If you are looking for a car insurance policy in Arizona that lasts less than six months, you may be looking for short-term car insurance. Not all insurers offer this type of policy, but there are times when temporary car insurance in Arizona may suit your needs. One example is when you have a rental car or if you need non-owner coverage. If you are looking for short-term car insurance in Arizona, there are a few options to consider.


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What is temporary auto insurance?

There are a few different types of temporary auto insurance you may be able to purchase if you don’t want to commit to a full year of coverage. In most cases, the shortest car insurance policy you can get from a reputable Arizona auto insurance provider is six months in duration, at which point your policy is up for renewal.

A few instances when short-term car insurance may be right for you include:

  • You want coverage for less than a year: Most car insurance companies sell 12-month and six-month policies. A six-month policy may appeal to you if you’re not sure a carrier will be able to meet your needs, you plan to sell your vehicle in the next few months or you think you will be able to secure a lower rate in the near future.
  • You’re renting a car: If you already have an auto insurance policy in place, it is likely that your coverage would extend to a rental car. Some credit cards also offer limited coverage if you use the card to book the rental. If you do not own a car with an existing auto policy, you can likely purchase short-term coverage from the rental agency.
  • You occasionally borrow a car: If you do not own a car, but occasionally borrow a vehicle from a friend or family member, non-owner coverage may give you the insurance you need when you’re behind the wheel. Non-owner policies may also apply if you frequently rent cars or if you’re between vehicles but don’t want to experience a lapse in coverage.
  • You’re traveling internationally: If you are traveling abroad for a short time, you may need to temporarily extend your policy to provide coverage outside of the U.S. Some car insurance companies offer easy options to extend coverage to Mexico and Canada.
  • You’re storing your vehicle: Even if your car is in storage, your state will likely require you to maintain minimum coverage car insurance. This also provides coverage in case your vehicle is damaged by a covered peril while stored. You have a few options for storage insurance, including buying a liability coverage-only policy.

Is short-term car insurance right for me?

Whether short-term car insurance is right for you likely depends on your circumstances and coverage needs. If you’re working with a new carrier, you may be hesitant to purchase a 12-month policy, but most car insurance companies allow you to cancel your policy at any time with no fee. You may want to speak with a licensed insurance agent before buying a short-term policy to see if there are any coverage alternatives that may better meet your needs.

If you are considering a six-month policy, here are some of the main pros and cons of this short-term insurance type:

Pros of short-term coverage Cons of short-term coverage
Less commitment with a shorter policy term length
May appeal to drivers who plan to sell their vehicles in the near future
Allows you to try out a carrier for a shorter amount of time
You may be able to earn a paid-in-full premium discount without paying for an entire year of coverage.
May be hard to find coverage, since not all insurers carry it.
Coverage may be more expensive than a 12-month policy.
Your policy will be up for renewal after just six months, giving your insurer a sooner opportunity to potentially raise your rates.

How much does short-term car insurance cost?

Based on the average premium data from Quadrant Information Services, the average cost of a six-month car insurance policy in the United States is $1,007 for full coverage and $311 for minimum coverage. In Arizona, the average rate is $905 for six months of full coverage and $294 for six months of minimum coverage. However, keep in mind that your Arizona car insurance rates will vary based on factors like your age, ZIP code, credit history and claim history. Below are some average six-month premiums from top insurers in Arizona.

Carrier Avg. full coverage 6-month policy cost in AZ Avg. min. coverage 6-month policy cost in AZ
Geico $487 $150
State Farm $1,094 $383
Progressive $889 $276
Travelers $612 $187
Nationwide $781 $285

How to get temporary car insurance in Arizona

If you want temporary car insurance in Arizona, you may have several options. These policies may provide the coverage you need for a short period, depending on your situation. Keep in mind that the availability of these policies, including coverage and duration, will vary based on the provider.

Choose a 6-month insurance policy

Most car insurance companies sell six-month policies for drivers who do not want to commit to a full year of coverage with a carrier. When buying a car insurance policy, you will likely have the option to select whether you want a six-month or 12-month policy before you finalize your insurance purchase. You can also inquire about short-term insurance options during the quoting process to check whether they are available with a certain carrier.

Non-owner insurance policy

Non-owner insurance is one type of short-term car insurance in Arizona. It covers drivers who do not own a registered car but occasionally borrow vehicles from friends or family. Non-owner insurance typically only comes with liability insurance, so it will not cover the vehicle itself. It is typically sold in six-month increments and is usually much cheaper than purchasing a minimum coverage policy.

Rental car insurance

Rental car insurance only applies when driving a rental car. The policy takes effect the minute you drive off the lot and ends when you return the keys. Although most standard car insurance policies will cover rented vehicles, you can purchase insurance through the rental car agency if you only need temporary coverage.

Student driver insurance

Temporary auto insurance in Arizona might also be a good solution for student drivers. Because adding a teen driver to your car insurance policy is typically expensive, choosing a six-month policy allows you to update your coverage more frequently. For instance, if your student goes away to college for at least six months, you can remove them from the policy during that time and re-add them when they come home. More frequent renewals may also allow you to take advantage of applicable discounts, like good grade discounts, sooner.

Frequently asked questions

    • It depends on the type of insurance you purchase. Some types of short-term insurance, like rental car insurance, may be much more expensive when you consider the short amount of time they provide coverage for. On the other hand, some types of short-term coverage, like non-owner policies, may be less expensive but also more limited in their coverage types and limits. If you’re purchasing a six-month policy, your per-month rate breakdown will likely be similar to those you would pay for a year-long policy. You might even save money if you can afford to pay your six-month premium in full and your insurer issues a discount for this.
    • The best way to find cheap short-term car insurance is likely to inquire about coverage options from a few different insurers and compare quotes to see which could offer you the lowest rates. As not all carriers offer short-term coverage, especially more unique coverage options like non-owner policies, you may be more limited in your carrier options than drivers shopping for more traditional auto insurance policies.
    • They may, but state laws vary. When you take a car out for a test drive, it will likely be covered under the dealer’s insurance. Once you purchase the car, your dealer can assist you in contacting your current insurer to get the new car placed on your existing policy. If you do not have an existing policy, some dealers may offer short-term coverage while you arrange to purchase a policy on your own. Other dealers, however, require proof of insurance before you will be allowed to take the car. Generally, it is the car buyer’s responsibility to have a policy in hand before the purchase.
  • Bankrate utilizes Quadrant Information Services to analyze 2023 rates for ZIP codes and carriers in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Rates are weighted based on the population density in each geographic region. Quoted rates are based on a 40-year-old male and female driver with a clean driving record, good credit and the following full coverage limits:

    • $100,000 bodily injury liability per person
    • $300,000 bodily injury liability per accident
    • $50,000 property damage liability per accident
    • $100,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per person
    • $300,000 uninsured motorist bodily injury per accident
    • $500 collision deductible
    • $500 comprehensive deductible

    To determine minimum coverage limits, Bankrate used minimum coverage that meets each state’s requirements. Our base profile drivers own a 2021 Toyota Camry, commute five days a week and drive 12,000 miles annually.

    These are sample rates and should only be used for comparative purposes.