What is depreciation?
When you purchase a vehicle, the value immediately decreases, which is known as depreciation. On average:
One year after purchase, a vehicle is worth about 20% less than its original value.
Most vehicles lose about 60% of their original value within the first five years.
What is gap insurance coverage?
Gap insurance covers the difference between what your auto insurance will cover and what you owe on your leased car.
You may owe more money than your car is worth if you have a loan or a lease, due to depreciation. If you are in an accident and your vehicle is not repairable, your standard auto insurance policy will only cover the actual value of your vehicle.
For example: You’re in an accident that’s covered by your insurance policy and your vehicle is unrepairable. You owe $15,000 on your vehicle’s loan, but the value of the vehicle is $10,000. After you pay your $500 deductible, your auto insurance policy will pay $9,500 for a total of $10,000, which is the actual value of the vehicle.
If you have auto insurance with gap coverage, it will cover the $5,000 difference to pay off your loan. If not, you will be responsible for the difference.
Do I need gap insurance?
If either of these questions apply to you, ask your independent agent about gap coverage:
- Do you drive a leased or loaned vehicle?
- Do you owe more than your vehicle’s market value?
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