Quick Answer: Why Do I Have To Pay The Excess If Not My Fault?

Why do I have to pay an excess?

Most insurance policies have a standard excess or a voluntary excess.

Choosing a higher voluntary excess may help to bring down the cost of your insurance premiums because the insurer won’t have to pay out so much in the event of a claim..

Do you have to pay excess if accident not your fault NZ?

But I’m not at fault, do I still need to pay an excess? If you have Car Comprehensive cover with State, you have Excess Protection cover. This means that if you’re involved in an accident with another vehicle and the other driver caused the accident, we might be able to waive or refund your excess.

Do I pay excess if someone hits me?

You pay car insurance excess if you make a claim for damage to your car, with repairs being covered by your insurer. You don’t have to pay car insurance excess if it’s a third party claim (someone else involved), as your excess only counts to your own claim.

What if damage is less than excess?

If the damage to your vehicle is minor, and the cost of repairing it is less than your excess, lodging a claim is unnecessary. You can still have a claims adjustor make an assessment of the damage so you have an accurate idea of the bill you’re facing, but without any obligation to file a claim.

Do you pay excess if you damage another car?

Do I have to pay my car insurance excess if someone claims against me? No, the excess – both voluntary and compulsory – is the amount you pay towards your own claim or repairs, so you won’t have to pay the excess if a third party is claiming against you.

How does car insurance work when you are not at fault?

Even if you’re not at fault, you can make a claim with your insurance company for payment of damages and injuries — if you have the right coverages. … It will pay for the cost of repairs or total loss of your vehicle. If you take this approach, you will have to pay your collision deductible toward repairs.

Do I have to pay my excess if someone crashes into me?

An excess is the amount you pay (or we hold back) in the event of any claim, regardless of who’s to blame for the incident. If you don’t make a claim but a third party does, and we pay out, you don’t have to pay your excess. If you claim for damage to your vehicle the excess is always payable.

Do I get my excess back if it’s not my fault?

When you won’t pay an excess If you’re found not to be your fault, your insurer claims the excess back from the at-fault party’s insurer, along with other costs. Assume you’ll have to pay your excess first to get your claim started.

Do I have to tell my insurance if someone hits me?

If you’re involved in an accident, you must tell your insurance company as soon as possible. Most insurers specify that you must inform them within 24 hours of the incident.

Can I claim my insurance excess back?

If you have trouble getting your money back, you can take the insurance company or driver to court. If your insurance company have dealt with the claim, they should claim the excess back for you. If you have a no fault accident, a credit hire company can also make a claim on your behalf.

Do you have to pay excess if your car is written off?

When is a car insurance excess paid? If your car is repairable, we’ll ask you to pay your car insurance excess before the repairs start. If your car is written off, we’ll deduct the excess from the final settlement amount we pay you.