No, AAA does not offer temporary car insurance. The only way to get short-term car insurance from AAA, or any other reputable insurer, is to purchase a six or 12-month policy and cancel when you no longer need it. If you decide to terminate your AAA car insurance policy early, you may be required to pay a cancellation fee equal to about 10% of your remaining premium, depending on where you live. You may also be able to get a refund for any unused coverage time you’ve prepaid for.
One AAA alternative to temporary car insurance is a non-owner policy, which is available to drivers who do not own or have regular access to a vehicle. Non-owner car insurance is cheaper than a standard auto policy, since you are not covering a specific vehicle. If you rent or borrow vehicles often but don’t own a car yourself, then AAA’s non-owner car insurance is an affordable option.
Month-to-month car insurance is not offered by any reputable insurance company. Month-to-month insurance typically refers to an auto policy that provides coverage for one month at a time, not a six or 12-month policy that is paid for in monthly installments. But because truly temporary car insurance doesn’t exist, standard policies with monthly premiums are actually a more realistic form of month-to-month insurance.… read full answer
Why Insurers Do Not Offer Month-to-Month Car Insurance
Month-to-month car insurance is not available from any reputable insurer because of the potential losses that come with it. Drivers who need short-term insurance are considered to be high-risk, meaning they’re more likely to file a claim than those with standard insurance.
In addition, drivers in this demographic likely won’t become long-term customers, and insurance companies won’t be able to recoup the cost of a claim from a one-month premium.
When Month-to-Month Car Insurance Would Be Useful
You are temporarily driving an insured car but want coverage to supplement the owner’s insurance.
You plan to frequently drive rental cars within the next few months and don’t want to pay high fees for rental car insurance.
You are purchasing a car for a short period of time.
You are a seasonal employee and your work requires you to drive.
You want to drive for a rideshare service but don’t own a car yet.
Alternatives to Month-to-Month Car Insurance
Usage-based insurance, or pay-per-mile coverage, is a great option for drivers who will only need car insurance for a few months. Insurers like Metromile charge a base rate for coverage, then determine additional costs based on how many miles you drive. Additionally, some standard insurers like National General offer usage-based discounts to policyholders who only drive a few thousand miles annually.
Non-Owner Car Insurance
A non-owner policy covers you when you’re driving any car that you don’t own, and since it does not apply to a specific vehicle, it’s an affordable alternative to standard car insurance. However, it’s important to know that you cannot purchase non-owner insurance if you own a car or live with someone who does.
Paying Your Car Insurance Monthly
If you think you’ll only need a car insurance policy for a few months, you can purchase a standard six or 12-month policy and pay monthly instead of in-full upfront. Once you no longer need the policy, you can cancel it. You should receive a refund for any unused policy time that you already paid for, but keep in mind that your insurer may charge a cancellation fee.
For drivers who choose to go this route, the monthly cost of coverage depends heavily on which state they live in.
No, it’s not bad to switch car insurance companies often. Switching insurers can be a great way to save on your car insurance premium, though it’s important to remember that you may be charged cancellation fees each time you switch companies mid-policy.
Progressive, Travelers, and Liberty Mutual are the only companies among the 10 largest insurers that charge cancellation fees, though smaller companies like … read full answerAAA and Auto-Owners also have fees. If your insurance company charges a cancellation fee, then it’s probably best to wait until it’s time to renew your policy to switch insurers.
If you decide that you want to switch insurance companies mid-policy, you need to contact your current insurer and let them know instead of simply not paying your premium. Even if you paid for your policy in full up front, you should still officially cancel the policy so that you can get a prorated refund.
No, you do not need car insurance to borrow a car if the owner is insured, they have given you permission to drive the vehicle, and their policy allows it. Car insurance follows the car, not the driver, so expenses from an accident will generally be covered by the vehicle owner’s insurance policy. This is often referred to as permissive use.… read full answer
If you plan to drive borrowed cars frequently, you should consider purchasing a non-owner car insurance policy. Non-owner coverage gives you additional protection beyond what’s offered by the owner’s policy.
For example, if you’re in an accident while driving someone else’s car, the owner’s car insurance policy limits may not be high enough to cover all medical bills and repair expenses. A non-owner policy acts as secondary coverage, though, so it will kick in once you’ve hit the owner’s coverage limits.
Non-owner policies are much cheaper than normal car insurance, and only cost between $200 and $500 per year. Most major insurers sell non-owner coverage but don’t offer online quotes, so you will need to call in order to get an exact cost estimate.
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