Here are some tips for college students shopping for auto insurance:
SHOULD COLLEGE STUDENTS HAVE THEIR OWN AUTO INSURANCE POLICY?
You may be wondering whether you need your own auto insurance policy now that you’re moving away from home. The answer depends on where you’ll be living while attending school and who owns the vehicle you’ll be driving.
Where Will You Be Living?
If your parent’s address is still considered your permanent address while you’re attending college, you may be able to keep the vehicle you drive on their car insurance policy (depending on who owns the vehicle).
If you’re living on campus or renting an apartment temporarily during the school year, check with your agent to see if you can stay on your parents’ policy or if you’ll need your own.
Whose Name Is On The Car Title?
Who owns the car is one factor in whether a college student needs their own car insurance policy.
- If the car is titled in your parent’s name and you’re taking it to school with you, you may be able to stay on the family car insurance policy.
- If the car is jointly titled — it contains your name and a parent’s name — you may be able to stay on your parent’s car insurance policy.
- If your name is on the title, you’ll likely need to buy your own car insurance policy in your name.
CAN PARENTS KEEP INSURANCE ON A CAR IN ANOTHER STATE?
If you’re a parent whose child is attending school out of state, you may be able to keep your student listed on your car insurance policy, if you own the vehicle they’re taking to school. Otherwise, he might need to buy his own separate insurance policy.
CAR INSURANCE COVERAGE CONSIDERATIONS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
If you or your child are starting college, it’s a good idea to review your current insurance policy to make sure it provides the protection you need, whether you’re living on campus or commuting.
For example, if a student is taking a car to school, think about where it will be parked. If it’s most often parked outside, consider comprehensive coverage. It may help pay to replace the car if it’s stolen or repair it if it’s damaged by things like hail or vandalism.
Collision coverage may be a good idea if the student will be driving to and from class, for example. It may help pay to repair your car if it’s damaged in an accident with another vehicle or object.
If you’re leasing or financing a vehicle, collision and comprehensive coverage are usually required by your lender. If the car the student drives is paid off, though, you may be able to drop one or both coverages from your car insurance policy to help save on premiums. Just remember, if your car is damaged and you don’t have comprehensive coverage or collision coverage, your policy won’t pay to repair your vehicle.
CAR INSURANCE DISCOUNTS FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS
If you (or your parents) are looking to save money on your car insurance premium now that you’re in college, many insurance companies offer discounts to college students.
Resident Student Discount
If the car you typically drive is titled in your mom or dad’s name and you’re leaving it at their house while you live on campus, you may be able to save them a few extra dollars. If your college is at least 100 miles away from home, your parents may qualify for the “resident student” discount because you won’t be driving the family car as frequently now that you’re away at school.
Good Grade Discount
Good grade benefits on your car insurance policy don’t stop when you graduate high school. Most insurance companies offer a good student discount for unmarried, full-time students up to age 25. Ask your agent whether you qualify for a discount on your car insurance bill if you continue to get good grades in your higher education studies.
Multiple Policy Discount
College students who are renting an apartment and have their own auto insurance policy may qualify for a discount for bundling their car insurance and renters insurance policies. Many insurers offer savings for customers who have multiple policies with the company.
Anti-Theft Device Discount
It’s a good idea to research local crime statistics before taking up temporary residence. This may help you select an apartment in a safer neighborhood and help you prepare for life in your new surroundings. If you’re going away to college and bringing your car, it may be a good time to purchase an anti-theft device for your vehicle. Doing so may cut back on the likelihood of your stuff being stolen and also land you a discount on your car insurance.
There isn’t a one-size-fits-all car insurance recommendation for college students. Each student has his or her own individual needs, which in turn may affect the amount of coverage needed and the dollar amount of the premium. To create a policy that fits your needs, talk to an agent near you.