This coverage pays for damage to your car resulting from a collision with another car, object, or as a result of flipping over. It also covers damage caused by potholes. Collision coverage is generally sold with a deductible of $250 to $1,000 – the higher your deductible, the lower your premium. Even if you are at fault for the accident, your Collision coverage will reimburse you for the cost of repairing your car, minus the deductible. If you’re not at fault, your insurance company may try to recover the amount they paid you from the other driver’s insurance company. If they are successful, you will also be reimbursed for the deductible.
This coverage reimburses you for loss due to theft or damage caused by something other than a collision with another car or object, such as fire, falling objects, missiles, explosion, earthquake, windstorm, hail, flood, vandalism, riot, or contact with animals, such as birds or deer.
Comprehensive insurance is usually sold with a $100 to $300 deductible, though you may want to opt for a higher deductible as a way of lowering your premium.
Comprehensive insurance will also reimburse you if your windshield is cracked or shattered. The State of Florida requires auto insurance carriers to repair or replace damaged windshields with zero deductible (essentially, for free) under Florida Statute 627.7288. If you opt-out of this coverage, however, you will be responsible for the full cost to repair or replace your windshield.