Not owning a car doesn’t stop you from getting insurance quotes to figure out how much premium you may need to pay if you were to own a certain type of an automobile and this may come handy when you are in the market for a vehicle. When you need to provide details of the auto to be insured, providing make, model and year may be enough with many comparison websites, insurers online or through an agent. The quotes won’t be as accurate as it could have been when you provide full details including Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) but it will give a good estimate of potential costs.
Many insurers’ quote platforms are geared towards working with even minimal information. Nevertheless, you should try to provide as much information as possible. For example, even if you haven’t made the final decision about the vehicle you want to buy you would have a rough idea about the type of the vehicle you prefer and can afford. This allows you to gather plenty of information even the VIN since it is often advertised by dealers with the particulars of the vehicle.
A vehicle insurance quote can only be as accurate as the information you provide. So, you can still enter all the other details about your address, driving histories of all the listed drivers, credit score, insurance history and many other details. This way, not only would you identify which vehicle in your list would be more insurance friendly but also you would know which companies offer you lower prices.
It really is hard to estimate how much you may have to pay for automobile insurance until you get a few quotes. Often how much your friend or siblings pay for theirs isn’t a good enough guide for you since your details may be completely different. For example, if they have good credit but yours is bad you may have to pay twice as much car insurance premiums depending on the insurer and state when all the other details are equal. There are so many other little nuances you cannot predict until you get a few quotes in front of you.
In the same way, all your family may be getting great rates from one automobile insurance company and they are all insured with this carrier. But this may be your first policy and this company may not like to offer good rates to someone with no history. That is why, you shouldn’t try to guess when it comes to car insurance costs but just ask for quotes even if they are rough estimates due to insufficient information.
It would be better if you could provide all the needed details. But you can always go back and provide all the relevant details including VIN once you make your mind up and get an exact quote, preferably before you put down any money for a particular car. VIN contains specific details about the vehicle’s history and features and the insurer might pick up something about this particular vehicle they don’t like from it. That is why it is extra important to make sure you get your vehicle insurance quote firmed up by providing all the necessary details before buying a particular automobile, especially if it is a used vehicle and you are buying it from a private person or a not reputable dealer.
Also, there are auto insurance policies for people who don’t own a vehicle but often use other people’s automobiles and/or hire vehicles, called non-owner car insurance. This type of a policy only offers liability coverage for driving not-owned vehicles and doesn’t provide any physical damages coverage and therefore they don’t actually need any car details to give you a quote. This type of a policy is different from a standard auto insurance you would need if you finally decide to buy a car.
Obtaining insurance quotes for different car types, even if you don’t own a car, can be useful when considering a vehicle purchase. While providing the make, model, and year is often enough for estimates, sharing the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) offers more accuracy. This process helps with budgeting, comparing costs, avoiding surprises, negotiating, and planning ahead. Initial quotes based on general details give an idea of potential expenses, aiding informed decision-making. But always remember that you can always go back, provide all the details required and get a much more reliable car insurance quote in the final stage.
Finally, you should keep in mind that you will need to provide full details of the vehicle including VIN, driver license numbers of all the listed drivers and often your social security number to buy a policy. Once the vehicle insurance company has the full information and does their checks, they may adjust the quote a bit to reflect the full risk levels.