Car Insurance for Unmarried Couples

Can unmarried couples share a car insurance policy? Learn how to handle car insurance and cohabitation.

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Car insurance basics for couples: when and when not to share a policy with your partner  

Although you might not realize it, being in a serious — but unmarried — relationship can have certain insurance implications. Cohabitation often creates a situation in which the sharing of vehicles occurs.

Car insurance for unmarried couples usually hinges on one question: should you or should you not share a policy? We dive into the nitty-gritty of adding your boyfriend, girlfriend or partner to your auto insurance policy below. 

 


 

When is it smart to share an insurance policy with your boyfriend or girlfriend?

 

When it's required by your insurance company

If you’re living with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or if they use your vehicle frequently (more than 12 times per year), consider purchasing a shared car insurance policy. Most insurance companies will require anyone living in your residence to be added to your policy as a listed driver or be excluded altogether. If they are excluded from the policy, they should not drive your vehicle, as they would not have coverage in the event of a collision.

 

When you can get a discount

By adding another driver — and, most likely, their vehicle — to your policy you can expect a multi-vehicle or multi-policy discount. This discount could come in handy if you’re bundling your home and auto or auto and renters policies with one insurance company.

 


 

When is it better to have a separate car insurance policy from your partner?

 

If you aren't living together or do not use each other's vehicles often

Because your car insurance covers people who use your vehicle with your permission and don’t use it particularly often, they would receive coverage in the event of an accident.

 

If you or your partner has a bad driving record

If your partner has a bad driving record, it might make sense to keep them off your policy. Keeping them off your car insurance policy would ensure you are not financially penalized for their driving mistakes.

 

If you or your partner has a low credit score

Insurance companies in most states use credit score as a determining factor when setting rates. Like a poor driving record, a low credit score can impact your premium significantly.

 

If you or your partner drives an expensive car

If you drive a Toyota and your significant other drives a Tesla, the difference in your car insurance costs will probably be substantial. Your insurance company softens the risk of covering such an expensive car by charging high premiums. If you’re worried about footing the bill if something happens to their luxury car, sharing a policy might not be a great idea.

 


 

Should you share car insurance with your girlfriend or boyfriend?

The decision to merge auto insurance policies with your partner is up to you. If your partner uses your vehicle regularly and you cohabitate, consider sharing your policy to avoid headaches with your insurance company. Get quick quotes for combined auto insurance policies by entering your ZIP code below.

 

How does a breakup impact car insurance premiums?

You will not be charged more simply for being single. The only time your premium will rise after a relationship change is if you file for divorce. Married couples pay less for car insurance because companies see them as less risky clients. However, you could see a change in your premium if you go from a two-driver insurance policy to a single-driver policy.

If you lived with your significant other and shared a car insurance policy, you'll need to take some steps after a breakup. If you've taken responsibility for the vehicle post-breakup, you should get a new car insurance policy immediately. If you’ve been removed from your ex’s policy before you can get a new one, you are uninsured and won't be covered in the event of an accident. 

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Recent Questions:

Car Insurance for Unmarried Couples

Should both my girlfriend and I be on the car title?

I would only put the title in one name — whoever will own and register the vehicle. Putting two people on the title may only complicate things unnecessarily and make it harder to sell.

Can I just insure the vehicle and exclude him (the owner) as a driver?

Yes. You can add him as a driver and have if excluded on the policy.

Can an insured driver use their insurance to cover an uninsured vehicle after an accident?

No. Car insurance follows the vehicle, not the driver.

Should I add my girlfriend to my car insurance policy?

If the only reason you would be adding your girlfriend to your policy is to save money, I wouldn't recommend it. At the end of the day, your insurance company would be insuring an additional person and vehicle so regardless of the multi-person or multi-vehicle discount you would receive, it probably wouldn't offset the additional insurable interests.

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Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years. Currently providing insights and analysis as one of The Zebra’s resident property insurance experts, Ava has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, and Yahoo! Finance.