Can you get car insurance without a down payment?

I don't have enough money for a down payment, but I need car insurance. Are there any companies that offer car insurance without a down payment?

Emily Maracle · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
There is no such thing as a
car insurance
policy without a down payment—all reputable insurers require you to pay at least the first month’s premium to activate your policy.
Remember: Your down payment isn’t a separate fee, but rather a percentage of your total annual car insurance premium.
Most insurance companies offer the following ways to pay:
  • Monthly payments: While you may pay more in the long run, monthly installments are usually more affordable if you’re tight on cash.
  • 6-month or annual payments: This can be cheaper in the long run—especially if your insurance company offers a car insurance discount for paying in full.
Here are some ways to lower your premium so that you have a lower initial payment or down payment:
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