I hit a deer. Is the damage to my car covered by auto insurance?

It’s more common than you would expect to inadvertently hit a deer while driving your car.  The damage caused by hitting a deer with your automobile can be extensive and costly.

If you have comprehensive coverage included in your auto insurance policy, it would apply in the event that your automobile is damaged as a result of hitting a deer, or other type of animal. Comprehensive coverage is not required in the state of Florida so many people do not carry it or remove it as their vehicle ages and loses value. However, if you do not own your car out right, your lender will likely require you to possess comprehensive coverage.

If you do not have comprehensive coverage, the damage to your car resulting from contact made with a deer (or other animal) would not be covered by your insurance, and would be your financial responsibility to repair the car, if you chose to do so.

Keep in mind, claims filed under comprehensive coverage do not put points on your license or increase your insurance premium.

Other items covered under comprehensive coverage include events other than a collision, such as:  damages from fire, theft, windstorm, flood, falling objects, vandalism, or if your vehicle is stolen.


Classic Car Insurance

If there is one thing we know about classic cars, it’s that the people who collect them are passionate about it! When you’ve found your one true love (Yea…forget about your spouse, your kids and your dog), we’re talking about the 4 wheeled beauty parked in your garage, it’s important you protect it properly.

Classic car insurance policies are quite a bit different than your standard auto insurance policies though. Classic cars are a unique, and sometimes costly, investment. For that reason, it’s important that your automobile be insured for the proper amount.

Unlike a standard auto insurance policy, classic cars are insured for an “agreed value” determined by the insured and the insurer at the time the policy is issued. There are also some other factors that are considered when insuring a collector car, for example the amount a mileage that is put on the car. Some collector cars are only driven on the weekend – if that, others are driven cross country to collector car shows and some aren’t driven at all.

Another item to consider when purchasing an insurance policy for your collector car(s) are any limitations that may apply regarding repair shops in the event that your pride and joy needs some work done. Just as you would do the proper research of auto body shops before getting your car repaired, it’s important you do your research when it comes to insurance too. Companies that may be great for insuring your everyday car may not be the best option for your collector car. We advise contacting your insurance agent to find out what companies they recommend for your particular car and type of usage.

How to save money when adding a teen driver to your auto insurance policy

Recently a McGriff-Williams client contacted us about adding three, yes – count them, THREE teenage drivers to their auto insurance policy. With triplets turning 16, they were a little nervous about what this might mean for their auto insurance premium. Although their premium will increase significantly, we were able to provide them with some money saving options.

How to save when adding young drivers to your auto insurance:             

1) Good student discount: Students with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are often eligible for a discount with most auto insurance providers. 

2) Trained driver discount: Young drivers that have successfully completed a driver’s education course, or have completed a driving course through a certified program, may be eligible for a discount on their auto insurance.

3) Occasional driver discount: You may be eligible for this discount with some auto insurance carriers if the teen driver shares a car with their parent(s) and therefore only “occasionally” drives the car.

4) Student away discount: If your child is attending a college over 100 miles away from home and does not bring a car with them, they may be eligible for a student away from home discount with some auto insurance providers.