Do You Need Insurance On A Broken Down Car?

Do you need insurance on a car that's been broken down for a while, or can you let it lapse? Will you face penalties for cancelling insurance? Get the answers here.

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A broken down car is somewhere near the bottom of your list of “favorite things.” Outside of worrying what to do with your broken down car, you’ve still got an insurance policy to pay for it.

Do You Need Insurance On A Broken Down Car?

Unfortunately, you do need to maintain insurance on a broken down car. Most states require all registered vehicles to have some form of insurance.

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You now have to either find cheaper insurance coverage or cancel the registration on your broken down car.

Do not, however, cancel the insurance on the vehicle. Canceling insurance on your broken-down vehicle can invalidate your license plate and make obtaining auto insurance in the future more difficult for you.

Furthermore, canceling insurance will be recorded as a gap in your coverage history, which can lead to higher insurance premiums later down the line.

What To Do With A Broken Down Car

When your car is broken down, you’ve got several options in regards to how to move forward: comprehensive coverage, suspend coverage, storage insurance, cancel registration, and cancel coverage.

Comprehensive Coverage - Offered by some insurance companies for non-running vehicles, comprehensive coverage is typically cheaper than standard coverages. It will account for theft and damage to your vehicle caused by an act of nature (like a falling tree branch). If you happen to repair the car to roadworthy status, however, you will not be able to legally drive it with only comprehensive insurance on the vehicle.

Suspend Coverage - Your insurance company may allow you to suspend the insurance coverage for a short period of time. Your policy will not be canceled, however you won’t be covered from theft or damage during the duration of the suspension.

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Storage Insurance - Some providers offer “storage insurance.” Storage insurance is typically attached to specific criteria (car must be parked in a garage, for example). This policy allows you to avoid a lapse in insurance coverage while your car is broken down. Should you choose to repair it, however, then you’ll need to at least attain the minimum coverage before driving.

Cancel Registration - Paying insurance for a car that you can’t drive isn’t an appetizing prospect. If paying for that coverage is outside of your budget, then canceling your vehicle’s registration is a viable option. If you cancel the registration, you won’t be required to pay the coverage fee on that broken down car any longer. It will also prevent you from being documented as having a gap in your insurance.

Cancel Coverage - Canceling the coverage is an option that brings with it a host of other issues. First, you’ll likely have a gap in coverage recorded in your insurance history. These coverage gaps can make getting coverage again costly after you repair your broken down car.

Ultimately, your best option is to keep some form of coverage on your vehicle while it’s broken down. Other avenues might bite you on the back-end with increased costs in the future.

Should I Fix It Or Sell It?

Deciding whether to fix or sell a broken down vehicle is dependent upon the cost of the repairs, the value of the car, and the cost of keeping it insured while broken down.

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Taking your vehicle to a local mechanic and getting a professional’s eyes on your car is likely the best way to get a grasp on the potential cost of getting your wheels back up and running.

When it comes down to which types of repairs are worth paying for, consider some of the heavy hitters:

  • Engine replacement: $3,000-$10,000
  • Transmission replacement: $3,500 to $5,000
  • Suspension replacement: $2,500 to $3,500
  • Catalytic converter replacement: $1,000 to $1,500

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Can You Suspend Your Car Insurance?

Technically, no. You cannot suspend your car insurance, because most states require a registered vehicle to have some form of coverage. You can, however, cancel your insurance policy altogether. That should only be done when switching policies or getting rid of the vehicle.

Can You Keep Insurance After Selling A Car?

You don’t necessarily have to cancel your insurance when you sell your car. Carriers will allow you to change the vehicle your insurance policy applies to in the middle of the policy.

Does It Cost To Cancel Car Insurance?

You should not have to pay a cancellation fee (although some companies will try to charge you). You will, however, be required to pay for the days within the policy that you’ve been insured.

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