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Is your new car automatically covered for insurance?

Many people assume that when they purchase a vehicle, it is automatically covered by their Auto Insurance Policy.  Most automobile policies require that the policyholder notify the insurance company or agent within a specified number of days, if indeed coverage is desired for the newly purchased vehicle.

Another factor to consider is that you only have the same coverage as you currently have on your existing vehicles on your automobile policy.  This means that if you only carry liability coverage, that is the only coverage your new vehicle will have until you add the comprehensive and collision coverage.

To make sure that your new vehicle is covered, call your Auto Insurance Customer Service with the year, make, model and VIN (vehicle identification number) as soon as you purchase the vehicle.

Carrie Van Beurden