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This is an important page to read if you are looking for classic car insurance or even if you think you may already have your ride adequately covered. Recent statistics show that more than half of all classic cars are insured by a standard insurance company, which may not be the best choice. Many classic car owners think they will get a good deal from their current car insurance company since they already have one or more cars, recreational vehicles and even a home insured through them, but this may not be the case. Generally the standard car insurance company does not have the best insurance price for collector cars, and your classic car could be substantially under insured since these insurance companies and their agents are not specifically classic car insurers.
Three choices of classic car insurance coverage - There are three types of auto insurance available and two of the three are suited for classic cars.
Hot rods and custom cars - Hot rods and custom cars can also be covered with these specialty collector car insurance companies. It may involve more work with the insurance companies and you will want to have all your documentation prepared before talking to them. Hot rods and other custom cars are tougher to put a value on due to their uniqueness. Insurance agents will want to see most receipts and labor charges involved in building or restoring the car, to assess the value. Specialty collector car insurance companies also understand details about collector cars. The insurance agents will add extra value to models that were built by famous or well known builders and add value to models with original parts or rare options.
Limitations - With the agreed value insurance options, usually some or all of the following items are listed on the policy.
How to put a value on a classic car - Insurance companies want to properly insure the value of their covered vehicles so they may do a lot of research to get to the appropriate value. Classic cars that are still nearly stock with the original parts are easier to put a value on since there are guides and other book price listings on these. Once you get into restored or hot rods it becomes more work. Insurance companies will look into the amount spent to restore or build the car, what type of parts were used and the amount of labor involved. Keeping detailed lists of work done and all receipts, including labor costs, is very important to get every penny your classic car is really worth. Certified appraisals can also be helpful, but not always necessary, especially if you have all the documentation and receipts. Keeping updated photos of your classic car is also a good idea.
Saving Opportunities - Since the premiums are usually so low on classic cars, most insurance companies do not let you ‘drop’ or lower your insurance coverage, such as putting “theft, fire, or vandalism” during the winter months when it will not be driven. If your classic car is being restored and it’s up on blocks with the engine out, you should be able to negotiate something with your insurance agent. Another opportunity with classic car insurance companies is that many will allow you to have multiple cars for the same premium. The more classic cars you have, the premium stays the same. They see it as you can only drive one classic car at a time!
Periodic Reviews of Coverage - You should periodically review your coverage and make any necessary adjustments. Restoration adds value to a car so if you have recently or are in the process of restoring a car, you should look at raising the coverage. Also, some classic cars appreciate more rapidly in value than others, especially over the last few years. Make sure your coverage is adequate.
Summary - In summary, if you learn one thing from this article, it is to look into auto insurance from a collector car insurance company and not from just your current standard insurance company. You can compare but more than likely you will save on your premiums with a collector car insurance company, PLUS your standard insurance company will likely not cover your classic car up to it’s real value. Only a collector car insurance company will give you lower premiums and insure your classic car for what it’s really worth.
Classic Vehicle Insurance Providers- Central Valley Classics doesn't endorse any of these insurance companies over another, nor do we list them in any particular order. These are simply provided as a list of companies that do specialize in classic cars, hot rods, street rods, collectible cars and specialty cars for insurance for you to compare.
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