How do you transfer insurance when buying a new car?

I’m buying a new hybrid to try and be a little greener. I’m trading my old car in—so how do I transfer my insurance policy over?

Congratulations on the new hybrid! When it comes to transferring insurance to a new car, the first thing you should do is contact your insurance company with your new car’s information.
You should be able to do this online, via your insurance app, or their 24/7 hotline number. You’ll want to have the following information ready:
  • The vehicle identification number (VIN)
  • The car’s safety features
  • The make, model, and year of the car
Since you’re trading in your old car, you won’t have to worry about your old car once it’s in the dealership’s hands. You’ll still want to check with your state and local laws, as your DMV may request you turn in your old car’s license plate/tags and registration.
Because you’re getting a new car, make sure to shop around for insurance quotes to make sure you’re getting the best rate. Jerry makes shopping for quotes a breeze. Sign-up only takes 45 seconds, and you’ll be able to compare quotes from up to 50 top insurers.
Lauren Smith
Answered on Nov 10, 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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