Is Your Vehicle Covered In A Natural Disaster?


On August 25, Hurricane Harvey struck the Gulf Coast and caused serious flooding in Houston, Texas. Thousands of residents living in and around Texas had to flee for their lives.

Many had to abandon their personal belongings, homes and vehicles before roads turned into rivers.

But the US is not yet in the clear of natural disasters…

Hurricane Irma Is Coming

It hasn’t even been a week since Harvey made landfall, and the US is possibly in the firing line for another severe storm.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Hurricane Centre, Hurricane Irma is approaching and looks “extremely dangerous”.

This storm has been classified as a Category 3 storm on the Saffir–Simpson scale. Irma is due to cause damage if it makes landfall, however, it is moving in slowly.

Irma is still sitting in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, however the Weather Channel has described it as “still uncertain and difficult”. 

Hurricane Irma is hitting winds of about 115mph; that is equivalent to 185km/h. This has been named as the 9th Atlantic storm of the season.

Many forecasters have predicted that this hurricane could turn north and head for the vastly populated mid-Atlantic region of the East Coast. Residents have been warned amidst the uncertainty around the direction of the storm.

But What About The Damage?

Once the dust has settled and the storms have moved off, the clean up operation will have to take place. There has been a fair amount of irreparable damage caused to peoples’ assets. This is, of course, going to cost lots of money and insurance companies are going to be working hard to regain control of the situation again.

Although South Africa isn’t prone to tropical storms, it’s always good to know what would happen if something were to strike.

Cape Town, otherwise known as the Cape Of Storms, does suffer from windy conditions and sometimes even flooding.

So learning about your policy could save you a lot of money!

So Is My Car Insured In A Natural Disaster? 

Well it really all depends on your insurance policy.

These are the different policies that are available:

  • Comprehensive Cover;
  • Balance of Third Party, Fire and Theft Insurance;
  • Limited Cover;
  • Liability to Other People;
  • Essential Cover.

The Comprehensive Cover is the policy that provides cover for events such as tropical storms.

According to Santam’s Comprehensive motor vehicle policy, the insured is covered in the event of:

  • Storm and Wind;
  • Hail;
  • Earthquake;
  • Collapse or breakage of aerial systems and satellite dishes;
  • Sea surge;
  • Flood;
  • Water and snow;
  • Lightning and thunderbolt.

This policy doesn’t insure customers for damages that have occurred before the storm. So you can not claim for prior damages.

This means that mildew and rust are not on the repair list. The insurance company can only assist you if your vehicle has been directly effected by the natural disaster.

Just a piece of advice, if it’s all-round insurance that you are looking for, rather go for the Comprehensive plan. This will insure that those unforeseen natural disasters don’t leave you without money and a car on a permanent basis!

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