Our Twins Started Driving. We Bought A Car For Them To Share, But The Insurance Company Says We Can’t List Both Of Them On the One Car. Why?

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Most insurance companies work the same way. They file their rates with the state explaining how they will charge for their policies. The filings include how they will charge for young drivers. You, as the policyholder, can determine who is assigned to a specific car. However, if there is more than 1 young driver in the household, each must be assigned to a car. If there are more drivers than cars, you can say that one of the young drivers is an occasional operator of a car. However, you cannot say that the multiple young drivers are assigned to one car. In your case, you can assign one of the twins to the car you purchased for them. If you have 2 other cars, that you and your spouse each drive, you must assign the other young driver to one of those cars as an occasional operator. This is generally less expensive than assigning both as a principal driver, but, depending upon the car in question, it can be more expensive than the other car, since one car may have physical damage coverage and another does not.

Case Studies: Twins Sharing a Car and Insurance Challenges

Case Study 1: The Twin Dilemma

A family purchased a car for their teenage twins to share. However, they encountered difficulties when their insurance company informed them that they couldn’t list both twins on the same car insurance policy. The family sought clarification on why such a limitation existed.

Case Study 2: Assigning Young Drivers

Another case involved a household with multiple young drivers. The policyholder wanted to assign both of their twins to the car they had purchased for them. However, they discovered that insurance companies require each young driver to be assigned to a specific car. If there are more drivers than cars, one of the young drivers can be designated as an occasional operator of another vehicle in the household.

Case Study 3: Impact on Insurance Premiums

The family had two additional cars that they and their spouse drove. They were instructed to assign the other young driver as an occasional operator of one of those cars. The case study highlighted that while this arrangement is generally less expensive than assigning both young drivers as principal drivers, the cost could still vary depending on the coverage of each vehicle.

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Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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