Touring the Wide World of Short Term Car Insurance

I often find when staying abroad for a month or two that I get the craving to drive. Said craving often comes paired with a craving to buy gas by the liter (or litre, as itís wont to be spelled everywhere but the US), to drive on opposite sides of the road, and pay for short term car insurance in foreign currencies. Of the complementary cravings the latter easily ranks as the best. I mean, have you read a short term car insurance contract in Portuguese? Itís so eloquent the way they outline deductibles in the face of emergency repairs. Itís like reading the written songs of angels. Although, for a real treat, mosey on over to Tokyo. Every detail of every contract is written in haiku form. Yes, really.*
For example:
Car crashes in fire
and twisted metal. All die.
Exorbitant fees.
Have you ever heard anything so beautiful? I doubt it. It really takes car insurance to a whole new level. It almost makes me want to move there so I can read the long term car insurance contract, which must ne some sort of lyrical verse interpreted through a 6-hour kabuki theatre production. It would have to be right? How else could you capture the subtle nuances of an annual contract? Someday Iíll move there.

If you live in the UK you don't have to move, you can get perfectly good short term car insurance from Yes, really.

Until then, Iíve been doing some globetrotting on a special route that takes me to car insurance offices around the world. Itís part of an effort to broaden my horizons while at the same time satisfying my obsessive need to compare prices for short term car insurance. I visit the pyramids in Egypt and then interrogate the bus driver on the way back to the hotel regarding his level of satisfaction with his insurance plan. Does it give him the flexibility he needs? Can he park his car in the desert, leave it for two months, and then come back and have his insurance kick in again automatically? Does his insurance protect against any damage incurred in the highly unlikely event of the sand coming to life as some sort of wrathful monster? These are the questions you have to ask, and youíll probably get a straighter answer from the customer as Iím pretty sure the tourism board of Egypt has sworn insurance companies to silence on the whole sand monster issue.

Is this the best way to shop for car insurance? Probably not, but I get to see exotic locales and pester people I donít know while driving. If I try to do that at home either the taxi driver kicks me out or Iím politely asked to not return to the carpool. I need the carpool; at least until I get some car insurance, because apparently that stuff is mandatory.
*Not really.

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