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      10-20-2008, 08:29 AM   #1
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Insurance Companies Changing Policy for Track Days

Interesting article, seems you need to make sure you are covered before participating in a track day. My Allstate said I was covered last year but I'll have to revisit if I go back next Spring.

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/19/au...in&oref=slogin
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      10-20-2008, 05:46 PM   #2
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      10-20-2008, 05:51 PM   #3
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I've always just assumed my policy wouldn't cover me....
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I've always just assumed my policy wouldn't cover me....
That's a good assumption to have. Seems like insurance companies will try to find any reason not to cover you in gray areas like this.
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      10-20-2008, 07:49 PM   #6
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insurance agent at the track

last week we attended a HPDE event at millville in Nj, and around noon an insurance agent showed up from Geico and took down most of the plates of the cars getting in the grid. He stayed for about 90 min, and that gave him enough time to take down pretty much everyone's plate driving onto the track.
So first thing, take the plaes off as soon as you arrive.
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      10-20-2008, 08:52 PM   #7
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So first thing, take the plaes off as soon as you arrive.
That's really good advice, and I never thought of it. I was always under the impression that insurance was no good once you used it for a purpose other than "passenger transportation." A Land Rover may be built to drive through a four foot river, but good luck getting your insurance agent to buy you new carpet if the river's a bit deeper. It makes sense, though, that these guys would try to create a database like that. I've heard stories of guys who rolled cars on a track, and still managed to get them through on an insurance claim when the car was found ... um ... not on the track. While illegal and morally wrong, keeping your identity out of the insurers pockets beforehand would make things a bit easier.
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I made the mistake of calling my insurance company, Amica, and inquiring about track coverage, and was told no way. When I called later for unrelated stuff, they would pull up my policy and say, "you race your car, right?" despite the fact that I told them dozens of times I don't race my car. Anyway, I got uncomfortable since they flagged my file in their database somehow, and was concerned that they would try to use that info against me to deny a legitimate claim and I would have to fight them and so on. So, I switched companies last month after my policy expired.
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My insurance changed in June of 2008 to not cover me at HPDEs. I've read the excusion portion of my policys ever since I started doing HPDEs and it finally changed this year.

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last week we attended a HPDE event at millville in Nj, and around noon an insurance agent showed up from Geico and took down most of the plates of the cars getting in the grid. He stayed for about 90 min, and that gave him enough time to take down pretty much everyone's plate driving onto the track.
So first thing, take the plaes off as soon as you arrive.

The same Geico ass wipe showed up at the BMW CCA event in Mid August at NJMP (Millville, NJ)

Something to think about. My insurance company knows my VIN but not my license plate number. I don't think they legally know have access to the gov't database of license numbers, do they?

I guess next time I'll either put tape on my license plate or just reverse the plate. If you simply remove the plate it exposes the VIN taped to the body under the plate.
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So first thing, take the plaes off as soon as you arrive.
Might be worth doing, but if they really want to know, they can just camp out at the entrance of the track and write the numbers down as cars show up in the morning unless you are willing to stop before you get to track and remove your license plate, but in NH, there are always cops on the road leading to the track.
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The same Geico ass wipe showed up at the BMW CCA event in Mid August at NJMP (Millville, NJ)
How were you able to figure out he was an insurance guy?
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How were you able to figure out he was an insurance guy?

He was driving a moving billboard, it said GEICO in big letters all over it.
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I made the mistake of calling my insurance company, Amica, and inquiring about track coverage, and was told no way. When I called later for unrelated stuff, they would pull up my policy and say, "you race your car, right?" despite the fact that I told them dozens of times I don't race my car. Anyway, I got uncomfortable since they flagged my file in their database somehow, and was concerned that they would try to use that info against me to deny a legitimate claim and I would have to fight them and so on. So, I switched companies last month after my policy expired.
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I guess next time I'll either put tape on my license plate or just reverse the plate. If you simply remove the plate it exposes the VIN taped to the body under the plate.
Yep, painters tape and don't forget to tape over your vin through your windshield, too.
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      10-21-2008, 11:20 PM   #15
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Can anyone make a list of major Insurance carriers and their current status of coverage for Track/training days. It may be helpful to all.

I have Mercury Insurance myself, but cant find my paperwork at present.
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      10-24-2008, 07:18 AM   #16
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I got a copy of Liberty Mutual's policy and to date it is friendly. My company, Safeco, which is now owned by Liberty Mutual excludes coverage on any surface used for racing. I am waiting for the spring to change companies as I will not be going to the track until then and I am afraid the policy will change.
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i would have gotten a used plate from my old car and just put the plate on so that the insurance guy doesnt try to look out for my VIN when he cant get my plates.
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haha, I have a swedish plate from a relative's swedish delivery volvo, that should keep em busy for a bit lol
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Why aren't they being kicked off the property for trespassing?
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Yup, time to slap on ED plates.
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I think it's ridiculous that the insurance companies are spying on drivers undertaking HPDE days. If they have an exclusion for track use then they don't have to pay out on an incident that occurs there.

In the UK it was always pretty clear, most insurance excluded tracks so if you wanted coverage you went for a specialist policy. On the road you were covered by your normal road insurance and on the track by the specialist track insurance. You wouldn't expect your track insurance to pay out in a road accident or your road insurance to pay out in a track accident.

The idea that you can be dropped by your insurance company for partaking in an activity for which they don't cover you seems stupid. The very essence of a HPDE is to take fast driving to a suitable environment in which it can be done safely - that's hardly the mark of a reckless person.

Anyone know the reasoning behind this?
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We recieved an amendment from USAA about 1-2 years ago stating "No coverage will be applied to any incident on a racing surface". I think the insurance companies have caught on.

I was at Summit Point where a guy totalled his Z06 and supposedly his insurance company covered it because it was an HPDE.

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