Can I Insure My Car for One Month Only?

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Can I Insure My Car for One Month Only?
Purchasing a one-month policy entails cancelling a longer-term policy in 30 days. (car image by Muhammad Umair Tahir from Fotolia.com)

You can insure a car for a term of one month, provided state laws and your insurance provider allows it. Insurance policies generally have terms of six or 12 months, but many companies allow their customers to cancel policies earlier. Insurance regulations in some states require that customers maintain auto insurance policies for at least 60 days if there are no legitimate grounds for cancellation. If your insurance provider allows you to cancel a longer-term policy within 60 days, and your state has no minimum requirements, you may insure a car for 30 days.

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Policy Cancellation

A driver may want to insure a vehicle for a short duration, such as 30 days, in many instances. You may want coverage temporarily when you are moving to a new area, staying in one location temporarily or expecting a new company car. Before you purchase a policy, determine whether the insurer will allow you to cancel the insurance when you do not need it anymore. Some auto insurers may cancel a policy earlier than its term, allowing drivers to insure their vehicles for shorter terms, such as a month.

Forms of Auto Insurance

In every state, drivers are required to have their vehicles insured. All states require vehicles to have liability insurance at the least, and some states may require other forms of protection to complement the liability insurance, such as coverage for personal injury and protection for underinsured or uninsured motorists. All forms of auto insurance policies may be cancelled midterm, provided the customer's insurer allows early cancellation and state requirements are met.

Purchasing

Buying a one-month policy is the same as buying a standard 6- or 12-month policy, the only difference being that that you will cancel the policy in a month. The most viable option is to purchase the shortest-term policy available and then cancel it after one month. When purchasing insurance, you do not have to pay the full amount of the premium up front. You will have to make a minimum down payment, usually 25 per cent of the premium. At the time of buying the policy, you should make it clear that you intend to cancel it earlier; many insurers that allow early cancellation will require that your request for cancellation be in writing. You should make the request at inception, that is, when the policy is formed. Depending on the provider, you may be charged an early cancellation fee. In addition, some insurance companies may also ask you to provide additional information or supporting documents verifying your reasons for cancelling the policy midterm.

State Laws

When you cancel a long-term policy after a month, you may have to provide proof of coverage from a different policy to satisfy the state's insurance regulations. Since state laws mandate that all vehicles be insured, you may not be able to cancel a policy unless the vehicle is covered by another auto insurance policy. If the vehicle is covered by another policy, you should be able to provide the appropriate document, if required. If you are terminating the policy early because you have sold the car, destroyed it or moved it to a different state, you will have to verify that you have no insurable interest and therefore do not need insurance. This is because as long as you have insurable interest on a vehicle, you are required to have it insured.

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