Finding car insurance seems like a confusing, time-consuming, costly ordeal, barely more preferable than a root canal. But it doesn’t have to be so painful. It is possible to find affordable, quality car insurance and have it tailored to specific needs by taking just a few simple steps.
First off, simply skipping car insurance altogether is a very bad idea. It may seem like a good money-saving option, but car insurance is legally required in well developed countries. If pulled over or in an accident without car insurance, there are severe legal consequences.
Paying for car insurance is both a necessary and important thing. Insurance rates are highly personalized. They are based on factors such as age, the type of car being insured, the driving record and credit rating of the owner, and the frequency and distance traveled by car each day. College students often qualify for extra-special, below-market insurance rates.
Because insurance rates are specific to the individual, simply asking your colleagues around the water cooler what type of insurance they have is not very useful. One company might give your friend a great rate and give you a terrible one.
What you need to do is get insurance quotes from at least a few different companies. A few quick searches on the internet will take you to sites that allow you to get quotes from different insurance companies. When you visit sites such as these, take your time and read their materials carefully. You might stumble across a piece of advice that helps you a great deal.
Going straight to insurance companies themselves allows you to get a quote easily and quickly. Virtually every quality insurer has an online presence and can generate quotes automatically, or has a toll-free number you can call for a quote. But once again, a particular insurer might be low-cost in general but offer you a high rate. Be absolutely sure you try several insurers before you make a decision.
Once you’ve decided on an insurance company that gives you quality coverage for an affordable rate, saving more money on your payments by increasing the policy’s deductible is one way to lower your monthly premium. A deductible is the amount of money you have to pay in case of an accident. Increasing the deductible is fine as long as you don’t get into an accident. The high deductible becomes very risky if you don’t have money saved up for an emergency, so be careful about raising your deductible beyond your limits.
Another great way to save money on car insurance is to pay your bill in full, rather than the monthly minimum payment. Most insurance companies offer a discount to people who pay their premiums in one lump sum. If you can afford the initial outlay, this is sure to save money.
Lastly, Insurance companies charge more to insure vehicles they consider risky, such as fast sports cars, cars with few safety measures, or cars prone to theft. A modest car with airbags, anti-lock breaks and anti-theft devices will be cheapest to insure. So think twice before purchasing that sports car!