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Insurance Question from Irving, TX

Asked on 06/26/2012

In the State of Texas, am I owed a comparable vehicle?…and I am the 3rd party, not first. NULL

Answer given on June 29, 2012

If your car was damaged in an accident and the accident was not your fault, then the insurance company for the other party is responsible for the repairs to your car. If the car is considered a total loss, the other insurance company is expected to reimburse you for the actual cash value of your car. Sometimes this is not a figure that you feel is sufficient to reimburse you for your car, but that is how the insurance works. If your car was paid for and was in reasonable shape, the actual cash value should be close to the amount it will cost you to find a comparable car. However, if you feel the amount offered is not sufficient, it is your responsibility to prove the higher value you feel you should receive. You can do this through local ads for a similar car, or internet ads. However, the internet values must be based on your area, not somewhere else in the country, since values can vary in different parts of the country.


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