How do you answer car insurance questions?

I’ve never had to handle car insurance on my own, but now that I’m moving away from home I know I need to get on my own policy. I’m just not sure of what will be asked of me, or how to answer! How should I answer questions from my new provider?

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Answer provided by
Chloe Jenkins
Answered on Dec 29, 2021
Handling your own insurance for the first time can be a daunting experience, but answering car insurance questions can be pretty simple! Most insurance providers will just ask the following questions:
  • What’s your ZIP code? This is one of the ways that insurers will determine your insurance quote, as your location affects your premium. The answer is simply the code at the end of your address.
  • What car will you be insuring? Provide the make, year, model, and vehicle identification number (VIN). This allows companies to access a vehicle’s claim history and determine relative repair costs.
  • What is your car’s primary use? Explain the way that you use your vehicle, whether it’s for commuting, pleasure, or business. This lets the company know what kind of risk you may pose for your insurer.
  • How many miles do you drive per year? This can be a tricky question, but if you can calculate your weekly mileage and multiply it by 52, then you’ll have your answer. If you drive frequently, insurers will know that you may constitute more of a risk than someone who drives only a couple of times a week.
  • Does your car have an anti-theft device? If your car does have an anti-theft device, let the company know what kind it is, and whether it’s active or passive—your car’s manual can tell you, if you’re not sure. If you do have one, you could see a discount on your comprehensive coverage, so be sure to mention one if you have it!
  • Do you own the car? This question doesn’t affect your rates but it can change the coverage and limits you’ll be offered. If you lease or finance, provide your lender’s information.
  • What is your license status? Let them know if you have a permit, valid license, suspended license, revoked license, expired license, or foreign license. Depending on the status of your license, it will be harder or impossible to obtain a policy. If you have a valid license, you have nothing to worry about.
  • Are you married? Married couples may qualify for discounts that individuals do not, so it’s good to let them know.
  • What is your occupation? If they allow you to write exactly what your job title is then do so; if not, pick the job title that closest fits your occupation. Studies have shown that individuals who work certain jobs correlate with fewer claims, which will result in a discount.
  • Are there any violations on your record? Your driving record is a great indicator of your risk as a driver, as drivers with more violations often have higher rates.
  • Are you currently insured? If you are currently insured, say yes. If you’re looking for your first policy, or if you want to get a new policy after a gap in coverage, say no. Companies ask this because a gap in your insurance will cause your rates to rise.
  • What coverages do you want on your policy? If you want the same coverages, limits, and deductibles as your present policy, have it handy to choose the same items. You can’t get a quote for car insurance unless the insurer knows what coverages, limits, and deductibles you want to purchase.
It’s important to be honest when you answer these questions. Inaccurate information may help you see a better quote initially, but once they verify your information, you will likely have just have wasted your time.
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Best of luck, and happy shopping!

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