How do I get insurance for a used car?

I'm a late bloomer who finally got my license at 27, and I'm starting to shop around for a used car. I've never had to buy car insurance, though. How on earth do I get insurance for a used car?

Congratulations on getting your license—that is a big deal! I’m happy to say that you can get insurance for a used car with one simple step: start looking.
Before anything else, you will need to get an idea of what car you want. Then, once you have settled on a few, get the VIN of the vehicles for your insurance quotes.
The best way to find the insurance company that works best for you—and save money—is to shop for quotes from several insurance providers. An easy way to do this is with tools like Jerry—we’ll get you free quotes from different providers instantly, so all you have to do is choose the best deal for the coverage you need!
Once you’ve chosen a provider, you generally won’t be able to choose a start date of insurance until you find a car to purchase. When you do decide on a date of sale, though, you can set the start date for your insurance as the day of purchase. In most cases, you can print out an ID card on the same day and be ready to hit the road in your new car!
Congratulations again—and you’ve got this!
Ben Guess
Answered on Nov 02, 2021
Ben has a BA in Journalism + Design from The New School, as well as three years’ experience in content writing and data journalism. They are deeply interested in how the car industry intersects with issues of inequity in the world, as well as in making auto insurance more accessible through writing. When they’re away from the keyboard, they enjoy baking, embroidering, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends. They are based in Boston, Massachusetts.

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