Yes, The General has a grace period for new cars, though customer service would not specify an exact timeframe since it varies by state. The General’s new car grace period is the time that a customer has to officially add a new car to their insurance policy and purchase any additional coverage that they may need. During that grace period, the new car will automatically be covered by the existing policy.
Keep in mind that your new car will only be covered by the types of coverage you already have. For example, if you have a liability-only policy and cause an accident, your insurance won’t cover any damage to your vehicle. It’s also important to note that the The General’s new car grace period only applies to existing customers. Drivers without an active insurance policy must purchase coverage for the vehicle as soon as they buy it in order to avoid driving uninsured.
If you’re currently a customer with The General, you can add a new car to your policy by going online or by calling 1 (866) 519-7422. After you add the vehicle, you should expect your rate to go up, though the amount depends on the type of car that you purchase. Also, if you’re insuring your new car while keeping the old one, The General offers a multi-vehicle discount that can help keep your rate manageable.
If you’re a new customer buying a policy from The General, you will need to provide the company with the vehicle identification number (VIN) and your personal information, including your driver’s license number and SSN. You cannot drive a new car off the lot without insurance, so you will need to have your policy set up on the same day that you buy the vehicle.
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