Tips for Lowering Auto Insurance


Auto insurance can take a good chunk of your salary each month, and although it is necessary, there is no reason why you should pay more than you have to. There are numerous ways in which you can save on the cost of insurance for your vehicle. One of the most important things you can do to ensure you pay the lowest possible price for auto insurance is to compare prices. Instead of getting complacent and simply renewing the same insurance every time it comes due, do yourself a favor and look to see what other auto insurance companies have to offer.

Some of the ways in which you can save money on car insurance depend on you, the driver, and other factors that affect the price of your auto insurance premiums have to do with your car. Let’s first take a look at what you can do to lower the cost of your premiums. First, and foremost, make sure that you have a good driving record. Drive the speed limit, pay any tickets on time, and always keep the required amount of insurance on your car. Tickets for no insurance are expensive; they often run $300 or more, so it is to your advantage to always keep at least the minimum amount of insurance that your state requires.

It is a good idea to get a copy of your motor vehicle report before you pay for auto insurance. This way, you can look at the same report that the insurance agency will look at when they determine the cost of your insurance premiums. If there is a mistake, you will know that you need to contact someone. If there is no mistake, then at least you will know what you are up against. However, if you want low auto insurance premiums, keep in mind that your driving record is a factor in determining the price you will pay.

The kind of car you drive will also be a factor in determining the cost of your auto insurance. While you may not be able to do anything about this immediately, it is a good idea to find out how much your insurance will cost before you buy your next vehicle. Some people mistakenly believe that only fancy sports cars cost a lot to insure, but there are other factors that could make your auto insurance premiums rise. For example, if you drive the kind of car that gets stolen very often, you will pay more for insurance than someone who drives a car that isn’t stolen very often.

Most states keep a list of the ten most stolen vehicles for that state, and it would be a good idea to take a look at this list before you buy your next vehicle. Also, take a look at vehicle safety ratings. Cars that are safer to drive cost less to insure than vehicles that have poor safety ratings. In addition, if it will cost a lot to repair your car, it may cost more to insure it. As you can see, the kind of car you drive has a significant bearing on how much you will pay for insurance.

Say you have a good driving record and you drive a car that isn’t particularly high to insure. What else can you do to lower your auto insurance premiums? Ask for discounts. Not all insurance companies offer the same discounts in all states, but it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the various types of car insurance discounts so you will know whether or not you qualify for them. It is also important to note that discounts for car insurance are taken on different parts of the policy, so even if you qualify for a discount, it won’t apply unless you are purchasing that type of insurance. For example, some discounts are only taken on the collision part of an insurance policy, so in order to benefit, you would need to buy collision insurance.

Insurance companies don’t always proactively offer discounts, so it is important to ask about each discount they do offer. Then you can determine whether or not you qualify. By spending a little time comparing prices and ensuring that your driving record is clean, you can make sure you pay the lowest price possible for auto insurance. Also, remember to make sure that you have appropriate safety equipment installed on your car and check out insurance premiums before you buy your next vehicle.

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jason – who has written posts on Budget Clowns.
Father of three and married to a lovely women. Always looking for ways to save money, and invest it properly for my children's future.

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