Do I need liability coverage if I have a car loan?

I don't want to get car insurance if I don't have to. If I take out a car loan, will I need to get liability coverage for the vehicle?

Answer
Typically, the answer is yes. In fact, auto lenders require borrowers to have liability, collision, and comprehensive coverage as a term of the loan. This full coverage protects the lender as the owner of the vehicle, and it protects you as the driver from the financial ramifications of accidents and other mishaps that can cause injuries and damage to property.
Liability coverage specifically pays for property damage and injuries to other people in accidents that you cause. It can also cover lost wages or legal fees if an injured person files a lawsuit against you.
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Jim Donaher
Answered on Apr 02, 2021
Jim Donaher is a freelance writer and manager with over 35 years' experience in the insurance, banking, and investment management businesses. He provides expertise on a range of topics and is able to explain complex industry information in layman's terms. Jim is the author of two books, including Call Him, He's Home: A Guide to Prayer for Regular People and Then Larry Smiled, a novel about life, death, accountability, and salvation. Taormina, Sicily is his happy place!
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