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: Oct 5, 2015

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Have you finally had enough of paying out the nose each month for insurance coverage? You’re in the same situation as many other consumers.

Lots of insurers contend for your business, so it’s not easy to compare every provider and get the definite best price available.

Consumers should take time to do price comparisons occasionally because prices are rarely the same from one policy term to another. If you had the lowest rate on Expo insurance six months ago you will most likely find a better premium rate today. Forget anything you know (or think you know) about insurance coverage because you’re going to get a crash course in the fastest way to save money, get proper coverage and the best rates.

If you are paying for car insurance now, you stand a good chance to be able to cut costs considerably using these tips. Finding the best rates is quite easy. Although vehicle owners must understand how companies price online insurance and apply this information to your search.

How much is insurance?

Most major insurance companies such as State Farm and Allstate make it easy to get prices direct online. Doing online quotes doesn’t take much effort as you simply type in your required coverages into the quote form. Once you submit the form, the company’s rating system automatically retrieves your driving and credit reports and returns a price. Online quotes helps simplify price comparisons, but the work required to visit a lot of sites and type in the same data is not the best way to spend an afternoon. But it’s necessary to perform this step if you want to get lower prices.

A less time-consuming method to compare rates is to use a quote form that gets prices from more than one company. It’s a real time-saver, reduces the work, and makes online quotes much simpler. Immediately after you send the form, it gets priced and you can choose any or none of the pricing results.

If you find a better price you simply finish the application and purchase the new policy. The entire process takes less than 15 minutes and you will find out if you’re overpaying now.

To find out how much you can save on insurance, click here and enter your information. If you have coverage now, it’s recommended you complete the form with deductibles and limits exactly as they are listed on your policy. Doing this assures you’re receiving a price comparison for similar coverage.

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Insurance coverage rates and discounts

Companies that sell car insurance do not advertise the complete list of policy discounts in an easy-to-find place, so the following is a list of a few of the more well known in addition to some of the lesser obvious credits that you can use to lower your rates.

  • Pay Early and Save – If you pay your entire premium ahead of time as opposed to paying monthly you can avoid the installment charge.
  • Anti-lock Brakes – Anti-lock brake equipped vehicles have fewer accidents and therefore earn up to a 10% discount.
  • Sign Early and Save – A few companies offer discounts for buying a policy early. This discount can save up to 10%.
  • No Claim Discounts – Drivers who don’t have accidents pay much less as opposed to insureds who have frequent claims or accidents.
  • Telematics Discount – Policyholders that allow companies to track their driving habits by using a telematics device like Drivewise from Allstate or In-Drive from State Farm might get better premium rates if they are good drivers.
  • 55 and Retired – Seniors could receive better insurance coverage rates on Expo insurance.
  • Home Ownership Discount – Simply owning a home can help you save on insurance coverage because owning a home is proof of financial responsibility.

One last thing about discounts, some of the credits will not apply to your bottom line cost. Most cut individual premiums such as comprehensive or collision. So when the math indicates all those discounts means the company will pay you, it doesn’t quite work that way.

Some of the larger companies that may offer policyholders these money-saving discounts include:

If you are trying to find cheap auto insurance quotes, ask every insurance company which discounts they offer. Depending on the company, some discounts may not be offered in every state. To see a list of companies with the best insurance coverage discounts, click this link.

Situations that may require an agent’s advice

When it comes to choosing adequate coverage, there is no “perfect” insurance plan. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so your insurance should reflect that For instance, these questions may help you determine whether you might need an agent’s assistance.

  • What can I do if my company denied a claim?
  • Does my 1992 Mitsubishi Expo qualify for pleasure use?
  • How much liability insurance is required?
  • When can I cancel my policy?
  • Do I need replacement cost coverage on my 1992 Mitsubishi Expo?
  • What companies insure drivers after a DUI or DWI?
  • Is my teenager covered with friends in the car?
  • At what point should I drop full coverage?
  • Is there coverage for injuries to my pets?
  • Is my teen driver covered when they drive my company car?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, then you may want to think about talking to a licensed insurance agent. If you don’t have a local agent, simply complete this short form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.

Auto insurance 101

Understanding the coverages of your policy can be of help when determining the best coverages for your vehicles. The coverage terms in a policy can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Below you’ll find the normal coverages found on most insurance policies.

Liability insurance – This will cover injuries or damage you cause to other’s property or people in an accident. This insurance protects YOU against other people’s claims, and doesn’t cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. Your policy might show policy limits of 25/50/25 which stand for $25,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, a total of $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and a limit of $25,000 paid for damaged property. Some companies may use a combined limit that pays claims from the same limit and claims can be made without the split limit restrictions.

Liability coverage pays for things such as legal defense fees, pain and suffering and structural damage. How much liability should you purchase? That is your choice, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as large an amount as possible.

Medical payments coverage and PIP – Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage pay for bills for things like EMT expenses, hospital visits, pain medications, rehabilitation expenses and doctor visits. They can be utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover all vehicle occupants as well as if you are hit as a while walking down the street. Personal injury protection coverage is not available in all states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Collision – This coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage from colliding with an object or car. A deductible applies then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision can pay for claims like crashing into a ditch, hitting a mailbox, backing into a parked car and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Collision is rather expensive coverage, so consider removing coverage from older vehicles. It’s also possible to bump up the deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.

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

Comprehensive insurance covers things like vandalism, a broken windshield, fire damage and rock chips in glass. The maximum payout you’ll receive from a claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle is not worth much consider dropping full coverage.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage – Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. This coverage pays for injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Since many drivers have only the minimum liability required by law, their limits can quickly be used up. That’s why carrying high Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is very important. Usually the UM/UIM limits are identical to your policy’s liability coverage.

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Do the work, save more money

When buying insurance coverage, it’s not a good idea to buy less coverage just to save a little money. Too many times, an insured dropped liability coverage limits only to regret at claim time that the few dollars in savings costed them thousands. Your strategy should be to purchase a proper amount of coverage at the best cost, but do not sacrifice coverage to save money.

A few companies may not provide online quoting small insurance companies prefer to sell through independent agents. Cheaper auto insurance can be purchased both online in addition to many insurance agents, and you need to price shop both so you have a total pricing picture.

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