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Insurance Grace Period

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Definition: An insurance grace period is an extra or extended period of time that one has to pay their insurance payment, such as their life insurance payment or car insurance payment. Depending on the insurance policy, the grace period can be as little as 24 hours or as long as 30 days. Also, there may or may not be a penalty, or additional charge, when paying the insurance payment during the grace period.

It is important to know when your policy's grace period is and what penalties there may be. With most insurance policies, your policy will stay in effect during your grace period.

Examples:
Joan was not able to pay her car insurance payment when it was due. It was due Wednesday, but she would not be able to pay it until Friday. She called her insurance agent and asked her what she should do. The insurance agent told Joan that she has a 15 day grace period to pay her car insurance payment and there would be no extra charge to pay the car insurance payment within that grace period. She also assured Joan that her car insurance coverage would stay in effect as long as her car insurance payment was received within the 15 day grace period.

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