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Monthly Archives: March 2018

Automobile Insurance

To protect your own interests, you need to do your own research and come up with your own plan. Then, take what the agent tells you and filter it through what you’ve already learned. This is definitely a situation where being informed can save you a lot of money.

Doing this kind of research is really easy today. Just get on the Internet, go on over to Google and start looking. There are thousands of insurance agents all over the country with websites. And each of them has filled their site with information designed to help you understand what insurance coverage is available and what all the industry terms mean.

The first auto insurance coverage you should look at is the liability coverage. In most states this also includes bodily injury. Almost all states have required minimums for this type of coverage. But are those minimums right for you? Only you can decide.

Choosing the minimum coverage will save you money up front in premiums, but what if there ever was an accident? Could you afford it? Once your coverage levels are maxed out, the insurance company stops paying and you’re responsible to take over the financial obligations. This means that if you or someone that you injure has ongoing medical issues, once your coverage limit has been reached, the insurance company will stop paying the bills. You’ll then be responsible. Are you in a financial situation where you can handle that? Even if you are, is that what you want to be spending your money on?

My advice is to get the prices from your agent on the different levels of liability coverage. Then see what fits into your budget. Usually the premium prices are not that much more each month for what can be a sizeable difference in coverage limits.

So you can see why you shouldn’t just go with the minimums because they’re cheaper. Get the numbers, do the research, get advice from your agent – then make your decision. Find the limit that makes you feel most comfortable.

Defensive Driving

This course can teach you laws and safety normal drivers may not be aware of. In fact one of the best reasons for the course is the savings you get on auto insurance. These companies know and understand the importance of drivers taking the defensive driving course. In fact many auto insurance companies offer savings up to 10% off your monthly payment or premiums.

Another great benefit of taking the course is your driving record. Most states allow you to take the defensive driving course to keep a ticket off your driving record. In most cases you need to ask a judge on or before your court date if this option is available. The judge and court system is very aware of what defensive driving can to do to make you a better, safer and more informed driver. This will help you keep your driving record clean. In return you will be more likely to get a job in which driving is required and keep your insurance cost from sky rocketing.

Did you know? That having a ticket on your driving record can increase your monthly payments $20, $30 even $40 or more.

Defensive Driving Course Options: There are so many people taking the course that most states offering it are expanding your options. You must take a state approved driving course to get all the benefits above. Please make sure you take the appropriate course to get the proper credit.

Class: You can find a list of local classes from your court documents in most cases. These classes is probably the most popular option among the public. You can schedule a date that is convenient. Most courts allow a month or so to take the class. The course takes about 8 hours. They now have classes that offer you a dinner at the same time. Contact your local state approved instructor for more information.

Reduce Car Insurance Premiums

1. Shop For A New Policy. Even with “loyalty discounts” in place, many consumers will find that a competing company will offer significant savings over your current plan. This especially holds true if your state recently opened up the market to invite more competition in.

2. Change Your Coverage. If your vehicle is old, you many want to consider dropping collision coverage. Your comprehensive coverage may also be due for reexamination. Finally, make sure that there aren’t duplicate costs included such as towing insurance if already offered through your automobile club.

3. Family Status. You may be paying more for your insurance if your policy shows that you are single when, in fact, you were recently married. Rates are generally lowered for married folks as well as those over a certain age.

4. Up Your Deductible. You can realize instant savings by raising the deductible you are willing to pay. Maybe you don’t need a $200 collision deductible when $500 is sufficient.

5. Get Security Discounts. If you park your car in a locked garage and/or have an alarm system installed make sure that your insurer is aware of this as your premium will be adjusted downward.

Routes to Cheaper Car Insurance

1) Shop around and buy online: Figures show that many people simply renew their current policies without shopping around. The internet makes it easy to compare prices from different insurers, so why not take advantage of this? Plus, you’ll usually get a discount of 10% or more just for buying your policy online.

2) Policy type: do you really need a comprehensive policy with all the extras? Going for a third party fire & theft policy can reduce your premiums hugely, and is definitely worth considering if your car isn’t an expensive model.

3) No claims discounts: Nearly all policies feature a discount that increases for every year you don’t make a claim. The higher the discount available, the more you could save. Also look at insurers offering a ‘no claims bonus for life’ feature, where your current discount level can be fixed forever, even if you have to make a claim somewhere down the line.

4) Excess: The excess on a policy is the amount of a claim you have to pay before the insurer pays the rest. Choosing to have a higher than standard excess level will usually mean lower premiums.

5) Security: Fitting your vehicle with an alarm, immobiliser, or other security devices can lead to premium reductions. Parking you car off-road, for example on a driveway or in a garage, will also mean a cheaper policy.

6) Pay annually: Many insurers charge you interest for the privilege of paying in monthly installments. Pay annually if you can afford it to avoid this, or look for one of the companies who don’t charge extra for monthly payment.

7) Mileage: The more mileage you run up every year, the more your insurance will cost. Even if you can’t reduce your mileage, make sure you’re not overestimating how much you actually do drive, and give your insurer an accurate figure.

8) Drivers: The more drivers you have on your policy, the more it will cost. Reduce the number of people insured to drive your car to the minimum possible, and try to get the policy in the name of a driver with the lowest risk profile. For example, if a car is driven by both a man and a woman, insuring it in the woman’s name will often result in a cheaper quote.