Question: Can I insure my son’s car? He lives with me and lets me drive his car but he will be moving out soon.  

Answer: To place a vehicle on your policy, you must have an insurable interest in it. You would suffer an economic loss if the car was damaged or totaled out. Since it’s your son who would suffer financially if the car were harmed, it’s harder for you to be the one to insure the car.

The easiest solution is to get your name on the car’s title. 

With your name on the title, either from buying or being gifted the car from your son or even him merely placing your name on the title as a co-owner, you’d have an insurable interest in the vehicle. You should have no problem getting your car insurance policy for it.

Suppose your son is reluctant to sign over the car or add your name to the title but will allow you to remain the primary driver of his car once he moves out. In that case, you’ll need to search for an insurance company that doesn’t require the policyholder to have an insurable interest in the insured vehicle.

Drivers in your situation have to spend time comparison shopping to find the company that will work with them and their needs. While most auto insurance providers require insurable interest, there are ones that don’t.

If you cannot find an insurance company in your area that allows you to insure the car or the car is financed. Your son must remain the policyholder on the insurance for it, then see if you and your son can find an insurance company that will allow him to be the policyholder but have you listed as the named insured. 

With such a policy, your son still would be listed as having a financial interest in the vehicle, but the policy would be rated based on you being the primary driver. Thus, it would be using your driving record, mileage and garaged location for the vehicle that would be used to determine the premium.

Because it’s more difficult to obtain a car insurance policy in your situation, it may be tempting when shopping for insurance not to divulge that your son is the car owner, but that is a very bad idea. 

You don’t want an auto insurer to be able to deny claims and perhaps void the policy due to falsehoods you gave to it about your situation. Giving incorrect information is a material misrepresentation, a form of insurance fraud. 

— Penny Gusner contributed to this story.

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Shivani Gite is a personal finance and insurance writer with a degree in journalism and mass communication. She is passionate about making insurance topics easy to understand for people and helping them make better financial decisions. When not writing, you can find her reading a book or watching anime.