Q. IF MY AUTOMOBILE IS CONSIDERED A TOTAL LOSS, WILL I BE REIMBURSED FOR ANY OF THE FEES I HAVE PAID THE STATE FOR THE OWNERSHIP OF MY CAR?
A. Yes. According to Minnesota Statute 72A.201 subdivision 6 the insurance company that pays for the loss must also pay the following:
Q. WHAT STEPS MUST THE INSURANCE COMPANY TAKE IN COVERING THE COST OF MY TOTALED AUTOMOBILE?
A. According to Minnesota Statute 72A.201 subdivision 6, if the automobile insurance policy provides for the adjustment and settlement of an automobile “total loss” on the basis of actual cash value or replacement with “like kind” and quality. The Insurance Company must offer a comparable and available replacement automobile or a cash settlement based upon the actual cost of purchase of a comparable automobile. If a comparable automobile is not available in the local market area, the insurance company must obtain one of two or more quotations obtained from two or more qualified sources located within the local market area. The insured (you) should be provided the information contained in all quotations prior to settlement.
Q. IF THE INSURANCE COMPANY MAKES ME AN OFFER I DON’T UNDERSTAND, ARE THEY OBLIGATED TO INFORM ME OF THEIR REASONING?
A. Yes. Any settlement or offer of settlement which deviates from any of the rules already discussed must be documented and justified in detail. The basis for the settlement or offer of settlement must be explained to the insured (you).
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Lord & Faris Law Firm
111 Third Ave South
Minneapolis, MN 55401
Our Minneapolis Personal Injury Attorneys are experienced in resolving and litigating issues resulting from a wide variety of injuries, including: