03-29-2010 04:11 PM
Here's how I think it works
I think you get GAP through the dealer, when you buy your car. Call the dealer that you bought you car from and ask them. I bought a car in Nov and I think they wanted $495 a year for the coverage but I declined it because my car is worth more than the loan I have on it. You should consider GAP if you are financing a car that is not worth the amount you owe on it (IE you are upside down), otherwise you don't need it.
03-29-2010 04:31 PM
Thanks for the reply daisyduke
I thought it was also needed because when you drive a car off the dealer lot it immediately starts depreciating. Heaven forbid u get into an accident and it's totalled, GAP insurance protects u just in case ur (regular) insurance doesn't want to pay blue book value?
I guess I misunderstood the necessity of it lol, but then again.. I've never had to consider it b4 so don't hold that against me
I called my insurance company again and it turns out the last rep I spoke with either didn't know what she was talking about, or just didn't want to bother looking into it. I was told they DO offer it, so I asked for a quote and guess what??!?!?! I was told it would cost me an extra $40-60 per term!!! I was ECSTATIC cuz when I'm finally ready to make a purchase I don't have to get jerked by the salesguy
03-29-2010 05:07 PM
My insurance company does not offer this product. Your peace of mind is worth something. It's good that you know that you got a quote.
I once "totalled" a brand new maxima we paid about 30K for it (about three months old). I was hit by a landscape truck barreling down a hill. My insurance company fixed the car at a 28K cost and did not total it. We did not have gap and didn't worry about it b/c we had put 10K down on it and owed only 20K on the car, gap not needed at that point. But my insurance company said our car was too new to total it. Too bad b/c I wanted to get a BMW 5 series!!
Good luck to your car shopping endeavors!!
04-04-2010 10:59 AM
wow, that's strange they would spend $28K to fix a car that's probably worth less even if it's 3 month old to you. As far as Gap goes, I got mine through the CU who financed me and I think it's about $249 for the life of the loan.
09-23-2012 07:37 AM
When I refinanced my last car NFCU provided Gap at $300. The lump sum policies from dealers aren't the best way to go, there's probably a 50% commission to the dealer.
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