Does Your Car Insurance Follow the Car or the Driver?

Sep 29, 2022

Auto Insurance

Does Your Car Insurance Follow the Car or the Driver?

Suppose you find yourself in a situation where you need to borrow someone else's car or lend your own. Should you let someone use your automobile under any circumstance, or would you borrow someone else's? If you did, would you still be insured?

As a driver, there are situations when you might need to temporarily lend your car to someone else or drive someone else's car. Whatever the case, there are a few things you should be aware of.

Are Other Drivers Driving My Vehicle Covered by My Auto Insurance?

If they are mentioned on the policy, your auto insurance will generally cover other drivers using your vehicle.

The situation is more complicated regarding people not covered by your insurance. For example, when someone drives your car with your permission, they are usually covered by the terms of your insurance policy.

Does the Driver's Insurance Follow the Vehicle?

Depending on the sort of coverage you have. Insurance typically travels with the vehicle. The two primary forms of coverage are listed below:

Liability insurance: The driver is covered by liability insurance, not the vehicle. Remember that temporary car use is typically the only thing liability insurance will cover.

Your liability insurance could not protect you if you intend to take out a long-term loan of someone else's vehicle.

Collision and comprehensive insurance: This type of coverage follows the vehicle, not the driver. To ensure that you are protected in the event of an accident, the owner must add you to their list of insured drivers.

This only applies while using a friend's or relative's vehicle. Liability insurance is sufficient if you borrow a car from a dealership or rental company.

Is My Auto Insurance Valid When I Drive Another Car?

Even if the automobile isn't yours, you'll be protected if you're specifically included on the owner's insurance policy. For example, if the driver permitted you to drive the car or had a good reason to believe you were allowed to, you're probably protected.

Your liability insurance will typically cover the vehicle, but your comprehensive and collision insurance may not. The good news is that there's a possibility the owner's auto insurance may offer some coverage if you have an accident while operating a borrowed vehicle.

Insurance Protection in the Absence of the Insured

Comprehensive auto coverage is required for insurance to pay for accidents that occur when the policyholder is not present. Each case's specific details unquestionably matter. If the driver is a relative, the accident will probably be covered by the absent insured's insurance.

Unless the car was stolen, the driver must have obtained authorization, whether express or implicit, for the claim to be covered by the insured's insurance. Regarding these guidelines, different insurance companies and policies may differ.

Cover Your Car with CV Mason Insurance

We hope you have got the answer to whether insurance follows the car or the driver. Remember to review both of your insurance plans before lending your automobile to a friend or member of your family or borrowing one from someone else.

If you are looking for automobile insurance, our team at CV Mason Insurance Agency can help you get one. Contact us today to get started.