General Insurance

Do I need insurance to transport a used car to the shop?

You do not need to insure the vehicle while it's in transit — especially since it's not yet registered. You'll need insurance once the vehicle is repaired and ready to be driven.

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Eligibility

Can I still get insurance on my car if the previous owner still has it insured?

Yes, you should get insurance on your vehicle immediately; the previous owner's existing policy will not affect the insurability of the car. The previous insurance on the vehicle does not apply to you, especially once the vehicle is handed over and sold.

General Insurance

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?

General Insurance

Is there a temporary insurance policy while I'm test driving a used car to protect me before I actually buy it?

There really isn't a global policy that can be used for what you are needing, nor does "temporary insurance" exist. The good news is most insurance plans are paid month-to-month and have very minimal penalties for canceling — if any penalty at all.

Eligibility

Do I have a grace period to drive a used vehicle I just purchased without insurance coverage?

Hello, Thanks for your question. Most companies will give you up to 14 days to add the vehicle.

General Insurance

When do I get insurance after setting up financing for a used car?

I recommend setting up your insurance policy before you pick it up because you will need to have insurance as soon as you drive off the lot. The seller shouldn't have to be involved when you're choosing a policy.

General Insurance

What documents do I need to buy a used car?

Yes, you will need to have insurance on this new vehicle to legally drive it in Washington. As for the documents to actually purchase the car, you will need: Ideally, a vehicle history report, owner’s manual and anything else that came with the vehicle.

General Insurance

Can I sell my used car to someone with no insurance?

He can purchase the vehicle from you without insurance, but technically the car has to be insured before can legally drive it on public roads. If not, he could be ticketed for driving uninsured.

General Insurance

How can I return a car I bought from a private seller?

Your best bet is to contact an attorney. You may even consider contacting the police department, but I would recommend contacting a legal representative first since an attorney should be able to assist you in getting this other party to cooperate. You wouldn't be able to file a claim for the vehicle since you technically never owned it so legal representation would be my recommendation.

Coverage & Claims

I just bought a used car and it is still insured under the previous owner. Am I covered?

When the ownership of a vehicle transfers from one person to another then the insurance coverage is no longer valid for the new owner. Even though the policy may still be active from the previous owner, you now own the vehicle and are not listed as a driver on the insurance coverage.
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