How soon do you have to get car insurance after buying a new car?

I am planning to buy a new car soon, and I do not yet have car insurance. How long do I have to get my new car covered after buying it?

Depending on which state you live in, you typically have a 7- to 30-day grace period to inform your insurance provider about your new car.
If you are purchasing the car from a dealership, you must have proof of car insurance before driving the car off the lot; if you don’t, you won’t be able to take possession of the vehicle.
A private sale is usually when the grace period comes into play. One thing to be aware of is the grace period only extends the existing coverage on your policy to the newly purchased car. It does not add any new coverage!
Why is this important? Suppose you have a pre-existing insurance policy for a car with liability-only coverage, and your new vehicle should have full coverage. In that case, full coverage won’t exist until you add the car to the policy.
If you were to get into an accident in this situation with your new car, collision coverage would not be available to fix or repair your vehicle.
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Miles Smith
Answered on Aug 11, 2021

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