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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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Looking for lower auto insurance rates for your Acura Integra? When searching for more affordable insurance, are you confused by the dozens of auto insurance sources in your area? You’re not alone. You have such a large number of options that it can easily become a real difficult job to find the perfect company for you.

It’s a great practice to shop coverage around every six months because auto insurance prices are variable and change quite frequently. Just because you had the best deal on Integra insurance on your last policy other companies may now be cheaper. There is a lot of bad advice regarding auto insurance out there, but I’m going to show you a lot of great tips on how to reduce your auto insurance bill.

Low cost insurance prices

Performing a rate comparison can be exhausting if you don’t utilize the easiest way. You can spend your afternoon talking about coverages with insurance companies in your area, or you can utilize the web to get pricing more quickly.

Many insurance companies are enrolled in a marketplace that allows shoppers to submit one quote, and at least one company can provide price quotes based on the submitted data. This saves time by eliminating form submissions for each company you want a rate for.

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One minor caviat to pricing coverage this way is that consumers can’t choose which providers to receive prices from. If you wish to select individual companies for rate comparison, we have a page of the cheapest insurance companies in your area. Click here to view list.

Whichever method you choose, try to keep the same coverages for each price quote. If each company quotes different limits and deductibles on each one you will not be able to decipher which rate is best. Just a small difference in coverage limits may result in a large different in cost. Just keep in mind that comparing a large number of companies helps locate lower pricing.

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Smart choices result in lower insurance premiums

The best way to find cheaper insurance coverage is to take a look at some of the things that help determine your insurance coverage rates. If you understand what positively or negatively impacts your premiums, this empowers consumers to make smart changes that will entitle you to big savings. Multiple criteria are part of the calculation when you get a price on insurance. A few of the factors are predictable like an MVR report, but other criteria are more transparent like where you live or your commute time.

  • Marriage discount – Getting married helps lower the price when shopping for insurance coverage. Having a significant other may mean you are more mature and responsible and statistics show married drivers tend to file fewer claims.
  • Save miles and save money – The more miles you rack up on your Acura in a year the higher your rates will be. A lot of insurance companies calculate prices based on their usage. Autos that sit idle most of the time can get a lower rate compared to those used for work or business. A policy that improperly rates your Integra is just wasting money. It’s always a good idea to double check that your insurance coverage declarations sheet is rated on annual mileage.
  • Add-on coverages that aren’t used – There are many additional extra coverages you can purchase on your insurance coverage policy. Add-on coverages like rental car coverage, better glass coverage, and motor club memberships may be wasting your money. These may sound like a good investment initially, but if they’re wasting money eliminate them to save money.
  • Pay less with a high NHTSA crash test rating – Safe vehicles tend to have lower insurance rates. Safe vehicles help reduce the chance of injuries in an accident and lower injury rates means less money paid by your insurance company passed on to you as lower rates. If the Acura Integra is rated at a minimum an “acceptable” rating on the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety website or four stars on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration website you are probably receiving a discount.
  • Tickets inflate prices – Your driving citation history can have a huge impact on auto insurance premiums. Attentive drivers pay lower auto insurance prices than their less careful counterparts. Even one speeding ticket may increase your cost by as much as twenty percent. Drivers who get severe tickets such as reckless driving or DUI might be required by their state to submit a SR-22 or proof of financial responsibility to the state department of motor vehicles in order to keep their license.
  • Bundling policies can get discounts – Most major insurance companies provide a discount to people who have multiple policies with them, otherwise known as a multi-policy discount. The discount can be ten percent or more. Even if you already get this discount, it’s still a good idea to compare rates to make sure you are getting the best deal.
  • Cheaper premiums using alarms and GPS tracking – Choosing a vehicle with a theft deterrent system can help lower your rates. Theft prevention features such as OnStar, LoJack tracking, and tamper alarms all hinder auto theft.
  • Lower premiums with continuous coverage – Having an insurance coverage lapse is a quick way to increase your renewal premiums. Not only will rates go up, getting caught without coverage might get you fines and jail time. You may need to prove you have insurance by filing a SR-22 with your state department of motor vehicles.

Discounts for cheaper auto insurance rates

Car insurance companies do not list the complete list of policy discounts very well, so the next list breaks down a few of the more common and also the lesser-known credits available to you.

  • Senior Citizens – Mature drivers can get lower premium rates on Integra insurance.
  • Theft Deterent System – Cars, trucks, and SUVs with anti-theft systems can help prevent theft and will qualify for a discount on a auto insurance quote.
  • Onboard Data Collection – Drivers who elect to allow driving data submission to monitor driving habits by installing a telematics device like Drivewise from Allstate or In-Drive from State Farm could save a few bucks if their driving habits are good.
  • Anti-lock Brakes – Vehicles equipped with ABS or steering control are safer to drive and earn discounts up to 10%.
  • Policy Bundle Discount – If you can bundle your auto and home insurance with the same company they may give you a discount of approximately 10% to 15%.
  • Discounts for Seat Belt Usage – Using a seat belt and requiring all passengers to buckle their seat belts may be able to save a few bucks off the personal injury premium cost.
  • Own a Home and Save – Owning your own home or condo can save you money because it is proof that your finances are in order.
  • Defensive Driving Course – Passing a course in defensive driving is a good idea and can lower rates if your company offers it.
  • No Charge for an Accident – but a few companies such as GEICO and Liberty Mutual will turn a blind eye to one accident before they charge you more for coverage so long as you haven’t had any claims prior to the accident.
  • Safe Driver Discount – Insureds who avoid accidents may save up to 50% more on Integra insurance than their less cautious counterparts.

As a sidenote, most discount credits are not given to the overall cost of the policy. Most only cut the price of certain insurance coverages like liability and collision coverage. So when the math indicates you can get free auto insurance, it just doesn’t work that way.

To find providers that can offer you the previously mentioned discounts, click this link.

You may need specialized car insurance coverage

When it comes to choosing proper insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there isn’t really a best way to insure your cars. Every situation is different.

For example, these questions might help in determining whether your personal situation might need an agent’s assistance.

  • Should I have a commercial auto policy?
  • Is my trailer covered?
  • When can I cancel my policy?
  • Is my Acura Integra covered if I use it for business?
  • Is there coverage for injuries to my pets?
  • What are the best liability limits?
  • Am I covered if I wreck a rental car?

If you’re not sure about those questions then you might want to talk to a licensed agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, complete this form.

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Parts of your insurance policy

Understanding the coverages of your insurance policy can be of help when determining the best coverages and the correct deductibles and limits. Insurance terms can be impossible to understand and coverage can change by endorsement.

Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision)

This coverage will pay to fix damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You first have to pay a deductible and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.

Comprehensive coverage protects against claims such as a broken windshield, rock chips in glass and hitting a bird. The highest amount you’ll receive from a claim is the actual cash value, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle’s value consider dropping full coverage.

Coverage for collisions

This coverage covers damage to your Integra resulting from a collision with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. A deductible applies and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.

Collision coverage protects against things such as driving through your garage door, sideswiping another vehicle and hitting a parking meter. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so consider dropping it from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to choose a higher deductible to save money on collision insurance.

Insurance for medical payments

Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for short-term medical expenses such as rehabilitation expenses, pain medications and ambulance fees. They can be utilized in addition to your health insurance plan or if you are not covered by health insurance. They cover all vehicle occupants as well as any family member struck as a pedestrian. PIP is not an option in every state and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Auto liability

This provides protection from damage or injury you incur to other people or property that is your fault. It protects you against claims from other people, and does not provide coverage for damage to your own property or vehicle.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. You might see limits of 100/300/100 which stand for a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, a limit of $300,000 in injury protection per accident, and $100,000 of coverage for damaged propery.

Liability coverage protects against things like repair bills for other people’s vehicles, court costs, attorney fees, repair costs for stationary objects and bail bonds. How much coverage you buy is a decision to put some thought into, but you should buy higher limits if possible.

Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance

This coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they either have no liability insurance or not enough. It can pay for medical payments for you and your occupants and damage to your 1997 Acura Integra.

Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked.

The bottom line

We covered quite a bit of information on how to reduce 1997 Acura Integra insurance prices online. The most important thing to understand is the more you quote auto insurance, the more likely it is that you will get a better rate. Drivers may discover the best prices are with a company that doesn’t do a lot of advertising.

As you quote auto insurance, make sure you don’t reduce coverage to reduce premium. There are many occasions where someone sacrificed comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to regret that they should have had better coverage. Your aim should be to buy the best coverage you can find at the best price, but do not skimp to save money.

Insureds who switch companies do it for a variety of reasons including not issuing a premium refund, denial of a claim, delays in paying claims and even lack of trust in their agent. Regardless of your reason for switching companies, finding a great new company is easier than you think.

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