How can I buy a car when I will be moving from New York to Alabama?

I currently don't have a car and will be moving to a city where I need one. I'm not sure if I should buy a car now or wait until I move. I don't have an address in my new city, so I'm not sure how I will get insurance there. I'll also have to rent a car to move. Does it make more sense to buy it now?

Answer provided by
Emily Maracle
Answered on Apr 20, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.
Car insurance companies require you to provide an address where you receive your mail and your vehicle will be garaged. If you’re going to need a car where you are moving, it may be in your best interest to purchase a vehicle now.
Once you have a permanent residence in your new state, you can update your insurance policy to reflect your new address. Since you are moving to a different state, you may have to get an entirely new policy. Not all carriers operate in every state.
Additionally, each state has their own car insurance requirements. Your price could change based on this and other factors.
While there is a lot to consider, it may make your move a bit easier to own a vehicle that is insured now and adjust the insurance and registration once you are settled in your new home. “

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