How do you get insurance for a car for the first time?

I just purchased my first car after college graduation. I moved out of state and can no longer claim my parents’ house as my home address, so I need to get my own car insurance. How do I get car insurance for the first time?

Congratulations on graduating!
Applying for car insurance can seem overwhelming, but it’s actually super easy.
When looking for quotes, you will need the following information:
  • Driver’s license number
  • Birthdate
  • Address
  • Marital status
  • Occupation/Education level
  • Car make and model
  • Vehicle’s VIN
  • Date you’ll need coverage
  • Driving history
You’ll also want to note your new state’s minimum liability insurance, as every state sets its own legal limits.
Depending on your age, car insurance can be expensive. Generally, young drivers are considered high-risk drivers, but there are a variety of ways you can try and get discounts when you apply. Some common discounts include:
  • Good Driver Discounts
  • Defensive Driver Discounts
  • Anti-theft
It’s also a good idea to shop for quotes to get the best rate possible. A great way to do this is through the Jerry app. Jerry pulls quotes from over 50 top companies in under a minute and delivers the best deals right to your phone. Plus our customer service team is always available to answer any questions to make sure you get the right car insurance for you. The best part? Jerry takes care of all the paperwork for you, so you get great savings with no hassles.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 11, 2021
Lauren has written for World Nomads, the Matador Network, Korvia Consulting, and once upon a time Three Fates Games. She graduated from Columbia College of Chicago with a BFA in Creative Writing. After graduating, she moved overseas and lived in South Korea where she spent her free time traveling and going on road trips with friends. She misses the rest stop potatoes and is trying to figure out how to recreate them at home. She's now based outside of Chicago and when she's not writing she spends her free time reading, playing video games, and exploring whenever she can.

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