Pricey car insurance can dwindle your savings and maybe even restrict other spending. Comparison shopping is free, only takes a few minutes, and is a good way to reduce premiums and put more money in your pocket.
Many auto insurance companies vie for your hard-earned dollar, and because of this it can be hard to compare insurers and get the definite lowest price
If you have insurance now or need new coverage, you will benefit by learning to cut your premiums while maximizing coverage. Finding affordable coverage is easy if you know what you’re doing. Consumers only need an understanding of the proper methods to shop online.
Most larger insurance companies give insurance quotes direct online. Getting online quotes is quite easy because it’s just a matter of typing in your required coverages into the form. Once you submit the form, their quoting system requests credit information and your driving record and returns pricing information based on the information you submitted. Online price estimates makes it a lot easier to compare rates but the time required to go to a lot of sites and type in the same data is monotonous and tiresome. But it’s absolutely necessary to perform this step if you want to get the lowest price.
The smarter way to locate the lowest prices uses just one form to obtain quotes from many companies. It’s a real time-saver, eliminates repetitive work, and makes quoting online much more efficient. As soon as the form is sent, it gets priced with multiple companies and you can pick your choice of the quotes returned.
If one or more price quotes are lower than your current rates, you simply finish the application and purchase coverage. It just takes a couple of minutes and you will find out if you’re overpaying now.
To save time and fill out one form to compare multiple rates now, click here and enter your vehicle and coverage information. If you have coverage now, it’s recommended you type in the coverages exactly as shown on your declarations page. Doing this guarantees you will have a rate comparison using the same coverage and limits.
Companies offering auto insurance don’t list every available discount in an easy-to-find place, so the list below gives a summary of both well-publicized as well as some of the hidden credits available to bring down your rates.
As a footnote on discounts, some of the credits will not apply to the entire policy premium. Most only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as liability, collision or medical payments. Just because it seems like it’s possible to get free car insurance, it just doesn’t work that way. But all discounts will cut your premiums.
Some of the larger companies that may offer policyholders many of the previously listed discounts include:
When getting a coverage quote, ask every company which credits you are entitled to. A few discounts may not be offered in your area. To view insurance companies with discount rates, click here.
When buying proper insurance coverage, there really is not a one size fits all plan. Everyone’s situation is a little different so your insurance needs to address that. Here are some questions about coverages that might help in determining whether you might need professional guidance.
If you can’t answer these questions but you know they apply to you, you might consider talking to an agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, simply complete this short form or click here for a list of auto insurance companies in your area. It is quick, free and can provide invaluable advice.
Understanding the coverages of a car insurance policy aids in choosing the right coverages at the best deductibles and correct limits. The terms used in a policy can be difficult to understand and nobody wants to actually read their policy. Below you’ll find the usual coverages found on the average car insurance policy.
Liability car insurance
This provides protection from damage that occurs to other people or property. It protects YOU against other people’s claims, and does not provide coverage for damage to your own property or vehicle.
Liability coverage has three limits: bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. You might see limits of 50/100/50 that means you have $50,000 bodily injury coverage, a limit of $100,000 in injury protection per accident, and a total limit of $50,000 for damage to vehicles and property. Alternatively, you may have one number which is a combined single limit which provides one coverage limit without having the split limit caps.
Liability insurance covers things such as repair bills for other people’s vehicles, court costs and structural damage. How much liability coverage do you need? That is a personal decision, but buy as much as you can afford.
This coverage will pay to fix damage to your Sonata caused by collision with an object or car. A deductible applies then your collision coverage will kick in.
Collision insurance covers claims such as colliding with another moving vehicle, scraping a guard rail, rolling your car and sideswiping another vehicle. This coverage can be expensive, so you might think about dropping it from older vehicles. Another option is to increase the deductible to bring the cost down.
Comprehensive coverage (or Other than Collision)
This coverage pays for damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You need to pay your deductible first then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive can pay for claims such as falling objects, vandalism, damage from getting keyed and hail damage. The maximum amount you’ll receive from a claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.
Uninsured Motorist or Underinsured Motorist insurance
This gives you protection from other motorists when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered claims include medical payments for you and your occupants and also any damage incurred to your 2013 Hyundai Sonata.
Since many drivers have only the minimum liability required by law, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. So UM/UIM coverage is very important. Usually the UM/UIM limits are set the same as your liablity limits.
Insurance for medical payments
Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for immediate expenses for things like chiropractic care, hospital visits and prosthetic devices. The coverages can be utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover you and your occupants as well as getting struck while a pedestrian. Personal injury protection coverage is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible