Why do you need a vehicle identification number (VIN) to get car insurance?
While you can request car insurance quotes without a vehicle identification number (VIN), you cannot purchase a car insurance policy without providing a VIN. Each vehicle carries a unique VIN. This number outlines the car's driving history, including any collisions or incidents. Auto insurance companies use the data provided by VIN analysis to understand the risk associated with insuring a particular car, pricing policies accordingly.
Because quotes are just estimates, you do not need as much information as much information as a quote. Below is common information needed to get a quote.
Gathering quotes is a helpful first step toward deciding on a vehicle and an insurance provider. Every quote comes with a policy number — be sure to record this. Once you find a vehicle and an insurance company you like, use your policy number to fetch the quote before purchasing the policy.
Your insurance premium should not changesignificantly based on the VIN. If your premium does change after the VIN is entered, that could mean the vehicle was previously in a serious accident or has some pre-existing damage. Before you buy a used vehicle, always complete a VIN check for visibility into the history of your prospective car.
WIthout a VIN check, you run the risk of buying a car with a substantial accident history. Salvaged vehicles — those declared a total loss and subsequently repaired — are not as insurable as non-salvaged vehicles. Always run a VIN check and request an official inspection prior to buying a used vehicle.
Every state (except New Hampshire) requires a minimum of liability coverage to legally drive and park on public roads. In order to get a car insurance policy, you will need the following information:
*Your driving record and credit score will be calculated after your policy is created and will be adjusted if the premium is greater than or less than your initial quote. However, it always helps to answer as accurately as possible.
You do not need a VIN to get a quote but you do need one to get a policy. If you want to see quotes from top insurance companies but don’t have a VIN, enter your ZIP code below to see quotes!