.
Not sure what your auto insurance policy covers? Talk to your insurance agent to review your coverage and to discuss how to ensure that you and your belongings are protected in the event of an accident.