What is Comprehensive Insurance

Comprehensive insurance is a type of automobile insurance that covers damage to your car from causes other than a collision. Comprehensive insurance would cover your vehicle if it was destroyed by a tornado, dented by a run-in with a deer, spray painted by a vandal, damaged by a break-in or crushed by a collapsing garage, among other causes. 

BREAKING DOWN Comprehensive Insurance
Comprehensive insurance and Third party insurance are the two major components of an automobile insurance policy. State law requires drivers to carry Third party insurance, but comprehensive insurance is optional if someone owns a vehicle outright. If a person has financed the vehicle, the auto loan company might require comprehensive insurance. If the car owner has paid for the vehicle in full, and they can’t afford comprehensive insurance, they own an older automobile that doesn’t have much value, they think they’re at low-risk of non-collision damage or they prefer to self-insure, the owner can choose not to purchase comprehensive insurance. On the other hand, even if someone owns an automobile free and clear, if they live in a rural area where collisions with animals are common, in a stormy area that often gets hail or in a higher-crime part of town where break-ins and theft occur regularly, they might want to purchase comprehensive insurance.