What To Do After Buying a Car
Posted by Lisa D. on September 20, 2019 in Auto Focus

Bought a new car? Here are some helpful tips for easing the transition:


  • Get it licensed and registered. Your car will need license plates. If you traded in a vehicle, transfer the license plates from the vehicle you no longer own to the new vehicle. Otherwise, apply for new plates. Also, get the new car registered and titled with your state’s DMV. Bring along proof that you are the owner and purchased the vehicle. If you buy a vehicle through a dealership, these items may be part of the financing process and paperwork.
  • Get it insured. Notify your insurance agent about your new car. Be ready to provide the vehicle’s year, make, model, and VIN, as well as any financing company information. Ask your agent about additional coverages or discounts that may be available. Obtain auto ID cards or a declarations page as proof of insurance. If your new car replaces an old one, remove the old car from your insurance policy.
  • File the paperwork. Find a place to securely store your new car’s proof of purchase, warranty, and title. Registration information and ID cards should be kept in the car’s glove box, but the title should not. You may be able to access your car insurance policy information online.
  • Review the owner’s manual. Note general maintenance items, such as recommended tire pressure, fluids, and oil changes. Familiarize yourself with new controls or features so you are not trying to find the temperature controls or windshield wipers while you are driving.  


Whether your new car gets you where you need to be or takes you on new adventures, it should be an enjoyable ride. Follow these tips to help protect your safety and investment. Go to acuity.com/blog for more tips and tricks.

Lisa D.
Lisa D. has almost 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, including over 15 years at Acuity. Before starting at Acuity, she obtained her P&C license and sold personal insurance. She keeps a pulse on industry trends while continuing to specialize in developing and updating personal auto insurance products. On top of that, Lisa has her Association in General Insurance (AINS) and Associate in Personal Insurance (API) designations. Outside of work, Lisa enjoys cooking, photography, and spending time with her family. The last two go hand in hand, as she takes pictures of her kids every day.

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