Sure, classic car insurance won’t cover your DeLorean to travel “Back to the Future,” but there are many reasons why you need to insure your prized possession.
Antique auto shows, parades, classic car club meetings, pleasure riding… If you’re a collectible car owner, you need vehicle insurance coverage for any type of event.
There are several terms specific to classic car insurance that you need to be familiar with before purchasing a policy.
A motor vehicle’s classification can make a difference for taxes and insurance purposes. Generally “classic” applies to vehicles over 20 years old, and “antique” cars are over 45 years old. “Vintage” cars were built between 1919 and 1930.
Insurance companies, however, vary widely in how they classify cars. Some companies consider a car an antique when it’s more than 25 years old, fully restored and in good working order. A few insurance providers will even classify certain cars as classic when they’re just past 10 years old.
New and used cars begin depreciating as soon as you drive them off the lot, so standard insurance companies insure these cars according to their Actual Cash Value or Stated Value.
Because of this depreciation, insurance companies adjust your payout in the event of a total loss based on what the car would be worth just before the accident (Stated Value), instead of what you originally paid.
Classic and antique vehicles are assessed on a different level. They generally appreciate in value with proper maintenance, so many specialty insurers guarantee an “Agreed Value” coverage that’s based on the value of your car.
You and the insurance company determine an agreed value based on appraisals, photos and other documentation. With agreed value coverage, the insurance company guarantees that they will pay this agreed-upon value in the event of a covered total loss.
All of the insurance companies in our reviews here offer agreed value coverage.
Some companies include “Inflation Guard” as part of their policy benefits. Most collector vehicle values appreciate over time. This is unlike modern cars, which depreciate in value after purchase.
Some insurance policies will automatically increase your vehicle’s value by a certain percentage every quarter or year as part of their standard coverage so that your insurance policy keeps up with the appreciating value of your vehicle.
Many classic and antique car insurance plans restrict the daily use of your collectible vehicle. Generally, this means that you’re not covered if you use your classic car to go to work, run errands, etc. As with any insurance product, make sure you review the policy’s terms and conditions carefully. You’ll want to know precisely what the usage restrictions are. Otherwise, you might have an accident that isn’t covered.
In most cases, you must have a daily-use car insurance policy in addition to your classic vehicle insurance. Some companies also mandate that every licensed driver in your household has a regular auto insurance policy and a car of their own (although there are exclusions, i.e., for a full-time student that is away at a university).
Most of the companies we review here cover classics, collectibles, antiques, modified cars, hot rods, classic motorcycles and more. We based our reviews on several factors, including company strength, reputation, level of coverage, additional benefits and more.
Hagerty specializes in insuring antique and collectible vehicles. They offer low premiums, a guaranteed agreed value, and customized policies for an incredible variety of vehicle types.
They also have some great low-priced add-on options. With Hagerty’s restoration coverage $20/year option, the insured value of your car increases 10% per quarter (up to $25,000) until the restoration is complete, and you get $750 of coverage for automotive tools.
For just $25 per year, you can also add on $1,500 coverage for trip interruption reimbursement and $10,000 accidental death coverage.
Hagerty comes highly recommended by thousands of classic car owners for their prompt service and exceptional customer support.
American Modern Insurance offers feature-rich, agreed-value plans that are highly customizable with mileage limit options, deductible options from $0 to $10,000 and several add-ons.
Some of American Modern’s standout policy features include an industry-leading $2,000 coverage for spare parts, an unlimited mileage plan, an inflation guard increase of 2% per quarter and up to $750 for vet expenses if your pet gets injured in the vehicle.
Every policy also includes $75 reimbursement for towing and $150/day to cover lodging and other expenses if you break down more than 50 miles from your home.
Check out American Modern’s video to learn more about their specialty insurance.
Grundy Insurance doesn’t solely provide classic car insurance, but they have a long track record as one of the top classic car insurers in the industry.
What are Grundy’s standout policy features? They allow you to purchase up to $1 million in liability coverage. You also get $600 coverage for trip interruptions due to collisions or breakdowns and $250 for emergency towing.
Grundy also offers policies for car restoration and car building businesses, homeowners insurance and coverage for car collections. You can even combine all your vehicles (collectors, daily drivers, motor homes, etc.) on one “MVP” agreed value policy.
Check out our side-by-side comparison table for an easy way to compare benefits, payouts and other features for all the companies we review here.
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|No Model-Year Restrictions|
|Mileage Limitations Per Year||None||1,000, 3,000, 6,000 & Unlimited||None||2,500, 5,000 or 7,500||None||5,000 or 10,000||"Very Limited Use"|
|Spare Parts Per Year||$750 & $250 for personal items||$2,000||$500||$500||Unlisted||Unlisted||$500|
|Coverage While Under Restoration||Unlisted|
|Roadside/Emergency Assistance||Add-on: $35/year||$75 towing included||Add-on: $9.95-$34.95/year||Unlisted||Add-on available||Add-on available|
|Auto Show Medical||$10,000||Varies||$5,000/person||Varies||Unlisted||Varies||Varies|
|Trip Interruption||$25/Year Add-on coverage: $1,500||Included: $150/day||Included: $600||Unlisted|
|Inflation Guard||8% per year||4% per year||6% per year|
|File Claims Online|
|Driver Age Restrictions||None||None||None||5-Year Licensed Driver||25||None||None|
|Classic & Antique Cars|
|Customer Support||Live chat, phone, email||Phone, email||Phone, email||Phone, email M-Sat.||Phone, email||Phone, email||Phone, email|
American Collectors Insurance is another solid option for classic vehicle insurance, with competitively priced premiums, agreed value, multiple liability and deductible options, and a good customer support reputation.
Their TLC add-on plan is unrivaled in the industry — for less than $35 per year, you get emergency towing, roadside and lockout assistance, theft rewards, and coverage for emergency travel expenses, personal effects and even legal defense benefits.
JC Taylor is one of the oldest companies around that offers classic and antique auto insurance, and they still have a trustworthy reputation. They also provide exotic, hot rod, custom and modified car insurance.
Unfortunately, JC Taylor’s website lacks any information about the type of benefits they include with their policies. You either have to call them or submit an online form with your address, email and other contact information to request a quote.
Safeco, a Liberty Mutual Insurance company, is a well-known provider of auto and home insurance, and they also offer two benefit-rich classic car insurance policies with agreed value coverage.
If you drive your classic car frequently, Safeco’s “Regular-Use” policy could be just the ticket — you can drive up to 10,000 miles annually. Their “Restricted-Use” policy is limited to 5,000 miles per year.
State Farm is a big name in the insurance industry, and they offer agreed-value classic and antique car insurance in all 50 states. Coverage and payouts vary by state, so you have to contact a local State Farm agent to get all the details.
Available coverage includes liability, medical payments/no-fault, comprehensive, collision, uninsured/underinsured motor vehicle, loss of earnings, and death, dismemberment and loss of sight.
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