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Insurance Question from Buffalo, NY

Asked on 10/18/2011

my truck was hit while it was parked in front of my house over night and is not drivable the insurance company of the guy that hit me said they will s the driver insurance company said they will supply a rental and i told them i want a truck for the things i do as the reason i had a truck they told me they would only cover a eccom car as the owner of a pick truck all my life now in in this little toyota car 1 day of driving and i have hit about 8 curbs should they give you something close to what you have or what can i do so they will cover a truck or atleast a suv

Answer given on October 18, 2011

When you are involved in an auto accident, even while your car is parked, the insurance company for the other party is required to provide a rental car while your vehicle is being repaired. However, they are not required to give you an equivalent vehicle during the repairs, only a basic replacement vehicle.Your inability to drive a smaller vehicle is not the responsibility of the other insurance company. You need to be careful while driving this vehicle, since the other insurance company will not be responsible for any damages you create to the replacement vehicle. You could try to work out a bigger vehicle due to your needs for a larger vehicle for your everyday use, but your inability to handle the smaller car will not substantiate your claim.If you have collision coverage on your vehicle with your insurance company, and rental car reimbursement, you may be able to get a better replacement vehicle. You should contact your insurance company or agent and see if you have any coverage available under your policy.


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