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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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Comparing auto insurance quotes online might seem complicated at first if you haven’t ever used online price quotes. Don’t let the process intimidate you because finding better quotes is actually fairly simple.

Consumers need to get comparison quotes before your next renewal since insurance prices fluctuate regularly. Just because you found the best deal for Express Cargo coverage two years ago a different company probably has better rates today. Forget anything you know (or think you know) about insurance coverage because we’re going to show you how to quote online to save money, get proper coverage and the best rates.

Choosing the best insurance company for you is easy if you know what you’re doing. If you currently have car insurance, you stand a good chance to be able to cut costs considerably using these methods. Nevertheless, vehicle owners must know the methods companies use to price online insurance and take advantage of how the system works.

Buy auto insurance online

There are multiple methods you can shop for auto insurance but there is one way that is less labor-intensive and much quicker. You can waste a few hours (or days) discussing policy coverages with insurance companies in your area, or you could use online quotes to get pricing more quickly.

Many popular insurance companies belong to a marketplace that enables customers to only type in their quote data once, and every company can give them a price determined by their information. This system prevents you from having to do quote requests for each company you want a rate for.

To submit your quote information now, click here to open in new window.

The only downside to using this type of form is buyers cannot specifically choose which companies you want to price. So if you want to choose specific providers to request quotes from, we have a page of the cheapest auto insurance companies in your area. Click here to view list.

Compare rates however you want, just make sure you use identical coverages on every quote you get. If each company quotes different coverage information you can’t possibly decipher which rate is best. Just slight variations in coverages can mean a large discrepancy in price. Just remember that obtaining a wide range of quotes will improve the odds of getting better pricing.

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Insurance coverage discounts are available to slash your rates

Properly insuring your vehicles can get expensive, but discounts can save money and there are some available to help bring down the price. Some discounts will apply when you get a quote, but occassionally some discounts must be requested specifically before they will apply.

  • Paper-free Discount – Certain larger companies may give you up to $50 for buying your policy digitally online.
  • Air Bag Discount – Cars that have air bags or automatic seat belts can get savings of 20% or more.
  • Drive Less and Save – Maintaining low annual mileage may allow you to get lower prices due to less chance of an accident.
  • Senior Citizens – Older drivers may qualify for a small decrease in premiums for Express Cargo coverage.
  • Student Driver Training – Teen drivers should enroll and complete driver’s education in school or through a local driver safety program.
  • Multi-policy Discount – When you combine your auto and homeowners insurance with the same company you will save over 10 percent off each policy depending on the company.
  • Discount for Good Grades – Maintaining excellent grades may save you up to 25%. Many companies even apply the discount to college students until age 25.
  • Lower Rates for Military – Having an actively deployed family member could qualify you for better premium rates.
  • Discount for Home Ownership – Being a homeowner can get you a discount because owning a home shows financial diligence.
  • Theft Deterent Discount – Cars, trucks, and SUVs equipped with tracking devices and advanced anti-theft systems help deter theft and qualify for as much as a 10% discount.

Please keep in mind that many deductions do not apply the the whole policy. Most only apply to the cost of specific coverages such as physical damage coverage or medical payments. Even though it may seem like you can get free auto insurance, it doesn’t quite work that way.

Companies who may offer most of these discounts include:

If you are trying to find cheap auto insurance quotes, ask all the companies which discounts they offer. Depending on the company, some discounts may not be offered in your area. To choose providers that offer discounts, click this link.

Everyone needs different car insurance coverages

When it comes to choosing the right insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there isn’t really a one size fits all plan. Every insured’s situation is different.

For example, these questions can aid in determining if your insurance needs will benefit from professional help.

  • Should I waive the damage coverage when renting a car?
  • Why do I need rental car insurance?
  • Who is covered by my policy?
  • When should I buy a commercial auto policy?
  • Can my teen drive my company car?
  • Am I covered if I break a side mirror?
  • Are all vehicle passengers covered by medical payments coverage?
  • How high should my uninsured/underinsured coverage be in my state?
  • Am I covered if I crash into my own garage door?
  • What can I do if my company won’t pay a claim?

If you’re not sure about those questions but you know they apply to you, you may need to chat with an agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, take a second and complete this form.

Smart buyers can reduce their insurance premiums

It’s important that you understand the rating factors that go into determining the price you pay for car insurance. If you understand what controls the rates you pay, this allows you to make educated decisions that could result in cheaper rates.

  • How much liability protection do you need? – A critical coverage on your policy, liability insurance provides coverage in the event that you are found liable for causing damage or personal injury in an accident. Your policy’s liability insurance provides you with a defense in court to defend your case. This coverage is relatively inexpensive as compared to coverage for physical damage, so do not skimp.
  • Higher rates for specific jobs – Jobs like doctors, architects and miners have the highest rates in part from high stress levels and lots of time spent at work. On the other hand, jobs like scientists, athletes and retirees have the lowest average rates for Express Cargo coverage.
  • Drive a safer car and pay less – Vehicles with good safety scores tend to have lower insurance rates. Vehicles built for safety reduce injuries and fewer serious injuries means less money paid by your insurance company passed on to you as lower rates.
  • Small claims can cost you – Auto insurance companies generally give the lowest premiums to drivers who file claims infrequently. If you tend to file frequent claims, you can expect either a policy non-renewal or much higher rates. Your insurance policy is intended to be relied upon for claims that you cannot pay yourself.
  • Gender and car insurance premiums – Statistics have proven females are less aggressive when driving. It does not mean men are worse drivers. Males and females are responsible for at-fault accidents in similar numbers, but males cause more damage. Men also tend to receive more costly citations such as reckless driving.
  • How many miles do you drive? – Driving more miles every year the more you’ll pay to insure your vehicle. Almost all companies charge rates based upon how much you drive. Cars that do not get driven very much get more affordable rates than vehicles that have high annual mileage. It’s a smart idea to ensure your declarations sheet shows the right rating data. Incorrect rating for your Express Cargo can cost quite a bit.
  • Higher rates for car insurance lapses – Driving with no insurance is illegal and you may have a hard time finding new coverage because you let your insurance lapse. Not only will you pay more, getting caught without coverage might get you a steep fine or even jail time. You may have to provide proof of insurance in the form of an SR-22 filing with your state motor vehicle department.
  • Avoid tickets and save – Having a single speeding ticket or other violation can increase rates forty percent or more. Drivers with clean records get better rates as compared to those with violations. Drivers who get careless tickets like DUI or willful reckless driving may need to submit a SR-22 form to the state department of motor vehicles in order to drive a vehicle legally.

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The coverage is in the details

Learning about specific coverages of insurance helps when choosing appropriate coverage and the correct deductibles and limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording.

Med pay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for short-term medical expenses for hospital visits, funeral costs, ambulance fees and nursing services. The coverages can be used in conjunction with a health insurance plan or if you are not covered by health insurance. Coverage applies to both the driver and occupants in addition to getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP is not an option in every state but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM)

This coverage provides protection when the “other guys” either have no liability insurance or not enough. Covered claims include hospital bills for your injuries as well as damage to your 2008 Chevy Express Cargo.

Because many people have only the minimum liability required by law, their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. That’s why carrying high Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is a good idea.

Auto liability insurance

This protects you from damages or injuries you inflict on people or other property. 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 for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. You commonly see liability limits of 25/50/25 that means you have a $25,000 limit per person for injuries, a total of $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and property damage coverage for $25,000.

Liability can pay for things like court costs, funeral expenses and repair bills for other people’s vehicles. How much liability coverage do you need? That is your choice, but you should buy higher limits if possible.

Comprehensive insurance

Comprehensive insurance pays to fix your vehicle from damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. A deductible will apply then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive insurance covers things like damage from a tornado or hurricane, damage from getting keyed and a broken windshield. The highest amount 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 consider dropping full coverage.

Coverage for collisions

This pays to fix your vehicle from damage from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. A deductible applies then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage protects against things such as crashing into a building, rolling your car and colliding with a tree. This coverage can be expensive, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from older vehicles. Another option is to bump up the deductible to bring the cost down.

Final thoughts

Consumers who switch companies do it for a variety of reasons including denial of a claim, high prices, policy cancellation or extreme rates for teen drivers. Regardless of your reason, choosing a new company can be easy and end up saving you some money.

Lower-priced auto insurance is attainable online and from local insurance agents, and you should compare price quotes from both in order to have the best price selection to choose from. There are still a few companies who do not provide online rate quotes and many times these smaller providers provide coverage only through local independent agents.

When buying insurance coverage, don’t be tempted to buy lower coverage limits just to save a few bucks. There are a lot of situations where someone dropped collision coverage only to discover later that the small savings ended up costing them much more. The proper strategy is to buy a smart amount of coverage at the best possible price, not the least amount of coverage.

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