Relocating is always stressful, and one thing you don’t want to be worrying about when you move is your vehicle insurance. Though vehicle insurance rates don’t always change when you relocate, oftentimes they can be lower or higher, depending on where you’re moving to.
Make Sure You Have Adequate Vehicle Coverage
It’s important to understand that each state has its own requirements for minimum insurance rates, and if you’re relocating to another state, you’re best advised to make sure your policy meets the legal requirements for your new location. For example, if you have the minimum vehicle insurance coverage while you’re living in California and you move to Connecticut, chances are you’ll need more vehicle coverage. The easiest way to find out if you need to adjust your vehicle insurance is to contact your insurance carrier as soon as you know where you’ll be relocating, and ask what the consequences will be for your vehicle coverage and rates.
Crime Rates Affect Vehicle Insurance Rates
If you’re not moving out of state, you might still find your vehicle insurance rates change. If you move from a city with a high crime rate to a rural area without adding a large amount of miles to your weekly drive, you can be sure your vehicle insurance rates will drop. But if you move from the suburbs to an inner city apartment building with only street parking, you’re probably looking at a significant rate hike because your vehicle is more at risk of being damaged or stolen.