How to insure a Classic car?
Insuring classic and specialty cars can be confusing for the first time buyer, because how you cover the car depends on how you're going to use it. If you've never owned a classic before, you may not know the right questions to ask your insurance agent. And if your agent isn't familiar with classic cars, they may not know the best way to insure yours. Finding out the hard way that your precious investment wasn't covered properly will not make the ownership of a classic car a happy experience.Ask yourself if you would need any of these seven situations to be available from the company you insure your classic with.
- Being able to use your own mechanic for repairs
- Insured for what you feel the cars actually worth
- Liability insurance when participating at club events
- Coverage for damage incurred at car shows
- Insurance coverage during restoration
- Flexible premiums based on miles driven per year
- Coverage for shipment to out of state or overseas events
Specialty car insurance has been available for decades, but statistics show that fewer than half of the collector vehicles on the road today are insured by specialty programs. We find that very interesting - our experience has shown that standard insurance companies often charge higher premiums for more restrictive policies, when it comes to insuring classics.
Having said that, there could be qualifiers that need to be met for insurance through specialty programs, such as:
- You must own and use a daily driver vehicle
- The car may need to be a certain age or older
- You may need to be a certain age or older
- The car may only be driven 2, 500 miles per year or less
- The car may only be driven for certain activities
- The car may not be driven for commercial use