How can I get insurance on my new car?

I just bought a 2020 Hyundai Elantra. I'm supposed to pick it up tomorrow, but the dealership says I need insurance. How do I get insurance on my new car?

Answer
New cars are great, but having the proper insurance coverage on them is extremely important to protect your new asset. Thankfully, getting insurance on a new car is easy.
If you currently have an active car insurance policy, its coverage typically extends automatically to your new car. While this usually lasts between 14 and 30 days, it will cover your new car until you add it to your policy.
Without an existing policy, you need to shop around with insurance companies. Obtain the VIN (vehicle identification number) from your car’s paperwork or your lending contract or call the dealership, as the insurer will require it for a n accurate quote.
With your personal information and the VIN, you can request car insurance quotes from several companies. Shopping around is essential to ensure you’re getting the best rate for the coverage you require.
If you need help, you can also use Jerry. This free app can collect quotes from up to 50 top insurance companies in seconds!
Once you find a policy you like, you will want to purchase it. Since you will be picking up your new car tomorrow, you can make the effective date today or tomorrow. After the policy is purchased, your new insurance company will send you proof of insurance, which you can give to the dealership at pickup.
Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 25, 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.
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