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UPDATED: Oct 14, 2017

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Finding inexpensive insurance can be complicated if you are one of the many people who have never used online price quotes. Don’t be overwhelmed because using the internet to shop for insurance is actually quite easy.

Get lower-cost car insurance with discounts

Companies offering auto insurance don’t always publicize every policy discount in a way that’s easy to find, so the list below gives a summary of some of the best known and the harder-to-find discounts you could be receiving when you buy insurance online.

  • Pay Upfront and Save – If you pay your bill all at once instead of paying each month you can avoid monthly service charges.
  • Passenger Safety Discount – Factory options such as air bags or motorized seat belts may earn rate discounts of up to 25% or more.
  • Discount for Low Mileage – Keeping the miles down on your Honda can earn substantially lower prices.
  • No Charge for an Accident – Not really a discount, but some insurance companies will let one accident slide without getting socked with a rate hike so long as you haven’t had any claims prior to being involved in the accident.
  • Discount for Home Ownership – Owning a home may trigger a policy discount on car insurance because maintaining a house means you have a higher level of financial diligence.

A quick disclaimer, most discount credits are not given to your bottom line cost. Most only cut the price of certain insurance coverages like physical damage coverage or medical payments. If you do the math and it seems like you can get free auto insurance, it’s just not the way it works. But any discount will help lower your policy premium.

A list of companies and their offered discounts can be read below.

  • GEICO may have discounts that include membership and employees, emergency military deployment, good student, anti-theft, and military active duty.
  • Travelers offers discounts for student away at school, continuous insurance, payment discounts, good student, early quote, multi-car, and home ownership.
  • Farm Bureau policyholders can earn discounts including youthful driver, renewal discount, safe driver, multi-policy, 55 and retired, and good student.
  • Liberty Mutual may include discounts for newly married, newly retired, multi-car, good student, and preferred payment discount.
  • American Family discounts include good driver, air bags, bundled insurance, early bird, defensive driver, and mySafetyValet.
  • Progressive offers premium reductions for homeowner, online signing, continuous coverage, online quote discount, multi-policy, and good student.

Double check with every prospective company to give you their best rates. Savings may not be available everywhere.

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Affordable car insurance rate quotes online

When shopping for car insurance there are multiple ways to compare prices from local car insurance companies. One of the best ways to find cheaper 2015 Honda Odyssey rates is to perform an online rate comparison. It’s really quite simple and can be done in a couple minutes as outlined below.

One of the best ways to find low rates is a comparison rater form click here to open form in new window. This style of form saves time by eliminating separate quotes to each individual car insurance company. Filling out one form gets insurance cost estimates from all major companies.It’s the quickest way to get rates.

A more difficult way to compare rate quotes requires visiting the website for each individual company to complete a price quote. For examples sake, let’s assume you want to view quotes from State Farm, Farmers and American Family. You would be required to visit each site and enter your information, which is why first method is reommended. To view a list of companies in your area, click here.

How you compare quotes is your choice, just double check that you are using exactly the same coverage limits for each comparison quote. If your comparisons have different data it will be very difficult to find the best deal for your Honda Odyssey. Slightly different coverage limits could throw off the whole comparison. It’s important to know that comparing a large number of companies gives you a better chance of getting lower pricing. Some smaller insurers to not give price estimates online, so you should also compare price quotes from them as well.

Five things that impact your insurance prices

Lots of things are part of the equation when you get a price on insurance. Some are obvious like a motor vehicle report, but other criteria are more transparent such as your credit history or your vehicle rating.

Shown below are a partial list of the pieces companies use to determine your premiums.

  • Women tend to take less risk – The statistics show females are less aggressive when driving. This data doesn’t prove that men are worse drivers. Females and males cause at-fault accidents in similar percentages, but guys cause more damage. Men also have more aggressive citations such as reckless driving.
  • Mature drivers pay less – Mature drivers have been proven to be more responsible, are lower risk to insure , and are generally more financially stable.Inexperience drivers are proven to be less responsible when driving therefore insurance rates are much higher.
  • Good credit equals lower premiums – Your credit history can be a huge factor in determining your rates. People that have excellent credit tend to file fewer claims and have better driving records than drivers who have lower ratings. So if your credit history can be improved, you may save money insuring your 2015 Honda Odyssey by improving your credit score.
  • Driving citations will cost you – Getting just one speeding ticket or other violation may increase your cost twenty percent or more. Careful drivers receive lower rates than bad drivers. Drivers with license-revoking violations such as DUI or willful reckless driving may need to file a SR-22 with their state DMV in order to prevent a license revocation.
  • Big cities have higher prices – Living in less populated areas has definite advantages when it comes to insurance. City drivers have to deal with more road rage incidents and higher rates of accident claims. Fewer drivers on the road means reduced accidents in addition to lower liability claims

Tailor your car insurance coverage to you

When choosing the right insurance coverage, there isn’t really a perfect coverage plan. Every situation is different.

For instance, these questions may help you determine whether you would benefit from professional advice.

  • Should I have a commercial auto policy?
  • Am I insured when driving a different vehicle?
  • Does medical payments coverage apply to all occupants?
  • Am I covered if I hit my neighbor’s mailbox?
  • Can I rent a car in Mexico?
  • What is covered by UM/UIM coverage?
  • Does coverage extend to Mexico or Canada?
  • When do I need to add a new car to my policy?
  • Do I have coverage for damage caused while driving under the influence?

If you’re not sure about those questions but you know they apply to you then you might want to talk to an agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, complete this form.

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Car insurance coverage information

Learning about specific coverages of your policy helps when choosing appropriate coverage at the best deductibles and correct limits. Car insurance terms can be confusing and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording.

Comprehensive auto coverage

This coverage pays for damage from a wide range of events other than collision. A deductible will apply then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive can pay for things such as hitting a bird, fire damage and hail damage. The maximum amount you’ll receive from a claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.

Medical payments and PIP coverage

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance provide coverage for immediate expenses for funeral costs, dental work and pain medications. They are often used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. They cover all vehicle occupants in addition to getting struck while a pedestrian. Personal Injury Protection is only offered in select states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Collision coverage protection

This coverage will pay to fix damage to your Odyssey resulting from colliding with a stationary object or other vehicle. You will need to pay your deductible and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.

Collision coverage pays for claims such as damaging your car on a curb, sideswiping another vehicle and hitting a mailbox. This coverage can be expensive, so you might think about dropping it from lower value vehicles. You can also bump up the deductible to save money on collision insurance.

UM/UIM (Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist) coverage

This coverage protects you and your vehicle when the “other guys” either have no liability insurance or not enough. This coverage pays for hospital bills for your injuries as well as your vehicle’s damage.

Since many drivers have only the minimum liability required by law, their limits can quickly be used up. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked. Most of the time your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages are identical to your policy’s liability coverage.

Liability coverage

This can cover damage or injury you incur to other’s property or people that is your fault. This insurance protects YOU from claims by other people, and does not provide coverage for your own vehicle damage or injuries.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. Your policy might show values of 100/300/100 which means a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, a limit of $300,000 in injury protection per accident, and $100,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Some companies may use a combined limit that pays claims from the same limit rather than limiting it on a per person basis.

Liability coverage pays for claims like repair costs for stationary objects, attorney fees, loss of income and court costs. How much liability should you purchase? That is a personal decision, but buy as much as you can afford.

Better coverage you can count on

Budget-conscious 2015 Honda Odyssey insurance is attainable from both online companies in addition to local insurance agencies, so you need to quote insurance with both so you have a total pricing picture. Some car insurance companies do not offer rate quotes online and most of the time these regional carriers only sell through local independent agents.

While you’re price shopping online, you should never reduce coverage to reduce premium. In too many instances, someone dropped full coverage only to regret that it was a big error on their part. The proper strategy is to buy the best coverage you can find at a price you can afford but still have enough coverage for asset protection.

Insureds switch companies for any number of reasons including denial of a claim, not issuing a premium refund, questionable increases in premium or delays in paying claims. Whatever your reason, finding a great new company is actually quite simple.

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