Car theft is a serious matter, and it can happen to anyone. In 2017, there were 773,139 incidents of vehicle theft. That figure has dropped significantly since its almost 2 million high in 1991. But authorities say thieves are constantly coming up with sophisticated ways to steal vehicles.
Auto insurance can cover stolen cars. While DiPaolo only had her state’s minimum coverage, there are additional coverages that include vehicle theft. You can add them onto any policy.
In order to cover theft, policyholders should have comprehensive coverage, according to Tony Arevalo, auto insurance expert with Carsurance.net.
“With comprehensive insurance, you should be covered all the way up to the ACV – Actual Cash Value, which is why this type of insurance is recommended to anyone with a car worth over $3,000,” Arevalo says.
Insurance companies calculate the ACV as the replacement cost of an item, minus depreciation.
Comprehensive insurance will cover anything that happens to the vehicle that is outside of the driver’s control. These events are usually defined as an “acts of God or nature” in the fine print. The most common things covered by comprehensive insurance are: flooding, hail, fire, and vandalism.
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