Jeffrey Johnson is a legal writer with a focus on personal injury. He has worked on personal injury and sovereign immunity litigation in addition to experience in family, estate, and criminal law. He earned a J.D. from the University of Baltimore and has worked in legal offices and non-profits in Maryland, Texas, and North Carolina. He has also earned an MFA in screenwriting from Chapman Univer...

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Benjamin Carr was a licensed insurance agent in Georgia and has two years’ experience in life, health, property and casualty coverage. He has worked with State Farm and other risk management firms. He is also a strategic writer and editor with a background in branding, marketing, and quality assurance. He has been in military newsrooms — literally on the frontline of journalism.

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UPDATED: Oct 5, 2015

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No normal person likes buying insurance coverage, in particular when they could find better rates elsewhere.

Big-name insurance companies like GEICO and Progressive all claim big savings with ad campaigns and it can be hard to not get sucked in by the cute commercials and effectively compare rates to find the best deal.

The easiest way to get policy rate comparisons is to realize almost all companies participate in a system to give rate comparisons. The only thing you need to do is give them rating details like if you’re married, the year, make and model of vehicles, driver details, and your occupation. That rating information is instantly sent to multiple companies and you receive quotes quickly.

Brand name doesn’t guarantee savings

State Farm, Allstate and GEICO constantly bombard you with television, radio, and online ads. All the companies make the same claim that drivers will save a bundle just by moving your coverage to them. But how can every company charge less that you’re paying now? It’s all in the numbers.

Insurance companies quote their cheapest rates for a prospective insured that will most likely be profitable. A good example of a desirable risk might be described as a female over age 40, has no claims, and has excellent credit. A driver who fits that profile receives the best rates and therefore will save a lot if they switch.

Potential insureds who do not fit this stringent profile will have to pay higher rates which leads to business going elsewhere. If you listen closely, the ads state “customers that switch” not “everybody who quotes” save that much when switching. That is how companies can make claims like that. This really illustrates why you really should quote coverage with many companies. You cannot predict which insurance companies will have the lowest premium rates for your situation.

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Insurance coverage policy discounts you can’t miss

Car insurance companies don’t always list the entire discount list in a way that’s easy to find, so the list below details both well-publicized and also the lesser-known discounts you could be receiving when you buy auto insurance online.

  • Include Life Insurance and Save – Not every insurance company offers life insurance, but if they do you may earn a discounted rate on car insurance if you buy a life insurance policy as well.
  • Early Renewal Discounts – Some insurance companies reward drivers for switching companies prior to the expiration date on your current policy. You could save around 10% when you buy auto insurance online.
  • Organization Discounts – Belonging to specific professional or occupational memberships or organizations could qualify you for a break on your next renewal.
  • Seat Belt Usage – Drivers who require all occupants to use their safety belts can save a little on medical payment and PIP coverage.
  • Drive Less and Save – Driving fewer miles may enable drivers to earn cheaper premium rates.
  • Paperless Signup – Many larger companies will give a small break for completing your application digitally online.
  • Federal Employees – Active or former government employment may reduce rates when you quote auto insurance on 4 Series Gran Coupe coverage depending on your insurance coverage provider.
  • Discount for Good Grades – Maintaining excellent grades may save you up to 25%. The good student discount can last well after school through age 25.
  • New Car Discount – Putting coverage on a new car can cost up to 25% less compared to insuring an older model.
  • Drivers Ed for Students – Have your child participate in a local driver’s education class in school or through a local driver safety program.

One last thing about discounts, most discounts do not apply to the entire cost. A few only apply to the cost of specific coverages such as comprehensive or collision. So even though they make it sound like all those discounts means the company will pay you, it’s just not the way it works. Any amount of discount will lower your insurance coverage premiums.

To find insurers offering insurance coverage discounts, click here to view.

Insurance agents can help

When buying the best insurance coverage coverage for your personal vehicles, there really is no one size fits all plan. Your needs are not the same as everyone else’s and your policy should reflect that. For example, these questions might help in determining if your situation would benefit from professional advice.

  • What is the ISO rating for a 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe?
  • Is my 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe covered for smoke damage?
  • How can I get my company to pay me more for my totalled car?
  • How do I file an SR-22 for a DUI in my state?
  • Is my state a no-fault state?
  • Can I rate high risk drivers on liability-only vehicles?
  • Do I benefit by insuring my home with the same company?

If you’re not sure about those questions, then you may want to think about talking to an insurance agent. To find an agent in your area, complete this form or go to this page to view a list of companies.

Coverages available on your policy

Knowing the specifics of a insurance policy helps when choosing which coverages you need and proper limits and deductibles. Insurance terms can be difficult to understand and coverage can change by endorsement. Shown next are typical coverage types available from insurance companies.

Medical expense coverage

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance reimburse you for immediate expenses for things like ambulance fees, surgery and chiropractic care. They can be used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if you are not covered by health insurance. It covers both the driver and occupants in addition to any family member struck as a pedestrian. PIP coverage is not an option in every state but it provides additional coverages not offered by medical payments coverage

Liability insurance

This coverage can cover damage that occurs to other people or property by causing an accident. It protects you against other people’s claims. It does not cover damage to your own property or vehicle.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. You might see values of 50/100/50 which means a $50,000 limit per person for injuries, a limit of $100,000 in injury protection per accident, and a limit of $50,000 paid for damaged property.

Liability coverage pays for claims like repair costs for stationary objects, structural damage, attorney fees and legal defense fees. How much coverage you buy is your choice, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as much as you can afford.

Comprehensive protection

This coverage 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 coverage protects against things like vandalism, damage from a tornado or hurricane and falling objects. The highest amount you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Uninsured or underinsured coverage

This provides protection when the “other guys” either have no liability insurance or not enough. It can pay for injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and damage to your BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe.

Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage is a good idea.

Coverage for collisions

This will pay to fix damage to your 4 Series Gran Coupe resulting from a collision with a stationary object or other vehicle. A deductible applies and then insurance will cover the remainder.

Collision coverage protects against things like rolling your car, sideswiping another vehicle, hitting a mailbox, scraping a guard rail and colliding with a tree. Collision coverage makes up a good portion of your premium, so consider removing coverage from older vehicles. Another option is to raise the deductible to save money on collision insurance.

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Never pay more for less

We just showed you quite a bit of information on how to lower your 2015 BMW 4 Series Gran Coupe insurance prices. The most important thing to understand is the more you quote auto insurance, the better your comparison will be. You may be surprised to find that the lowest prices are with a lesser-known regional company. These smaller insurers may often insure only within specific states and give getter rates as compared to the big name companies such as Allstate and Progressive.

Lower-priced insurance can be purchased on the web in addition to local insurance agencies, so you should compare both in order to have the best chance of saving money. A few companies may not provide the ability to get a quote online and most of the time these small, regional companies prefer to sell through independent insurance agents.

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