How to Cancel Your SafeAuto Insurance Policy (2024)

You can cancel your SafeAuto insurance policy over the phone or by sending a written request.

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If you’re a SafeAuto car insurance customer looking to cancel your policy, you may have questions about how to do so. Fortunately, the process to cancel your policy is relatively easy.

Here’s what you need to know about canceling your SafeAuto car insurance policy.

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SafeAuto cancellation policy

When it comes to ending your relationship with an insurer, you can choose not to renew your policy or you can cancel before the renewal date. It’s your choice, but waiting to end the relationship until the renewal period may be easier and result in fewer fees.

If you choose to cancel, you can do so by:

  • Calling SafeAuto customer service

  • Visiting a local branch

  • Emailing customer service

  • Faxing a handwritten request

If you cancel your policy before it expires, SafeAuto may keep a percentage of the unearned premium. Additionally, canceling prior to the expiration date may result in a cancellation fee. This fee varies by state. You can contact your insurance agent or SafeAuto customer service to learn more about any potential fees that may pertain to canceling your policy.

As you begin your process toward cancellation, follow these steps.

Step 1: Look up your renewal date

The first step to canceling your SafeAuto policy is to look up your policy renewal date. You can find your renewal date in your policy documents or by contacting SafeAuto customer service.

Canceling your policy close to the renewal date helps minimize the risk of a coverage lapse. Avoiding such lapses in coverage is essential to minimize your potential financial loss in the event of an automobile accident. For example, if you cause a car accident while between insurance policies, you’ll likely be responsible for the resulting property damage and medical expenses that you and the other parties suffer.

Step 2: Compare car insurance quotes

Car insurance rates can vary between companies, as every auto insurer measures potential risk slightly differently. Factors that companies consider and that may influence your car insurance rates include your age, ZIP code, vehicle type, driving history, deductible, credit-based insurance score, and more.

Comparing multiple quotes can help you find the best insurance coverage for your needs at the most competitive price.

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Step 3: Secure a new car insurance policy

It’s essential to secure a new car insurance policy before canceling your current one to avoid a gap in coverage. You can buy an auto policy directly from an insurance company, through an insurance agent, or through an online insurance marketplace.

Before buying a new policy, you’ll want to determine the amount of coverage you need. At first you may be tempted to purchase the minimum amount of coverage required in your state and call it a day. But buying additional coverage — such as comprehensive insurance, collision insurance, uninsured/underinsured motorist insurance, and personal injury protection — may make more sense, depending on your needs.

When applying for a new auto policy, you may also need to provide the following information as part of the application process:

  • Desired policy effective date

  • Date of birth

  • Vehicle identification number (VIN)

  • Payment info, such as your credit card number

Good to Know

Auto insurers may also ask for your Social Security number to check your credit history, which they may use to calculate a credit-based insurance score. Drivers with a bad credit score may pay a higher rate for automobile insurance policies.

Step 4: Cancel your SafeAuto policy

Once you’ve looked up your renewal date, compared quotes, and purchased a new policy, it’s time to cancel your SafeAuto car insurance policy. Generally, the fastest way to cancel your policy is to call your insurance agent or the SafeAuto customer service line.

SafeAuto mentions on its website that people can also cancel their policies with a handwritten statement. This statement must include your name, address, date of birth, policy number, requested cancellation date, and signature.

As you move to cancel your SafeAuto policy, make sure you understand any fees associated with the cancellation.

Step 5: Follow up on your refund

In some cases, SafeAuto may owe you a refund after you cancel your insurance policy. Refunds depend on various factors, such as your state, policy type, and renewal date. 

Contact your insurance agent or a SafeAuto customer representative to learn about your refund eligibility.

How SafeAuto quotes stack up vs. competitors

Since SafeAuto specializes in providing non-standard auto insurance to high-risk motorists, its quotes can be higher than some other car insurance companies. Companies may consider you high-risk if you have a car accident, multiple claims, or traffic violations on your record. Discounts and low down payments can help you save on your SafeAuto bill.

The average cost of SafeAuto car insurance is $84 per month for minimum coverage. This is lower than the national monthly average of $105 for liability insurance.

In the table below, you can see how SafeAuto compares to other similar-sized insurers.

Insurance CompanyAverage Quote: Full CoverageAverage Quote: Liability Only
SafeAuto$167$84
Foremost$285$138
Midvale Home & Auto$205$101
The General$241$114
Auto-Owners Insurance$79$37
Erie$93$53
Disclaimer: Table data sourced from real-time quotes from Insurify's 50-plus partner insurance providers and quote estimates from Quadrant Information Services. Actual quotes may vary based on the policy buyer's unique driver profile.

Canceling SafeAuto insurance FAQs

If you’re thinking about canceling your SafeAuto insurance coverage, this additional information may help you decide.

  • Does SafeAuto charge a cancellation fee?

    SafeAuto may charge a cancellation fee, depending on your state and policy type. Contact your insurance agent or a SafeAuto customer service representative to find out if a fee applies to your particular situation.

  • Can you cancel your SafeAuto policy at any time?

    Yes. You can cancel your SafeAuto policy at any time. But canceling prior to your renewal date may result in a cancellation fee. Additionally, the company may keep a portion of the unearned premium.

  • How can you confirm your SafeAuto insurance policy is canceled?

    Once your policy is canceled, SafeAuto will send a notice of cancellation to you (and your lienholder, if applicable). You can also confirm your cancellation by calling a SafeAuto customer service representative or your insurance agent.

  • Does SafeAuto have a grace period for non-payment?

    SafeAuto offers grace periods for non-payment, which vary by state. The grace period time frame is a minimum of 11 days and may be longer in some cases. After you miss a payment, you should receive a notice with additional information regarding the grace period.

  • How do you cancel car insurance online?

    The only way to cancel your SafeAuto insurance online is to email customer service, according to the company’s website. The email should include your name, your policy number, an explanation of your request, and the date you want the policy to be canceled.

Methodology

Insurify data scientists analyzed more than 90 million quotes served to car insurance applicants in Insurify’s proprietary database to calculate the premium averages displayed on this page. These premiums are real quotes that come directly from Insurify’s 50+ partner insurance companies in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. Quote averages represent the median price for a quote across the given coverage level, driver subset, and geographic area.

Unless otherwise specified, quoted rates reflect the average cost for drivers between 20 and 70 years old with a clean driving record and average or better credit (a credit score of 600 or higher).

Liability-only premium averages correspond to policies with the following coverage limits:

  • Bodily injury limits between state-minimum rates and $50,000 per person, $100,000 per accident
  • Property damage limits between $10,000 and $50,000
  • No additional coverage
Full-coverage premium averages correspond to the same bodily injury and property damage limits in addition to:
  • Comprehensive coverage with a $1,000 deductible
  • Collision coverage with a $1,000 deductible

Quotes for Allstate, Farmers, GEICO, State Farm, and USAA are estimates based on Quadrant Information Services’ database of auto insurance rates.

Theresa Stevens
Theresa Stevens

Theresa Stevens is a personal finance writer based in Boston, Massachusetts. Her work has been featured in Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, and more. As a former financial advisor, she has first-hand experience helping people solve their money challenges. When she's not writing, you'll find her trying out new karaoke spots or planning her next trip abroad.

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