^^ not techinically ... they could still deny his claim
they could...i think it depends on their policy if you read it specifically to check it out...also what type of accident and if ur insurance rep is a dick or not. One thing is certain though...they will never pay for a turbocharger that you never insured. With my company though...when i crashed my car they told me to remove any aftermarket parts that i put on...and they didn't ask me about it...they just trusted the body shop's appraisal...
when my stereo(after market) got stolen they said they'd cover it if I could produce a receipt proving I had the thing. I tossed it though.. and the deductable on theft was like 500 so I could buy 2 stereos for that so not worth it anyways. but would worth it for a 5k turbo kit. Best bet though would be to read the paperwork on the insurance policy. of course if the car gets "totaled"(meaning repairs are worth more than value of car then they will just give you value of the car and your outta luck if it was worth more than that)
most insurance companies have setups where you can insure customizations...not sure how a turbo would affect your insurance persoanlly, but I know that if you don't tell them, then they won't charge you, but at the same time won't insure it either
I think the BEST answer is call your insurance company and ask them the details: 1) How much will my premium increase if I put a turbo on my car? 2) Will it be covered if it is insured? (A rhetorical question I hope.) 3) Will it be covered if I add it on and don't insure it? (less rhetorical) 4) Will all claims be denied if I add an uninsured turbo?
The insurance company won't panic if it doesn't exist on the car - he's just doing his homework like he should. You all should know that, and that should be your first recommendation. It doesn't matter what his dad says, and it doesn't matter what we think will happen - the insurance company makes all the decisions: talk to THEM.
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