Have you fallen victim to an overpriced insurance policy? Believe me, many consumers feel financially strained by their insurance policy.
Since consumers have many choices, it can be diffult for consumers to locate the lowest price insurance company.
Auto insurance companies don’t list every discount very well, so here is a list some of the more common as well as the least known savings tricks you should be using.
Keep in mind that most discounts do not apply to the entire cost. Most only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as liability and collision coverage. So even though they make it sound like all the discounts add up to a free policy, it just doesn’t work that way.
Companies who might offer these money-saving discounts are:
It’s a good idea to ask every prospective company how you can save money. Discounts might not apply in every state.
When it comes to buying coverage, there isn’t really a perfect coverage plan. Every insured’s situation is different and your policy should reflect that. Here are some questions about coverages that can aid in determining whether your personal situation would benefit from professional advice.
If you can’t answer these questions but a few of them apply, you might consider talking to a licensed insurance agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, simply complete this short form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.
Understanding the coverages of a car insurance policy can be of help when determining the best coverages for your vehicles. Car insurance terms can be confusing and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Listed below are the normal coverages available from car insurance companies.
Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants when other motorists do not carry enough liability coverage. It can pay for medical payments for you and your occupants as well as damage to your GMC Jimmy.
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 very important.
This protects you from damages or injuries you inflict on people or other property in an accident. This insurance protects YOU from legal claims by others, and does not provide coverage for damage sustained by your vehicle in an accident.
It consists of three limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. You might see liability limits of 100/300/100 which means a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, $300,000 for the entire accident, and a total limit of $100,000 for damage to vehicles and property.
Liability can pay for things such as structural damage, repair costs for stationary objects, court costs and medical services. How much coverage you buy is up to you, but buy higher limits if possible.
This coverage covers damage from a wide range of events other than collision. You first must pay your deductible and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive coverage protects against things like vandalism, rock chips in glass, hitting a deer and damage from getting keyed. The highest amount 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.
Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for expenses for X-ray expenses, surgery and prosthetic devices. The coverages can be used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance plan or if you are not covered by health insurance. Coverage applies to you and your occupants and will also cover if you are hit as a while walking down the street. PIP is not an option in every state but can be used in place of medical payments coverage
Collision coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage from colliding with a stationary object or other vehicle. You have to pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.
Collision can pay for things such as crashing into a building, sideswiping another vehicle, colliding with a tree and driving through your garage door. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from lower value vehicles. It’s also possible to raise the deductible to bring the cost down.
You just learned many ideas to lower your 1997 GMC Jimmy insurance rates. The most important thing to understand is the more quotes you get, the better your comparison will be. You may even discover the lowest premiums are with an unexpected company. Regional companies can often provide lower rates in certain areas than the large multi-state companies such as Geico and State Farm.
As you restructure your insurance plan, it’s not a good idea to buy less coverage just to save a little money. There have been many cases where an accident victim reduced comprehensive coverage or liability limits and found out when filing a claim that it was a big error on their part. Your goal should be to buy enough coverage at an affordable rate, not the least amount of coverage.
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