Does Your Auto Insurance Cover Damage Done During a Protest or Riot?

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Recently we have seen streets filled with vehicles damaged form rioters.  Damage can be a simple scratch, windshield damage, or even a fire.  The question is, “Are these kinds of losses covered under a standard auto policy?”

It is normal for people to be worried about their cars if they live in an area with active riots.  Insurance coverage that covers acts of vandalism is not part of the auto liability insurance.

According to the industry-backed Insurance Information Institute, this type of damage typically is covered under optional comprehensive insurance plans.  This coverage provides reimbursement for damage to the vehicle and its contents caused by fire, falling objects, vandalism or rioting.  Approximately two-thirds of policyholders have this coverage.  However, each policy is different so the actual coverage will depend on your individual auto policy terms and conditions.

A Few Things to Remember

  • If the damage is covered it will be subject to your policy deductible.
  • You should report the claim as soon as possible, especially if someone was injured.
  • Windshield or glass claims are often covered on a first-dollar basis with no deductible.  However, they can also contribute to increased rates.
  • Collision coverage may apply if the vehicle was moving during the time of the damage.

At Heaton Bennett Insurance, we can offer a wide variety of coverages and options for your boat, jet ski or personal watercraft. Some boats or smaller watercraft may even be covered under your current homeowner’s policy. The size, type and value of your boat, personal watercraft or jet ski will be part of the determining factors in evaluating your Austin, Texas insurance coverage needs

Our professional auto insurance agents in Austin, TX metro happily serve the Cedar Park, Georgetown, Lakeway, Pflugerville, and Round Rock areas. Contact us today to find quality, affordable car insurance!

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