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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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Drivers have many options when trying to find the lowest priced Mazda MX-5 Miata insurance. You can either waste hours driving around to compare prices or utilize the internet to make rate comparisons.

There are both good and bad ways to buy insurance coverage and you need to know the absolute fastest way to quote coverages for a new or used Mazda and obtain the cheapest rates either online or from local insurance agents.

It is always a good idea to take a look at other company’s rates once or twice a year due to the fact that insurance prices change quite often. Just because you found the best deal for MX-5 Miata coverage a couple years back you can probably find a better premium rate now. You can search a lot of insurance coverage on the internet, but you can learn the best ways to find affordable insurance coverage.

If you have a current insurance policy or are looking for a new policy, you will benefit by learning to get lower rates while maximizing coverage. This article will instruct you on how to effectively get price quotes and some tricks to saving. Consumers only need an understanding of the most efficient way to compare prices on the web.

Insurance policy discounts

Some insurers don’t always publicize every disount available in an easy-to-find place, so the below list has some of the best known and also the lesser-known discounts that you can inquire about if you buy insurance coverage online. If you are not receiving all the discounts available, you could be paying more than you need to.

  • Include Life Insurance and Save – Companies who offer life insurance give a discounted price on car insurance if you buy life insurance.
  • Student in College – Youth drivers who are enrolled in higher education away from home without a vehicle on campus may be able to be covered for less.
  • Discount for Low Mileage – Keeping the miles down on your Mazda could qualify for substantially lower premium rates.
  • Switch and Save Discount – A few companies allow discounts for switching policies before your current expiration date. You may see this discount when you get insurance coverage quotes online.
  • Early Payment Discounts – By paying your policy upfront instead of monthly or quarterly installments you can actually save on your bill.
  • Theft Deterent Discount – Vehicles that have factory alarm systems and tracking devices are less likely to be stolen and earn discounts up to 10% off your insurance coverage quote.
  • Smart Student Discounts – Performing well in school can save 20 to 25%. You can use this discount normally up to age 25.
  • Telematics Data Discounts – Insureds that choose to allow driving data submission to look at where and when they drive by using a telematics device in their vehicle such as State Farm’s In-Drive could possibly reduce rates as long as they are good drivers.
  • Multiple Vehicles – Purchasing coverage when you have multiple cars or trucks on a single policy can get a discount for every vehicle.
  • Seat Belt Discounts – Using a seat belt and requiring all passengers to buckle up could save 15% off the personal injury premium cost.

Remember that most discounts do not apply to the entire policy premium. Most only cut specific coverage prices like comprehensive or collision. So even though you would think all those discounts means the company will pay you, companies don’t profit that way. Any qualifying discounts will positively reduce your premiums.

A list of insurance companies and their offered discounts are outlined below.

  • State Farm has discounts for driver’s education, multiple autos, good student, student away at school, and multiple policy.
  • GEICO includes discounts for federal employee, defensive driver, military active duty, multi-vehicle, anti-lock brakes, good student, and membership and employees.
  • Progressive may include discounts for online quote discount, continuous coverage, online signing, multi-vehicle, homeowner, good student, and multi-policy.
  • 21st Century may offer discounts for air bags, driver training, defensive driver, student driver, and automatic seat belts.
  • American Family discounts include good student, mySafetyValet, multi-vehicle, defensive driver, TimeAway discount, and bundled insurance.
  • The Hartford offers discounts including driver training, defensive driver, anti-theft, good student, air bag, vehicle fuel type, and bundle.
  • AAA offers premium reductions for pay-in-full, education and occupation, AAA membership discount, multi-policy, good student, and good driver.

Before purchasing a policy, check with each company to give you their best rates. A few discounts might not apply in your state. To locate insurance companies that offer the discounts shown above, click here to view.

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How do I know if I need professional advice?

When buying the right insurance coverage, there is no best way to insure your cars. Each situation is unique.

For instance, these questions might help in determining whether you would benefit from professional advice.

  • Should I drop comprehensive coverage on older vehicles?
  • When can my company non-renew my policy?
  • When does my teenage driver need to be added to my policy?
  • Does my insurance cover a custom paint job?
  • Do I have coverage when making deliveries for my home business?
  • Do I have coverage if my license is suspended?
  • Will my rates increase for filing one claim?
  • Should I put collision coverage on all my vehicles?
  • How do I file an SR-22 for a DUI in my state?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions but you think they might apply to your situation, you might consider talking to a licensed insurance agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, simply complete this short form. It’s fast, free and may give you better protection.

Do drivers who switch really save $447 a year?

Consumers get pounded daily by advertisements that claim the cheapest auto insurance rates from the likes of Allstate, GEICO and Progressive. They all advertise claims that people will save after switching your policy.

It sounds good, but how can they all cost less than your current company?

Most companies have an ideal profile for the driver that will generate a profit. For instance, a profitable insured might be described as over the age of 50, has a clear driving record, and drives a safe vehicle. Any customer that meets those criteria gets the lowest prices and will probably save when they switch companies.

Potential insureds who are not a match for this ideal profile will be charged a more expensive rate which leads to the customer buying from someone else. If you listen closely, the ads state “drivers that switch” but not “everyone who gets a quote” save that much when switching. That’s why companies can truthfully advertise the savings.

Each company has different criteria, so you need to quote coverage with many companies. It’s just not possible to know which company will fit your personal profile best.

Auto insurance coverage basics

Learning about specific coverages of your policy helps when choosing the right coverages for your vehicles. Policy terminology can be confusing and reading a policy is terribly boring.

UM/UIM Coverage

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other drivers when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. This coverage pays for medical payments for you and your occupants and damage to your 1997 Mazda MX-5 Miata.

Due to the fact that many drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, their limits can quickly be used up. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage is important protection for you and your family. Most of the time these coverages are identical to your policy’s liability coverage.

Liability car insurance

Liability insurance will cover injuries or damage you cause to other people or property that is your fault. This coverage protects you against claims from other people, and doesn’t cover your own vehicle damage or injuries.

It consists of three limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have values of 50/100/50 that means you have a limit of $50,000 per injured person, $100,000 for the entire accident, and $50,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Another option is a combined single limit or CSL that pays claims from the same limit and claims can be made without the split limit restrictions.

Liability insurance covers claims like pain and suffering, medical expenses, bail bonds and funeral expenses. How much liability should you purchase? That is a personal decision, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as large an amount as possible.

Collision protection

Collision coverage will pay to fix damage to your MX-5 Miata resulting from a collision with a stationary object or other vehicle. A deductible applies then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage pays for things like hitting a parking meter, rolling your car, colliding with another moving vehicle, crashing into a ditch and sideswiping another vehicle. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from vehicles that are 8 years or older. Drivers also have the option to increase the deductible to bring the cost down.

Comprehensive or Other Than Collision

Comprehensive insurance coverage will pay to fix damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. A deductible will apply then your comprehensive coverage will pay.

Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as hitting a bird, damage from a tornado or hurricane, theft, falling objects and hitting a deer. The maximum payout you’ll receive from a claim is the market value of your vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Medical costs insurance

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance reimburse you for short-term medical expenses for things like EMT expenses, funeral costs and doctor visits. They are used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance plan or if you do not have health coverage. It covers both the driver and occupants and will also cover if you are hit as a while walking down the street. Personal Injury Protection is not universally available and may carry a deductible

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More quotes. Lower rates.

Consumers change insurance companies for any number of reasons including delays in responding to claim requests, unfair underwriting practices, high prices and an unsatisfactory settlement offer. Regardless of your reason, switching companies can be easier than you think.

When getting insurance coverage quotes online, don’t be tempted to reduce coverage to reduce premium. There are many occasions where an insured dropped liability limits or collision coverage to discover at claim time they didn’t purchase enough coverage. The aim is to buy a smart amount of coverage at the best price, but do not sacrifice coverage to save money.

Lower-priced insurance can be bought on the web in addition to local insurance agencies, so get free insurance coverage quotes from both of them to have the best rate selection. Some companies may not offer the ability to get a quote online and these small, regional companies sell through independent agencies.

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