I’m amazed by how many people are just settling for what ever price their insurance gave them. This is the biggest mistake there is. The reason most people do this is because their are lazy and don’t want the spend the time they think it takes to get multiple quotes.
Getting multiple quotes will save you a small fortune. It can be done in minutes. But I will get to than in a minute.
Auto insurance companies have different ways to measure how much risk you bring them. This means that the same insurance product can result in very different prices from the different insurance companies. I most cases the price difference is around $400 from the most expensive to the least expensive. In the extreme cases the difference can get close to $1000.
Another reason the quotes from companies can be so different is that they have other corporate strategies. One company may be more interested in home insurance, health insurance than auto insurance. This always results in them having higher prices than a company who’s number one strategy is auto insurance.
Nowadays it is much easier and faster to get multiple quotes. The reason: The Internet. Today you can get quotes from all the companies you normally would have to call in minutes. On top of that you can get quotes from the companies you didn’t even know existed. There are many insurance companies that do all their business online. This means they have lower costs than regular insurance companies and therefor can provide you with the same insurance at a lower price. Many of the bigger companies will offer you discounts of up to 50% if you only deal with them online.
I have provided a link at the bottom where you can get multiple quotes.
2. Make Your Deductible higher
Many people have very low deductibles. They simple don’t want to pay any money if they get into an accident. This is understandable, but it is the wrong way to pay for auto insurance. When you choose a low deductible you automatically choose a high premium. Lets say you get into an accident where the damages are only around $1000 (Most accidents are small). If you have no deductible you don’t have to pay right? Wrong. When you tell your insurance company that you were in an accident and they have to pay $1000, they will automatically raise you insurance costs. So in the end you end up paying more than the $1000. If your deductible was higher, you would have to pay for the accident yourself (because it was a small accident that only had $1000 worth of damages), but the insurance company would not raise your insurance costs. The more you are willing to pay in the event of an accident the lower your premium will be.
3. No-Claims Record
If you have had insurance for a while, but have never made any claims, you have a perfect no-claims record. This record will give you big discounts. Insurance companies reward a no-claim record by taking up to 70% of the premium. This record is worth protecting. If you change insurance company, make sure they know about your no-claims record.
Most insurance companies have the option to add an “accident forgiveness” addendum to your policy. This means that if you cause an accident, they will not delete your perfect record. If you were rated with 6 stars, they might bring you down to 5 stars instead of setting you all the way back to zero stars. This will prevent your insurance cost from going up in the event of an accident. In most cases this “accident forgiveness” comes with a very reasonable fee.
4. Lower Your Cover
Most states have a minimum requirement of auto insurance. This minimum mandates that you are insured for any damage you cause other people or their property in the event of an accident. Most people also include protection against theft and fire to their own vehicles as well. I don’t recommend only having the liability coverage, but I also don’t recommend having too much cover. Having too much cover has the following drawbacks.
1. It costs a lot more than the minimum cover.
2. If your car gets destroyed the insurance company will only pay you what their think your car is worth. If your car is an older model and has low value, a comprehensive cover might not actually be worth paying extra. You might just end up paying for nothing.
If you live in an area with a history of higher insurance claims, the insurance premiums will be higher in that area. The history of higher claims could be the result of a higher crime-rate which makes the risk of your car getting stolen higher. This can be fixed. If you park your car in a garage or another secure location that will make the risk of theft lower, your insurance company will reduce the cost of your premium because you pose a smaller risk to them.
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6. No High-Risk Drivers
You can have a number of people insured under the same policy. This is less expensive than having multiple insurances. If you add people the insurance company considers low-risk, your premium will not go up by much. If you add high-risk drives to your insurance policy you premiums will go up by a lot. If one of the drivers get into an accident in your car it will make your insurance cost more. This is also the case if you were not in the car at the time of the accident.
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