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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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When searching for lower-priced insurance, do you get confused by the crazy number of insurance companies that you can choose from? drivers have so many choices that it can quickly become a big hassle to find a more affordable company.

Locating cheaper car insurance is not that difficult. Just about everyone who is shopping for car insurance stands a good chance to be able to find better rates. Although car owners do need to learn the way insurance companies determine prices and take advantage of how the system works.

Car insurance companies offer lots of discounts

Car insurance companies don’t always advertise every possible discount very well, so the list below gives a summary of both well-publicized as well as the least known credits available to bring down your rates. If you do not check that you are getting every discount you deserve, you are just wasting money.

  • Accident Free – Insureds who avoid accidents and claims are rewarded with significantly better rates on car insurance quote compared to accident-prone drivers.
  • Lower Rates for Military – Having a deployed family member may qualify for rate reductions.
  • Seat Belts Save – Drivers who require all occupants to use their safety belts can save a little on medical payment and PIP coverage.
  • Pay Upfront and Save – By paying your policy upfront rather than paying monthly you may have a lower total premium amount.
  • Distant Student – living away from home attending college and leave their car at home can receive lower rates.
  • Defensive Driver Discounts – Taking a defensive driving course is a good idea and can lower rates and also improve your driving technique.
  • Drive Safe and Save – Drivers without accidents could pay up to 40% less on Civic coverage compared to rates paid by drivers with frequent claims.
  • More Vehicles More Savings – Buying a policy with primary and secondary vehicles with the same car insurance company could earn a price break for each car.
  • Senior Citizens – Seniors may receive better car insurance rates on Civic coverage.
  • Bundled Policy Discount – If you have multiple policies and insure them with the same company you could save 10% to 20% off each policy.

Discounts lower rates, but most discount credits are not given to your bottom line cost. Most only cut individual premiums such as comp or med pay. Just because you may think you can get free auto insurance, company stockholders wouldn’t be very happy.

A list of car insurance companies and some of the premium reductions they offer are outlined below.

  • Progressive includes discounts for continuous coverage, online signing, good student, multi-policy, and multi-vehicle.
  • The Hartford has discounts for anti-theft, air bag, bundle, driver training, and defensive driver.
  • Mercury Insurance offers discounts including good student, professional/association, annual mileage, accident-free, multi-car, and type of vehicle.
  • GEICO policyholders can earn discounts including membership and employees, driver training, defensive driver, emergency military deployment, five-year accident-free, and anti-theft.
  • AAA offers premium reductions for AAA membership discount, education and occupation, anti-theft, pay-in-full, and good student.
  • State Farm may offer discounts for defensive driving training, multiple policy, driver’s education, Steer Clear safe driver discount, and passive restraint.

When getting free car insurance quotes, it’s a good idea to every prospective company the best way to save money. Savings may not be available in your area. To find companies that provide some of the discounts listed above, click here.

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Do I just need basic coverages?

When it comes to buying coverage, there isn’t really a perfect coverage plan. Everyone’s needs are different.

Here are some questions about coverages that might help in determining if your situation would benefit from an agent’s advice.

  • How much liability do I need to cover my assets?
  • Can I pay claims out-of-pocket if I buy high deductibles?
  • Can I still get insurance after a DUI?
  • Is my babysitter covered when using my vehicle?
  • If I drive on a suspended license am I covered?
  • Is my custom paint covered by insurance?
  • Am I covered if I hit my neighbor’s mailbox?
  • Am I covered if my car is in a flood?
  • Can I rate high risk drivers on liability-only vehicles?

If you can’t answer these questions but you think they might apply to your situation, then you may want to think about talking to a licensed agent. If you don’t have a local agent, fill out this quick form.

Auto insurance coverage options for a 2009 Honda Civic

Learning about specific coverages of your auto insurance policy can help you determine which coverages you need at the best deductibles and correct limits. Auto insurance terms can be confusing and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM) – Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they do not carry enough liability coverage. Covered claims include injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. So UM/UIM coverage is a good idea. Normally the UM/UIM limits are set the same as your liablity limits.

Med pay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP) – Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance reimburse you for expenses such as doctor visits, chiropractic care, prosthetic devices and surgery. They are often used to fill the gap from your health insurance program or if you do not have health coverage. It covers you and your occupants and also covers being hit by a car walking across the street. Personal Injury Protection is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible

Auto liability insurance – This can cover damages or injuries you inflict on other people or property that is your fault. It protects you against other people’s claims, and doesn’t cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

It consists of three limits, bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. You commonly see policy limits of 50/100/50 that means you have $50,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, $100,000 for the entire accident, and a limit of $50,000 paid for damaged property. Some companies may use a combined limit which provides one coverage limit with no separate limits for injury or property damage.

Liability can pay for things like emergency aid, repair costs for stationary objects, pain and suffering, court costs and medical expenses. How much coverage you buy is a decision to put some thought into, but you should buy as high a limit as you can afford.

Collision – This pays to fix your vehicle from damage caused by collision with a stationary object or other vehicle. You have to pay a deductible and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.

Collision coverage protects against claims like scraping a guard rail, backing into a parked car, damaging your car on a curb and sideswiping another vehicle. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so consider removing coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. You can also choose a higher deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.

Comprehensive insurance – Comprehensive insurance covers damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You need to pay your deductible first and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.

Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as vandalism, hail damage, theft, damage from flooding and hitting a bird. The maximum payout you’ll receive from a claim is the actual cash value, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle’s value consider removing comprehensive coverage.

More comparisons equals lower rates

Cheaper 2009 Honda Civic insurance is definitely available both online as well as from insurance agents, so you need to quote car insurance with both so you have a total pricing picture. Some insurance companies may not have the ability to get quotes online and these small, regional companies provide coverage only through independent insurance agents.

As you prepare to switch companies, do not skimp on coverage in order to save money. In too many instances, an insured cut comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to discover later that it was a big error on their part. The proper strategy is to buy enough coverage at the best price, but do not skimp to save money.

In this article, we covered quite a bit of information on how to save on 2009 Honda Civic insurance. It’s most important to understand that the more price quotes you have, the better your chances of lowering your auto insurance rates. You may even discover the lowest priced car insurance comes from a smaller regional carrier.

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