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Insurance Question from Lynnwood, WA

Asked on 01/15/2019

How do I Insure a car in one state while living in another. Moving to another state. Car is staying in state where it is registered. I want to return for a few days at a time monthly and be able to have a car to drive. Want the car to be available to son and sister if need be.

Answer given on April 15, 2019

With most insurance companies, they want the car insured in the state where it is garaged. It appears that is what is happening in your case. You can continue the current car insurance on the car in question. 

You will need to add your sister and son to the policy as drivers.  Some insurance companies will automatically cover a “permissive user” of a vehicle. However, make sure your insurance company will do that on this policy.  If either driver has tickets or accidents on their records, your insurance company may want to charge for those and the premium on the car could go up. If they have their own insurance, then that may not become an issue. Also, if your son is under 25 adding him could cause your rates to go up.  It is best to clarify everything with the insurance company before anything might happen, so there are no surprises on either end.  


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