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My 23-year-old daughter owns her vehicle and has insurance on it. Should I keep her listed as one of our household drivers?

It depends on a few factors. If she lives in your household, the insurance company may require she be listed on your plan as a driver.

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Can I buy an insurance policy on a car I own and exclude myself as a driver?

Both you and your driver need to be listed on your insurance policy in this case. Since you own the vehicle, you should be listed as an additional interest since you have a financial stake in the car. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

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Can I switch companies if my rates go up after an accident?

You can shop around for lower rates elsewhere as you please. But keep in mind that the accident will still be on your record for all insurers to see and rate you on — namely, it will show up on your CLUE report, which all insurance companies use to access your claims history. On average, an at-fault accident increased rates by 42% in 2018.

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My two kids live at home and drive my cars. Should I give the cars to them and have them handle their own insurance?

If you want to transfer the titles, you can do that through your state's DMV. The kids would list themselves on the policy only and remove themselves from your policy since the cars are no longer under your name.

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Can a police officer tow my car if I had a temporary pass from my insurance company?

I'm not really sure what they gave you was a temporary pass — a vehicle is either insured or it is not. Temporary insurance doesn't really exist. You should definitely go back to your insurer and verify if you were insured at the time of the towing or not.

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I got a ticket driving a friend's car. I have my license but did not yet have personal insurance. I’m going tomorrow to get it, will they know?

You should be fine as far as any insurance-related issues with the vehicle go. The state checks the VIN of the insured vehicle and not the listed drivers.

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A friend is purchasing a car for me tomorrow, I'm wondering if there is a temporary policy I can get through the dealership until I can shop for my own policy?

Temporary car insurance doesn't really exist. You will likely have to get a Texas auto insurance plan before they let you leave with the vehicle.

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Should I take my 23 yr old daughter off of my insurance? She recently was involved in an accident and has a DUI pending.

Yes, it would be a good idea to remove your daughter from your insurance policy due to her recent DUI and suspended license — both of which would impact your insurance by way of a much higher premium. Find out just how much a DUI can impact your rates here. Even with the citation and suspended license, she'll be able to find her own insurance — though that may be difficult.

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What is your best advice to buy auto insurance for my 18-year-old who is buying a used car which will be paid off?

The bad news is that car insurance for an 18-year-old on their own separate policy is incredibly expensive — over $3,400 more than the national average. The good news? Typically, we see that combining insurance by adding your kid to your policy is the best route.

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My son has moved out on bad terms. Should I still keep him on my insurance?

If your son's vehicle is registered in your name, I would keep it insured. Florida will suspend the license of the registered person if a vehicle isn't insured.

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If a car isn't going to be used for a certain amount of time, does it need to be insured?

As long as the vehicle is still registered and licensed, then it needs to be insured. Pennsylvania can suspend your license if you suddenly drop insurance off a vehicle.
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