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If you're looking for a creative approach to car insurance, you could be interested in a temporary car insurance policy. However, short-term auto insurance contracts are uncommon for multiple reasons.

Some major insurance underwriters don’t offer policy terms for fewer than six months. Since auto coverage is compulsory in every state but one, swapping policies often can be risky. You also risk having gaps in your record by changing policies often, leading to more expensive prices down the road.

Thankfully, auto insurance policies usually run for just six months. This short duration allows car insurance companies to re-rate — or re-price — your premium using your updated driving history and personal info.

The end of a policy period also provides a perfect opportunity to reset your policy and considering other insurers. Comparing rates online is quick and complimentary, and there is no penalty for switching auto insurance companies at the start of a new policy — or even in the middle of your policy term, as long as you don't let your insurance lapse.

Car insurance's flexible nature makes it easy to buy quickly. If you need an insurance policy to drive a new vehicle off the lot, shopping for a policy for a relatively long-term rental or searching for coverage for a car you don't own but drive regularly, consider purchasing a half-year policy and ending the term as needed.

 

 

Temporary insurance in Maine

See below average car insurance rates in Maine, ordered by major auto insurance companies and major cities. If you’re paying substantially more than the rates listed below, consider other options.

 
SHORT-TERM CAR INSURANCE RATES IN MAINE — BY COMPANY
Insurance Company Average 6-Month Rate Average Monthly Rate
Maine State Average — All Companies $468 $78
USAA $422 $70
Concord Group Insurance $489 $81
State Farm $498 $83
MMG Insurance $515 $86
Progressive $570 $95
 

The most affordable option for temporary auto insurance in Maine is USAA, through which you can save $11 per month, compared to the next-cheapest company, Concord Group Insurance. In Maine, the average monthly cost of auto insurance is $78, or $468 over a biannual term.

Where you store your car has a major effect on your auto insurance rates. Car insurance companies take into account the frequency of claims in a given area when pricing policies by ZIP code. View insurance prices in the biggest cities in Maine and compare them to the amount you’re paying.

 
TEMPORARY CAR INSURANCE RATES IN MAINE — BY CITY
City Average 6-Month Rate Average Monthly Rate
Portland $468 $78
Lewiston $481 $80
Bangor $467 $78
South Portland $443 $86
Auburn $478 $80
 

Because of the myriad factors involved in setting insurance rates, your quotes may not match the totals displayed above. If your current rates exceed those listed above, take the time to shop around. The short-term timetable of an auto insurance agreement enhances the importance of remaining informed and ready to shop.

Learn more about temporary auto insurance or use The Zebra to compare rates today.

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Kristine LeeManager, Content and Data

Kristine is a licensed insurance agent who joined The Zebra in 2019 as an in-house content researcher and writer.

She is an authority on all things insurance and covers the ins and outs of auto, home, life and renters insurance. Her specialty is in providing data-backed insights and information to help insurance shoppers make informed decisions.

Kristine's insurance expertise and research have been cited by publications such as CNBC, Car and Driver, Business Insider, Yahoo!, The Balance, Nationwide and Elephant.

About The Zebra

The Zebra is not an insurance company. We publish data-backed, expert-reviewed resources to help consumers make more informed insurance decisions.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is written and reviewed for accuracy by licensed insurance agents.

  • The Zebra’s insurance content is not subject to review or alteration by insurance companies or partners.

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  • The auto insurance rates published on The Zebra’s pages are based on a comprehensive analysis of car insurance pricing data, evaluating more than 83 million insurance rates from across the United States.