How long do you have to insure a car?

I recently bought a car from a friend. I haven't gotten insurance on it yet. How long do I have to insure it?

“Congratulations on your new car! To protect your new purchase, you buy insurance immediately unless you aren’t planning to drive or register it.
Any vehicle that’s operated on the road must carry your state’s minimum car insurance requirements with the notable exception of New Hampshire, where insurance isn’t required.
Most states also require that you have car insurance before registering the vehicle.
The only exception is if you already have a car insurance policy. If so, most companies extend coverage to your new vehicle. The grace period varies but is usually between 14 to 30 days. In this situation, add your new vehicle within the grace period to continue to have coverage.
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Emily Maracle
Answered on Oct 13, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.

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