The insurance premiums you pay to insure your automobile often varies greatly between individual insurance companies, agents and brokers. In fact, identical coverage can vary by hundreds of dollars annually. Before you renew your automobile policy, take the time to call several different insurance companies or go online to check out comparison rates. This will give you an idea of which companies offer the fairest prices…but don’t let price alone determine your decision. Sacrificing service for cost can be a huge mistake.
Consider a higher deductible.
Your deductible is the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket when and if a claim is filed. Simply by increasing your deductible from $100 to $500 on your collision coverage, you might be able to reduce your annual cost by as much as 10% to 30%.
Before you buy a new car, find out how much it will cost to insure the new vehicle.
Some vehicles seem to be magnets for car thieves and this “curb appeal” is reflected in the price of comprehensive coverage (fire and theft) which is a generally a standard part of your automobile policy. Expensive automobiles whose cost of repair (in case of collision) is very, very high also can raise your auto premiums substantially.
Ask if there are discounts for insuring your home and auto with the same company.
Many companies offer a discount on your automobile policy if you have a home is also insured through their agencies. If you don’t own a home, sometimes a renter’s insurance policy qualifies you for a discount as well.
Find out if the insurance company offers a discount for automatic seat belts, airbags, anti-lock brakes or anti theft devices.
Always ask if there are any additional discounts for “safety” devices. Even a small savings adds up.
If you have a student, inquire about discounts for good grades.
Many companies offer a discount to students whose grade average is above a 3.0 or B+. All you have to do is provide a school transcript to your agent.
Inquire about discounts if you are over 55 years of age and retired.
Some companies offer reduced rates for senior citizens and retirees.
Ask about Good Driving discounts
Great driving records are usually rewarded in reduced rates. Even with the rising cost of insurance you should see a reduction in your premium.
Ask if there is a discount for low mileage.
Some companies offer reduced rates to drivers whose work is close to their home or who drive less than a set number of miles per year. Find out if this discount applies to you.
We hope that you have found this information helpful. Our goal is to help you make an intelligent, informed decision when choosing an insurance agent and insurance company that can offer you the most affordable premiums as well as superior service.