You cannot get temporary car insurance in Colorado, or any other state, because it does not exist. The only way to get short-term car insurance from any reputable insurer in Colorado 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 Colorado 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.
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, 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, which means the claim will go on your insurance record and could affect your rates. 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 After Someone Else Drives Your Car and Gets in an Accident
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 Someone Else Crashes Your Car
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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