You cannot get temporary car insurance in California, or any other state, because it does not exist. The only way to get short-term car insurance from any reputable insurer in California is to purchase a six or 12-month policy and cancel when you no longer need it. You may have to pay a cancellation fee, depending on your insurer, but you can usually get a refund for any unused coverage time you’ve prepaid for.
Another alternative to temporary car insurance in California 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 standard auto insurance, since it does not apply to a specific vehicle, and it is a good option if you plan to rent or borrow vehicles frequently.
No, you cannot insure a car with a salvage title in California, as salvage vehicles are cars that have been declared a total loss. You can, however, get coverage on a previously salvaged car if you have it repaired and inspected by a state-certified mechanic. If it’s declared safe to drive, the DMV will issue the car a revived title.… read full answer
Several insurance companies, including Allstate and Geico, sell policies to vehicles with a revived title.
How to Register a Revived Salvage Vehicle in California
Pay all applicable title and registration fees (can vary from case to case)
Insurance Limitations for Salvage Titles in California
Keep in mind that some insurers will only sell liability insurance for revived cars, meaning that they won’t pay for any physical damage to the vehicle. Even if you are able to get collision and comprehensive insurance, your policy may not cover the full value of the car if it’s totaled again.
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.
If someone else is driving your car and gets in an accident, your car insurance will likely cover any resulting damage. Car insurance generally follows the car instead of the driver, so the car owner's insurance will cover the crash, even if someone else is driving. On the other hand, if your car is taken without permission or the driver is not licensed, the driver is responsible.… read full answer
Insurance Options When Someone Crashes Your Car
Remember, using your insurance means you are liable for paying your deductible, even if it’s a friend (and not you personally) who crashes your car. Fortunately, your friend’s insurance can help if the damage exceeds your coverage. For example, if your policy covers up to $45,000 and the damage is $55,000, the driver's insurance can cover the final $10,000.
However, that isn’t the case if you’ve specifically excluded the driver from your policy. You might choose to leave someone off your insurance because they are a high-risk driver and expensive to insure - like a new driver with multiple speeding tickets, or someone with DUIs on his or her driving record. If that excluded driver crashes your car, your insurance company will refuse to cover the damage.
Insurance Rates After an Accident
Unfortunately, an accident can affect your insurance rates even if you aren’t driving. One accident won’t necessarily raise your premium by itself. But if you were in another accident not too long before someone else crashes your car, your company is likely to raise your premium, retract your safe-driver discount, or even drop your policy.
At the end of the day, one of the best things you can do is consider adding people to your insurance if they regularly use your car. You don’t want to end up with a huge bill if your insurance company denies your claim because of who was driving. Also, make sure your friends have a valid driver’s license and car insurance if they’re using your car.
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