How do you file a claim with your insurance for car damage?

How do you file an insurance claim for car damage? A branch fell on my car and left a huge dent in the hood.

I’m sorry to hear about your car! To file a claim with your insurance company for car damage you’ll need to call or submit a claim through their website or mobile app.
Remember, filing claims can cause an increase in your premium. Follow these steps before filing a comprehensive claim to ensure it’s worthwhile:
  • Take your car to a repair shop and get an estimate.
  • Compare the expected cost of repairs to your deductible.
  • If the difference is minimal, it may be worth paying out of pocket.
  • If the difference is big, you should consider whether it’s worth a potential spike in your premium.
If you do end up filing a claim, all you need to do is:
  • Give your insurance details about the incident.
  • Answer any questions they might ask honestly.
From there, they’ll likely have you get a quote on the repair cost. Once they understand the cost of repairs, your company will send you to a mechanic or repair shop in their network to get it fixed.
If you’re concerned about how the accident will impact your rates, try using Jerry to find your best option. A licensed broker, the Jerry app can help you find and compare quotes from the top insurance providers for free. If you find a plan you like, Jerry will even help you buy a new policy and cancel your old one!
Joshua Levy
Answered on Oct 26, 2021

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