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Tips for insuring a new car

Last updated: Aug. 10, 2017

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Temporarily cover your new car with your current policy: In most cases, your insurance company will extend coverage from your existing policy to the new vehicle for a short period of time – typically seven to 30 days.

Compare car insurance quotes: Your rates will likely change when you buy a car, they could increase or decrease, depending on the type of vehicle you purchase. For example, insurers will review how much it costs to repair the car and how safe it is to drive. This is why it’s wise to know how to shop your policy when you’re buying a new car. You might find a new company offers a lower rate when you factor in the vehicle type.

Be sure you have sufficient coverage: If you’re buying a new car you’ll need comprehensive and collision coverage, in addition to liability insurance. If you own a home or have any savings, it’s recommended to buy more than the state-mandated liability limits. Full coverage, (liability with comp and collision) is required if you are financing the car and getting a loan. It’s also wise to buy gap insurance, which pays out the difference between what you still owe and the amount your insurer will pay if the car is totaled while relatively new.

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