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What is an auto insurance policy?

Your car insurance policy determines your coverage and your premium. In short, it is a way to organize car insurance coverage options to meet your needs. In this article, we’ll outline some popular car insurance policy types as well as some popular policies that may not exist exactly as advertised.

Popular car insurance policy types

Below are some popular and standard car insurance policy classifications. You can purchase these policies from national and local insurance providers.

Company and state-specific policies

Below are policies often subject to state and company-specific requirements. These are not always available.

RECENT QUESTIONS

How many cars can I have on my progressive policy?

Hello, Most companies — including Progressive — will allow four cars per policy. Of course, it's always a good idea to check with your insurance company if you are unsure about whether or not your cars are covered.
Jul 14, 2019 North Chesterfield, VA

How many cars can I list under one insurance policy?

The maximum allowable number of drivers and vehicles that can be insured on any particular car insurance policy will vary by company. While there is no set standard, most insurance companies will allow their customers to insure up to 4 drivers and 4 vehicles on a single policy.

I want to get my own car insurance, but my mom won't let me.

Because your mother has an umbrella policy through AAA, she is likely required to have you rated as a driver on her policy. This is a common requirement with insurance carriers who offer umbrella insurance.
Jul 21, 2022 Danville, CA

Is it mandatory to list my adult child on my policy if they live in my home but will not drive my vehicle?

Insurance companies generally require that any person living in the household be listed on your policy regardless of driving status. If a member of your household won't be driving your vehicle then you can normally exclude them from coverage or have them listed as a non-driver.
Aug 1, 2017 Groveton, NH

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