If you buy a new car in Detroit, MI, the dealership goes through a lot of paperwork to establish your title and ownership of the vehicle before it drives off the lot. One of these requirements is making sure you have insurance in place before leaving and driving away. They will even fill out the paperwork for you as a minor benefit for buying a new car from them. However, with used cars, there is no such support. You are as accurate and well-informed as your effort to cover the bases and take care of your responsibilities.
The typical title change process starts with your state DMV. There are specific forms you have to fill out when taking on a new, used car, and they have to be filed with the DMV within a few days of doing so. Second, your existing insurance provider needs to be aware of the new vehicle as soon as you get the keys and take physical ownership. If not, the car won’t be added to your policy automatically. Because of these two requirements, it’s best to 1) check what’s needed and what you want to buy with your insurance provider before buying, and 2) get the paperwork from your DMV ahead of time to fill out. Due to the need to have contact and followup, it’s probably best to handle a used car purchase during the weekday versus at night or on the weekend.
The above said, don’t get worried. People buy used cars all the time from other private parties. Premier Insurance Agency can help sort out the process and can provide an expert resource for planning before making the purchase. We can also work on updating your policy or finding a new one that works better. Give Premier Insurance Agency in Detroit, MI a call or email today to find out more!