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UPDATED: Nov 1, 2018

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Wish you could get out of an underperforming, overpriced car insurance policy? Trust us, many consumers are in the same pinch.

Since you have so many companies to choose from, it is very difficult to find the best car insurance company.

It’s important to compare premium rates on a regular basis because insurance rates tend to go up over time. Even if you think you had the best premium rates on M56 insurance a year ago a different company probably has better prices today. You’ll find quite a bit of inaccurate information about car insurance online but by reading this article, you’re going to learn the best ways to put money back in your pocket.

Compare car insurance price quotes online

Performing a rate comparison can take time and effort if you don’t utilize the easiest way. You could waste time discussing policy coverages with insurance companies in your area, or you can utilize online quoting to achieve your goal.

Most major companies participate in a marketplace that allows shoppers to only type in their quote data once, and every company then gives them pricing. This saves time by eliminating quotation requests for each company you want a rate for. To find out how much you can save on car insurance click to open in new window.

The only downside to using this type of system is that consumers can’t choose which carriers to receive prices from. So if you want to choose specific providers for rate comparison, we have assembled a list of companies who write car insurance in your area. Click here to view list.

Whichever method you choose, make sure you compare equivalent coverage information on every quote. If you enter different coverage information it will be impossible to determine which company has the best rates. Quoting even small variations in insurance coverages could throw off the whole comparison. And when price shopping your coverage, quoting more will improve the odds of getting more affordable insurance.

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Discount car insurance rates

Some insurance providers don’t always advertise every discount they offer very well, so the list below details some of the more common as well as some of the hidden discounts that you can inquire about if you buy insurance coverage online. If you are not receiving all the discounts available, you are not getting the best rate possible.

  • Accident Waiver – Not necessarily a discount, but certain companies will turn a blind eye to one accident before they charge you more for coverage if you are claim-free before the accident.
  • Paper-free Discount – Many car insurance companies give back up to $50 for completing your application online.
  • Seat Belts Save – Requiring all passengers to fasten their seat belts could cut 10% or more off the medical payments premium.
  • Cautious Drivers – Insureds who avoid accidents may receive a discount up to 45% on M56 insurance as compared to drivers with claims.
  • Braking Control Discount – Cars, trucks, and SUVs that have steering control and anti-lock brakes can reduce accidents and earn discounts up to 10%.
  • Theft Deterent Discount – Cars, trucks, and SUVs that have factory anti-theft systems can help prevent theft and can earn a small discount on your policy.

One last thing about discounts, most credits do not apply to your bottom line cost. Most only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as comp or med pay. So even though it sounds like it’s possible to get free car insurance, car insurance companies aren’t that generous.

Popular car insurance companies and some of their more popular discounts are shown below.

  • GEICO includes discounts for five-year accident-free, multi-policy, anti-lock brakes, driver training, seat belt use, and air bags.
  • MetLife offers premium reductions for defensive driver, accident-free, good student, claim-free, good driver, and multi-policy.
  • State Farm policyholders can earn discounts including Steer Clear safe driver discount, safe vehicle, multiple policy, driver’s education, multiple autos, passive restraint, and good driver.
  • Progressive has discounts for multi-policy, homeowner, online signing, multi-vehicle, continuous coverage, good student, and online quote discount.
  • Mercury Insurance offers discounts for multi-car, professional/association, good driver, multi-policy, and ease of repair.
  • 21st Century may offer discounts for air bags, homeowners, theft prevention, 55 and older, defensive driver, and driver training.
  • Allstate discounts include anti-theft, early signing, good student, economy car, safe driver, and premier plus.

Before you buy a policy, ask each insurance company what discounts are available to you. Some of the earlier mentioned discounts may not be offered in your area. If you would like to see a list of car insurance companies with the best car insurance discounts, follow this link.

Tailor your insurance coverage to you

When buying adequate coverage for your vehicles, there really is not a perfect coverage plan. Your needs are not the same as everyone else’s so your insurance needs to address that. These are some specific questions might point out if your situation might need an agent’s assistance.

  • Am I better off with higher deductibles on my 2011 Infiniti M56?
  • Am I covered if hit by an uninsured driver?
  • What exactly is covered by my policy?
  • Does coverage extend to Mexico or Canada?
  • Can my teen drive my company car?
  • Should I have combined single limit or split liability limits?
  • Do I need replacement cost coverage on my 2011 Infiniti M56?
  • Can my teen driver be rated on a liability-only vehicle?
  • Do all my vehicles need collision coverage?
  • Am I missing any policy discounts?

If you’re not sure about those questions but you know they apply to you, then you may want to think about talking to a licensed insurance agent. If you don’t have a local agent, take a second and complete this form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.

Coverage specifics

Having a good grasp of your policy aids in choosing appropriate coverage and the correct deductibles and limits. Auto insurance terms can be ambiguous and nobody wants to actually read their policy. Below you’ll find the normal coverages available from auto insurance companies.

Collision coverage – Collision insurance pays for damage to your M56 from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. A deductible applies then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage pays for claims like hitting a parking meter, backing into a parked car, colliding with another moving vehicle and colliding with a tree. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from vehicles that are 8 years or older. Drivers also have the option to choose a higher deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Liability – Liability insurance protects you from damage or injury you incur to a person or their property in an accident. This insurance protects YOU from claims by other people, and doesn’t cover damage sustained by your vehicle in an accident.

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 limits of 100/300/100 that means you have a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and a total limit of $100,000 for damage to vehicles and property.

Liability coverage protects against things like court costs, structural damage, repair bills for other people’s vehicles and emergency aid. How much liability coverage do you need? That is your choice, but you should buy as much as you can afford.

Insurance for medical payments – Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP provide coverage for expenses for things like pain medications, ambulance fees, rehabilitation expenses, chiropractic care and funeral costs. They are often used in conjunction with a health insurance policy or if there is no health insurance coverage. Coverage applies to you and your occupants and also covers getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP is not an option in every state but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance – Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other drivers when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered losses include injuries to you and your family as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Due to the fact that many drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. So UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked.

Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision) – Comprehensive insurance coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You first must pay your deductible then your comprehensive coverage will pay.

Comprehensive insurance covers things such as hail damage, damage from getting keyed, a broken windshield and damage from a tornado or hurricane. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the market value of your vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.