Low Cost Auto Insurance
So the time has come to insure your car, and you have checked your bank balance and are wondering how on earth you are going to afford this payment. But pay you must, as without auto insurance, you have no business taking your car out on the road. There is the risk of being fined and sometimes arrested, and of course the risk that something nasty could happen, if you are not insured. So here’s how you can make an intelligent decision about getting low cost auto insurance.
Protecting your vehicle
Whilst deciding which auto insurance company to use is important, there are many ways that you can enhance your opportunities to get auto insurance at affordable premiums. It is about understanding some basic tips and tricks that will help reduce your premiums and increase your coverage all in one go.
One basic principle is that insurers are interested in how safe your car is from theft. With car theft being so prevalent, if your vehicle comes with anti theft devices, this will result in you getting a discount on your car insurance. If your vehicle already comes with this, that would be an advantage, but if it does not, consider installing a basic anti theft device into your car. Ensure you tell the insurance company this when applying for insurance.
Tips about interacting with insurance companies
One of the best strategies when purchasing insurance is to insure more than one vehicle with the insurance company. By insuring two or more vehicles, you should ask your insurance agent whether you could get a discount. If you already have more than one car insured with the same provider, another little tip concerns the sale of either vehicle. In most cases, when you sell one of your vehicles, you expect that the insurance will be transferred, which is normally the case, but the premiums that you have paid are not actually transferred. Therefore, there is no harm in letting that insurance complete its cycle (while you have the benefit of discounts for insuring more than one vehicle) since the premium is locked in anyway.
Another way to save some money on premiums is to lock in a yearly policy instead of a six monthly policy. This will result in savings on the premiums as you will find that a six monthly policy is not about just dividing the yearly policy premiums into two, but there are additional charges that are incurred for this.
Checking your mileage is also a useful factor. You will need to have a rough idea of how many miles you actually use daily, for example to get to and from work. Based on this, when the insurance company inquires about how many miles you travel each day, and you can specify the to and from work mileage, this may result in your vehicle being classified under a particular class. Different classes have different premiums. The lower the mileage, the lower the premium!
Most of us are members of a variety of organizations and clubs. The question is whether membership has its privileges! Check with the clubs and associations you are a member of, and inquire whether they are linked to any specific insurance companies, and whether by showing your club membership, you will be eligible to some discounts. You will be surprised at how often this is actually available but you may not have been aware about it in the first instance.
One of the more common things people do to lower their premiums is to reduce their coverage. Whilst most states now require a minimum specified coverage, and you must make sure you comply with that, try not to reduce your premiums too much by cutting into the protection that such insurance provides you. To do this, the best way is to explore increasing your deductibles. If your vehicle is still on loan, you will probably have about $1000 deductible, and this will help. However, be careful about reducing your coverage too much because you may find that in the event that you need these funds, the amount receivable may end up being insufficient to cover your needs.
Basically, the above mentioned are some of the steps that you can take to reduce the insurance premiums that are payable and enjoy the benefits of low cost auto insurance without compromising on the quality of what you receive.