If your car is damaged due to arson, you often lack time to prepare adequately as the loss is occurring; this means protecting your property ahead of time is essential.
Carrying the proper coverage before your loss can help you recover quickly and easily when arson occurs; comprehensive coverage normally needs to be purchased for coverage to apply.
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Arson Damage and Your Car
Arson is fire-related damages that are intentionally started and cause damage to your car or property; these losses are always considered intentional, though determining fault is difficult.
Arson can occur during many situations including:
- civil unrest
- misplaced anger
The losses relating to arson can often result in large amounts of damage, making mitigation difficult. Additionally, arson has been used for fraudulent reasons, such as covering up evidence. Arson losses are often investigated to check for policyholder fraud.
You can proactively purchase coverage for arson losses, as well as other types of losses, by purchasing comprehensive coverage.
This coverage choice is optional, meaning you do not have to purchase it, but it protects from a wide range of losses that are not related to a collision.
Recovering from Arson Losses
Your car insurance is designed to help you bounce back from losses. It does not cover the costs of simple maintenance or neglect issues.
Filing a claim includes the following steps:
- contacting your provider when you’re first aware of the loss
- providing as many details as possible
- documenting the damages
- following any instructions your provider gives you
You should always assess the amount of damage and your policy conditions before filing a claim.
Comprehensive coverage often carries a deductible, which is a portion of the claim settlement you are responsible for covering. This deductible applies on a per-claim basis, meaning once per claim, and your provider often deducts this from your settlement.
Policy Conditions Regarding Arson Losses
Anytime arson occurs, your priority should be maintaining your health and well-being. Never attempt to handle an active arson event alone.
Local law enforcement and your local fire department can be contacted to get assistance with handling the arson as well as determining who committed the act.
You should always document your loss as completely as possible; use photographs, video, voice notes, or even written notes to adequately describe the loss.
Any documentation you can provide will help with your claim investigation and any police or fire department investigation that occurs.
Before you proceed with filing the claim, you should get an idea of what your loss will cost to recover and compare that with your deductible. If you carry a deductible that’s higher than your loss, your insurance provider is not required to settle any portion of the claim.
You can always contact your provider before filing a claim to notify them of the loss and to understand the claim process in greater detail. They may even suggest having your vehicle damages evaluated to get an estimate of the total value of the damages.
Arson can occur for several reasons, such as rioting, civil unrest, or when you’ve made someone mad.
Carrying comprehensive coverage on your car insurance can help you recover easily when a loss occurs.
Remember to compare policy quotes from multiple providers when you’re purchasing this coverage, since different providers may charge different amounts for similar policies.
Comparing two or three different quotes with your current policy can also help you assess if your current policy still meets your needs at a reasonable price. Compare quotes easily by entering your zip code into our free rate comparison tool below.
Speak with your insurance company about any coverage you carry, losses you’re looking to plan for, and what coverage you need to have in place. They can help you analyze your risks and manage them appropriately, all while trying to meet your budget.