How long does it take to get car insurance on a car?

I don’t have a lot of free time to apply for car insurance, but I need it. How long does it generally take?

Answer
Generally speaking, you can get car insurance the same day you apply, and applications shouldn’t take more than an hour if you have all the right information.
To help streamline the process of applying for insurance, have the following information ready:
  • Driver’s license
  • Your date of birth
  • Your address
  • Marital status
  • Recent driving history (claims, accidents, or driving courses)
  • Date you purchased the vehicle
  • The car’s VIN (vehicle identification number)
  • Mileage on the vehicle
  • Your history of car insurance coverage, if applicable
It will also help if you know what kind of coverage you want. There are at least 13 different types of car insurance, and each state has different requirements.
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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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