Temporary Car Insurance in Virginia

Study the pros, cons, and other details of temporary car insurance in Virginia.

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.

Why you can trust The Zebra

The Zebra partners with some of the companies we write about. However, our content is written and reviewed by an independent team of editors and licensed insurance agents, and never influenced by our partnerships. Learn more about how we make money, review our editorial standards, reference our data methodology, or view a list of our partners.

If you're looking for flexible car insurance, you might be interested in a temporary auto insurance policy. Truth is, temporary car insurance is hard to come by for multiple reasons.

Most many car insurers don't tend to offer contracts for less than six months. As car coverage is required by law in every state but one, it can be risky to jump between policies. You also risk creating gaps in your car insurance history by swapping policies frequently, leading to more expensive prices in the long run.

Thankfully, car insurance policies commonly run just half of a year. This allows insurers to frequently “re-rate” — or re-price — your bill with your recent driving profile and demographic info.

The six-month mark also gives you a great opportunity to improve your insurance by shopping for a policy with other auto insurers. Retrieving quotes via The Zebra is painless, and there’s no penalty for moving between auto insurance companies when a policy expires — or even in the middle of your policy term, as long as you don't let your coverage lapse.

The flexible nature of car insurance makes it relatively easy to buy with almost no notice. If you're asked to purchase a policy before you can drive your new car off of the lot, attempting to get a policy for a longer-term auto rental or seeking insurance for a car you don't own but do drive regularly, consider purchasing a six-month policy and ending the term as needed.

Get started saving today!

Location pin icon
glyph-shield-checkmarkNo junk mail. No spam calls. Free quotes.

Short-term car insurance in Virginia

See below average car insurance rates in the state of Virginia, organized by popular auto insurance companies and cities. If your costs exceed the rates below, consider making a change.

Insurance CompanyAverage 6-Month RateAverage Monthly Rate
Virginia State Average — All Companies$503$84
Penn National$434$72
Utica National$483$81
Virginia Farm Bureau$535$89

The most affordable option for single-month car insurance in Virginia is Penn National, through which you can save $7 each month, compared to the next-best option, Erie. In Virginia, the average monthly cost of car insurance is $84, or $503 over a biannual period.

The place in which you drive has as great an influence on your insurance rates as the insurance company you choose. Auto insurance companies take into account the number of local insurance claims when rating policies by ZIP. View insurance premiums in Virginia's most populous cities and compare against what you pay.

LocationAverage 6-Month RateAverage Monthly Rate
Virginia Beach$521$87

Because of the myriad factors involved in setting insurance rates, your quotes may not match the totals displayed above. If your current rates don't match those listed above, take a moment to shop around. The short-term duration of a car insurance contract adds to the importance of remaining informed and willing to shop.

Find out more about short-term auto insurance or use The Zebra to compare quotes today.


Additional resources

Kristine Lee
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.

  • The Zebra’s editorial team operates independently of the company’s partnerships and commercialization interests, publishing unbiased information for consumer benefit.

  • 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.