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UPDATED: Dec 19, 2017

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Locating the cheapest car insurance on the web can be challenging for drivers that are not comfortable with quoting and shopping for insurance on the internet. With literally dozens of companies in the marketplace, how can drivers be able to compare every one to find cheaper car insurance prices?

Shopping for cheaper protection is quite easy. Just about every driver who is required by state law to have car insurance will be able to lower their premiums. But car owners do need to know how insurance companies compete online and apply this information to your search.

How to compare free car insurance quotes

Performing a rate comparison can be challenging if you don’t understand the fastest way to get free quotes. You could waste time driving to insurance companies in your area, or you can stay home and use online quotes to maximize your effort.

All the larger companies participate in a marketplace that enables customers to complete one form, and each participating company returns a rated price based on the submitted data. This prevents consumers from doing quotation requests to every company.

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The single downside to using this type of form is you cannot specify the companies you want pricing from. If you prefer to choose specific insurance companies for rate comparison, we have assembled a list of low cost car insurance companies in your area. View list of insurance companies.

It’s up to you how you get prices quotes, just be sure to compare apples-to-apples coverage data for every company. If your comparisons have different limits and deductibles on each one you will not be able to determine the best price for your Audi S8. Even a minor difference in coverages can make a big difference in price. And when comparison shopping, comparing more rates from different companies provides better odds of finding the best price. Some companies don’t provide price estimates online, so it’s necessary to compare quotes on coverage from those companies, too.

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Insurance advertising tricks

Well-known insurance companies like State Farm and Allstate seem to constantly run ads on television and other media. They all try to convey promises that you can save just by switching to their company. How can each company charge you less for car insurance?

Insurance companies have a certain “appetite” for the right customer that will not have excessive claims. One example of this type of driver may need to be between the ages of 30 and 45, has no claims, and chooses high deductibles. Anyone that fits those parameters will get a cheap rate quote and will save if they switch.

Insureds who fall short of these criteria may be forced to pay a higher rate which leads to the customer buying from a different company. If you listen to the ad wording, they say “customers that switch” not “everybody who quotes” can save as much as they claim. That’s the way insurance companies can lure you into getting a quote.

This illustrates why it’s extremely important to get auto insurance quotes as often as possible. Because you never know which insurance company will have the best premium rates.

Car Insurance Discounts

Car insurance is not cheap, but you might find some hidden discounts that many consumers don’t even know exist. Certain credits will be shown when you quote, but a few must be specifically requested before you get the savings.

  • Student Discounts – Being a good student can be rewarded with saving of up to 25%. Earning this discount can benefit you until age 25.
  • Save over 55 – If you qualify as a senior citizen, you may receive a slight reduction on a auto insurance quote for S8 coverage.
  • Anti-lock Brake Discount – Anti-lock brake equipped vehicles can reduce accidents and qualify for as much as a 10% discount.
  • Memberships – Joining certain professional organizations could earn you a nice discount on your policy.
  • Telematics Devices – Insureds that choose to allow their company to analyze where and when they drive by using a telematics device such as Allstate’s Drivewise and State Farm’s In-Drive system might see lower rates if they show good driving skills.
  • Theft Prevention System – Cars, trucks, and SUVs optioned with advanced anti-theft systems can help prevent theft and will qualify for a discount on a auto insurance quote.
  • Early Switch Discount – Some larger companies give discounts for buying a policy early. You could save around 10% when you buy auto insurance online.
  • Federal Employees – Employees or retirees of the government can save as much as 8% for S8 coverage depending on your car insurance provider.

Discounts reduce rates, but you should keep in mind that some credits don’t apply to the entire cost. Some only apply to the price of certain insurance coverages like physical damage coverage or medical payments. Even though the math looks like having all the discounts means you get insurance for free, that’s just not realistic.

The best car insurance companies and some of the premium reductions they offer are outlined below.

  • Progressive may have discounts that include good student, online signing, multi-policy, multi-vehicle, and online quote discount.
  • Farmers Insurance policyholders can earn discounts including multi-car, homeowner, good student, mature driver, and switch companies.
  • Farm Bureau offers discounts including driver training, multi-vehicle, youthful driver, renewal discount, multi-policy, and 55 and retired.
  • State Farm offers premium reductions for multiple autos, defensive driving training, multiple policy, good driver, and accident-free.
  • GEICO includes discounts for federal employee, anti-theft, defensive driver, good student, driver training, and membership and employees.
  • SAFECO may include discounts for homeowner, drive less, teen safety rewards, bundle discounts, multi-car, anti-lock brakes, and accident prevention training.
  • Liberty Mutual has discounts for newly retired, hybrid vehicle, exclusive group savings, multi-policy, good student, preferred payment discount, and newly married.

Double check with all the companies which discounts you may be entitled to. Some discounts listed above might not apply everywhere. If you would like to see a list of insurers who offer free car insurance quotes, follow this link.

Tailor your insurance coverage to you

When buying the right insurance coverage for your vehicles, there is no perfect coverage plan. Each situation is unique.

These are some specific questions may help you determine whether or not you could use an agent’s help.

  • Can I get a multi-policy discount?
  • Does my insurance cover a custom paint job?
  • Can my teen drive my company car?
  • Why am I be forced to buy a membership to get insurance from some companies?
  • Do I have coverage for damage caused while driving under the influence?
  • Should I drop comprehensive coverage on older vehicles?
  • How do I insure my teen driver?
  • How much liability coverage do I need in my state?
  • Are my friends covered when driving my car?

If you can’t answer these questions but you know they apply to you, you might consider talking to an agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, fill out this quick form.

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Coverage specifics

Learning about specific coverages of your policy aids in choosing the right coverages and proper limits and deductibles. Policy terminology can be ambiguous and reading a policy is terribly boring.

Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance

Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered losses include hospital bills for your injuries as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Due to the fact that many drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is important protection for you and your family. Normally these limits are set the same as your liablity limits.

Insurance for medical payments

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance kick in for bills such as nursing services, ambulance fees and X-ray expenses. They can be used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance policy or if you lack health insurance entirely. Medical payments and PIP cover both the driver and occupants in addition to 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

Collision coverage protection

This pays to fix your vehicle from damage resulting from colliding with another car or object. You will need to pay your deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage pays for things such as rolling your car, scraping a guard rail and driving through your garage door. Collision coverage makes up a good portion of your premium, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from lower value vehicles. It’s also possible to raise the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision)

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

Comprehensive can pay for things like hail damage, fire damage, a broken windshield and damage from a tornado or hurricane. The maximum payout your car insurance company will pay is the ACV or actual cash value, so if it’s not worth much more than your deductible consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Liability coverage

Liability insurance provides protection from damage or injury you incur to people or other property. Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. Your policy might show policy limits of 25/50/25 which stand for a $25,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $50,000, and a total limit of $25,000 for damage to vehicles and property. Another option is one limit called combined single limit (CSL) which limits claims to one amount with no separate limits for injury or property damage.

Liability insurance covers things such as bail bonds, structural damage, court costs, loss of income and legal defense fees. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is up to you, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as much as you can afford.

Shop smart and save

Some insurance companies may not offer online price quotes and usually these regional insurance providers only sell coverage through independent agents. Lower-priced 2008 Audi S8 insurance can be bought on the web and with local insurance agents, and you need to comparison shop both to have the best rate selection.

We just covered many ways to reduce 2008 Audi S8 insurance premium rates online. The most important thing to understand is the more companies you get prices for, the higher the chance of saving money. Drivers may discover the best premium rates are with a small local company.

Insureds change insurance companies for a number of reasons such as lack of trust in their agent, delays in responding to claim requests, delays in paying claims or even high prices. No matter why you want to switch, choosing a new insurance company is pretty simple and you could end up saving a buck or two.

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