Louisiana does not tolerate drivers who drive without car insurance. Did you know that if you are stopped for any reason and you cannot show proof of current insurance the officer who stopped you has the power to physically remove your car’s license plates right then and there and impound your car? And did you know that if you can’t show proof of insurance within 3 days your license plates can be destroyed?
Luckily there are several simple things you can do that will help to lower the cost of your car insurance.
Pay your premium automatically each month out of your checking account.
Park your car in a garage at night.
Cut down on your driving. Use public transportation for the majority of your “driving” and leave your car parked at home. If you can lower your monthly driving to below 500 miles per month you may qualify for a substantial Low-Mileage Discount.
Don’t file a bunch of small claims. If you can go six to twelve months without filing a claim you may qualify for a Good Driver Discount.
Join or start a carpool at work. Did you know that a portion of your monthly premium is based on the number of times you drive back and forth to work every month? If you can cut that number in half then you will qualify for a discount on your car insurance.
Likewise, if you retire or stop driving to work for any other reason let your agent know. You could save quite a bit on your car insurance every month.
See if you can find group car insurance. Often your place of employment may offer its workers low-cost group car insurance. But even if your work doesn’t offer group car insurance you still may be able to find it through one of the clubs, organizations, associations or groups you or a friend or a family member belongs to.
If you are married listing the wife as the primary driver and the husband as the secondary driver will save you money.
Some companies will give you a discount if you purchase and use a simple steering wheel locking device. Talk to your agent about other simple and inexpensive anti-theft devices that could save you money month after month.
If you have AAA or if you have a credit card that provides for free towing then don’t bother to pay for towing through your car insurance.
If your car is an older model, especially one that no longer has much Kelly Blue Book value, drop your collision and comprehensive coverage and put aside what you save for a newer car.
Increasing your deductible will save you money on your premium payment immediately. Just don’t agree to pay a larger deductible than you can actually afford to pay.
Buying your car insurance online will almost always save you money, but don’t fall into the easy trap of thinking that you just have to compare prices at only one of the websites designed for making quick and easy price comparisons. Each site only compares a limited number of insurance companies; if you really want to find the very best deal possible you’ll need to compare policy prices on at least 3 different sites.
You’ll also need to use what you have learned in this article and fill out the forms on all three sites exactly the same. In this way you’ll be comparing the same insurance policy each time and your comparison will actually make sense.
Once you’ve finish making your comparisons then it’s a simple matter of choosing the lowest-priced policy you can find. You’re done. You’re now an expert when it comes to knowing how to get affordable car insurance in Louisiana.