To get auto insurance with a bad driving record, compare quotes and purchase a high-risk car insurance policy. Some national insurance companies, like Geico and Progressive, offer great insurance options for bad drivers, including those who need an SR-22 or FR-44, and other companies – such as The General and Dairyland – specialize in nonstandard insurance.
How to Get Insurance With a Bad Driving Record
1. Look for a high-risk policy
High-risk policies are designed for drivers who are more likely than the average driver to file a claim, and they're usually more expensive than normal policies. Although the specifics of your driving record will affect your coverage options, you should be able to find a policy that works for you from one of the many companies that offer insurance to bad drivers.
2. Compare quotes to find affordable coverage
Since a high-risk policy can cost between $1,800 and $3,300 annually, you might need to temporarily get a basic policy that offers a low level of coverage while you work to improve your driving record. The more coverage you add, the more a car insurance policy is likely to cost.
3. Consider coverage options provided by your state
If a bad driving record is preventing you from getting coverage, you should consider joining your state’s assigned risk pool, where you’ll be assigned to an insurance company and given the minimum coverage required by state law.
Most insurance companies only take the last two to three years of your driving record into account when determining your premium, so if you’re able to practice good habits for long enough, you’ll eventually be able to get a better deal.
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