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 15, 2018

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Did a good deal turn out to be an overpriced car insurance policy? You’re preaching to the choir because there are many people just like you. Numerous auto insurance companies battle for your business, so it’s not easy to compare every insurer to find the absolute best price available.

If you have a current insurance coverage policy or need a new policy, you can learn to find the best rates while maximizing coverage. Finding affordable coverage is not that difficult. Vehicle owners only need an understanding of the proper way to compare rates over the internet.

Which insurance is cheapest?

Shopping for lower insurance rates can be a lot of work if you aren’t aware of the most efficient way. You could waste time talking to agents in your area, or you could save time and use the web to accomplish the same thing much quicker.

The majority of car insurance companies take part in a program where prospective buyers submit one quote, and each company returns a competitive quote based on that data. This eliminates the need for form submissions for each company.

To find out what other companies charge click here (opens in new window).

One minor caviat to using this type of form is you can’t choose the insurers to receive prices from. So if you want to select individual companies to compare, we have a page of companies who write insurance in your area. Click here for list of insurance companies.

Whichever method you choose, make darn sure you compare the exact same coverage data for each comparison quote. If you compare higher or lower deductibles it’s not possible to determine which rate is truly the best.

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These discounts can lower your insurance coverage rates

Companies do not advertise all available discounts very clearly, so we break down some of the best known as well as some of the hidden credits available to bring down your rates.

  • Sign Online – A few larger online companies provide a small discount for buying a policy and signing up online.
  • Onboard Data Collection – Insureds who allow driving data collection to analyze vehicle usage by using a small device installed in their vehicle such as Progressive’s Snapshot might get better premium rates as long as they are good drivers.
  • Driver Education Discount – Cut your cost by having your teen driver take driver’s ed class if it’s offered in school.
  • Theft Deterent Discount – Cars and trucks that have factory anti-theft systems prevent vehicle theft so companies will give you a small discount.
  • Discount for Multiple Policies – If you combine your auto and home policies and place coverage with the same company you may earn at least 10 to 15 percent or more.
  • Military Rewards – Having an actively deployed family member could be rewarded with lower insurance coverage rates.
  • Pay Upfront and Save – If you pay your entire premium ahead of time instead of paying each month you can avoid the installment charge.
  • Smart Student Discounts – Getting good grades can save 20 to 25%. This discount can apply up until you turn 25.

One last thing about discounts, some credits don’t apply to the entire policy premium. Most cut specific coverage prices like liability and collision coverage. Just because it seems like you can get free auto insurance, insurance companies wouldn’t stay in business.

Some of the insurance companies that may have some of the above discounts include:

When quoting, ask each company or agent which discounts you may be entitled to. Some of the discounts discussed earlier might not be offered in every state. To view insurers that offer some of these discounts, click here.

Different people need different insurance coverage coverages

When choosing adequate coverage, there is no cookie cutter policy. Everyone’s situation is unique so your insurance needs to address that. Here are some questions about coverages that may help you determine whether your personal situation may require specific advice.

  • Should I buy full coverage?
  • Can my teen drive my company car?
  • Do I need special endorsements for business use of my vehicle?
  • Should I sign the liability waiver when renting a car?
  • Do I need roadside assistance coverage?
  • Will my insurance pay for OEM parts?
  • Should I carry comprehensive and collision coverage?
  • How can I force my company to pay a claim?

If you can’t answer these questions but you know they apply to you, you may need to chat with a licensed insurance agent. To find an agent in your area, simply complete this short form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area. It’s fast, free and you can get the answers you need.

Specific coverage details

Having a good grasp of your policy helps when choosing appropriate coverage for your vehicles. The coverage terms in a policy can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Shown next are the usual coverages available from insurance companies.

UM/UIM Coverage

This coverage provides protection from other motorists when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. It can pay for injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and damage to your BMW M6.

Because many people have only the minimum liability required by law, their limits can quickly be used up. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is a good idea. Usually these coverages do not exceed the liability coverage limits.

Liability coverages

Liability insurance can cover damage that occurs to other people or property by causing an accident. It protects you against claims from other people. Liability doesn’t cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

It consists of three limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. Your policy might show limits of 100/300/100 which stand for $100,000 bodily injury coverage, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and property damage coverage for $100,000. Alternatively, you may have a combined limit which provides one coverage limit with no separate limits for injury or property damage.

Liability coverage pays for claims like medical expenses, emergency aid, legal defense fees and attorney fees. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is up to you, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as high a limit as you can afford.

Medical costs insurance

Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP provide coverage for immediate expenses for things like rehabilitation expenses, pain medications, funeral costs, doctor visits and ambulance fees. The coverages can be used in conjunction with a health insurance plan or if there is no health insurance coverage. Coverage applies to you and your occupants and also covers being hit by a car walking across the street. PIP is only offered in select states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Collision protection

Collision insurance will pay to fix damage to your M6 from colliding with another car or object. You will need to pay your deductible and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.

Collision can pay for claims like backing into a parked car, colliding with a tree, hitting a parking meter and crashing into a building. Collision is rather expensive coverage, so consider dropping it from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to raise the deductible to bring the cost down.

Comprehensive or Other Than Collision

This coverage covers damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You need to pay your deductible first and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for claims like theft, falling objects and vandalism. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the actual cash value, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle’s value it’s not worth carrying full coverage.