Yes, you need full coverage on a financed car. Any reputable lender will require drivers with a financed vehicle to purchase comprehensive and collision insurance, in addition to the state’s minimum required car insurance coverage. Your contract with the lender might even require you to choose a specific deductible to ensure that you will be able to pay it if you file a claim.
Why You Need Full Coverage on a Financed Car
Full coverage is required on financed cars to protect the lender’s investment. This applies regardless of whether the vehicle is new or used.
When buying full coverage insurance for a car with a loan, you should notify your insurer that the car is financed, because your lender will need to be listed on the policy. As a result, your lender will be notified when your policy expires, is renewed, or is canceled. When your loan ends, you can notify your insurance company in order to have your lender removed from the policy.
Other Key Things to Know About Full Coverage on Financed Cars
If you purchase full coverage and then fail to maintain it, your lender may be able to purchase expensive force-placed insurance or even repossess your car. The good news is that having an auto loan is not considered a risk factor for insurers, so the loan itself will not increase your insurance premiums. Full coverage is more expensive than maintaining only your state’s mandatory minimum coverage, though.
You can find affordable full coverage by checking out WalletHub’s page on cheap car insurance and our guide to car insurance discounts.
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