Your Gap Insurance Options

Can You Get Gap Insurance In Your State?

Check This List To Find Out If GAP Insurance Is Offered

Buy Alabama Gap Insurance - No

Buy Alaska Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Arizona Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Arkansas Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy California Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Colorado Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Connecticut Gap Insurance - No

Buy Delaware Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy District of Columbia - No

Buy Florida Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Georgia Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Hawaii Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Idaho Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Illinois Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Indiana Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Iowa Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Kansas Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Kentucky Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Louisiana Gap Insurance - No

Buy Maine Gap Insurance - No

Buy Maryland Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Massachusetts Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Michigan Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Minnesota Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Mississippi Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Missouri Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Montana Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Nebraska Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Nevada Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy New Hampshire Gap Insurance - No

Buy New Jersey Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy New Mexico Gap Insurance - No

Buy New York Gap Insurance - No

Buy North Carolina Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy North Dakota Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Ohio Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Oklahoma Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Oregon Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Pennsylvania Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Rhode Island Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy South Carolina Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy South Dakota Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Tennessee Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Texas Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Utah Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Vermont Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Virginia Gap Insurance - No

Buy Washington Gap Insurance - No

Buy West Virginia Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Wisconsin Gap Insurance - Yes

Buy Wyoming Gap Insurance - Yes

There are only three scenarios that apply to folks planning to buy Gap Coverage.

One, youíre planning on buying a new or used vehicle and are thinking about buying gap insurance.

Two, youíve purchased a new or used vehicle within the last 12 months and car considering buying gap insurance.

And three, everyone else (if this is you, there are a couple of options).

Scenario 1 - If you're getting ready to purchase a new or used vehicle, there are 4 ways to avoid having a large gap in your insurance coverage should anything ever happen to your vehicle.

1. Put at least 20% - 30% down on any purchase;
2. Buy GAP Insurance coverage from your Bank or Finance Company;
3. Purchase Gap Insurance from an Insurance Company;
4. Buy Gap Insurance from an Automobile Dealership you're buying at.

Let's take a look at each.

Putting 20% - 30% down is probably the smartest way to take care of it - you automatically wipe-out the typical 30% 1st yeardepreciation.  But with the average price of a new car at almost $26,000, coming-up with a $7,800 down-payment can be tough for a lot of people.

Purchasing a "Rider" or GAP from an Insurance Company or Bank is probably the next best option.

GAP has been around for years - particularly with Leased vehicles.  But with the huge depreciation on vehicles today, it's becoming more popular with regular bank financing as well.  Yet, it's not offered by many insurance companies or banks - and that's ridiculous since GAP would protect their customers from possible financial ruin.

If your Bank offers it, have them explain it in detail.  For instance, some gap coverages even pay your insurance deductible if your vehicle is totaled or stolen.  Also, ask if the coverage provides any money toward a replacement vehicle.

Be careful here....many Banks will only provide GAP if you agree to finance the vehicle with them as well.  Sometimes that might work for you - some times is wont.

Getting Gap Insurance from an Insurance Company is also a good choice, although finding a company that offers it can be a chore.  I've only been able to find three Insurance Companies that let you buy Gap Insurance.

One is Progressive Insurance - we've all heard of them, right?  They offer Gap as an add-on to their regular policies, so in order to get it, you have to get car insurance with them.  But...their car insurance coverage will usually save you money and their Gap coverage is very, very cheap.

The second company is All State Insurance -  and they have the same policy as Progressive - you have to get their car insurance.  Personally, I've found All State to be little expensive when it comes to car insurance.

One company that Iíve used twice in the past is Lee & Mason Financial Services, Inc..  They offer a stand-alone policy with no strings attached and it's a one time investment only.

Theyíve been around for years, are owned and backed by a large Insurance Company, and is the only non-car insurance company I ever recommend.

And finally, many Dealerships offer Gap coverage as part of the Sale process.  They'll push you very hard to purchase what they sell....and like many, we find that annoying.

Besides, it's expensive - I've seen Dealers sell a Gap Insurance policy for as much as $500 - $600.  And then they want you to add it to your loan which effectively makes it double the cost with the interest rate of the loan tacked on.

Scenario 2 - If youíve purchased a vehicle within the last 12 months, you have a two options.  One, Two, check with your lender or insurance company to see if gap is available.  If it is, jump on it.

And two, check out the offers that Lee & Mason Financial Services, Inc. has.

Scenario 3 - If neither of the scenarios Iíve just discussed apply to could have problems.  Really, the only options you have are:

Call your current Insurance Company and see if they can help - And call the Bank that has your Loan or Lease and see if they can help.

Go ahead and pick-up the phone today and call your agent or insurance company.  Ask them what they pay if your vehicle is considered a total loss.

With your current policy, will they pay the entire amount owed to the bank if your vehicle is wrecked and considered a "total loss"?

If they do not, what policy changes can be made to cover it all.  If you get lucky and they'll make a change, ask what it covers - exactly - and what does it cost.

Ask the Bank that has your lease or loan if they offer Gap Insurance and can it be added to the Loan.  If they can, good for you.  Take good notes and find out what it covers and what it costs.

After you've gathered your information, and you have an option, Iíd recommend you purchase the coverage.

Tom O'Leary is an Automotive Portfolio Analyst, Author and has been called a modern-day "Robin Hood" for his efforts in helping the Automotive Consumer.

Gap Insurance In Your State? States Barring Gap Insurance Listed as NO

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Connecticut Gap Insurance NO
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Buy Georgia Gap Insurance
Buy Hawaii Gap Insurance
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Louisiana Gap Insurance NO
Buy Maine Gap Insurance
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Buy Minnesota Gap Insurance
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Buy Missouri Gap Insurance
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Buy Nevada Gap Insurance
New Hampshire NO
Buy New Jersey Gap Insurance
New Mexico NO
New York NO
Buy North Carolina Gap Insurance
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Buy Oklahoma Gap Insurance
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Buy Pennsylvania Gap Insurance
Buy Rhode Island Gap Insurance
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Vermont NO
Virginia NO
Washington NO
Buy West Virginia Gap Insurance
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