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    Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    I am wondering if there are any guidelines/threshholds about when to submit a claim in regards to the estimate and your deductible. For example, I recently hooked a guyline while backing up and damaged the front bumper, wheel well liner, and a "deflector" that I think prevents water, snow, etc from getting thrown up into the engine compartment. $820 estimate and I have a $500 deductible. 1 speeding ticket in the last 7 years and one minor claim for a parking lot accident about 6 years ago. I am thinking of paying for it out- of- pocket. All opinions are appreciated!


    I'd agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Talk to you agent. They can give you advise on what to do.


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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Buy a spot on the CF bus to the bowl game. Find a convenient time to sidle up to Adam Gray. Speak to him in hypotheticals about a "Friend" who "hooked a guy line" and whatnot. ????? Profit.



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Do not file a claim for $320. You will pay a whole lot more than that in premiums over the next several years.



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Like clone homer said... It's not worth it.... These insurance companies are getting out of control... Your record is not "clean" so I would eat it...



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    Do not file a claim for $320. You will pay a whole lot more than that in premiums over the next several years.
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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Acylum View Post
    I am wondering if there are any guidelines/threshholds about when to submit a claim in regards to the estimate and your deductible. For example, I recently hooked a guyline while backing up and damaged the front bumper, wheel well liner, and a "deflector" that I think prevents water, snow, etc from getting thrown up into the engine compartment. $820 estimate and I have a $500 deductible. 1 speeding ticket in the last 7 years and one minor claim for a parking lot accident about 6 years ago. I am thinking of paying for it out- of- pocket. All opinions are appreciated!
    Talk to your agent about it. However, must companies only look at your record in the last 3 years, so as far as they're concerned you most likely have a clean record. If it was me I would turn the claim in. At my job we don't even count losses less than $750.



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    I am in the camp of don't make the claim if you can afford the difference. It also comes down to do you want a claim hanging on your record for 3+ years, so that if some other crap happens, while the first one may not affect your rates greatly (talking to the agent helps here), 2 claims definately will send your rates sky high. I just got a bunch of crap off my insurance record but it took nearly 4 years before everything worked itself off. So just consider keeping your clean record intact so that you don't end up paying more when crap eventually does happen.



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    Quote Originally Posted by Clonehomer View Post
    Do not file a claim for $320. You will pay a whole lot more than that in premiums over the next several years.
    Defiantly not worth filing a claim over $320 bucks. I made this mistake by filing a claim for a cracked window and it reset my clock on my 1 year claim free deal w/ progressive.



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    Re: Auto Insurance Claim Advice

    For those not accident prone, I'd recommend a $1,000 deductible. I've had it for over 10 years and it saves me over $100/year. So after 5 years with no claims it's all gravy.

    BTW-Up until last week I had the same insurance for 12 years. Every year I usually check how my rates compare to someone like Geico and they are not that much better. This year I checked with esurance and they would insure 2 cars (about 60K worth) for $490/year and I was paying nearly $1,000 with my other company. All the coverages were the same with the exception of not having tow service. They quoted me for home owners but were $300 higher so I'm staying where I'm at for that coverage.



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