Agreed Value vs Stated Value
– it’s what separates specialty insurers from everyday insurers covering more commonplace commuter cars.
“A stated value policy does not guarantee what you will receive – an adjuster will review comparable models in the market to determine a fair value,” Brian Rusniak, a Hagerty underwriting lead, said. “This could be less than what you think your vehicle is worth.”
An agreed value policy, on the other hand, starts both insurer and insured on the same page. Because collector vehicles may change in value over time, values can be adjusted accordingly. Value-enhancing modifications are also taken into account. Hagerty refers to agreed value as Guaranteed Value®, so customers will know that the value both parties agree to will be honored in case of a covered loss.
“Having Guaranteed Value policy guarantees you will receive the full insured amount agreed upon at the inception of coverage, less any applicable deductible,” Rusniak said.
The most important distinction between classic and collectible vehicles and commuter cars is also what makes different insurance necessary – people don’t drive them every day, so the risk for damage or injury is lower.
“Even though a Guaranteed Value policy provides better coverage, premiums may be lower as these policies are designed for collectable vehicles,” Rusniak said. “Such vehicles typically don’t get used as often as daily drivers, which generally leads to a lower risk and accordingly a lower premium.”
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