How do you insure a car before you buy it?

I want to make sure I have everything ready to go before I buy a car. I’ve heard that it's better to have insurance before I purchase a car. How do I do that?

Not only is it possible to purchase car insurance before you buy a car, it’s recommended! You’ll need car insurance before you drive your car off the lot.
You’ll just need to do a bit of research and have some information ready to go. If you know the car you want to purchase, you’ll need the following information:
  • Car’s make and model
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)
Once you decide on a vehicle, you’ll also need some personal information handy:
  • Driver’s license number
  • Your address
  • Recent driving history
  • Your date of birth
  • Marital status
If you have all that information together, you can easily contact insurance providers to get quotes. You can either call a local agent or look for quotes through online portals. It’s a good idea to compare several quotes so you know you’re getting the best rates.
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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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