Whether it is an accident, vandalism or burglary, the best thing about owning a car Insurance is, you can make the Insurance Company handle the replacement of the missing expensive accessories / damaged parts or repairs in many cases by just filing a claim and paying a minimum amount of deductible.
The process for making a claim starts with informing your insurance company about the event that occurred. The insurance agent you contact will begin the initial examination checklist. Their job is to verify that the claim is legitimate and determine the amount of compensation one will receive. They also are responsible for determining the amount of your claim that the insurance company will cover. These checklists generally includes questions about the incident and your policy and coverage details.
The first thing the insurance agent will check for is to make sure your policy is active. When you file a claim your insurance policy must be paid up-to-date and not have lapsed to obtain your coverage.
The Claims are usually Validated after reviewing the policy rules and if there are items damaged or stolen which are not covered by the policy contract, the coverage amount cannot be claimed. You will also not be able to claim if you just have a liability insurance or a third party cover in instances of car burglary.
The checklist examination is the guideline for what will be covered. The checklist will allow the agent to determine if “acts of God” are covered under you policy. If they are not and you suffered from fire or flood, then your claim is not valid and will receive no reimbursement. Also, if a vehicle is stolen or vandalized and contains expensive items inside, those items are only subject to an insurance claim if it is stated so on the insurance policy you have.
The insurance agent looks for violation of policy terms, ensures the driver stood up to their end of the policy requirements and checks for any perils or items that might be excluded for the claim. It might sound harsh, but the insurance company will look for any reason they should not pay the claim and if they find one you will be left holding the bill at the end of the day.
The checklist allows for an easy overview to determine the validity of the claim as a whole. If an insurance agent suspects the claim may be fraudulent, they are required to report their suspicion to the assessor. Claims that may set trigger a closer inspection include a vehicle worth very little being vandalized with items that are of extremely high worth. The insurance company makes notes of all the information received and is given to the assessor. The checklist gives the assessor a great background for he or she to review any possible misleading or false claims.