Totaling your car can ruin your year, but it’s especially traumatic when you still owe money on the vehicle.
If your vehicle is totaled and you still owe more than it’s worth, your car insurance company will pay only actual cash value (ACV) for your vehicle.
Can you keep your car if it’s totaled?
Keeping a vehicle that your car insurance company has totaled. If you decide to accept the insurer’s decision to total your car but you still want to keep it, your insurer will pay you the cash value of the vehicle, minus any deductible that is due and the amount your car could have been sold for at a salvage yard.
What happens if my car is totaled progressive?
Progressive’s gap insurance will cover up to a maximum of 25% of the actual cash value of your car. For example: Your insurer determines the actual cash value of your totaled car was $35,000. However, you owe $37,500 on your car loan. Your loan/lease payoff coverage takes care of the extra $2,500.
What happens when an insurance company totals your car?
If the insurance company totals your car, it will pay you the car’s actual cash value, minus your deductible, and your car is then sent to a salvage yard to be auctioned off to the highest bidder and usually chopped up for parts. The insurance company keeps whatever money it got for the car in salvage.