What Happens If You Stop Insurance on a Leased Vehicle?

by Charles Green

Dropping insurance coverage on a leased vehicle has its consequences. Just as when making payments on an auto loan, when leasing a vehicle auto insurance protects the lien holder from loss.

Lease Agreements

Auto lease contracts may vary somewhat but all lease agreements contain a disclosure statement covering insurance requirements, excess wear and tear, mileage, early termination and a section outlining what happens if the vehicle is stolen or destroyed.

General Requirements

Lease agreements detail the coverage a lessee (person who is leasing) is required to carry. You will be required to pay for this yourself.

Basic Coverage

Your contract will most likely require all the basic coverage including bodily injury, death, liability, property damage, comprehensive and collision with specified coverage limits and deductibles outlined. Check with your state's department of insurance to find out what your legally required minimums are as well.

Repossession

If you fail to keep your leased car insured, the lessor may repossess your car. If this is the case, it will be spelled out in the lease agreement.

Forced Insurance

Alternatively, lessors can purchase "forced" insurance to protect their interest in the vehicle, adding these costs to your payments plus fees and penalties.

Consequences

Dropping auto insurance coverage on a leased vehicle can expose you to liability, is illegal under the law and can wreck your credit rating.

About the Author

Charles Green is a freelance writer in North Carolina who has been writing since 1992 and freelancing since 2002. His work appears in "435 South Magazine," "Wisconsin Golfer" and for various websites. Green earned a Bacheler of Science in business administration from Ramapo College of New Jersey.