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Yes, you may have the option to temporarily suspend your car insurance instead of canceling it. This option is known as a car insurance policy suspension or car insurance hold.

Key Takeaways

  • Car insurance policy suspension, also known as a car insurance hold, allows you to temporarily suspend coverage instead of canceling it.
  • Eligibility for suspension varies among insurance providers and is typically available when your vehicle won’t be in use for an extended period.
  • During the suspension, your car remains uninsured, providing an economical alternative to canceling the policy; to suspend, contact your insurer, provide details, and plan for resuming coverage.

Understanding temporary suspension

  • Eligibility – Not all insurance providers offer this option, and eligibility requirements may vary. Typically, you can only suspend coverage if your vehicle won’t be in use for an extended period.
  • Purpose – Suspending your insurance is suitable when you want to retain your policy but don’t need coverage during a specific period like when your car is in storage, traveling, or not using the vehicle for an extended time.
  • Coverage pause – During the suspension period, your car remains uninsured, and you won’t have protection against accidents or damage. However, it’s an economical alternative to canceling and buying a new policy later.

How to suspend your car insurance

  • Contact your insurer – Reach out to your insurance provider to inquire about their policy suspension option and to check if you are eligible.
  • Provide details – Be prepared to share information about the reason for the suspension and the expected duration.
  • Resumption of coverage – Plan ahead for when you want to resume coverage and discuss with your insurer the process for reactivating your policy.


If you don’t need car insurance coverage temporarily, you may have the option to suspend your policy rather than cancel it. Check with your insurance provider to see if this option is available, understand the conditions, and ensure you have an alternative plan in place for protection during the suspension period.