When you hear someone use the term “comp and collision,” they are referring to two separate insurance coverages available for personal auto insurance policies: Comprehensive coverage (also referred to as Other Than Collision coverage) and Collision coverage.
What is Comprehensive insurance?
Comprehensive insurance helps pay for damages to your vehicle caused by factors other than an accidental collision, such as fire, vandalism, weather (hail, flooding, wind, lightning, etc.), theft, impact with an animal, etc. (Exclusions may apply.)
Here are some examples of when Comprehensive insurance may apply:
For example, Comprehensive insurance does not cover damages resulting from:
What is Collision insurance coverage?
Collision insurance helps cover the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle when it is involved in an accidental collision with another vehicle or object. (Exclusions may apply.)
Collision insurance coverage is exactly what it sounds like. It covers you when your vehicle collides with an object, or another car. It generally provides coverage for situations where you are the one being hit or where you accidentally hit another vehicle.
Even situations where your car is parked and hit by another vehicle or by an object on the ground is typically covered by Collision insurance.
Here are some examples of when Collision insurance coverage may apply:
What is the biggest difference between Comprehensive and Collision insurance?
The main difference between Collision insurance and Comprehensive insurance are the situations that each covers.
Comprehensive insurance covers your vehicle for situations outside of an accidental collision such as, damage from weather (hail, flood, wind, lightning, etc.), vandalism, theft, fire, and even damage caused by an animal.
Collision insurance covers a loss if your vehicle hits an object or another vehicle, or if another vehicle hits your vehicle.
What do I need?
This will depend on a few factors. These are great topics to discuss with us. We will help you determine the best coverages for your vehicle.
A few things to consider when deciding if you want Comprehensive, Collision or both coverages on your personal auto insurance policy include:
Taken From The Auto-Owners AO Blog