Can you insure a car not registered in your name?

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Can you insure a car not registered in your name?

Yes, someone else can take out insurance to drive your car without being the owner or registered keeper. However, many insurers will only allow those with a defined relationship to you to take out a separate policy on your car.

Q. Can I write off my vehicle for business?

You can get a tax benefit from buying a new or “new to you” car or truck for your business by taking a section 179 deduction. This special deduction allows you to deduct a big part of the entire cost of the vehicle in the first year you use it if you are using it primarily for business purposes.

Q. Can I use personal car for business?

Business owners can deduct expenses for the use of a car for business purposes, for their own driving and for employee driving. To qualify to deduct driving expenses for you or your employees, you must be able to prove that the trip was specifically for business purposes.

Q. Does car insurance have to be in the owner’s name?

No, in most cases, it’s unlikely that you’d be able to insure a car that isn’t in your name. Generally, whoever is the titled owner of a car needs to be the one to insure it. Car insurance companies want to make sure the primary policyholder has what’s called insurable interest in the car they’re insuring.

Q. What vehicles qualify for business tax deduction?

Generally speaking, the Section 179 tax deduction applies to passenger vehicles, heavy SUVs, trucks and vans that are used at least 50% of the time for business-related purposes. For example, a pool cleaning business can deduct the purchase price of a new pickup truck that is used to get to and from customers’ homes.

Q. Can I deduct my car payment if I am self employed?

Individuals who own a business or are self-employed and use their vehicle for business may deduct car expenses on their tax return. If a taxpayer uses the car for both business and personal purposes, the expenses must be split. The deduction is based on the portion of mileage used for business.

Q. Should cars be in both names?

For married couples the rule of thumb is for each spouse to individually own the car they drive. The reason for this is to limit liability in the event of an accident. Assuming there is no loan on the car, the title can be transferred through the Motor Vehicle Department for approximately $150.

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