How can I get insurance quotes before buying a car?

I am going to buy my first car. I will need insurance on it, but I want to know what the cost will be. How do I get insurance quotes before buying it?

Answer
If you want to see the cost of car insurance before purchasing your vehicle, get the vehicle identification number or VIN of the car you’re going to buy.
In addition to the VIN, insurance companies will also require your personal information. This will include:
  • Birth date
  • Full name
  • Address
  • Driver’s license number
Next, you need to consider what type of coverage you want. If you finance the vehicle, lenders will require you to carry comprehensive and collision insurance. If you pay cash for the car, you can choose whatever coverage you want.
Once you have all the information needed, request car insurance quotes. You can do this online, by visiting an office, or by calling your preferred provider.
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 19, 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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