Short-term car insurance is insurance that covers a driver for a brief period of time, usually 1 week to 6 months. Drivers who need insurance for only a short time, such as when renting a car or letting someone else such as a friend or relative drive a personal vehicle, would use this type of insurance. It can be kept separate from a long-term policy and also requires a different application process.
Probably the easiest way to obtain short-term car insurance would be to apply to one’s existing car insurance carrier. They should be able to expedite the process, as they have all your records already and would also possibly offer a discount for the insurance. Other options include doing an on-line search. Many sites offer comparisons of the different types of short-term car insurance available through different companies, making it easy to choose a low-cost insurance as well as compare coverage details.
Many long-term policies cover rental cars, but some do not. This would be one situation where short-term car insurance would be desirable. The short-term insurance could cover the time the car is rented, whether it is for a week or a month. Short-term insurance can also be helpful if a car is not being used and is in storage, such as when taking a long-term trip where a car isn’t needed, or if the car was purchased simply to sell it. People with disabilities or other health issues might purchase short-term car insurance if they need a driver for a period of time. These are just some of the instances where short-term insurance can be used.
Adding a driver to a long-term policy can be difficult, as there are many factors, such as age of the driver and driving record, which are considered. If a driver has an accident while covered on a long-term policy, that can make the premiums go up and can lead to loss of any discounts. Short-term car insurance usually gives the same or similar benefits, and it is considered a separate policy. If there is an accident or other issues with a driver on the short-term policy, it will usually not affect a long-term policy.
Short-term car insurance can cover most issues that would be expected to arise when in an accident. It can cover liability insurance, bodily injury, property damage, physical damage to the car, as well as uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage. It can also sometimes include medical payments for passengers. Some short-term policies also include extras, such as towing and roadside assistance.