You can buy gap insurance from most major insurance companies, including Progressive, Nationwide, State Farm, and Allstate. Another place where you might be able to purchase gap insurance is through your car dealership. However, if you buy gap insurance from a dealership, you might end up paying extra because the cost is added to your principle, which is then used to calculate your interest. So, you might save money by asking your insurance company to add gap insurance to your policy.
Gap insurance provides protection on a car you lease or buy with a loan. In the event of an accident in which your car is totaled, the value of your car would drop below the money you owe on the lease or loan. Standard insurance policies would pay only the value of the car post-accident. Gap insurance would ensure that you can pay back the full amount you owe. That is why auto lenders typically require it.
If you already have car insurance, the easiest way to buy gap insurance coverage is to contact your existing insurance provider and ask about adding it to your policy. If you do not have car insurance, compare quotes from major insurance companies that offer gap insurance. You can find the most prominent options listed below.
Major Car Insurance Companies Offering Gap Insurance
- American Family
- Liberty Mutual
- State Farm (car loan customers)
You can also buy gap insurance from the bank or credit union financing your car. However, like car dealers, other lenders usually calculate the cost of gap insurance as one upfront payment, then add the sum to your loan amount. As a result, it’s best to avoid this type of gap insurance to keep from paying interest on your premium.
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