Excess payment, also known as an insurance deductible, is a fixed amount that must be paid when a vehicle is repaired using the coverage provided by your car insurance policy. Typically, this payment is made directly to the auto repair facility when you collect your vehicle. In the event that a vehicle is declared a total loss, the insurance provider will factor in the excess specified in your policy when determining the settlement payment to the owner.
If the accident is determined to be another driver’s fault, and their insurer accepts liability, the vehicle owner may have the option to recover the excess payment from the at-fault driver’s insurance company.
An obligatory excess is the minimum excess payment that the insurance provider requires on your insurance policy. The specific amount of the compulsory excess can vary based on individual details, driving history, and the insurance company you are dealing with.
To reduce the cost of your insurance premium, you can choose to pay a higher excess (deductible) than the compulsory excess required by your insurer. The voluntary excess is the additional amount, in addition to the compulsory excess, that you agree to pay in the event of a claim under your policy. Opting for a higher voluntary excess reduces the financial risk carried by the insurance provider, allowing them to offer a significantly lower premium.
Understanding the concept of excess payment is crucial when evaluating your car insurance options. By adjusting the excess, you can potentially lower your premium but should be prepared to cover a higher cost if you need to make a claim. Keep in mind that the exact terms and conditions may vary between insurance providers, so it’s essential to review your policy carefully and discuss any questions or concerns with your insurer.