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Old 12-02-2023, 03:53 PM   #1
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Hi. We have a 1951 Greyhound Bus that was converted in the 70s. Title says it is a motorhome, but I am having trouble finding a company that will insure it. We bought it about 10 years ago. Lived in it for a while and it has been sitting for a few years. Getting it ready to go. Need to drive it 3 hours to the coast where we will (hopefully) live for the winter. I need to get at least Liability insure it so we are safe and legal on the roads. I am in Washington State. Any ideas what insurance company will insure this type of vehicle? I currently have State Farm for all my other vehicles and they won't do it :-<

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Old 12-02-2023, 04:05 PM   #2
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You could try National General, though I think I recently saw a post where someone was turned down due to the age of the vehicle
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Old 12-02-2023, 09:31 PM   #3
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Because of the age, maybe try classic car insurance instead?
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Old 12-02-2023, 10:04 PM   #4
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I've successfully insured my 1949 GM TD 4509 with both Progressive Commercial and with Farm Bureau Financial. You might try those.
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Old 12-03-2023, 11:24 AM   #5
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if you want to put a price on a classic which will set your base cost then try hagertys
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Old 12-06-2023, 09:39 PM   #6
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Thanks for all your suggestions! Will post when successful with my insurance search. Apparently insurance rules have changed recently for this type of coverage but I will keep trying.
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Old 12-07-2023, 11:22 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Jolly Roger bus 223 View Post
if you want to put a price on a classic which will set your base cost then try hagertys

Was going to suggest this as well. They are better for Classic vehicles.

State farm will insure older buses especially if titled as motorhome. They insured mine but I also have Home + 2 cars with them. They do not want to lose that business and the risk vs reward for State Farm is worth it to add it on. The reason they rejected you from my experience is likely you don't have homeowners insurance. I'd also call a different State farm agent, sometimes agents can make the difference. But state farm does a risk to payment ratio and if you are under this they won't insure you. Many have had good luck with State Farm but most people who do get it through them have multi-line items already on file like 2 cars + House. Since they are making more income from you, they are more willing to take the risk, if the Bus is the only thing or 1 car + bus they may not do it.


2 cars = $1600 a year ($400 a car x2 a year)

1 House = $1100 a year (In cheaper conservative states)

They don't want to lose $2700 a year potentially because they won't insure your old bus.
1 Bus = $600 ($300 every 6 months)

All this vs potential losses should it wreck or liable. They won't insure a bus for only $600 a year because if something happens the penalty isn't going to cover what they have to pay out. They also average you + other customers income pool to handle situations. And if they gave you a high dollar quote to help cover it, it'd be considered crazy by any normal standards for a bus so they don't even offer it to you.

Hagertys may be your only solution.
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Old 12-10-2023, 09:23 PM   #8
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National general aka good Sam will insure it for liability with proof of title.
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