Questions Answered

Pennsylvania Auto Insurance FAQs

For New Applicants

How can I get additional liability insurance protection?

It is always a good idea to protect your assets, and you can do that with an NJM umbrella policy. For a moderate charge, an umbrella policy not only provides additional dollar-amount protection in case a lawsuit is filed against you following an auto accident or homeowners liability incident, it also offers protection against personal injury liability, such as libel or slander.

Is a parking ticket considered a motor vehicle violation?

Parking tickets are not considered motor vehicle violations. However, failure to pay parking tickets can result in a suspension of driving privileges, which can affect eligibility.

Is a zero-point ticket considered a violation?

Zero-point tickets are considered violations. Examples of zero-point violations include unsafe operation of a motor vehicle, and delaying traffic.

How do you confirm that I qualify for driver discounts?

Discounts can reduce your premium significantly, right from the start of your policy. The discounts are included in the quote, but documentation will be required to prove eligibility at the time you purchase your policy.

How do I know what type of anti-theft system I have?

The anti-theft device in your vehicle will be listed on the window sticker (if it was factory installed) or will be explained in the owner's manual. The discount also applies if you use The Club® or another similar device.

What is a deductible?

A deductible is a payment you have to make before the insurer pays. For example, a $750 deductible means that you pay the first $750 of each claim out of your pocket.

What deductibles should I choose?

This is a personal decision dependent upon how much you would be able to pay at the time of a loss. A lower deductible will result in a higher insurance premium. A higher deductible will result in a lower insurance premium; however, you will need to pay more out-of-pocket at the time of a loss.

Am I able to apply if I don't have a Pennsylvania driver's license?

You may obtain a quote, apply and purchase a policy without a Pennsylvania driver's license number. However, Pennsylvania laws require residents to hold a Pennsylvania driver's license so it is a good idea to get your license as soon as possible.

Can I apply for a policy to cover a vehicle I don't own?

You can apply for insurance if you plan to own, lease or finance a vehicle. However, your policy cannot cover a vehicle registered to somebody outside your household.

Can I apply if my vehicle is registered out-of-state?

If you are new to the state, you can apply for insurance but will be required to register the vehicle in Pennsylvania within 60 days from the start of your policy.