Anamarie Waite, Car Insurance Writer
Drivers in Washington need $25,000 of bodily injury liability insurance per person (up to $50,000 per accident) and $10,000 of property damage liability insurance. Collision, comprehensive and gap insurance may also be required by a lender or lessor if your vehicle is financed.
In addition, an optional but recommended type of coverage in Washington is uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance. It replaces the liability coverage an at-fault driver should’ve had and pays for your costs up to your policy limits.
Here’s How Much Car Insurance Drivers Need in Washington:
Minimum Coverage Limit
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per person)
Bodily Injury Liability Coverage (per accident)
Property Damage Liability
If you lease or finance your car, you may be required to carry coverage types that are not mandatory under Washington law. Lenders or lessors usually require comprehensive and collision insurance. Collision insurance covers repairs to your car when you hit another car or object. If the damage to your vehicle was caused by something other than a collision—like a natural disaster, vandalism, falling objects, or animals—it is most likely covered by comprehensive insurance. Lenders may also require gap insurance, which covers the difference between what you owe on your loan or lease and what the vehicle is worth if it has been stolen or totaled.
Even if you’re not required to carry these optional coverage types, you may still need them. You can learn more about when to drop optional coverage and the penalties for driving without insurance in Washington to make sure you’re paying for the coverage you need.
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