I really doubt anyone looks forward to paying premiums for insurance, especially when they know they could find lower prices if they just compared rates.
You have so many car insurance companies to buy insurance from, and though it is a good thing to have multiple companies, it can be more challenging to get the best deal.
Finding the best rates is not rocket science. If you have car insurance now, you stand a good chance to be able to cut costs considerably using this information. Nevertheless, drivers need to learn the way insurance companies market insurance on the web and apply this information to your search.
There are a lot of ways you can shop for car insurance and some are less time-consuming than others. You could waste a few hours talking to local insurance agents in your area, or you could save time and use the web to get the quickest rates.
Most of the larger companies belong to a marketplace that enables customers to enter their policy data once, and each company returns a rated price based on the submitted data. This eliminates the need for quote forms for every car insurance company. To get comparison pricing now click here to open in new window.
The only drawback to using this type of system is you don’t know exactly which insurance companies to get quotes from. So if you prefer to pick from a list of companies to compare prices, we have a page of companies who write car insurance in your area. Click to view list.
Whichever way you use, be sure you’re using the exact same coverage limits with every price quote. If you are comparing different coverage information it will be impossible to find the best deal for your Porsche Panamera. Just slight variations in coverage limits could throw off the whole comparison. Keep in mind that comparing a large number of companies provides better odds of finding more affordable insurance.
Companies like Allstate, GEICO and Progressive endlessly run television and radio advertisements. They all seem to make an identical promise that drivers will save a bundle just by switching your policy. How does every company charge lower premium rates? Here is the trick they use.
Different companies quote their best rates for the type of driver that earns them the highest profit. An example of a desirable insured may be over the age of 50, has a clean driving record, and drives less than 5,000 miles a year. A driver that matches those criteria will probably get cheap prices and have a good chance to save a lot if they switch.
Insureds who do not match those standards will probably have to pay a more expensive rate and ends up with the customer buying from someone else. If you listen to the ad wording, they say “customers that switch” not “everyone who quotes” can get the lowest rates when switching. That’s why companies can make claims like that. Because of these techniques, you really need to get car insurance quotes as often as possible. It is impossible to predict which company will have the best rates at this point in time.
Not too many consumers would say car insurance is affordable, but you might be missing out on some discounts that you may not know about. Some trigger automatically at the time you complete a quote, but some need to be manually applied before you get the savings.
Discounts reduce rates, but you should keep in mind that most credits do not apply to the entire policy premium. Most cut the price of certain insurance coverages like comp or med pay. So when the math indicates adding up those discounts means a free policy, car insurance companies aren’t that generous.
A few popular companies and some of their more popular discounts are shown below.
Before purchasing a policy, check with each insurance company which credits you are entitled to. Some of the discounts discussed earlier may not be offered in your state. If you would like to see a list of car insurance companies with discount rates, click here.
When it comes to choosing coverage, there really is no single plan that fits everyone. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so this has to be addressed. For instance, these questions might point out if your situation might need professional guidance.
Knowing the specifics of your insurance policy aids in choosing the best coverages and the correct deductibles and limits. The terms used in a policy can be difficult to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. These are the usual coverages available from insurance companies.
Insurance for medical payments
Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP kick in for short-term medical expenses for things like EMT expenses, X-ray expenses, prosthetic devices and pain medications. They are used in conjunction with a health insurance plan or if there is no health insurance coverage. It covers all vehicle occupants in addition to being hit by a car walking across the street. PIP is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible
This will pay to fix damage to your Panamera from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. A deductible applies and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.
Collision insurance covers claims such as rolling your car, damaging your car on a curb and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so consider removing coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. It’s also possible to bump up the deductible to bring the cost down.
Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance
This coverage provides protection from other motorists when they either have no liability insurance or not enough. This coverage pays for injuries to you and your family and damage to your 2010 Porsche Panamera.
Since many drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. That’s why carrying high Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage is a good idea.
This coverage provides protection from damage that occurs to people or other property by causing an accident. It protects you from legal claims by others, and doesn’t cover your own vehicle damage or injuries.
Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. You commonly see liability limits of 100/300/100 which means $100,000 bodily injury coverage, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and $100,000 of coverage for damaged propery.
Liability insurance covers things like emergency aid, medical services, attorney fees and bail bonds. How much coverage you buy is a personal decision, but buy as large an amount as possible.
Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision)
This will pay to fix damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You first have to pay a deductible then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive coverage protects against things like rock chips in glass, damage from getting keyed, hitting a bird, falling objects and theft. The maximum amount you’ll receive from a claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if the vehicle is not worth much it’s not worth carrying full coverage.
When shopping online for auto insurance, make sure you don’t reduce coverage to reduce premium. In too many instances, an accident victim reduced collision coverage and discovered at claim time they didn’t purchase enough coverage. Your goal should be to buy the best coverage you can find at the best cost while not skimping on critical coverages.
More affordable auto insurance is possible online and from local insurance agents, so you need to quote car insurance with both to have the best chance of lowering rates. There are still a few companies who may not offer the ability to get a quote online and usually these small insurance companies provide coverage only through independent agents.