Purchasing auto insurance has become so complicated that it almost takes a degree in advanced particle physics just to learn what the options mean.
If you have a family it can be complicated for you since you need to factor in the other drivers and their vehicles. The insurance broker will want to know as many facts about your family as they can, for example they will ask exactly how old each driver is, plus which cars each one is intending to drive as their primary vehicle, how far you drive each day, and what their credit score is among just a few.
There are now easily over a hundred “On-Line” insurance companies to choose from now, and getting them to quote you for free is fast and easy. Most of the on-line entities are brokers who use major insurance companies to provide the actual insurance, and I personally tend to shy away from the ones who do not directly offer the insurance themselves. Narrowing this down to only a handful of companies you want to deal with can take longer than it does to figure out the insurance you need. The challenge grows for each family member and the cars they drive.
Everyone already knows that lowering your coverage to state minimums will drop your rate, but that is not always an option when you have a family. So before we even discuss the best types of car insurance, we need to mention as many of the potential cost cutting devices first. Here is a reasonably thorough list which shows there are a great many places we can save money on our car insurance without compromising on our protection levels.
1) Low Mileage Discounts.
If you do not drive far each day you may qualify for a break here.
2) Car safety discounts.
If your car has various safety features including side air bags, and back up warning devices you can save.
3) Keep your credit score up!
surprisingly the insurance companies believe that folks with poor credit ratings are a higher risk behind the wheel. I don’t necessarily get this connection, but it is one thing they will look at.
4) Good driver discount.
No accidents, no violations, then you may qualify for a big discount here.
5) Find out about group discounts.
If you are a member of any affiliation that is recognized by your insurance company you can get a discount.
6) Comparison shop as much as you possibly can.
Use the Internet to have aggregation type companies compare your rates, also try the big names as well since they will likely be the underwriters you end up with anyhow.
7) Get home and auto policies from the same insurance provider.
If you can “bundle” your policies, then many companies offer 10-15% off the top.
8) Consider the insurance rate in the new area before moving.
Many people do not consider this when moving, but your zip code can have a large impact on your insurance costs. In many areas where it is high you can move just one county over and lower your rates by 20%
9) spying on teen drivers using Cameras and GPS devices.
This is not always the most popular choice for teens, but if it is offered then this can save you significantly on your premiums. The downside is they will know when the driver is behaving badly, and this can affect your rates.
According to “Geico.com” you can net decent premium discounts by getting your insurance through a specific group affiliation such as AARP, Society of Professional Journalists, credit unions, and many more.
Teen drivers can increase the premiums for the entire family since they have been targeted by insurance companies as some of the highest risk drivers. There may be situations where one driver can drag down the rest of the family with their record, and this may call for them to go on their own until their record improves.
According to “carinsurance.com” the average rate for an established family via companies like Safeco, and Liberty Mutual have consistently been below the national average, and their annual rate this month for the average family is just under $1400 per year.
There are many tricks you can use to get your insurance rates down and one of the simplest is to look at going to the lowest allowable coverage for your state. This method is risky in the sense that an accident with injuries can be very costly to you if that coverage is minimal, or worst case, expired!
Make sure to check your coverage before you pay the premiums, and be certain to revisit everything on your policy periodically. Personally I prefer to have a local insurance agent to deal with directly, this way if I need help I can just head over to the office and chat face to face.
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Recent personal experience dealing with Nationwide:
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Checking one large aggregation type company helps see all in one view: