Can you get car insurance for a custom car?
There are seemingly endless ways to customize a car. Purchasing an aftermarket sound system, upgrading the suspension, adding custom rims, and installing an engine supercharger are just a handful of the upgrades that drivers are making to their vehicles. But how do car modifications impact your car insurance? We’ll explain how custom car insurance works in this article.
Does insurance cover modified cars?
In most cases, a traditional car insurance policy will not provide full coverage for a customized vehicle. Depending on what modifications you’ve made, it can be more difficult and more expensive to repair your car after an accident.
If you have modified your car, you will probably need to purchase a car insurance endorsement that specifically covers custom parts and equipment. Without this endorsement, it’s possible that your car insurance policy wouldn’t cover the damages to these parts if you got into an accident or filed a claim.
There are many national and local insurance companies that offer custom car endorsements. For example, Farmers and Progressive both offer a custom parts and equipment endorsement that you can add to your existing full coverage car insurance policy.
However, this endorsement might have limited coverage. For example, Progressive’s website mentions that custom parts and equipment policies typically have a maximum coverage limit of $5,000. So, if you’ve made $10,000 in modifications, this policy wouldn’t cover the full value.
Another option is to consider a separate modified car insurance policy. There are a handful of car insurance companies that sell policies specifically for customized vehicles. Some of these companies include Hagerty Insurance, American Collectors Insurance, and NCM Insurance.