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UPDATED: Oct 6, 2015

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Did you fall for a flashy sales pitch and buy high-priced car insurance? Trust us, there are lots of people in the same boat. Multiple insurance companies compete to insure your vehicles, so it’s not easy to compare every provider to get the lowest cost out there.

Insurance premiums are influenced by these factors

Many different elements are part of the calculation when quoting car insurance. Most are fairly basic such as your driving history, although others are more transparent like your continuous coverage or your financial responsibility.

  • Car and home together may be cheaper – Most major insurers will give a discount to customers that purchase more than one policy, otherwise known as a multi-policy discount. The amount of the discounts can be ten or even up to twenty percent in some cases. Even with this discount applied, you may still want to check prices from other companies to ensure the best deal. Consumers may save money by buying car insurance from a different company.
  • How your age affects costs – Teenage drivers are known to get distracted easily when driving with friends and because of this, their car insurance rates are much higher. Parents adding a teen driver to your policy can break the bank. Older people are more cautious drivers, tend to cause fewer accidents , and usually have better credit.
  • Tickets and citations cost more than a fine – How you drive has a lot to do with how much you pay for insurance. Drivers who don’t get tickets have lower premiums as compared to careless drivers. Getting just one chargable violation can increase the cost of insurance twenty percent or more. People who have careless tickets like hit and run, DWI or reckless driving convictions may find they need to complete a SR-22 with their state motor vehicle department in order to continue driving.
  • Premiums for men may be higher – The statistics show women tend to be less risk to insure than men. However, don’t assume that women are BETTER drivers than men. Women and men cause fender benders at about the same rate, but the men get into accidents with more damage. Men also statistically get ticketed for serious violations such as reckless driving.
  • Frequent insurance claims increase rates – Companies provide lower rates to people who are claim-free. If you’re an insured who likes to file claims you can pretty much guarantee either a policy non-renewal or much higher rates. Your car insurance is designed for claims that pose a financial burden.

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First Step: Get free insurance coverage quotes

Many insurance companies provide prices on their websites. Comparing prices online is easy for anyone as you just type in your required coverages into the form. Once entered, the company’s rating system gets your credit score and driving record and returns a price. Being able to quote online makes it a lot easier to compare rates but having to visit each company’s website and repetitively enter the same data into a form is a waste of time. Unfortunately, it is important to perform this step in order to find the best price possible.

There is a better way!

A more efficient way to locate the lowest prices requires only one form that analyzes rates from several different companies. The form is fast, eliminates repetitive work, and makes quoting online much more enjoyable. As soon as the form is sent, it gets priced and you can select any of the quotes that you receive.

If a lower price is quoted, it’s easy to complete the application and buy the policy. It takes just a few minutes to complete and you will find out if you’re overpaying now.

To get comparison pricing now, simply click here to open in new window and begin entering your coverage information. If you have your current policy handy, we recommend you input coverages and limits identical to your current policy. Using the same limits helps guarantee you will get a fair comparison based on the exact same insurance coverage.

Don’t be fooled by advertising claims

Consumers constantly see and hear ads that claim the cheapest prices by companies like State Farm, Allstate and GEICO. All the companies seem to make the promise that drivers will save a bundle just by switching your coverage to them.

Is it even possible that every company can cost less than your current company? It’s all in the numbers.

Many companies have a certain “appetite” for a prospective insured that earns them the most money. A good example of a profitable customer could be between 25 and 40, insures multiple vehicles, and drives newer vehicles. A driver that hits that “sweet spot” will get very good rates as well as save some money.

Drivers who don’t meet the ideal profile may be required to pay a higher premium which translates to the prospect going elsewhere. If you listen closely, the ads state “people who switch” but not “everyone who gets a quote” can get the lowest rates when switching. This is how companies can state the savings.

Because every company is different, it’s extremely important to get a wide range of price quotes. It’s just not possible to know which insurance companies will have the lowest rate quotes.

Discounts for cheaper insurance coverage quotes

Companies offering auto insurance don’t always publicize all disounts very well, so here is a list some of the best known and also the more inconspicuous credits available to lower your premiums when you buy insurance online. If you don’t get every credit you qualify for, you are paying more than you should be.

  • Responsible Drivers – Accident-free drivers can pay as much as 50% less on Z4 insurance than drivers with accidents.
  • Paperless Signup – Many larger companies will discount your bill up to fifty bucks just for signing your application over the internet.
  • Senior Citizens – Mature drivers could receive lower premium rates on Z4 insurance.
  • Telematics Devices – Insureds that choose to allow driving data submission to look at when and where they use their vehicle by using a telematics device in their vehicle such as Allstate’s Drivewise and State Farm’s In-Drive system could possibly reduce rates if their driving habits are good.
  • Discount for Life Insurance – Not every insurance company offers life insurance, but if they do you may earn a discounted price on car insurance if you buy a life policy as well.
  • Multi-policy Discount – If you combine your home and auto policies with the same insurance company you could save up to 20% off your total premium.
  • Low Miles Discount – Driving fewer miles can earn better prices on cars that stay parked.
  • Accident Forgiveness – Not necessarily a discount, but a few companies such as GEICO, Progressive, and Allstate may permit one accident before your rates go up if your claims history is clear before the accident.

One last thing about discounts, most discounts do not apply to the overall cost of the policy. Most cut individual premiums such as collision or personal injury protection. So even though it sounds like all the discounts add up to a free policy, that’s just not realistic. But any discount will cut your premiums.

A list of companies and some of the discounts are included below.

  • American Family may offer discounts for early bird, air bags, TimeAway discount, accident-free, multi-vehicle, and good driver.
  • Farm Bureau includes discounts for renewal discount, driver training, youthful driver, multi-vehicle, and multi-policy.
  • State Farm has discounts for multiple policy, accident-free, defensive driving training, Drive Safe & Save, and student away at school.
  • Travelers offers discounts for continuous insurance, multi-car, save driver, multi-policy, IntelliDrive, good student, and hybrid/electric vehicle.
  • The Hartford may include discounts for air bag, good student, vehicle fuel type, bundle, anti-theft, and defensive driver.
  • GEICO may have discounts that include anti-lock brakes, daytime running lights, air bags, seat belt use, anti-theft, five-year accident-free, and driver training.
  • Progressive discounts include good student, homeowner, continuous coverage, multi-vehicle, online signing, and multi-policy.

When getting a coverage quote, ask all companies you are considering to give you their best rates. Some of the discounts discussed earlier might not apply in your area. To view insurance coverage companies with the best insurance coverage discounts, follow this link.

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You may need specialized insurance coverage

When choosing adequate coverage, there really is no one size fits all plan. Everyone’s situation is unique so this has to be addressed. For instance, these questions can help discover whether your personal situation would benefit from an agent’s advice.

  • What is the ISO rating for a 2008 BMW Z4?
  • Does liability extend to a camper or trailer?
  • Is motorclub coverage worth it?
  • Who is covered by my policy?
  • Does medical payments coverage apply to all occupants?
  • Should I bundle my homeowners policy with my auto?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions but one or more may apply to you, then you may want to think about talking to a licensed insurance agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, complete this form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area. It’s fast, doesn’t cost anything and can help protect your family.

Coverages available on your policy

Knowing the specifics of your policy aids in choosing appropriate coverage for your vehicles. Policy terminology can be confusing and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Shown next are the normal coverages available from car insurance companies.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage

Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle when other motorists are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. This coverage pays for medical payments for you and your occupants as well as damage to your 2008 BMW Z4.

Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. So UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked. Most of the time your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages do not exceed the liability coverage limits.

Medical payments coverage and PIP

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage reimburse you for expenses for rehabilitation expenses, hospital visits and X-ray expenses. They are used in conjunction with a health insurance policy or if there is no health insurance coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover both the driver and occupants and will also cover any family member struck as a pedestrian. Personal injury protection coverage is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible

Auto collision coverage

Collision coverage will pay to fix damage to your Z4 caused by collision with another car or object. You will need to pay your deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage protects against things such as sustaining damage from a pot hole, driving through your garage door, hitting a mailbox, crashing into a ditch and hitting a parking meter. Collision coverage makes up a good portion of your premium, so consider removing coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. You can also bump up the deductible to save money on collision insurance.

Comprehensive coverage

Comprehensive insurance pays to fix your vehicle from damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You first have to pay a deductible and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage protects against claims such as hitting a bird, hail damage, a broken windshield and falling objects. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle’s value it’s not worth carrying full coverage.

Liability auto insurance

Liability coverage will cover damages or injuries you inflict on other people or property. It protects you against claims from other people. It does not cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

Liability coverage has three limits: per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have limits of 50/100/50 which stand for a $50,000 limit per person for injuries, $100,000 for the entire accident, and $50,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Some companies may use a combined limit that pays claims from the same limit without having the split limit caps.

Liability coverage pays for things like legal defense fees, loss of income, structural damage and attorney fees. How much coverage you buy is a decision to put some thought into, but you should buy as large an amount as possible.

In any little way, save everyday

Throughout this article, we presented a lot of techniques to get a better price on 2008 BMW Z4 insurance. It’s most important to understand that the more rate quotes you have, the better chance you’ll have of finding inexpensive insurance. You may even find the biggest savings come from a small local company. These smaller insurers may have significantly lower premium rates on certain market segments than their larger competitors like State Farm or Progressive.

Lower-priced insurance coverage can be sourced on the web and from local agencies, so get free insurance quotes from both of them so you have a total pricing picture. There are still a few companies who don’t offer the ability to get quotes online and usually these small insurance companies only sell through local independent agents.

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