Eligibility

Do I need to report a fix-it ticket when applying for new auto insurance?

As long as your license wasn't suspended as a result — or other violations that affect your driving record — you do not have to report fix-it tickets to your insurance company. Insurers typically will only rate against moving violations that show up on your motor vehicle record (MVR). If you're looking for new auto insurance, you can start comparing quotes instantly here. If you have any questions, feel free to ask.

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Is it illegal to carry liability insurance rather than full coverage on a financed vehicle?

Though it's not illegal, you will be violating terms of your loan if you change the breadth of your coverage in favor of liability-only. Your lienholder will then force-place collateral protection insurance to your monthly payments.

Eligibility

Can I add a non-licensed, non-U.S. citizen to an auto policy?

Thanks for the question. The first thing that I would say is that you should consider having them get their drivers license beforehand.

Eligibility

Can a handicap permit from another country be used in the US?

It appears the following states will allow you to use an out of country placard: California, Illinois, Louisiana, Nevada, and Texas. If she'll be visiting other states, you may need to contact the state's DMV for additional information. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask.

Coverage & Claims

I got into a minor car accident and agreed to pay out-of-pocket, but today I learned they filed a claim against me. What should I do?

Unfortunately, if you're at-fault and the other party wants to file a claim against you, that is within their power to do so — even if you previously agreed to pay for the damage out-of-pocket. If you had already paid for the damage, make sure to tell the claims department when you speak with them and provide proof if you have it.

Coverage & Claims

My car is titled under my boyfriend's name and is now totaled but he's in jail. What do I do?

The claim payout for the total loss will only go to the lienholder or owner and not a third party. Your boyfriend will need to somehow sign the check or the vehicle over to you so you can remedy the situation.

Coverage & Claims

I let a friend use my car and it ended up totaled. What should I do?

If your vehicle is totaled, you should definitely file a claim and see if your insurance will cover it. If they refuse and your friend (the driver) has renters or homeowners insurance, he may be able to use his liability coverage.

Car Insurance Costs

I'm moving from TX to WA, where car insurance is a lot more expensive. Why is it so much and what can I do to lower my premium?

Insurance is regulated on the state level and every state has its own insurance laws. For example, Michigan residents are well-known to pay the most expensive premiums in the country due to the state's coverage requirements, which include unlimited medical coverage for the lifetime of car accident victims. Interestingly, our data suggest that the average rate in Washington is slightly less than the average in Texas ($1,368 versus $1,415, respectively).

Car Insurance Costs

What's the fee for canceling car insurance after two months?

Thanks for the question. Typically, Texas auto plans do not carry a cancellation fee.

Coverage & Claims

If I cancel my insurance is there a grace period after cancelation?

Sorry about your situation. Unfortunately, there is no grace period around dates.

Eligibility

Can you insure a right-hand import vehicle for four weeks?

Not all car insurance companies in the US will be willing to cover an imported right-hand vehicle, so be prepared to shop around. In addition, temporary car insurance doesn't really exist.
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