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UPDATED: Dec 1, 2018

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Locating budget-priced car insurance over the internet might appear impossible for consumers new to comparing prices on the web. With so many insurance agents and online companies, how are consumers able to effectively compare every company in order to find cheaper car insurance rates?

It’s a great practice to do rate comparisons every six months because car insurance rates tend to go up over time. Even if you got the lowest rate for TT coverage last year there may be better deals available now. Forget all the misinformation about car insurance because you’re about to learn how to use online quotes to save money, get proper coverage and the best rates.

If you currently have a car insurance policy, you will most likely be able to save some money using these techniques. Shopping for more affordable coverage is simple if you know the tricks. Although drivers need to learn how the larger insurance companies price insurance differently and apply this information to your search.

The most recommended method to compare insurance rates from multiple companies is to know car insurance companies provide online access to quote your coverage. All consumers are required to do is provide a little information such as deductibles desired, if a SR-22 is needed, whether you are married, and if you have an active license. Your information is instantly submitted to many highly-rated insurers and they return rate quotes quickly.

To compare multiple company rates now, click here and find out if lower rates are available.

Auto insurance discounts help lower rates

Some insurers don’t always list all possible discounts in an easy-to-find place, so the below list has a few of the more common and the more hidden auto insurance savings.

  • Theft Deterent Discount – Cars and trucks optioned with advanced anti-theft systems prevent vehicle theft so companies will give you a small discount.
  • Multiple Policy Discount – If you have multiple policies and insure them with the same company you could save approximately 10% to 15%.
  • Homeowners Pay Less – Owning a house may trigger a policy discount on auto insurance because it requires a higher level of personal finance.
  • Driver Safety – Taking a course teaching defensive driving skills could save 5% or more depending on where you live.
  • Smart Student Discounts – Maintaining excellent grades can get you a discount of up to 25%. Many companies even apply the discount to college students up to age 25.

Discounts lower rates, but most discount credits are not given to all coverage premiums. Most only reduce specific coverage prices like liability and collision coverage. Even though it appears adding up those discounts means a free policy, it just doesn’t work that way. Any amount of discount will definitely reduce the amount you have to pay.

Popular auto insurance companies and some of the premium reductions they offer are:

  • State Farm offers discounts for passive restraint, anti-theft, good driver, multiple policy, accident-free, and Steer Clear safe driver discount.
  • American Family offers premium reductions for Steer into Savings, bundled insurance, defensive driver, air bags, and mySafetyValet.
  • AAA has savings for anti-theft, multi-car, multi-policy, pay-in-full, AAA membership discount, and good student.
  • GEICO discounts include multi-policy, anti-lock brakes, military active duty, emergency military deployment, and five-year accident-free.
  • Mercury Insurance includes discounts for multi-policy, location of vehicle, professional/association, ease of repair, type of vehicle, anti-theft, and multi-car.
  • Farmers Insurance policyholders can earn discounts including distant student, homeowner, early shopping, pay in full, teen driver, and mature driver.
  • Progressive has discounts for continuous coverage, homeowner, online signing, multi-vehicle, online quote discount, and multi-policy.

Check with each company to give you their best rates. Savings may not apply to policyholders in every state. If you would like to choose from a list of insurers who offer discounts, follow this link.

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Which is the best insurance?

When choosing adequate coverage for your vehicles, there isn’t really a single plan that fits everyone. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs.

These are some specific questions might help in determining whether your personal situation would benefit from professional advice.

  • What are the financial responsibility laws in my state?
  • How do I insure my teen driver?
  • What is high-risk coverage and where do I buy it?
  • Is there coverage for injuries to my pets?
  • Is a blown tire covered by insurance?
  • Am I covered if my car is in a flood?
  • Who is covered by my policy?
  • What is the rate difference between pleasure use and commuting?
  • Are all vehicle passengers covered by medical payments coverage?
  • Am I getting all the discounts available?

If you’re not sure about those questions then you might want to talk to a licensed agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, simply complete this short form.

Lower the price of car insurance with these tips

Lots of things are considered when premium rates are determined. Some of the criteria are obvious like an MVR report, but others are not as apparent like your continuous coverage and annual miles driven.

  • Better prices on cars with good safety ratings – Vehicles that have high safety ratings get lower rates. Highly rated vehicles reduce occupant injuries and lower injury rates means lower claim amounts passed on to you as lower rates.
  • Getting married reduces risk – Walking down the aisle can get you a discount on your car insurance policy. It may mean you are more financially stable and insurance companies reward insureds because drivers who are married are more cautious.
  • Your job and car insurance rates – Careers such as fire fighters, social workers and miners generally have higher rates than the rest of us due to intense work requirements and lots of time spent at work. Conversely, jobs such as professors, athletes and performers get better rates for TT coverage.
  • Urban areas may pay more – Choosing to live in less populated areas has it’s advantages when talking about car insurance. Less people living in that area means fewer accidents. Residents of big cities have more auto accidents and a longer drive to work. More time behind the wheel can result in more accidents.
  • Premiums are high for teenagers – Teenage drivers have a tendency to be more careless behind the wheel so they pay higher car insurance rates. Having to add a young driver onto your car insurance can really hurt. Older, more experienced drivers are shown to be more cautious, file fewer claims and get fewer tickets.
  • Avoid traffic tickets – Whether or not you get tickets impacts your car insurance rates tremendously. Even a single speeding ticket may increase your cost by twenty percent. Careful drivers receive lower rates than their less careful counterparts. Drivers who have dangerous tickets such as reckless driving or DUI might be required by their state to file a SR-22 with their state’s licensing department in order to prevent a license revocation.
  • Do you really need to file that policy claims? – If you frequently file small claims, you should expect either a policy non-renewal or much higher rates. Insurance companies award most affordable rates to insureds that do not abuse their auto insurance. Insurance coverage is intended to be relied upon for claims that you cannot pay yourself.
  • Prevent your car from being stolen – Driving a car with a theft deterrent system can help lower your premiums. Theft prevention devices like GM’s OnStar, tamper alarm systems and vehicle immobilizers help track and prevent your vehicle from being stolen.

Auto insurance in the media

Auto insurance companies such as Allstate and Progressive regularly use ads in print and on television. All the ads say the same thing of big savings after switching your auto insurance coverage to their company. But how can every company save you money?

Insurance providers can use profiling for the driver that will most likely be profitable. For instance, a profitable insured could be over the age of 40, insures multiple vehicles, and chooses high deductibles. Any new insured that matches those criteria may get the lowest rates and will also pay quite a bit less when switching companies.

Consumers who are not a match for this ideal profile will be charged higher premium rates with the end result being the customer not purchasing. If you pay close attention to the ads, they say “customers that switch” but not “all drivers who get quotes” save that much money. That is how insurance companies can confidently make claims like that.

This really illustrates why you should get car insurance quotes as often as possible. It’s not possible to predict with any certainty which company will have the lowest rate quotes.

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Car insurance policy coverages for a 2013 Audi TT

Understanding the coverages of your policy can be of help when determining appropriate coverage at the best deductibles and correct limits. Policy terminology can be difficult to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording.

Collision coverages – Collision coverage covers damage to your TT resulting from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You first must pay a deductible then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision coverage protects against claims like crashing into a building, backing into a parked car, damaging your car on a curb and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Collision coverage makes up a good portion of your premium, so you might think about dropping it from older vehicles. Drivers also have the option to choose a higher deductible to bring the cost down.

Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision) – This covers damage from a wide range of events other than collision. You need to pay your deductible first then your comprehensive coverage will pay.

Comprehensive can pay for claims such as falling objects, damage from a tornado or hurricane, theft and a broken windshield. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the actual cash value, so if the vehicle is not worth much consider dropping full coverage.

Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance – This coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. Covered losses include medical payments for you and your occupants and also any damage incurred to your 2013 Audi TT.

Since a lot of drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. So UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked. Frequently the UM/UIM limits do not exceed the liability coverage limits.

Liability coverage – Liability insurance protects you from damage that occurs to a person or their property by causing an accident. This coverage protects you against other people’s claims. Liability doesn’t cover damage to your own property or vehicle.

Liability coverage has three limits: per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. You might see values of 50/100/50 which means $50,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, a limit of $100,000 in injury protection per accident, and a total limit of $50,000 for damage to vehicles and property. Another option is one number which is a combined single limit which limits claims to one amount and claims can be made without the split limit restrictions.

Liability insurance covers things like emergency aid, structural damage, loss of income and medical expenses. How much liability should you purchase? That is your choice, but consider buying as large an amount as possible.

Insurance for medical payments – Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP provide coverage for bills for ambulance fees, hospital visits and surgery. They are used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if there is no health insurance coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover all vehicle occupants and will also cover being hit by a car walking across the street. PIP is not universally available and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

A tidy conclusion

Drivers who switch companies do it for a number of reasons such as an unsatisfactory settlement offer, policy cancellation, delays in responding to claim requests and not issuing a premium refund. Regardless of your reason for switching companies, choosing a new insurance company can be less work than you think.

As you go through the steps to switch your coverage, it’s a bad idea to reduce needed coverages to save money. Too many times, consumers will sacrifice comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to regret that a couple dollars of savings turned into a financial nightmare. Your focus should be to get the best coverage possible at the best possible price and still be able to protect your assets.

You just learned many ways to save on 2013 Audi TT insurance. The most important thing to understand is the more quotes you get, the higher your chance of finding inexpensive car insurance. Consumers could even find that the best price on insurance coverage is with a smaller regional carrier.

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