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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 6, 2015

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Are you tired of not being able to scrape enough together each month for auto insurance? Your situation is no different than many other drivers. Big-name insurance companies like State Farm, GEICO and Farmers Insurance all claim big savings with ad campaigns and it is challenging if not impossible to see through the deception and do the work needed to find the best deal.

Verify you’re earning every discount

Insurance coverage is easily one of your largest bills, but you may be missing some discounts that can dramatically reduce your bill. Many discounts should be triggered when you purchase, but occassionally some discounts must be requested specifically before they will apply.

  • Responsible Drivers – Drivers without accidents can get discounts for up to 45% lower rates for Astro Cargo coverage than less cautious drivers.
  • Safety Restraint Discount – Buckling up and requiring all passengers to fasten their seat belts can save up to 15% on the premium charged for medical payments and/or PIP.
  • Air Bags and Passive Restraints – Vehicles with factory air bags or motorized seat belts may get savings of more than 20%.
  • Safety Course Discount – Completing a driver safety class could cut 5% off your bill and make you a better driver.
  • Active Service Discounts – Being deployed with a military unit could be rewarded with lower rates.
  • Theft Deterent Discount – Vehicles that have factory alarm systems and tracking devices have a lower chance of being stolen and qualify for as much as a 10% discount.
  • Full Payment Discount – By paying your entire bill at once instead of monthly or quarterly installments you can actually save on your bill.
  • Good Grades Discount – Performing well in school can save 20 to 25%. The discount lasts well after school through age 25.

One last thing about discounts, some credits don’t apply to all coverage premiums. The majority will only reduce individual premiums such as comprehensive or collision. Just because it seems like you would end up receiving a 100% discount, you aren’t that lucky. Any qualifying discounts will positively reduce your insurance coverage premiums.

The best insurance coverage companies and their possible discounts can be found below.

  • State Farm offers discounts including Steer Clear safe driver discount, good student, student away at school, passive restraint, multiple policy, anti-theft, and multiple autos.
  • American Family has discounts for good student, air bags, accident-free, early bird, and good driver.
  • AAA may offer discounts for good student, anti-theft, multi-policy, multi-car, AAA membership discount, education and occupation, and good driver.
  • GEICO includes discounts for multi-vehicle, daytime running lights, defensive driver, federal employee, seat belt use, and driver training.
  • Mercury Insurance offers discounts for good driver, good student, anti-theft, multi-car, and accident-free.
  • Farmers Insurance offers premium reductions for bundle discounts, mature driver, good student, distant student, pay in full, and electronic funds transfer.
  • Progressive discounts include homeowner, multi-vehicle, online signing, continuous coverage, online quote discount, and good student.

It’s a good idea to ask each insurance company to apply every possible discount. Some credits may not apply to policyholders in your area. If you would like to choose from a list of insurers with discount insurance coverage rates, click here to view.

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When should I discuss my situation with an agent?

When it comes to buying the best car insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there is no “perfect” insurance plan. Everyone’s needs are different and your policy should reflect that. For example, these questions can help discover whether or not you would benefit from professional advice.

  • Am I covered when driving someone else’s vehicle?
  • Is extra glass coverage worth it?
  • Should I buy full coverage?
  • Am I covered if I drive in a foreign country?
  • Does my 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo need full coverage?
  • What if I total my 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo and owe more than it’s worth?
  • What vehicles should carry emergency assistance coverage?
  • Are rock chip repairs covered?
  • How high should deductibles be on a 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo?

If you’re not sure about those questions, you might consider talking to an insurance agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, complete this form or go to this page to view a list of companies. It only takes a few minutes and can help protect your family.

Do insurance companies bend the truth?

Consumers can’t get away from all the ads for insurance savings by Progressive, Allstate and GEICO. They all make the point about savings after switching to them.

How does each company offer drivers better rates?

Insurance providers offer their best rates for a prospective insured that makes them money. For example, a preferred risk should be over age 30, has no claims, and drives less than 5,000 miles a year. Anybody that fits those parameters will get a cheap rate quote and will most likely save some money.

Potential insureds who cannot meet these criteria will have to pay a higher premium which usually ends up with business not being written. The trick companies use is to say “drivers that switch” not “everybody who quotes” will save that much if they switch. This is how companies can truthfully make claims that they all have the best car insurance rates. That is why it is so important to compare many company’s car insurance rates. It is impossible to predict which company will have the best rates for your profile.

Car insurance policy coverages for a 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo

Having a good grasp of a car insurance policy helps when choosing the right coverages and proper limits and deductibles. Car insurance terms can be difficult to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Below you’ll find the usual coverages found on the average car insurance policy.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) – This coverage protects you and your vehicle from other drivers when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. This coverage pays for injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants as well as damage to your Chevy Astro Cargo.

Since a lot of drivers have only the minimum liability required by law, their limits can quickly be used up. So UM/UIM coverage is very important.

Comprehensive insurance – Comprehensive insurance coverage covers damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You need to pay your deductible first and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for claims like a tree branch falling on your vehicle, hitting a bird, rock chips in glass and damage from flooding. The highest amount you’ll receive from a claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Collision coverages – Collision coverage will pay to fix damage to your Astro Cargo resulting from a collision with another car or object. You have to pay a deductible and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.

Collision can pay for things such as hitting a parking meter, colliding with a tree, sideswiping another vehicle, sustaining damage from a pot hole and backing into a parked car. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from vehicles that are older. Drivers also have the option to raise the deductible to save money on collision insurance.

Med pay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP reimburse you for expenses like nursing services, doctor visits, dental work, pain medications and prosthetic devices. They are utilized in addition to your health insurance plan or if you do not have health coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover all vehicle occupants as well as getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP coverage is not universally available but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Liability car insurance – Liability coverage provides protection from damage that occurs to a person or their property by causing an accident. This insurance protects YOU against other people’s claims, 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. Your policy might show limits of 50/100/50 that means you have $50,000 bodily injury coverage, a total of $100,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and property damage coverage for $50,000.

Liability coverage protects against things such as emergency aid, loss of income, repair bills for other people’s vehicles and legal defense fees. How much liability should you purchase? That is a personal decision, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as high a limit as you can afford.

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Save your cold hard cash

We covered many ways to reduce 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo insurance car insurance rates online. It’s most important to understand that the more price quotes you have, the more likely it is that you will get a better rate. Consumers could even find that the lowest car insurance rates are with a lesser-known regional company. Some small companies may often insure only within specific states and give getter rates compared to the large companies like State Farm, GEICO and Nationwide.

Discount 2001 Chevy Astro Cargo insurance is possible from both online companies and with local insurance agents, and you should compare price quotes from both to have the best rate selection. Some insurance providers do not provide internet price quotes and most of the time these regional carriers provide coverage only through independent insurance agents.

As you quote insurance coverage, do not skimp on critical coverages to save a buck or two. In many cases, an accident victim reduced comprehensive coverage or liability limits to discover at claim time that it was a big mistake. Your aim should be to buy enough coverage at the best possible price while not skimping on critical coverages.

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