Can I get car insurance for just part of the year?

Car insurance for part of the year is known as short-term car insurance or temporary car insurance. You can purchase car insurance for part of the year from most car insurance companies or rental car agencies. Compare temporary and short term car insurance quotes online by entering your ZIP code below in our free comparison tool.

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Here's what you need to know...

  • People who want to arrange short-term car insurance for just part of the year have a few options to choose from
  • One of them is to ask insurance providers for quotes for temporary insurance instead of a full year of coverage
  • If you need coverage for less than six months, you may want to consider renting a vehicle and buying coverage from the rental agency
  • As with all decisions about insurance coverage, you will want to review any policy carefully to make sure that you are adequately protected

You may want to get short-term car insurance if you are planning to take a trip and would like to have a vehicle available during that time.

You may also want to arrange coverage when visitors are staying at your home or you have a child who is attending college or university and will be driving during breaks during the school year.

Get car insurance quotes on short-term coverage with just a zip code in the box above!

Short-term Car Insurance

Insurance coverage can be arranged for time periods of up to six months at a time.

The policy will cover bodily injury and property damage claims. It may also provide protection against damage caused by uninsured or underinsured drivers.

Bodily injury damage coverage pays for the medical bills and other expenses incurred by the occupants of another vehicle after a car accident.

Property damage liability insurance coverage pays for the cost of things like repairing the other driver’s vehicle and other objects damaged in the accident like:

  • Fences
  • Sheds
  • Buildings
  • Mailboxes
  • Street signs

Uninsured motorist coverage pays out when the at-fault driver in a car accident does not have insurance coverage.

Underinsured motorist coverage is used to top up insurance coverage when the at-fault driver has insurance but does not have enough coverage to fully cover the damages incurred.

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Temporary Insurance Coverage

If you are looking for temporary car insurance coverage, you have a couple of options.

One of them is to go online to get quotes for the time frame you have in mind. You can conduct an online search for short term or temporary car insurance in your area and then visit a few websites that appear in your search results.

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When you do so, be sure to click onto the company’s “About Us” page to discover something about its history and its financial stability.

Just because you are only looking for coverage for a short time, it doesn’t mean that you should be dealing with a company that doesn’t have a good rating.

For more information about the companies you are considering, visit an insurance ratings agency like Moody’s or Standard and Poor’s. They can provide you with valuable information about a company’s financial stability.

The other option when looking for short-term car insurance coverage is to work with an insurance agent. These individuals shop the market on a client’s behalf and present quotes from a number of providers.

The agent can also answer your questions about your coverage options and the policy terms.

Rental Car Insurance Coverage

In a case where you only need a vehicle for a limited time, you may want to consider renting a car and buying coverage from the rental agency.

Before doing so, read the terms and conditions carefully so that you understand exactly what you getting for the premium you are paying.

In some cases, the customer will be financially responsible for paying a fee for each day the vehicle is off the road after an accident occurs.

When you are only interested in arranging car insurance for part of the year, do consider all of your options before making a decision. Traveler’s insurance may also be an option if you are renting a car for less than a year.

Or you can arrange coverage for periods of one day to six months through a car insurance company.

If you are interested in this option, get quotes from several providers and compare rates before deciding to buy a policy.

Compare all these options by entering your zip code into the car insurance rates tool now!

References:

  1. https://www.allstate.com/tools-and-resources/car-insurance/bodily-injury-liability-insurance.aspx
  2. https://www.esurance.com/info/car/uninsured-and-underinsured-coverage
  3. http://v3.moodys.com/Pages/default.aspx
  4. https://www.standardandpoors.com/home/en/us
  5. https://www.ricksteves.com/travel-tips/trip-planning/travel-insurance
  6. https://www.consumerreports.org/cro/car-insurance/buying-guide.htm?searchToken=car%20insurance%20comparison

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