Best Way to Find a Car Insurance Policy

REB Images/Blend Images/Getty Images

Car insurance can be expensive. It is worth taking the time to look for the best policy available to you. You may need to get quotes from several different companies to find the best deal on car insurance. It is worth the time it takes to look at several companies to find the best insurance quotes. You need to understand how car insurance works before you buy a policy.These tips can help you when you shop for a new car insurance policy.

Look for Discounts

Begin by looking for any discounts you qualify for. A professional organization, your employer or your alumni association may offer you a discount at a major auto insurance company. If you have a discount with a particular company you should definitely call for a quote to see if you can save money by using the discount. As you change jobs, be sure you continue to look for discounts. You can all and ask the insurance company to apply additional discounts.

Choose the Right Amount of Coverage

Decide on the level of coverage you need, as well as the types of coverage you need. You will need collision and liability coverage through your state law. The liability will cover the medical costs if you are at fault for an accident. The amounts are set up with the amount the insurance will cover per person, the amount of medical they will cover per accident and the amount they will cover in property damage.

A typical amount would be $100,000/$300,000/$300,000. You want enough coverage to protect your assets if you were to be sued. Collision will pay for the cost of replacing your car if you were in an accident. You are required to have this and comprehensive insurance if you have a loan on the car. They will issue a check for what you car was worth before the accident.

Find Different Quotes

Contact several companies asking for a quote on car insurance with the coverage amounts you have chosen. You can use an online form or contact them by phone. If you prefer working with a person you can also go into a local insurance agency or call them directly instead of using a 1-800 number.

Make Sure You Are Only Paying for the Coverage You Need

Compare the quotes. You may want to opt out of things such as roadside assistance and free car rentals if you are trying to reduce the amount you pay each month. Just be sure you do that every time you call for a quote. Some insurance companies will offer those benefits automatically without raising your rates. You can ask friends and family what car insurance company they use and if they are happy with the service they have received.

Ask for New Rates as Your Insurance Risk Declines

Car insurance rates drop once you are over the age of twenty-five. Tickets will drop off your record after three years. You can call and have your insurance rates adjusted after one of these things happens.

The insurance company may not do this automatically for you. It takes a quick phone call and you may save a lot of money on how much you pay for your car insurance.

Keep Shopping for New Rates

It is worth calling around for a new quote from several different companies every few years, especially if you have remained accident free during that time. Typically the insurance company will raise your rates each year, and may not be able to offer you the same discounts they do to new customers. You can shop for the best rate and then ask your current insurance company if they can match the rate before you switch.

Continue Reading...