How do I avoid a lapse in coverage when I switch car insurance policies?

I don't want to be penalized for a lapse and pay more for insurance. How do I avoid one when I start a new policy and cancel an old one?

Answer
“To avoid a lapse in coverage, we recommend that you pay for and secure your new policy before you cancel your old one. And don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that you will be stuck paying for two insurance policies.
For example, let’s say your GEICO policy is set to renew on June 1, but you want to switch to Progressive. A week before the renewal date, on May 25, you can purchase the Progressive policy and have the effective date be June 1.
Once you have your new policy number, call GEICO, cancel your old policy effective June 1, and disconnect your automatic payments, if applicable.
This will ensure you have a smooth policy transition, with no lapse in coverage and no double billing of insurance.
If you’d rather leave all this work to someone else, use Jerry. A licensed broker that offers end-to-end support, the free Jerry app gathers affordable quotes, helps you switch plans, and even cancels your old policy for you.”
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Shannon Martin
Answered on May 06, 2021
Shannon is an expert in personal lines liability insurance with 13 + years of insurance industry experience. She also served as a special insurance liaison to AARP members for 6 of those years. She is a graduate of UL Lafayette and currently resides in NY with her family. Shannon is also an amateur juggler, ukulele player, and is a time travel paradox theory enthusiast.
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