How to Protect Your Car When It’s Parked Outside

If you have a garage, you should obviously try to park your car there for the best protection. Your car will look better longer, and that could mean more money for you at sale or trade-in time.

Other than purchasing a cover, you can prolong the life of your car outside in other ways.

Wash Your Car

Wash it often. You’ll keep paint-damaging debris from accumulating.

Try to avoid both the brushless and brush-style drive-through car washes, often found at gas stations. Both can scratch the finish. However, if you wash the car yourself, use car-wash soap, not dish soap. Dish soap removes grease, but it strips the chemicals that give the paint on your car its long-lasting shine.

Keep an Eye on Your Battery

A car battery’s life depends on many factors, but figure a new one will last three to four years. A service shop and some auto parts stores can test your battery’s change. To get a hint, look at the battery terminals.

Drive Once a Week – Minimum

This might not be on your to-do list if you work from home or order groceries. But climb in, fire it up, and run it 15 or 20 miles up and down the highway. That will help keep the battery charged.

This also warms up the oil enough to drive off moisture that can damage the engine. It pumps the oil onto the engine’s internal surfaces to keep them properly slick to reduce wear the next time you start the engine.

Security is a Must

  • Lock it. Even in an area without much theft.
  • Close it. Leaving the windows or sunroof open, even a bit, can let in weather extremes that damage your interior.
  • Park thoughtfully. If your car is parked where you live, try to keep the area lighted to discourage vandalism. To protect your car door from dings in a parking lot, try to find a well-lit spot that won’t invite others to park immediately next to you.
  • Remove valuables. Thieves often walk down lines of cars in crowded parking lots in daylight and glance inside for a purse, briefcase or smartphone. Then they smash a window for a quick grab.

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

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PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“Its so amazing to have your own personal insurance agent. Someone who knows who you are when you call. Remembers conversations from years ago. Its the personal relationship for me. I feel like family, not a account number paying a payment or making changes. Thanks for always being there for me when I call. I appreciate our professional relationship that feels like a personal relationship. Jen you ROCK!”
Shamara Charles – Los Angeles, CA – Client Since 2017

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Your Premier Auto Maintenance Checklist

Cars back in the good ol’ days were built simply. Now-a-days, there is much more technology involved in maintaining your vehicle. Here are the rules of car maintenance and how they’ve changed over the years.

Cabin air filter

Then: What?

Now: Cabin air filters, which are used to improve the quality of the air within a vehicle, were made common items in the year 2000. The filter can be found behind the glove box, under the dashboard or under the hood, and it should be updated every year or so. You may decide to do this maintenance on your own, but you may end up tying yourself up in knots in the process.

Fluids

Then: Dipsticks were used to determine if you had appropriate oil and automatic transmission fluid. You just eyeballed the reservoir for brake, power steering, and windshield washer fluids. Lastly, you’d remove the radiator cap and check for coolant.

Now: Some vehicles no longer have oil or transmission dipsticks, instead depending on sensors to alert you to a problem. Remove the radiator cap and proceed under the hood to a separate reservoir tank where you can check whether the coolant level is low. During routine maintenance, mechanics will usually top off all fluids.

Engine air filter

Then: You’d pop open the hood, spin a wing nut, pull off the air cleaner cover and drop in a new filter.

Now: It’s not that simple anymore. You must be careful not to break the air cleaner’s electrical air sensor wire, which is typically integrated into the housing. Consider replacing the filter every year or two, depending on how much you drive.

Wash and wax

Then: Used dish soap and water, a sponge to wash, hose to rinse. You used a leather chamois to dry and applied wax several times a year.

Now: The hose is the only thing that the previous method has going for it. The rest may cause vehicle paint to fade and scratch. Use a wash mitt and a microfiber drying towel with specially designed car-wash soap (less abrasive). Also, find out if ceramic coatings are better for your car’s body than traditional wax.

Air conditioner

Then and now: Needs attention only if there’s a leak in the system. If a technician says you need a freon recharge, either there’s a leak that should be fixed first or you’re being scammed.

Brakes

Then and now: Check your brake pads as part of your routine maintenance. Replace them before they become worn out. The frequency of this maintenance may vary depending on the vehicle, but it will most likely be every 30,000 to 50,000 miles. It’s also important to consider how you drive. Brakes will wear down faster in city driving, especially in stop-and-go traffic, than on the interstate.

Tire tread

Then: If there was enough tread left to touch Lincoln’s head on a penny, upside down, you were good.

Now: A penny still works, but to get a more precise reading, it’s easier to buy a tire depth gauge from the auto-parts store for a few bucks. Usually, a 1/16-inch tread or less is considered unable to pass safety inspection. To prolong tread life, get tires rotated every 6,000 to 8,000 miles.

Headlights, taillights and signals

Then: You’d pull out the bad bulb and push in the new one.

Now: Modern vehicle lights — halogen, xenon or LED — may last for as long as you own your car. And if not, many remain pretty easy to replace in most cases.

Tire pressure

Then: If it looked low, it probably was.

Now: Modern radial tires have a flat-bottomed posture, which provides them a larger footprint for improved traction. So, instead of guessing, use your own dial-type or digital tire gauge to check tire pressure every month (or every other refueling). To establish the correct levels, use the tire-pressure number displayed on a decal on the driver’s door jamb; the side of the tire indicates maximum pressure, not suggested pressure. In modern automobiles, front tires frequently demand different pressure levels than back tires.

Wiper blades

Then: You’d buy a rubber insert and slide it on to replace the worn blade.

Now: Buy a package that has the blades already fastened into their springy holders. It comes with a batch of adapters to make it fit the wiper arm on your car.

Oil changes

Then: Changed oil every 3,000 miles; easily done at home.

Now: Schedules vary by car; changes could be once a year or wait as long as 15,000 miles, particularly for newer cars requiring synthetic oil. Check owner’s manual (or trust your dashboard service reminders, which should be set to match the manual). Have it done professionally; it’s difficult to remove a modern vehicle’s underbody panel.

 

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PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“Its so amazing to have your own personal insurance agent. Someone who knows who you are when you call. Remembers conversations from years ago. Its the personal relationship for me. I feel like family, not a account number paying a payment or making changes. Thanks for always being there for me when I call. I appreciate our professional relationship that feels like a personal relationship. Jen you ROCK!”
Shamara Charles – Los Angeles, CA – Client Since 2017

PPS Every policy is backed by our iron clad, 100% complete satisfaction guarantee. Ask for your copy today!

Essential Car Insurance | Rear End Damage

Car Insurance Scenario

A squirrel crosses the road in front of you — and naturally, you stop. Unfortunately, a lead-footed, tail-gating motorist slams into you from behind. While the squirrel is unscathed, the rear end of your vehicle is heavily damaged. What should you do about rear end damage?

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Rear End Damage

It’s almost impossible to put a price range on this kind of damage. Rear bumper replacement costs can range from a few hundred dollars for a bumper up to $10,000 or more if the frame of your car is bent.

Your Insurance Coverage

Since you are not at fault in this scenario, the other driver’s insurance should cover the damage to your vehicle as well as any injury you sustain, assuming he is insured.

Damage to Your Car

In the scenario given, damage to your vehicle would be taken care of, first, by the property damage portion of the other party’s liability policy. The requirement for property damage in California at the time of posting this blog is only $5,000. If your fellow motorist is only carrying the required state minimums, you may end up responsible for the costs to repair your car.

Let’s say the other driver is completely uninsured, or is carrying low coverage levels, your own collision coverage would likely cover the cost to repair or replace your vehicle, minus your deductible. If you did not purchase collision coverage for your policy, your only other option would be under your uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage coverage. This coverage kicks in to repair or replace your vehicle if the person who hit you is uninsured or not carrying enough coverage to fix your car. The maximum limit for uninsured/underinsured motorist property damage is $3,500.

Your Injuries

Whiplash is one of the most common injuries in a rear-end accident. There are roughly three million new whiplash cases every year in the United States. In many cases, mild to moderate whiplash claims can result in anywhere from $2,500 to $10,000 in medical costs. If the driver who hit you doesn’t have proper coverage, you may be on the hook for these medical costs.

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Should You File a Claim?

In the given scenarios, it’s the other person’s insurance that should cover both your vehicle and your own injuries. If the other driver is uninsured you may have to make a claim under your own uninsured policy coverage. This could also be true if their insurance is simply insufficient. In all of these scenarios, it is recommended that you report the claim to your insurance carrier to better protect yourself.

It’s important to fully understand what the various aspect of your policy mean. Your experienced, local independent insurance agent can walk you through your policy. We’re here to ensure that your policy is right for you and your needs.

 

First in the series: Essential Car Insurance | Bumper Damage
Previously in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Suspension Damage

 

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Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
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“I reached out to Sarah at Stromsoe Insurance and she was awesome. Sarah broke down my current coverage and explained how everything worked. I was with another insurance company before and they kept raising my rates, so I decided to switch my insurance over to Stromsoe Insurance Agency. I had a great experience working with Sarah and the Stromsoe team and they were able to save me a good amount of money on my car insurance.”
Paul Senn – Temecula, CA – Client Since 2020

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How Gap Insurance Can Benefit YOU

What is Gap Insurance?

If your vehicle is totaled or stolen, and you owe more than the car’s depreciated value, gap insurance will help you pay off your debt. Only the initial loan or leaseholder on a new vehicle is eligible for this form of coverage. Gap insurance helps pay the gap between the depreciated value of your car and what you still owe on the car.

How Does It Work?

Say you bought a brand-new car for $25,000. You still owe $20,000 on your auto loan when the car is totaled in a covered collision. Your collision coverage would pay your lender up to the totaled car’s depreciated value — say it’s worth $17,000. If you don’t have gap insurance, you would have to pay $3,000 out of your own pocket to settle your auto loan on the totaled car. If you have gap insurance, your insurer would help pay the $3,000.

Keep in mind that, in the above scenario, the car insurance reimbursement goes completely to your auto lender to pay off a car that’s no longer driveable. If you think you would need help buying a new car after yours was totaled, you might want to consider purchasing new car replacement coverage.

Is Gap Insurance Worth it?

If you’re thinking of buying, keep in mind that you may only be able to get it if you’re leasing or financing a new vehicle. Then consider how much you owe on your vehicle loan compared to its worth. (A site like Kelley Blue Book will give you an estimate of how much your car is worth.) Do you owe more on your vehicle than it is worth? Could you afford to pay the difference out of pocket if your car is totaled?

You may want to consider gap insurance in the following situations:

  • Made less than a 20 percent down payment
  • Financed for 60 months or longer
  • Leased the vehicle (carrying gap insurance is generally required for a lease)
  • Purchased a vehicle that depreciates faster than the average
  • Rolled over negative equity from an old car loan into the new loan

Do You Need to Buy at the Dealership?

Gap insurance isn’t just available at auto dealerships; many insurers have it as part of a car insurance package. According to the Insurance Information Institute, purchasing gap insurance from an insurance carrier is often less expensive than purchasing it from a car dealership. For more information on how gap insurance can protect your financial future, talk to your local, experienced independent insurance agent today.

 

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“Arranging for new car insurance was easy as faxing the sales receipt directly from the dealership to the office. Thanks for the personal service and prompt attention.”
Bob and Sarah Sandor – Fallbrook, CA – Client Since 2000

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Updating Your Insurance When You Get Married

Updating your insurance probably isn’t top-of-mind on your big day, but they are an important part of your for better or worse commitment. If you decide to change your name, there are a lot of steps that have to be taken in order to change it on every utility bill, financial account and library card. We’ve created a handy checklist to help you through this process. Regardless of if you change your name, you should update your insurance to fit your needs now that you are no longer single.

stromsoe-insurance-agency-marketing-checklistsUpdate Your Beneficiaries

A beneficiary is the person or entity (like a business or trust) that receives the benefit of something like your insurance coverage when you’re gone. When you own a life insurance policy, for example, the beneficiary receives the check.

That person is probably going to be your spouse now. So, update your beneficiary. If you have coverage through your workplace, be sure to update your beneficiary designation for that policy as well.

In addition to life insurance policies, review and update your beneficiaries as needed for the following:

  • Retirement accounts (IRA and Roth IRA)
  • Workplace retirement plans (Pension, 401(k), 403(b) and others)
  • Flexible spending accounts (FSA, HSA, Dependent Care FSA)

These allow you to designate a beneficiary who will inherit the account if you die. It’s also a good idea to update any wills or trusts that you may have. The beneficiary designation on an account will supersede what’s in a will, but it’s still a good idea to have everything match.

Consider Combining Coverage

Start at your job. Ordinarily, you have a small window of time annually to choose your health and employer-sponsored insurance coverages for the following year. After that window passes, those choices remain fixed — unless you experience a qualified “life event.” Marriage is one of those rare events.

Keep in mind that you typically have a limited amount of time from your wedding day to choose new coverage. Be sure to take a look at each of the plans available through your jobs and assess your options.

Next, look at your personal insurance — particularly car insurance. If you’ve been carrying two separate policies, you’ll probably save money by going with a single policy for both cars. Plus, you’ll likely get additional savings, since insurance companies consider people who are married less risky than singles (score!).

Consider Increasing Your Coverage

Now that you’re married, you may need more insurance. For instance, does your existing renter’s or homeowner’s policy cover your new bling? Check your policy’s limits for jewelry and consider adding a rider if you need additional coverage. Also, make sure you have enough coverage to replace all those amazing gifts you got.

If you have a mortgage or other major expenses or are considering having children soon, you may want additional life or disability insurance. On the other hand, if your combined assets are quite high, you may want to add an umbrella policy to protect those assets in a potential lawsuit.

Re-Evaluate Your Deductibles

If you’re transitioning from a one-income household to a two-income family, it’s time to give your deductibles a fresh look. With both of you on a single insurance policy and with a two-person income, it may make sense to raise your deductibles. For instance, if your auto insurance deductible was $500 when you were flying solo, see whether $1,000 or more would be a good fit for your new family.

Raising your deductibles is one of the easiest, instantaneous ways to decrease your insurance premiums. So be sure to review all your policy deductibles — auto, home or renter’s, medical, dental and more.

Review Your New Routines

If you relocated around your marriage, you may be able to save money on your car insurance. The amount you pay is dependent on where you live, so you’ll likely see a rate change accompanying your new location.

Furthermore, let your insurer know if your commute looks different after the wedding bells. If you have a shorter drive, or have swapped out your car travel for public transit, you’ll probably see a drop in your premium as well.

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
Text: 951-482-8144
Web: www.siaonline.com

PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“I had a good experience with this umbrella insurance query. Sarah Long is our agent and she always treats us as though we are her family- that is, with the best of care and attention.”
Anita Born – Murrieta, CA – Client Since 2003

PPS Every policy is backed by our iron clad, 100% complete satisfaction guarantee. Ask for your copy today!

 

Essential Car Insurance | Suspension Damage

Car Insurance Scenario

You’re driving to work when your car drops into a huge pothole, damaging your car’s suspension. What should you do about suspension damage?

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Suspension Damage?

Costs can vary dramatically depending on the damage and your vehicle. The suspension system is made up of a variety of parts and repair costs can quickly add up. A full suspension replacement may run up to $5,000.

  • Strut / Shock Absorber replacement – between $488 and $597
  • Wheel Alignment – between $115 and $302
  • Ball Joint Replacement – between $225 and $285

Your Insurance Coverage

Damage from “colliding” with a pothole, would be paid by your collision coverage on your auto insurance policy.

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Should You File a Claim?

Collision comes with a deductible. In all cases, contact your local independent insurance agent to determine if the damage is  enough to make a claim worthwhile.

Filing a collision claim will normally result in a premium increase. Its often best to save your insurance for major repairs and pay smaller ones out of pocket. However, if your entire suspension needs to be replaced or you can’t afford the repairs, using your insurance may be a necessity. If you have questions, you can always talk to your experienced, local independent insurance agent to see what is right for your situation.

TIP: If you incur damage to your suspension, your vehicle may not be safe to drive. Consider having your vehicle towed instead. Also, take photos and, if needed, a video of the scene while you’re there.

 

First in the series: Essential Car Insurance | Bumper Damage
Previously in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Cracked Windshield
Next in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Rear End Damage

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
Text: 951-482-8144
Web: www.siaonline.com

PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“Great experience overall. I was looking for new car insurance that would cover me when I drive for UBER. My agent Sarah Long was very helpful and found me a great policy with full coverage and ride share coverage. The new policy is cheaper than what I was paying before and the customer service is great!”
Joel Wigand – Murrieta, CA – Client Since 2020

PPS Every policy is backed by our iron clad, 100% complete satisfaction guarantee. Ask for your copy today!

It’s Summertime, Are You Covered?

It’s summer and boy are we excited! The nice weather brings out motorcycles, campers and boats (oh my!), but with these activities comes increased liability. Take a look at why you should cover your summer toys:

  • Boat Insurance coverage may help pay to repair your boat and other watercraft after being damaged in an accident. It may also help pay to replace your boat if it’s stolen. This coverage usually helps protect a boat whether it’s on water or land.
  • RV Insurance covers similar risks to auto insurance, including collision, comprehensive and liability coverage. You can also get additional protection for your personal belongings on board, equipment and attached accessories.
  • ATV Insurance offers protection in the event of a collision or other damages. It also includes bodily injury and damage to the property of others, if you are at fault in an incident. It can pay for legal expenses, as well as the medical costs of other people and the lost wages.
  • Motorcycle Insurance will help you keep your bike or scooter protected under liability coverage. Required in most states, liability coverage can help pay for another person’s medical bills or property repairs if there is an incident while riding your scooter or motorcycle.
  • Umbrella Insurance keeps you from having to pay out-of-pocket for costs that exceed the limits of your homeowners’ policy. This can be beneficial, for example, regarding accidental injuries on a trampoline or involving a swimming pool on your property.

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
Text: 951-482-8144
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PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:
“I had a good experience with this umbrella insurance query. Sarah Long is our agent and she always treats us as though we are her family- that is, with the best of care and attention.”       Anita Born – Murrieta, CA – Client Since 2003

PPS Every policy is backed by our iron clad, 100% complete satisfaction guarantee. Ask for your copy today!

Essential Car Insurance | Cracked Windshield

Car Insurance Scenario

You’re driving along the highway when you get stuck behind a big rig. You get closer, looking to pass, but the big rig kicks a rock at your car, cracking the windshield. What should you do about a cracked windshield?

How Much Does it Cost to Fix a Cracked Windshield?

In most cases, assuming you have comprehensive coverage on your auto policy, your claim payment will be subject to your deductible. However, if you do not carry comprehensive coverage, you will be paying out-of-pocket for your windshield.

A small crack can be repaired, even without insurance. However, windshield replacement, especially if you are cruising in a high-end car, can be pricey.

According to Safelite, repairing one small crack on a hypothetical 2016 Toyota Camry will set you back roughly $110. On the other hand, entire windshield replacement can cost $410. Repairing a windshield on a high-end car can easily push the price into the thousands.

Your Insurance Coverage

Windshield replacement or repair would be covered by comprehensive auto insurance. It’s important to get a crack repaired, before it spreads across the windshield.

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Should You File a Claim?

There often isn’t a downside to making a claim for a windshield replacement. You’ll get a new windshield, many times for the cost of your deductible and in numerous cases your premium won’t be affected come renewal time. If you have questions, you can always talk to your experienced, local independent insurance agent to see what is right for your situation.

 

First in the series: Essential Car Insurance | Bumper Damage
Previously in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Deep Paint Scratches
Next in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Suspension Damage

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
Text: 951-482-8144
Web: www.siaonline.com

PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“10/10 I was very pleased with my experience. Bobby was amazingly helpful and so nice. I believe he found me a great deal for my car insurance. It was so quick and easy! I really appreciate the kindness i felt over the phone! Thank you for making what could have been a stressful situation so simple and not stressful at all!”
Megan Switzer – Murrieta, CA – Client Since 2020

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Umbrella Insurance & Underlying Liability Limits

Ultimately at the end of the day, we want you to be protected by insurance, in the form of Umbrella Insurance. We want to make sure everything you’ve worked so hard for over the years, is protected in the event something happens, like a lawsuit.

So let’s talk about that for just a minute because in this segment, I want to share with you what happens if there’s a large liability situation that may turn into a claim against you and your entity or entities and might threaten your assets in any way. That’s why people have Umbrella coverage to protect everything they work so hard for. However, for that claim to be paid, you must make sure that you have proper underlying limits of liability on the policies that are underneath the Umbrella.

If you don’t have proper underlying limits on your underlying policies beneath your Umbrella, the Umbrella will not pay, there will not be any coverage. We don’t want that for you ever, that’s why it’s also super important, when you’re thinking about adding an Umbrella policy, make sure that you put the auto insurance, the home insurance, the rental property insurance, the boat insurance, the RV insurance. If you have all those things, all with the same local independent insurance agent and then put the Umbrella on top of it with the same agent, you’ve got to have somebody there to manage, to lead, to consistently inspect and re-inspect with you as part of proper management for your entire insurance program.

If a claim does arise, regarding anything concerning liability attached to your estate or your business operations, we want to make sure that you’re properly covered, so your underlying limits are critical.

Now here’s the other thing that I want to let you know about. God forbid something happens and you received that lawsuit. Whatever you do, do not talk to anybody except your trusted agent and a representative from the insurance company, nobody else. And don’t let anybody know that you have an Umbrella, because that’s just more for them to attach and go after, you only share that with your loved one, your spouse or significant other, or your trusted people. That’s it, right?

We hope this helps you, if you ever have any questions about any facet of your Umbrella Protection Program, please let us know, we’re here to help.

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“We are extremely pleased with the prompt service we receive. I can call anytime, never placed on hold or had to wait for a return phone call. We are an older couple and at times do not understand the ins and out of really good coverage, so with [the team’s] help we feel comfortable with our home, cars and umbrella policies, I feel protected & safe!”
Phil & Mary Jean Marsh – Client since 2005

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Essential Car Insurance | Deep Paint Scratches

Car Insurance Scenario

You have to pick something up from the grocery store for dinner on your way home from work. The parking lot is absolutely packed. You feel like the luckiest person in the world when you find a spot close to the doors! You hop out and run in to get your things. When you come back out you see that someone has keyed the entire side of your car. What can and should you do about deep paint scratches?

How Much Does it Cost to Fix Extensive Paint Scratches?

Like most repairs, the cost to repaint a car can vary depending on the damage and the type of vehicle.

However, let’s assume that one entire side of the vehicle is severely damaged. On the cheap side, a single-stage enamel paint that basically just refreshes the look of the car can run between $300 and $1,000 depending on the vehicle. In this scenario, you’re probably going to need some repair work and a more detailed paint job due to the massive scratches which will most likely push the price range up to $1,000 to $3,500.

If you’re looking for a top of the line paint job or are driving a luxury vehicle, the cost of repainting a car can easily skyrocket up to $7,000.

Your Insurance Coverage

Collision coverage helps pay to repair your car if it’s damaged in a collision with another vehicle or object. Generally, collision coverage comes into play because a driver gets into a car accident. If you cannot find the other driver, you may be able to file a claim under your policy’s collision coverage.

Comprehensive coverage pays to repair or replace a covered vehicle that’s stolen or damaged by something other than collision. There are many scenarios that should be covered under comprehensive. For example: fire, wind, hail, flood, theft, vandalism, falling objects, and hitting an animal.

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Should You File a Claim?

In many circumstances, when you’re not at fault, a comprehensive claim may not raise your premium. It’s best to talk to your experienced, local independent insurance agent to see what is right for your situation.

 

Previously in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Bumper Damage
Next in this series: Essential Car Insurance | Cracked Windshield

 

Questions? Want to learn more? Here’s 4 easy ways to reach us:

Phone: 877-994-6787
Email: insure@siaonline.com
Text: 951-482-8144
Web: www.siaonline.com

PS Here’s a few words from one client that trusts Stromsoe Insurance Agency:

“I have been dealing with Erica Gates for almost 8 years now. She has helped me with my house insurance, car insurance adding my wedding ring to my home owners insurance and now with my earthquake insurance. Erica does what she says she’s going to do, whether it’s check on something for you or return your phone calls. She has been “OUTSTANDING” since day one. You just don’t find people like Erica everyday. Her customer service has been above and beyond. A real keeper. Thanks Erica for all that you do.”
Norma Gold – Winchester, CA 92596 – Client Since 2010

PPS Every policy is backed by our iron clad, 100% complete satisfaction guarantee. Ask for your copy today!