The down payment and monthly payments are usually lower, repair costs are often included, and you don’t have to worry about selling the car when you don’t want it anymore. That said, leasing companies often have strict insurance requirements that you should be aware of. Here is how to find the best insurance policy for a leased car.
Table of Contents
- What Insurance is Best for a Leased Car?
- Is it More Expensive to Insure a Leased Car?
- What is Gap Insurance?
- Is Gap Insurance Required for Leased Cars?
- What Companies Offer Insurance for a Leased Vehicle?
- What are the Cheapest Insurance Policies for a Leased Car?
- What Do You Do With the Insurance Policy When the Lease Ends?
- The Bottom Line on Insurance Policies for Leased Cars
What Insurance is Best for a Leased Car?
The best insurance policy for a leased car is one that offers the lowest premiums but still satisfies the minimum coverage levels for both your state and your leasing company.
The following table shows the coverage requirements for several of the major auto leasing companies:
|Company||Minimum coverage requirements|
|GM||Full coverage with a maximum deductible of $1,000|
|Kia||Full coverage with a maximum deductible of $1,000, bodily injury liability coverage at a minimum of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident, and property damage liability coverage at a minimum of $50,000 per accident|
|Mercedes-Benz||Full coverage with a maximum deductible of $2,500, bodily injury liability coverage at a minimum of $100,000 per person and $300,000 per accident, and property damage liability coverage at a minimum of $50,000 per accident|
Is it More Expensive to Insure a Leased Car?
Car insurance companies don’t charge more for a particular policy just because the car is leased. Apples to apples, a car insurance policy costs the same whether it’s on a leased or purchased vehicle. However, leasing companies often have coverage requirements that go above and beyond the state minimums or the coverage levels you might choose if you were deciding on your own.
What is Gap Insurance?
Gap insurance stands for guaranteed asset protection. It’s a supplemental policy that covers the difference between a car’s value and what is owed on it.
Suppose you get into an accident and total your vehicle. The adjuster values the replacement cost at $30,000, but you still owe $35,000.
Without gap insurance, you’d be liable for paying that $5,000. But if you have gap insurance, it steps in to cover the shortfall, or “gap,” so you don’t have to come out of pocket.
Is Gap Insurance Required for Leased Cars?
Gap insurance isn’t required by most states but may be required by your leasing company. Even if your lease doesn’t require gap insurance, you should still consider adding it, particularly if you are leasing a new car, as they tend to depreciate rapidly once driven off the lot.
What Companies Offer Insurance for a Leased Vehicle?
The major car insurance carriers, including State Farm, Allstate, Nationwide, Progressive, GEICO, and Farmers, all offer insurance for leased vehicles. If you want the peace of mind of knowing you got the best deal you could, compare quotes from all of them before making a decision.
What are the Cheapest Insurance Policies for a Leased Car?
The cheapest insurance policies for a leased car may depend on several factors, including what type of car it is and what your driving record looks like, along with your age, gender, ZIP code, and marital status. Because so many factors influence premium costs, the cheapest policy for someone else might not be the cheapest policy for you.
That said, the table below lists the average cost of full coverage auto insurance (which nearly all leasing companies require) with several major carriers.
|Company||Average yearly premium cost for full coverage|
What Do You Do With the Insurance Policy When the Lease Ends?
When your auto lease ends, you have four options of what you can do next:
- Extend the lease, in which case you’ll keep your insurance as-is.
- Trade the vehicle for a different one, in which case you’ll update your insurance policy to cover your new vehicle. This may cause your premiums to change.
- Purchase your leased car, in which case you’ll keep your insurance the same but take the leasing company off the policy since they don’t own the vehicle anymore.
- Return the car and not get a new one, in which case you’ll simply cancel your insurance.
The Bottom Line on Insurance Policies for Leased Cars
Insurance on a leased car works the same way as insurance on a purchased car. Even the premiums are the same, assuming apples-to-apples coverage. As long as you shop around, compare quotes, and make sure your coverage meets the requirements of your leasing company, you can get the best policy to meet your needs.
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