DETROIT — GM announced that drivers in Oregon and Washington that purchase a new 2010, 2011 or 2012 Chevrolet, Buick, GMC or Cadillac vehicle between now and September 6 will receive a one-year insurance policy from MetLife Auto & Home free of charge.

“We want to give residents of Oregon and Washington another reason to discover Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles,” said Chris Perry, U.S. vice president of General Motors marketing. “We have new products like the Chevrolet Cruze, Buick Regal, GMC Terrain and Cadillac CTS Coupe that are now even more appealing with a year’s worth of insurance.”

The complimentary auto insurance includes both liability and physical damage coverage and exceeds requirements in the two states, according to GM. The company is currently testing auto insurance as a standard feature to determine consumer appeal.

“This offer enhances the vehicle’s value proposition because our policy is considered one of the most comprehensive in the industry,” said Bill Moore, president of MetLife Auto & Home. “Our new car replacement feature is a benefit not found in most auto policies.”

The policy covers the vehicle and anyone who drives it with the owner’s permission for a full year from the date of purchase as long as the original purchaser continues to own or lease the vehicle, according to GM. The policy is not available on vehicles purchased or leased for certain commercial or fleet purposes.

Under MetLife Auto & Home’s auto policy, if a new car is damaged beyond repair within the car's first year or first 15,000 miles, the company will repair or replace the vehicle with a new vehicle without deducting for depreciation.

The policy is available only to Oregon and Washington residents with valid driver’s licenses and who title their vehicle in those states. Vehicle owners also can renew the MetLife insurance at the end of one year.

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