Nowadays auto/car insurance is really expensive. A typical insurance policy can cost a few hundreds dollars, up to a few thousand dollars a year and this seems to get higher every year!
Auto policy costs and regulation vary significantly from state to state, but there are a number of areas that consumers are able to control and adjust to optimize prices and quality.
First is to check your credit rating. Good credit will be interpreted by insurers as less risky. So to ensure accuracy and to correct any inaccurate derogatory points, it’s important for consumers to order copies of their credit report from all major credit agencies.
You should also check your motor vehicle report. Like credit reports, state driving records may include inaccurate data on personal driving records, which are strongly considered when issuing respective individual and family auto rates. Drivers should report errors to both their state motor vehicle department as well as their insurance carrier.
Accident reports must also be double-checked. Occasionally, local law enforcement and insurance accident reports include mistakes that may result in a higher rate. Accident reports affect insurer’s decisions and rates on a cumulative basis particularly if the driver has tickets or accidents down the road.
Never let your coverage lapse because it makes a significant difference in rates. Separately, while deductible amounts initially save drivers in the event of a quick claim, they lost consumers more in the long run due to higher premiums.
Looking for package rates can also help you to lower your premium. You can save substantially by packaging all your insurance policies including auto, home and personal liability together with one company.
Safe drivers are rewarded by insurers. But then, make sure that your policy gives you a good driver discount. Matured drivers who are 55 years old and above, and students who carry a 3.0 grade point average or better receive lower rates from their insurance company.
Next is to take a safety-driving course. Make sure that you’ve registered for a course recognized by your carrier. It will not only cut your rates, but it will likely save in ticket fines, and reduce your risk of bodily injury on the road.
Don’t forget car pool credit because many insurers drop premiums with this, especially if you drive more than 10 miles round-trip. In addition, you’ll save considerably on the rising prices at the pump and lend a hand to Mother Nature knowing that you contribute less to the air pollution.
Because insurance rates vary from car to car, you should check rates before buying a new car. The type of vehicle, engine size, parts costs and safety tests are all favored into insurance premium. Buyers often do not realize the big difference on rates until they drive off a lot.
Lastly, as a driver, you should make sure that you are receiving lower rates for safety features such as air bags and anti-lock brakes. Alarm systems or devices that disable or track vehicles may also qualify for discounts.
Though car insurance is considered the single largest insurance expense after health insurance, you can still save money by following the said ways.