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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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There isn’t anyone who looks forward to paying premiums for car insurance, especially knowing the cost is way too high.

Lots of auto insurance companies contend for your business, so it’s not easy to compare every company to find the best rates possible.

Find discounts to get cheap insurance rates

Insuring your fleet can be pricey, but you may find discounts that many consumers don’t even know exist. A few discounts will be applied at the time of quoting, but less common discounts must be inquired about before they will apply. If you’re not getting every credit available, you are throwing money away.

  • No Charge for an Accident – This isn’t a discount exactly, but certain companies will forgive one accident before hitting you with a surcharge if you have no claims before the accident.
  • Professional Memberships – Having an affiliation with specific professional or occupational memberships or organizations could qualify you for a break when shopping for insurance.
  • Military Deployment Discount – Being deployed with a military unit could mean lower premium rates.
  • Theft Prevention System – Cars and trucks equipped with anti-theft or alarm systems can help prevent theft and will qualify for a discount on a car insurance quote.
  • No Claims – Claim-free drivers are rewarded with significantly better rates on car insurance quote as opposed to drivers with a long claim history.

Don’t be shocked that some of the credits will not apply to the overall cost of the policy. Most only apply to individual premiums such as medical payments or collision. So even though they make it sound like you can get free auto insurance, insurance companies aren’t that generous.

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Tailor your auto insurance coverage to you

When choosing the best auto insurance coverage, there isn’t really a single plan that fits everyone. Every situation is different so your insurance should reflect that Here are some questions about coverages that might help in determining if you would benefit from an agent’s advice.

  • When can I cancel my policy?
  • What is the ISO rating for a 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT?
  • Is other people’s property covered if stolen from my vehicle?
  • Do I pay less if my vehicle is kept in my garage?
  • Will my vehicle be repaired with OEM or aftermarket parts?
  • Is my trailer covered?
  • What if I owe more than I can insure my car for?
  • Do I need special endorsements for business use of my vehicle?
  • Are my friends covered when driving my 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT?

If it’s difficult to answer those questions but one or more may apply to you, you may need to chat with a licensed insurance agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, complete this form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.

Can switching companies really save?

Popular car insurance providers such as State Farm and Allstate continually stream ads on television and other media. They all seem to tend to make the same promise about how much you will save if you change to them. How is it possible that every company can have lower policy pricing? Here is the trick they use.

Companies have strict underwriting profiles for the type of driver that will be a good risk. One example of a preferred risk may need to be between 30 and 50, has never had a policy lapse, and has a high credit rating. Any customer that meets those criteria is entitled to the best price and as a result will probably pay quite a bit less when switching companies.

Insureds who fall short of the “perfect” profile will have to pay more expensive rates and the customer not purchasing. If you listen to the ad wording, they say “drivers that switch” not “everyone that quotes” save that much money. That’s the way insurance companies can confidently state the savings.

This really emphasizes why you absolutely need to get car insurance quotes as often as possible. Because without a comparison, you cannot know which car insurance company will have the lowest rates for your situation.

What insurance coverages do you need?

Learning about specific coverages of your insurance policy can help you determine which coverages you need at the best deductibles and correct limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be difficult to understand and nobody wants to actually read their policy. These are the usual coverages found on most insurance policies.

Collision insurance

This coverage covers damage to your TrailBlazer EXT caused by collision with another car or object. A deductible applies then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage pays for things such as damaging your car on a curb, sustaining damage from a pot hole and sideswiping another vehicle. Collision is rather expensive coverage, so you might think about dropping it from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to bump up the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Medical payments and PIP coverage

Med pay and PIP coverage pay for expenses like rehabilitation expenses, doctor visits, dental work and chiropractic care. They are often utilized in addition to your health insurance plan or if there is no health insurance coverage. They cover not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants and will also cover if you are hit as a while walking down the street. Personal injury protection coverage is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible

Comprehensive auto coverage

Comprehensive insurance coverage will pay to fix damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You first have to pay a deductible then your comprehensive coverage will pay.

Comprehensive insurance covers claims like hail damage, fire damage, theft, damage from getting keyed and vandalism. The most you’ll receive from a claim is the market value of your vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s not worth carrying full coverage.

UM/UIM (Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist) coverage

This coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants when the “other guys” do not carry enough liability coverage. This coverage pays for hospital bills for your injuries as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Because many people have only the minimum liability required by law, their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is important protection for you and your family. Normally the UM/UIM limits are identical to your policy’s liability coverage.

Liability coverage

Liability insurance can cover damages or injuries you inflict on people or other property. This insurance protects YOU from claims by other people, and doesn’t cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. Your policy might show limits of 100/300/100 that means you have a limit of $100,000 per injured person, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and a limit of $100,000 paid for damaged property. Alternatively, you may have a combined single limit or CSL which provides one coverage limit with no separate limits for injury or property damage.

Liability can pay for claims such as medical services, court costs, pain and suffering, structural damage and funeral expenses. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is a personal decision, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase higher limits if possible.

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Quote more, save more

As you quote car insurance, don’t be tempted to skimp on coverage in order to save money. There are many occasions where an accident victim reduced physical damage coverage only to find out that it was a big error on their part. The goal is to find the BEST coverage at the best cost, but do not skimp to save money.

Budget-conscious 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT insurance can be sourced on the web and also from your neighborhood agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both so you have a total pricing picture. There are still a few companies who do not provide rates over the internet and many times these smaller companies prefer to sell through local independent agencies.

You just learned a lot of techniques to save on 2005 Chevy TrailBlazer EXT insurance. The key concept to understand is the more rate comparisons you have, the better likelihood of getting cheap car insurance. You may even discover the most savings is with a small local company. These companies may often insure only within specific states and give getter rates as compared to the big name companies such as GEICO and State Farm.

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