What is guaranteed insurance? | The bank rate
If your monthly auto insurance loan payment has increased, it may be because collateral insurance has been added to your monthly payment. But what is collateral insurance?
Essentially, this is the type of insurance you will end up with when financing a new car, in the event that you cannot get your own auto insurance policy. You usually don’t have the option of choosing it; your lender does. If you haven’t provided proof of coverage, your lender can purchase auto insurance on your behalf, and the additional costs are then added to your monthly car payments.
How does collateral insurance work?
Collateral Protection Insurance (CPI) is auto insurance that protects your car against physical damage. It’s chosen by your lender and added to your loan payments when you don’t (or properly insure) your car yourself.
When you finance the purchase of a new car, your lender has certain requirements that you must meet, such as making monthly payments and purchasing the correct amount of auto insurance. Since the vehicle technically belongs to the lender, it is in the interest of the lender to protect it financially. This means that if it is damaged in an accident and you have no way to pay for its repairs, you and the lender are financially affected by the loss.
The main disadvantage of an IPC premium is that it is generally non-negotiable. If you get your own policy, you can usually get lower rates if you shop around and compare providers. In addition, the amount of coverage you get with a policy chosen by the lender will be limited to the amount stipulated in your loan agreement. To select the coverages and limits that suit your insurance needs, you will need to establish your own policy.
What does collateral insurance cover?
Guaranteed insurance is meant to cover any physical damage to your car, which means, at the bare minimum, that it usually comes with collision and comprehensive coverage (although it can also come with costs. and liability, depending on the package your lender purchases on your behalf). Most policies with collateral protection insurance protect against things like:
- Theft – If someone steals items belonging to your car (like their radio), full coverage pays for all costs associated with the repair or replacement. Also covers the damage your car suffers in the event of a break-in. Note: Items stolen from your car (like your wallet, purse, or phone) are usually not protected by this type of cover.
- Vandalism – If your car is vandalized by criminals, comprehensive coverage will cover its repair or replacement costs, up to the limits of the policy. Broken windows, flat tires, broken mirrors are all examples of events covered by full coverage.
- Fires – A fire can devastate the appearance and functionality of your car. Comprehensive coverage provides financial protection for both, up to the limits of the policy.
- Falling Objects – While your car is unlikely to be damaged by anything other than a falling tree or tree branch, stranger things can happen. Complete protects you from anything that falls on your car, which can include street lights, AC units, or other objects that may fall on your vehicle.
- Animals (like hitting a deer) – If a rodent, like a mouse or rat, chews your car’s wiring, full coverage will cover your car repairs. Comprehensive coverage even covers damage to your car if you hit a deer.
- Weather Events – Hail, lightning and flood water damage are covered by comprehensive coverage. However, if your car is damaged by water from a leaking pipe or roof (in your garage, for example), these types of damage are not covered.
- Collision with another vehicle – Generally the coverage most people need, collision coverage covers any damage your car suffers while moving, whether it’s your fault or not. It does not cover damage to the other person’s car.
- Collision with a fixed object (such as a sign, fence, parked car) – If you back up in a parked car or run over a sign, your collision coverage will cover the damage. However, it will not pay for repairs to the object you touched. For this you would need liability insurance.
Collateral protection vs compulsory insurance
Forced placement insurance is more or less synonymous with collateral protection because both do the same thing and are implemented at the same time. The main difference between the two is that you can purchase auto insurance or compulsory home insurance, but collateral protection can only be added to your car. Therefore, think of collateral protection as a compulsory type of insurance, but only for automobiles.
Guarantee Protection Refunds
On rare occasions, lenders make mistakes and may require borrowers to purchase CPI when they don’t need it. If you were needlessly forced to buy the CPI, there are ways to reverse the situation. In most cases, the situation can be resolved by providing a copy of your proof of insurance or your policy statements page to your lender. If none of these solutions is enough, you may need to put your lender in touch with an agent from your insurance company. Once your lender receives the correct documents, CPI payments should stop.
You may have been billed to CPI for the days you weren’t properly insured, even though you eventually set up your own policy and no longer need the guaranteed protection the lender chose. If this is the case, you likely will not be reimbursed for any CPI added to your loan payment for the period that you did not have your own policy in place. You are technically “retro-paying” for the insurance in this scenario. Whatever your situation, be sure to contact your lender if and when your own policy is in place to avoid unnecessary additional costs.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do i need the IPC?
You do not need collateral protection insurance if you purchase the required amount of coverage before the date specified in your loan agreement. If you haven’t, your lender can set the CPI on your behalf and add the cost to your monthly car payment.
How to avoid the CPI?
You can avoid CPI by being properly insured before leaving the dealership (and avoiding lapses afterwards).
If you have the required coverages and such in your policy, you will need to provide your lender with documents proving compliance. Insurance cards show insurance dates (start and end of term), just like a declaration page.
What is the best insurance to avoid the CPI?
There are many large auto insurance companies out there, each with their own coverage and discount offerings and rate calculation algorithm. Depending on the situation and coverage needs, as well as the level of customer service preferred, the best auto insurance companies can vary by driver. Provided you can compare rates and coverage options in advance, it’s usually best to get your own policy from any provider to avoid having to be covered by collateral protection insurance.