How do you insure a car you just bought?

I’m buying a new car, but I only have time to go to the dealership this weekend. How do I make sure the car is insured so I can legally drive it?

Good news!
A lot of insurance companies allow you to purchase online same-day insurance policies online.
In these cases, you’ll get a PDF copy of your insurance as proof of insurance so you can drive the car off the lot. Your physical card will arrive later in the mail. The whole process generally takes less than 30 minutes!
To purchase same-day insurance, you’ll need :
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • mileage on the vehicle
  • Driver’s license number for all drivers who will be on the policy
  • Your date of birth
  • Your addresses
  • Marital status
  • Recent driving history for all drivers who will be on the policy (claims, accidents, or driving courses)
Remember, it’s a good idea to shop around for quotes so you know you’re getting the best price on insurance. You can do this even if you’re in a time crunch by shopping with Jerry!
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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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