Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Benjamin Carr was a licensed insurance agent in Georgia and has two years’ experience in life, health, property and casualty coverage. He has worked with State Farm and other risk management firms. He is also a strategic writer and editor with a background in branding, marketing, and quality assurance. He has been in military newsrooms — literally on the frontline of journalism.

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UPDATED: Aug 13, 2018

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Trying to find lower insurance coverage rates for your Jeep Grand Wagoneer? Wish you could get out of overpriced insurance coverage? Believe me when I say there are a lot of people just like you who feel imprisoned by their insurance coverage policy. Online insurance companies like State Farm and GEICO constantly bombard you with TV and radio ads and consumers find it hard to ignore the promise of big savings and find the best price available.

If you have a policy now or need new coverage, you will benefit by learning to cut your premiums and still get good coverage. Finding the best rates is quite easy. Vehicle owners only need an understanding of the tricks to shop their coverage around online.

The quickest way to compare car insurance company rates is to know the fact most larger insurance companies provide online access to provide you with free rate quotes. All consumers are required to do is provide a little information such as if your license is active, how many miles driven, driver details, and the make and model of your vehicles. Your rating data is then sent to insurance companies and they return cost estimate very quickly.

Ten discounts to earn cheaper insurance rates

Companies offering auto insurance don’t always publicize every discount in an easy-to-find place, so we took the time to find both well-publicized and also the lesser-known ways to save on insurance. If they aren’t giving you every credit possible, you are throwing money away.

  • Telematics Devices – Insureds that choose to allow companies to scrutinize driving habits by using a small device installed in their vehicle such as Progressive’s Snapshot could save a few bucks if they have good driving habits.
  • Payment Discounts – If you pay your bill all at once instead of paying each month you could save up to 5%.
  • Student Discount for Driver Training – Teen drivers should enroll in driver’s education if offered at their school.
  • Cautious Driver Discounts – Safe drivers may receive a discount up to 45% for Grand Wagoneer coverage than their less cautious counterparts.
  • Lower Rates for Military – Having an actively deployed family member could be rewarded with lower premium rates.
  • Theft Prevention Discount – Anti-theft and alarm system equipped vehicles are stolen with less frequency and therefore earn up to a 10% discount.
  • Passive Restraint Discount – Vehicles equipped with air bags or automatic seat belts may get savings of 20% or more.
  • First Accident Forgiveness – Not necessarily a discount, but some insurance companies will allow you to have one accident before hitting you with a surcharge with the catch being you have to be claim-free for a particular time prior to the accident.
  • Paperwork-free – A handful of insurance companies will provide an incentive shop auto insurance on your computer.
  • Defensive Driver Discounts – Taking a course that instructs on driving safety could earn you a small percentage discount and easily recoup the cost of the course.

Drivers should understand that most discount credits are not given to your bottom line cost. The majority will only reduce specific coverage prices like liability, collision or medical payments. So even though it sounds like you could get a free insurance policy, you won’t be that lucky. Any qualifying discounts will definitely lower the cost of coverage.

Some of the larger companies that may offer policyholders these benefits include:

It’s a good idea to ask all companies you are considering which discounts they offer. All car insurance discounts might not be offered on policies in your area. To choose insurers who offer online insurance quotes, click this link.

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Tailor your insurance coverage coverage to you

When buying proper insurance coverage for your vehicles, there really is not a one size fits all plan. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so your insurance should reflect that These are some specific questions may help you determine if your situation may require specific advice.

  • Does car insurance cover theft of personal property?
  • What is high-risk coverage and where do I buy it?
  • Am I covered by my spouse’s policy after a separation?
  • Why am I required to buy liability insurance?
  • Can I afford to buy a different vehicle if my 1990 Jeep Grand Wagoneer is totaled?
  • When would I need additional glass coverage?
  • Do I have coverage when using my vehicle for my home business?
  • Does coverage extend to Mexico or Canada?
  • What is covered by UM/UIM coverage?
  • Does medical payments coverage apply to all occupants?

If it’s difficult to answer those questions but you think they might apply to your situation, you might consider talking to an agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, fill out this quick form or click here for a list of insurance coverage companies in your area. It only takes a few minutes and you can get the answers you need.

Auto insurance 101

Knowing the specifics of insurance can help you determine the best coverages at the best deductibles and correct limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be ambiguous and nobody wants to actually read their policy. These are typical coverages available from insurance companies.

UM/UIM Coverage – This gives you protection when the “other guys” either have no liability insurance or not enough. Covered losses include injuries to you and your family as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Because many people carry very low liability coverage limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage is very important. Normally these limits are similar to your liability insurance amounts.

Comprehensive or Other Than Collision – Comprehensive insurance coverage covers damage from a wide range of events other than collision. You need to pay your deductible first then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as a broken windshield, hitting a deer, damage from a tornado or hurricane, hitting a bird and vandalism. The highest amount you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s not worth carrying full coverage.

Liability coverages – Liability insurance protects you from damage or injury you incur to a person or their property that is your fault. This insurance protects YOU against other people’s claims. It does not cover your own vehicle damage or injuries.

It consists of three limits, bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. You commonly see liability limits of 25/50/25 that means you have a limit of $25,000 per injured person, $50,000 for the entire accident, and a total limit of $25,000 for damage to vehicles and property. Alternatively, you may have a combined limit which provides one coverage limit and claims can be made without the split limit restrictions.

Liability coverage protects against things like court costs, medical services and funeral expenses. How much coverage you buy is a personal decision, but buy as large an amount as possible.

Medical costs insurance – Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for bills for doctor visits, rehabilitation expenses and EMT expenses. They are often used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. Coverage applies to not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants as well as being hit by a car walking across the street. PIP coverage is only offered in select states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Collision coverage – Collision insurance pays for damage to your Grand Wagoneer caused by collision with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You have to pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage protects against things like damaging your car on a curb, sideswiping another vehicle, hitting a parking meter and crashing into a building. This coverage can be expensive, so you might think about dropping it from vehicles that are 8 years or older. It’s also possible to bump up the deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.