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The infinite variety of auto-related claims keeps adjusters busy researching policy wording and case law. This month, we address two reader queries concerning motor vehicles.

We are handling a claim that involves an error made by a bank when it provided a car loan payoff. The bank gave the insured (an auto dealership) a car loan payoff amount that was much lower than the actual amount still owed by the owner. The dealer relied on this information and entered into an agreement with a customer to accept his car on trade and to apply the balance (based on the incorrect loan payoff amount) as a basis for a new car purchase.

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