How to Stop Gap Insurance Coverage

by Lori Hubbard
Dealerships offer gap insurance when you purchase a new car.

Gap insurance covers the gap between your car's market value and the amount you still owe on an auto loan. While gap insurance serves an important purpose, you may no longer be in a financial position to pay the policy premium or you may have paid down or paid off your car loan and therefore want to cancel. Successful cancellation depends on communication and follow-through.

Locate your original gap insurance contract. Gap insurance can be purchased from the car dealership, lender or insurance company. Regardless of where it was purchased, a separate gap insurance contract should have been given to you. Read the contract to understand the terms and process for cancellation. Make note of any fees and timing for cancellation.

Call your insurance agent. Let them know you want to end the coverage and when you wish to do so. Ask your insurance agent to send you a cancellation form and learn how and when you will receive the form.

Ask for a refund. If you prepaid any of the policy premiums or paid for the entire policy in advance, you should receive a pro-rated refund for the period of time that you paid for, but are not going to use. If a refund is due to you, ask for a date when you’ll receive the money.

Fill out the form provided by the insurance company that allows you to end gap coverage. You may receive the form from the company via mail, fax or email, or you may be able to download and print the form from the insurance company website. Have your account number handy and know the date that you wish to end coverage. Follow the directions and complete all sections.

Return the completed paperwork to the insurance company. Use the company's preferred method of communication. Some companies want an original signature and will ask you to mail the form back while others may encourage you to submit the form electronically online. Coverage will stop once the provider receives and processes the form.

About the Author

Lori Hubbard has over 18 years of experience in the marketing and business field with a focus on marketing strategy and small business development. Hubbard holds a Master of Business Administration in marketing from the University of Cincinnati. An avid sports fan, Hubbard has coached high school and club volleyball for over 10 years.

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