Gap insurance is designed for drivers who finance or lease their vehicles, and it covers the difference between what drivers owe and what their cars are worth in the event of a total loss. USAA does not offer gap insurance for leased vehicles, though it does provide similar products for purchased vehicles.
Drivers who get a car loan through USAA have the option to purchase Total Loss Protection, which functions similarly to gap insurance. This will cover the gap between what you owe and your car's actual cash value (ACV) up to $50,000, including $1,000 of your deductible.
Car Replacement Assistance (CRA) — which can cover the same costs as gap insurance — is available if you have either bought a car outright or have an auto loan through USAA or another lender. The main difference between gap insurance and CRA is that CRA will pay 20% more than the ACV of your car, whether this exceeds or is less than the amount you owe on a vehicle. For example, if you totaled your car and owed more than 20% over the ACV of your car, you would be left paying out of pocket for the remaining balance of your loan. While gap insurance is also limited on how much it will cover, in most cases the limit will be greater than 20% of your car’s ACV. On the other hand, if your car isn’t financed, CRA can play a valuable role in helping you to purchase a new vehicle in the case your car is totaled, not just pay off a loan as gap insurance does.
Keep in mind that, since CRA and Total Loss Protection provide a similar service to gap insurance, those with car loans will not see any added value with separate gap coverage. For example, if you totaled your car and the amount of your loan was 20% greater than the ACV of your vehicle, then all of the CRA funds will be used to pay off the loan and your gap insurance would be unused.