How many days do I have to get car insurance on a used car?

I’ve seen the perfect car for me. It’s used and I want to jump on buying it as soon as possible. How much time do I have to get car insurance?

“Congratulations on finding your perfect car!
Now you need to get your car insurance before driving off with the car.
In almost all states, driving without insurance is illegal. Independent sellers don’t always ask you for your insurance information, but a dealership will need it before you can drive it.
Since you know what car you want to buy, contact your insurance company with the following information:
  • The vehicle’s VIN
  • The purchase price
  • The purchase date
  • Finance company name and address if applicable
  • Coverage requirements
If you are in a hurry, do not fret. You can get the best coverage fast with the free Jerry app. Jerry pulls quotes from the top 50 companies in under a minute and delivers the best deals right to your phone so you can get coverage and drive your new car worry-free.”
Lauren Smith
Answered on Aug 16, 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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