Ten Golden Rules to Save on Auto Insurance
Auto Insurance is a bouquet of different covers like liability insurance; collision insurance; comprehensive insurance; medical insurance; uninsured motorist insurance; rental reimbursement; towing and labor cost coverage; as well as gap coverage. What is essential and what will protect a car owner from problems varies from state to state. It is advisable to insure for a little more than absolutely necessary. Insurance premiums can be prohibitively high so, as an informed consumer you must do your research thoroughly. Golden rules: • Access consumer information available on the state’s insurance department web site. Read all the guidelines and determine what coverage is required by you.
Be sure to read the sample rates listed. This research will give you a fair idea of what the premiums are likely to be. • Ask for quotes from at least three big players in the auto insurance business. Companies like Geico http://www.geico.
com/ ; Amica http://www.amica.com/ ; State Farm http://www.statefarm.com/ ; and Allstate http://www.allstate.com/ . • Find out what is the highest deductible permissible and if you can afford it. Generally increasing a deductible from US$ 200 to US$ 500 can reduce premiums payable by as much as 30 %. • Evaluate the worth of your car.
If it is old and worth less than US$ 2000 then you can consider opting out of collision and comprehensive coverage for the car. The premiums paid will be much higher than what you will collect. Ask the insurance companies to evaluate the market value of the car. Find out the worth of you car by using http://www.kbb.com/ the site of Kelley Blue Book. • Use common sense when buying a car. Be sure to choose one that does not require higher insurance premiums. It is important to not just consider buying costs but cost of insurance too. • Find out if the insurance company has a scheme that offers discounts on the basis of lower usage or mileage.
Some companies offer discounts if you utilize public transport to go to work. They require you to submit proof that you do. • Ensure that your insurance credit history is accurate. Many insurers use credit history as a basis to calculate premiums. • Study the laws of the state where you live. Find out whether any further adjustments in premiums can be made because you car if fitted with: airlock brakes, air bags, and other safety features. Find out from the companies as well as your agent. • Find out whether membership to organizations like American Automobile Association makes you eligible for any discounts. Ask about trade, professional associations, and corporate benefit’s program. Some companies offer: student’s discounts for students with a GPA of 3.
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