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Car insurance for elderly car owner who doesn’t drive

Mom has finally agreed to surrender her DL (at 99!) She has a car that is currently insured (by Allstate) costing her $300 a month (history of accidents).

Should Mom continue the coverage if she wants her daily aide (or others) to drive the car? The aide has her own personal vehicle & her own insurance. Does the aide’s insurance cover her or the car if she drive’s my mom’s car?

Really appreciate any help & info on this.

Agent Answer

Ava Lynch

There’s a couple of ways to go about handling this. First, you need to be careful about your mother’s registration. Florida is usually pretty active with their registration and if she drops coverage, she risks having her registration suspended and the possibilities for fines. In this sense, dropping coverage isn’t really an option. I recommend having the aide added to the policy (if she will using the policy regularly) and transitioning your mother to the “additional interest.” Because your mother’s aide will be using the vehicle often, she needed to be a listed driver – that’s the best way to ensure she will be covered using your mother’s vehicle.

There is a clause in many insurance policies known as “permissive use” – which allows infrequent drivers the ability to use the policy without having to be added to the policy. However, it sounds like your mother’s aide would be using the vehicle more often than this. This remains the same for anyone who uses the vehicle often – you and any siblings you have. I would contact your mother’s insurance company and see if they have any company specifics for situations like this. However, it will most likely be similar to what I have outlined.

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