Lower Your 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 Insurance Cost

Are you tired of scraping the payment together to pay your car insurance bill each month? You are in the same boat as millions of other consumers.

Lots of auto insurance companies contend for your hard-earned dollar, and it can be difficult to compare rates and uncover the absolute lowest rate

You should take the time to get comparison quotes yearly since rates are adjusted regularly by insurance companies. Even if you think you had the lowest rates for Ram pickup coverage a few years ago you can probably find a lower rate today. Forget anything you know (or think you know) about auto insurance because we’re going to demonstrate how to use the internet to eliminate unnecessary coverages and save money.

If you are paying for car insurance now, you should be able to cut costs considerably using these tips. Buying car insurance is not that difficult. But vehicle owners do need to understand how companies determine prices and take advantage of how the system works.

Comprehensive Insurance Coverage Comparison Quotes

The are a couple different ways of comparing price quotes from local insurance coverage companies. The best method to find the cheapest 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500 insurance rates is to perform an online rate comparison. This is very easy and can be done in just a few minutes using one of these methods.

  • The easiest and least time consuming way consumers can make multiple comparisons is to use a rate comparison form click here to open form in new window. This type of form saves time by eliminating separate quotation requests for each company you want a rate for. One form submission will return quotes from multiple companies.
  • A different way to compare rate quotes requires a visit to each individual company website to request a price quote. For instance, we’ll pretend you want to compare State Farm, 21st Century and Farmers. To find out each rate you need to take the time to go to each site and enter your policy data, which is why the first method is more popular. For a list of links to companies insuring cars in your area, click here.
  • The hardest way of getting rate comparisons is to drive around to and from local insurance agencies. Shopping for insurance coverage online makes this process obsolete unless you want the personal advice of a local agent. It is possible to comparison shop your insurance online and get advice from an agent in your area and we’ll cover that in a bit.

However you get your quotes, double check that you are using identical deductibles and coverage limits for every company. If each company quotes different deductibles you can’t possibly make an equal comparison. Quoting even small variations in limits could mean much higher rates. And when comparison shopping, obtaining a wide range of quotes will increase your chances of finding a better price.

Do I just need basic coverages?

When choosing the best car insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there isn’t really a cookie cutter policy. Everyone’s needs are different so your insurance needs to address that. For example, these questions can help discover if your situation would benefit from professional advice.

  • Am I covered when renting a car or should I buy coverage from the car rental agency?
  • Are rock chip repairs covered?
  • Does coverage extend to Mexico or Canada?
  • Are all vehicle passengers covered by medical payments coverage?
  • Do all my vehicles need collision coverage?
  • Do I have coverage when pulling a U-Haul trailer?
  • When should I drop full coverage on my 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500?
  • Am I covered when driving a rental car?
  • Am I better off with higher deductibles on my 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500?
  • Is my nanny covered when driving my vehicle?

If it’s difficult to answer those questions, you might consider talking to an insurance agent. To find an agent in your area, complete this form or go to this page to view a list of companies.

Specific coverages for a 1997 Dodge Ram Pickup 1500

Learning about specific coverages of a car insurance policy can help you determine which coverages you need and proper limits and deductibles. The coverage terms in a policy can be impossible to understand and nobody wants to actually read their policy. Shown next are the usual coverages offered by car insurance companies.

Collision coverage

Collision coverage will pay to fix damage to your Ram Pickup 1500 resulting from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You have to pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage protects against things like sustaining damage from a pot hole, sideswiping another vehicle and crashing into a ditch. Collision is rather expensive coverage, so you might think about dropping it from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to raise the deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.

Auto liability insurance

This will cover injuries or damage you cause to other people or property by causing an accident. It protects you against other people’s claims. It does not cover damage to your own property or vehicle.

Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury per person, bodily injury per accident and property damage. You might see liability limits of 25/50/25 which stand for $25,000 bodily injury coverage, a total of $50,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and a total limit of $25,000 for damage to vehicles and property. Alternatively, you may have one number which is a combined single limit which combines the three limits into one amount and claims can be made without the split limit restrictions.

Liability coverage pays for claims such as structural damage, loss of income, emergency aid, pain and suffering and bail bonds. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is a decision to put some thought into, but buy as much as you can afford.

Comprehensive protection

Comprehensive insurance coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage that is not covered by collision coverage. You first must pay your deductible and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive insurance covers things like vandalism, hitting a bird, hitting a deer, damage from flooding and a tree branch falling on your vehicle. The most your car insurance company will pay is the ACV or actual cash value, so if it’s not worth much more than your deductible it’s not worth carrying full coverage.

Medical expense coverage

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage reimburse you for expenses like surgery, hospital visits, dental work and chiropractic care. The coverages can be used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if you are not covered by health insurance. They cover not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants as well as being hit by a car walking across the street. Personal injury protection coverage is not an option in every state but can be used in place of medical payments coverage

Uninsured or underinsured coverage

This coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other drivers when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. Covered claims include medical payments for you and your occupants and damage to your Dodge Ram Pickup 1500.

Since a lot of drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. So UM/UIM coverage is a good idea. Normally the UM/UIM limits are similar to your liability insurance amounts.