Auto Claims:
Car Vandalism

Auto Vandalism Insurance Claims

Finding your vehicle vandalized can leave you stunned, confused, and angry.

A car being keyed, slashed tires, or a broken window in a smash-and-grab are common acts of vandalism on an automobile.

Nationwide understands that you want your vehicle repaired and returned to you as soon as possible.

If your car has been vandalized

At the scene

Secure your car and its contents

Document the damage 

Filing a car vandalism claim 

Although all insurance claims may be different, our claims process is designed to handle each claim promptly, professionally, and with minimal inconvenience to you.

Starting a claim

Start a claim online or you may call our On Your Side ® Claims Service at 1-800-421-3535 .

You will be assigned a Nationwide claims representative who will contact you to gather all essential information and to schedule an inspection of your car.

Your claims representative will review your insurance policy, explain what’s covered and how your deductible may come into play. The representative will walk you through the claim process and answer any questions related to your claim.

Check your policy to see if you’re eligible for reimbursement of a rental car or public transportation while your vehicle is being repaired.

Replacing your stolen belongings

While comprehensive insurance may cover repairs to your car, homeowners or renters insurance may cover certain items stolen from your car. To pursue possible coverage for items stolen from your vehicle, you may need to file a second separate claim under your homeowners or renters insurance policy.

Arranging repairs

You can select your own repair shop or you may choose a facility from our On Your Side Auto Repair Network®.

If you choose one of our On Your Side shops, you'll receive fast, seamless service. We work directly with these pre-screened, pre-qualified shops to streamline estimates, repairs, and payments.

Settling your claim

Once repairs are completed, we settle your claim and send you or the repair shop final payment, minus any deductible amount you’re responsible for.

If the vandalism is so extensive that the vehicle is determined to be total loss, your claims representative will work closely with you throughout the process. We work with a third party to determine the actual case value of your vehicle, and you will receive a vehicle valuation report.

Plus, we can help you save money on your next car with the Nationwide Auto Shopping Service, powered by TrueCar®. This service shows you what others paid for the vehicle you want and gives you access to up-front savings from an expansive dealer network.

Learn more about our auto claims process.

Safeguard your car from vandals

Be sure you have the right coverages

Be sure you’re adequately protected in the event of vandalism to your vehicle.

Talk to your Nationwide agent today about adding coverages to your policy.

Learn more about insurance coverages.

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