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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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Online rate comparisons for inexpensive insurance coverage may seem complicated initially if you haven’t ever compared insurance using quote comparisons online. But don’t surrender to high rates because finding lower quotes is actually fairly simple.

Consumers need to check insurance prices yearly because insurance prices are usually higher with each renewal. Even if you got the best rates for RDX coverage a few years ago there is a good chance you can find better rate quotes now. Forget all the misinformation about insurance because you’re going to get a crash course in the fastest and easiest way to remove unneeded coverages and save money.

How to get low cost auto insurance

Most companies like Progressive, Allstate and GEICO allow you to get prices for coverage from their websites. Getting prices online is fairly simple because it’s just a matter of typing in your coverage preferences into the form. Upon sending the form, their quoting system automatically orders your credit score and driving record and gives you a price quote based on the information you submitted.

Online price estimates simplifies rate comparisons, but having to visit each company’s website and repetitively type in the same information is monotonous and tiresome. But it’s absolutely necessary to get many rate quotes in order to get lower prices.

A less time-consuming method to find cheaper rates uses one form to obtain quotes from several companies at one time. It’s a real time-saver, requires much less work on your part, and makes quoting online much more enjoyable and efficient. After sending your information, it is quoted with multiple companies and you can pick any one of the quotes that you receive. If you find a better price you can simply submit the application and purchase the new policy. The entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes and you will know how your current rates stack up.

To compare pricing, click here and input your coverage information. If you have your current policy handy, we recommend you copy the limits and deductibles identical to your current policy. Doing this guarantees you will have rate comparison quotes for exact coverage.

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Eight discounts for cheap auto insurance quotes

Auto insurance is easily one of your largest bills, but you may qualify for discounts to help bring down the price. Some discounts apply automatically when you complete an application, but a few need to be inquired about prior to getting the savings. If you check and find you aren’t receiving every discount you qualify for, you could be paying more than you need to.

  • Discount for Home Ownership – Owning your own home or condo can get you a discount since home ownership demonstrates responsibility.
  • Savings for New Vehicles – Putting coverage on a new car may earn a small discount because newer vehicles have to meet stringent safety requirements.
  • Anti-lock Brake Discount – Cars and trucks equipped with ABS or steering control can avoid accidents so you can save 10 percent or more.
  • Discount for Multiple Policies – When you combine your homeowners and auto insurance and insure them with the same company they may give you a discount of at least 10% off all policies.
  • Drive Safe and Save – Insureds without accidents can pay as much as 50% less for RDX coverage than less cautious drivers.
  • Good Student – Maintaining excellent grades could provide a savings of up to 20% or more. Earning this discount can benefit you up until you turn 25.
  • Early Renewal Discounts – A few larger companies allow discounts for renewing your policy before your current expiration date. It can save you around 10%.
  • Anti-theft Discount – Cars and trucks equipped with tracking devices and advanced anti-theft systems are less likely to be stolen and can earn a small discount on your policy.

A quick disclaimer, many deductions do not apply to your bottom line cost. Some only reduce the price of certain insurance coverages like comprehensive or collision. So even though they make it sound like having all the discounts means you get insurance for free, it just doesn’t work that way.

A few of the larger companies and a summarized list of policyholder discounts include:

  • State Farm offers discounts for multiple autos, accident-free, anti-theft, good student, passive restraint, defensive driving training, and Drive Safe & Save.
  • GEICO has savings for anti-lock brakes, good student, driver training, anti-theft, multi-vehicle, and seat belt use.
  • Liberty Mutual has discounts for teen driver discount, preferred payment discount, newly married, exclusive group savings, multi-policy, and new graduate.
  • The Hartford policyholders can earn discounts including anti-theft, vehicle fuel type, defensive driver, bundle, air bag, driver training, and good student.
  • MetLife may have discounts that include good student, defensive driver, claim-free, multi-policy, good driver, and accident-free.
  • Progressive includes discounts for online signing, multi-policy, good student, homeowner, multi-vehicle, and online quote discount.

If you need lower rates, check with all the companies to apply every possible discount. Discounts may not apply in every state. To choose providers with discount auto insurance rates, follow this link.

You may need specialized auto insurance coverage

When it comes to choosing the best auto insurance coverage, there really is not a single plan that fits everyone. Everyone’s situation is a little different.

Here are some questions about coverages that may help you determine if your insurance needs would benefit from professional advice.

  • Where can I find high-risk insurance?
  • Does having multiple vehicles earn me a discount?
  • Do I need replacement cost coverage on my 2011 Acura RDX?
  • Is my camper covered by my car insurance policy?
  • Am I covered if I drive in a foreign country?
  • What is medical payments coverage?
  • If my pet gets injured in an accident are they covered?
  • Can I afford low physical damage deductibles?

If it’s difficult to answer those questions but a few of them apply, you may need to chat with a licensed insurance agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, simply complete this short form.

Insurance savings promises

Companies like Progressive, Allstate and GEICO seem to constantly run ads on TV and radio. All the companies advertise the message that people will save if you move your coverage to them. How does every insurance company make almost identical claims? It’s all in how they say it.

Companies have a preferred profile for the type of driver that is profitable for them. A good example of a preferred risk could be over the age of 45, has a clear driving record, and drives less than 7,500 miles a year. Any driver that hits that “sweet spot” receives the best prices and will probably save when they switch companies.

Drivers who do not fit this stringent profile will be quoted a higher rate which results in business not being written. If you listen to the ad wording, they say “people that switch” but not “everyone who gets a quote” can save as much as they claim. This is how companies can make those claims. This really drives home the point why you need to compare free insurance coverage quotes often. It’s impossible to know which insurance companies will have better premium rates than you’re paying now.

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Car insurance coverage information

Understanding the coverages of your auto insurance policy can help you determine appropriate coverage at the best deductibles and correct limits. Policy terminology can be impossible to understand and reading a policy is terribly boring.

Coverage for medical expenses – Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage provide coverage for bills for things like hospital visits, chiropractic care and dental work. They are used in conjunction with a health insurance program or if you do not have health coverage. Coverage applies to you and your occupants and will also cover getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP coverage is only offered in select states but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Collision coverages – Collision insurance pays to fix your vehicle from damage caused by collision with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You will need to pay your deductible then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage protects against claims such as damaging your car on a curb, driving through your garage door, scraping a guard rail and backing into a parked car. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so you might think about dropping it from lower value vehicles. You can also raise the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers – This coverage protects you and your vehicle when other motorists do not carry enough liability coverage. It can pay for medical payments for you and your occupants and also any damage incurred to your Acura RDX.

Since a lot of drivers only purchase the least amount of liability that is required, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is important protection for you and your family.

Comprehensive auto insurance – This will pay to fix damage that is not covered by collision coverage. A deductible will apply and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as falling objects, hitting a deer, hitting a bird, damage from getting keyed and a tree branch falling on your vehicle. The most you’ll receive from a claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if it’s not worth much more than your deductible it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.

Liability coverage – This coverage protects you from injuries or damage you cause to other’s property or people by causing an accident. This insurance protects YOU from claims by other people, and does not provide coverage for damage to your own property or vehicle.

Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. You might see limits of 100/300/100 which stand for a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and a limit of $100,000 paid for damaged property.

Liability coverage pays for claims such as medical services, repair bills for other people’s vehicles, emergency aid, attorney fees and pain and suffering. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is up to you, but you should buy as much as you can afford.

In any little way, save everyday

As you go through the steps to switch your coverage, make sure you don’t reduce needed coverages to save money. In too many instances, someone dropped physical damage coverage only to find out that their decision to reduce coverage ended up costing them more. The proper strategy is to find the BEST coverage at the best possible price, but do not skimp to save money.

We just presented a lot of techniques to shop for 2011 Acura RDX insurance online. The key thing to remember is the more price quotes you have, the better likelihood of getting the cheapest insurance coverage. You may be surprised to find that the most savings is with a company that doesn’t do a lot of advertising.

Consumers switch companies for many reasons like being labeled a high risk driver, poor customer service, delays in responding to claim requests and even delays in paying claims. It doesn’t matter what your reason, switching companies can be less work than you think.

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