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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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Searching for cheaper insurance coverage rates for your BMW M3? No one likes having to buy insurance coverage, especially when they could get a better deal. Popular companies such as Allstate, Progressive and GEICO continually hit you with ads and it is challenging if not impossible to see past the corporate glitz and do the work needed to find the best deal.

You should take the time to do rate comparisons at least once a year due to the fact that insurance prices are constantly changing. Despite the fact that you may have had the lowest rate on M3 insurance two years ago you can probably find a better premium rate now. Forget anything you know (or think you know) about insurance coverage because you’re going to learn the best methods to find lower rates on insurance coverage.

Are you qualifying for every discount?

Insuring your fleet can be pricey, but there’s a good chance there are discounts that can help lower your rates. Certain discounts will be applied when you get a quote, but a few need to be specially asked for prior to getting the savings.

  • Accident Free – Insureds with no claims or accidents get the best insurance coverage rates as opposed to drivers with a long claim history.
  • Use Seat Belts – Requiring all passengers to buckle their seat belts could cut 10% or more on the medical payments or PIP coverage costs.
  • More Vehicles More Savings – Buying a policy with all your vehicles on a single policy may reduce the rate for each vehicle.
  • Telematics Devices – Drivers who elect to allow driving data collection to spy on vehicle usage by using a telematics device such as Progressive’s Snapshot and State Farm’s In-Drive could possibly reduce rates if they exhibit good driving behavior.
  • Defensive Driver – Passing a course that instructs on driving safety can save you 5% or more and easily recoup the cost of the course.
  • Own a Home – Owning a house can earn you a little savings due to the fact that maintaining a home requires a higher level of personal finance.

Just know that most discounts do not apply to the entire policy premium. Some only apply to individual premiums such as physical damage coverage or medical payments. Despite the appearance that you would end up receiving a 100% discount, companies wouldn’t make money that way.

Large insurance coverage companies and their offered discounts are:

  • GEICO offers discounts for good student, military active duty, federal employee, defensive driver, five-year accident-free, multi-vehicle, and seat belt use.
  • Travelers policyholders can earn discounts including driver training, continuous insurance, IntelliDrive, hybrid/electric vehicle, and multi-car.
  • Nationwide may offer discounts for anti-theft, good student, easy pay, family plan, and Farm Bureau membership.
  • Farmers Insurance may include discounts for youthful driver, electronic funds transfer, distant student, homeowner, pay in full, and business and professional.
  • Esurance has discounts for safety device, homeowner, DriveSense, defensive driver, and online shopper.
  • State Farm offers discounts including accident-free, defensive driving training, multiple policy, safe vehicle, student away at school, and good driver.
  • Progressive includes discounts for good student, online quote discount, continuous coverage, homeowner, multi-vehicle, and multi-policy.
  • Mercury Insurance has savings for annual mileage, location of vehicle, good student, age of vehicle, ease of repair, accident-free, and professional/association.

When comparing rates, check with every company which discounts you qualify for. Some of the earlier mentioned discounts may not apply to policyholders in your state. For a list of providers who offer online insurance coverage quotes, click this link.

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When in doubt talk to an agent

When it comes to buying proper insurance coverage, there really is no “best” method to buy coverage. Your needs are not the same as everyone else’s so your insurance should reflect that For instance, these questions can help discover whether you might need an agent’s assistance.

  • Is borrowed equipment or tools covered if stolen or damaged?
  • Am I covered if I hit my neighbor’s mailbox?
  • What is the rate difference between pleasure use and commuting?
  • What is the ISO rating for a 2011 BMW M3?
  • Is my vehicle covered by my employer’s policy when using it for work?
  • Why do I need rental car insurance?
  • Do I need medical payments coverage since I have good health insurance?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions but you know they apply to you then you might want to talk to a licensed insurance agent. To find 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 provide invaluable advice.

Car insurance coverage options for a BMW M3

Understanding the coverages of your car insurance policy can be of help when determining appropriate coverage and proper limits and deductibles. The coverage terms in a policy can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. These are the usual coverages found on most car insurance policies.

Coverage for collisions

Collision insurance pays for damage to your M3 caused by collision with a stationary object or other vehicle. A deductible applies then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage protects against things like backing into a parked car, sideswiping another vehicle, hitting a parking meter and crashing into a ditch. This coverage can be expensive, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. Another option is to raise the deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.

UM/UIM (Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist) coverage

Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage gives you protection from other drivers when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered claims include injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and also any damage incurred to your BMW M3.

Since a lot of drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. So UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked.

Comprehensive auto coverage

This pays to fix your vehicle from damage from a wide range of events other than collision. You first have to pay a deductible then your comprehensive coverage will pay.

Comprehensive insurance covers things such as vandalism, theft, damage from getting keyed and hail damage. The maximum amount your car insurance company will pay is the market value of your vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Liability insurance

This coverage will cover damage that occurs to other’s property or people. This insurance protects YOU from claims by other people, and doesn’t cover damage to your own property or vehicle.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have liability limits of 25/50/25 which stand for $25,000 bodily injury coverage, a total of $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and a total limit of $25,000 for damage to vehicles and property.

Liability coverage protects against claims such as bail bonds, pain and suffering and emergency aid. How much liability coverage do you need? That is a personal decision, but you should buy as much as you can afford.

Medical payments and PIP coverage

Med pay and PIP coverage pay for immediate expenses for things like funeral costs, doctor visits, X-ray expenses, rehabilitation expenses and ambulance fees. They are used in conjunction with a health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. It covers you and your occupants and will also cover any family member struck as a pedestrian. Personal Injury Protection is not available in all states but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Final considerations

Some insurance providers may not provide the ability to get a quote online and most of the time these regional insurance providers only sell through independent insurance agencies. Lower-priced auto insurance can be sourced both online and with local insurance agents, and you need to comparison shop both in order to have the best chance of saving money.

When trying to cut insurance costs, make sure you don’t reduce coverage to reduce premium. In too many instances, drivers have reduced full coverage to discover at claim time that they should have had better coverage. Your goal should be to buy enough coverage at the best price but still have enough coverage for asset protection.

We just covered some good ideas how to shop for 2011 BMW M3 insurance online. The key thing to remember is the more times you quote, the more likely it is that you will get a better rate. You may even discover the biggest savings come from a company that doesn’t do a lot of advertising. Regional companies can often provide lower premium rates in certain areas as compared to the big name companies such as State Farm or Progressive.

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