In the state of Florida, it’s illegal to drive without auto insurance. Of course, the most important thing when you’re dealing with an accident is to know you’re covered and will have enough money to pay off any existing payments owed.
Gap insurance is used together with collision coverage or comprehensive coverage. If you’re leasing or financing a new car, many lenders require you to have collision and comprehensive coverage on your car insurance policy until your car is paid off. Gap insurance is available to help when your vehicle has been totaled in an accident and your totaled vehicle has to be paid off.
An Example of When You’ll Need Gap Insurance
Let’s say, for example, you were just in an accident and your vehicle has been totaled and you still owe $15,000 on the loan for your vehicle. Your insurance company will reimburse you for the value of the vehicle at the time of the accident, so say that’s $10,000, you are still responsible for paying the remaining $5,000 of the loan, and that’s where gap insurance comes in. Gap insurance covers the remaining loan balance after the insurance company has paid the insurer for the value of their vehicle.
This does not cover any funds that you’ll need for a new vehicle. The money you would receive to pay off the totaled car is only for that and never goes over that amount. If you were looking to have money for your next vehicle, the option of new car replacement coverage is an option to add to your insurance plan. Those new car coverage plans can be coupled together with certain insurance plans that will include gap coverage.
How Do I Know If I Need Gap Insurance?
Ask these questions if you’re not sure to get gap insurance: Do you owe more money to pay off your loan than your vehicle is worth? Can you afford to pay out the difference today if your vehicle is a total loss? These are the factors that should make up your decision to go with gap insurance. If your auto loan is more than 60 months or you’re currently leasing your car, you might have gap coverage included.
When Can Gap Insurance Be Applied?
Gap insurance can be applied if you’re vehicle is stolen or totaled, which the latter is a decision entirely on your insurance and can’t be determined any other way. If you have more questions about whether or not you want to include gap insurance with a vehicle you plan on buying or leasing from us, stop on by for a longer conversation.
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