Have you finally had enough of paying out the nose to pay your insurance coverage bill each month? You have the same problem as millions of other drivers.
There are many car insurance companies to buy insurance from, and although it’s nice to have a selection, it makes it harder to locate the cheapest rates.
Finding the best rates is easy if you know what you’re doing. If you are paying for car insurance now, you will most likely be able to cut costs considerably using this strategy. Although vehicle owners can benefit by having an understanding of how companies market on the web and apply this information to your search.
The quickest method to compare rates is to know the trick almost all companies provide online access to provide you with a free rate quote. All you need to do is give the companies some data like how much you drive, the ages of drivers, the make and model of your vehicles, and if you are currently licensed. Those rating factors gets transmitted to insurance carriers in your area and you receive quotes instantly.
Some insurers don’t list all available discounts very clearly, so the next list breaks down both the well known as well as some of the hidden discounts that may be available.
Discounts lower rates, but most discounts do not apply the the whole policy. Some only reduce the price of certain insurance coverages like collision or personal injury protection. Despite the appearance that adding up those discounts means a free policy, you won’t be that lucky.
Some companies who might offer these discounts include:
If you are trying to find inexpensive insurance quotes, ask every prospective company which credits you are entitled to. A few discounts may not be available in your area.
When choosing the right insurance coverage, there is no “best” method to buy coverage. Everyone’s situation is unique so your insurance needs to address that. For instance, these questions may help highlight if you would benefit from professional advice.
If it’s difficult to answer those questions but one or more may apply to you then you might want to talk to an agent. To find an agent in your area, take a second and complete this form or click here for a list of auto insurance companies in your area.
Understanding the coverages of a insurance policy can be of help when determining the best coverages for your vehicles. Policy terminology can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Shown next are the usual coverages found on most insurance policies.
Collision – Collision coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage caused by collision with another car or object. You first must pay a deductible and then insurance will cover the remainder.
Collision insurance covers claims like rolling your car, driving through your garage door, crashing into a ditch and scraping a guard rail. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from vehicles that are 8 years or older. It’s also possible to bump up the deductible to save money on collision insurance.
Comprehensive coverages – Comprehensive insurance covers damage from a wide range of events other than collision. You first must pay your deductible and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.
Comprehensive coverage pays for claims such as damage from flooding, a tree branch falling on your vehicle and hail damage. The highest amount your insurance company will pay is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle is not worth much it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.
Coverage for medical payments – Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance pay for expenses like nursing services, X-ray expenses, ambulance fees, doctor visits and dental work. The coverages can be used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance policy or if you lack health insurance entirely. They cover both the driver and occupants as well as getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP coverage is not universally available and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay
Uninsured and underinsured coverage – This protects you and your vehicle when the “other guys” are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. Covered losses include injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants as well as your vehicle’s damage.
Due to the fact that many drivers have only the minimum liability required by law, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked.
Liability car insurance – This protects you from damage that occurs to people or other 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.
Liability coverage has three limits: bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. As an example, you may have limits of 50/100/50 that translate to a $50,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $100,000, and a total limit of $50,000 for damage to vehicles and property.
Liability coverage pays for claims like repair bills for other people’s vehicles, emergency aid, repair costs for stationary objects and attorney fees. How much coverage you buy is your choice, but you should buy as high a limit as you can afford.