6 Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

For many people all over the country, their auto insurance bill represents one of the highest AND most frustrating that they have to pay on a regular basis. Oftentimes, insurance bills can be as high as $200 per month or even higher depending on your particular situation. Aside from the price itself, one of the things that frustrate people the most is that auto insurance is one of the bills that they HAVE to pay as required by law. It can often seem like we keep paying and paying but we never get anything back. The fact is, auto insurance is often the only thing that stands between you and financial devastation in the event of a serious accident. Still, if you can save money on your premiums and still have great coverage, why not go for it?

Let’s check out 6 ways that you can begin saving money on auto insurance right now.

1. Buy a lower priced SAFE vehicle -Now, you may not want to turn in the car you have now, but if you are looking at buying a new one in the future, keep in mind that the more expensive and less safe the car, the higher the insurance premium. Purchasing a used or lower-priced vehicle that has a very high safety rating will go a long way toward your paying low auto insurance premiums.

2. Maximize your discounts – one of the best ways to save on auto insurance is maximizing the discounts available by your particular company. These can include things such as multicar discounts,  a safe driving record,  adding other types of insurance policies with the same company, and even a high credit score in certain instances. In addition, if you or someone in your household is categorized as a younger or inexperienced operator, there may be other discounts available associated with the types of grades on a report card or even the completion of a safe driver program. Make sure to sit down with your agent personally and get a list of the specific discounts offered by your company and how you can take advantage of as many of them as possible.

3. Raise your deductibles – one of the easiest ways to lower insurance premiums is to raise deductibles on certain coverages such as collision and comprehensive. These deductibles represent the amount of money that you are willing to pay in the event of an incident that will be considered a covered claim on your policy for physical damage to your automobile. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium.

4. Drive safely-auto insurance premiums are largely driven by the risk of the operator and weigh heavily on past driving records. If you are a safe driver and don’t have any recent history of speeding tickets or at fault accidents, your insurance premium will be much lower than those without a clear driving record. Driving safely makes sense for many reasons and one of these is the lower insurance premiums you can expect to pay.

5. Establish a long term relationship with your Insurance Agent & Company-speaking of the discounts above, one of the more significant discounts you can receive from a company is a longevity discount which takes into account how long you have been insured with that particular company. The longer you stay with the company, the higher this discount will be. In addition, you may be eligible to take advantage of first accident forgiveness benefits that many companies offer for their longtime customers. This forgiveness will allow your premiums to remain unchanged even in the event of an at fault accident. Make sure to inquire about this particular benefit as it is not available at every company.

6. Use an insurance brokerage – while I just mentioned that staying with the company for long periods of time can result in a discount, using the services of an insurance brokerage to shop your policy may be another good idea for you to help to try to maximize your savings. Because of the claims activity that a particular company can experience, your insurance premiums may be raised significantly even though you yourself did nothing wrong. You see, the insurance premiums we pay take into account the claims from all of the insured at your particular company. Using the services of an insurance brokerage can help you to shop your coverages to other insurance carriers as their prices may be significantly lower than you are paying currently. It’s better to consult a financial advisor to know the best options for you.

The above tips represent six of the most popular ways to save on auto insurance and if you take the time to go over your policy with your insurance agent and keep in mind the principles listed above, it is likely that you’ll be able to save significant amounts of money on your insurance premiums each and every year.

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