How Much Does 1997 Toyota 4Runner Insurance Cost?

Are you tired of not being able to afford to buy car insurance? You are no different than many other consumers. Companies like State Farm and GEICO increase brand awareness with TV and radio ads and it is challenging if not impossible to ignore the flying pigs and cute green geckos and find the best price available.

How to Lower Your Car Insurance Cost

Getting a cheaper price on 1997 Toyota 4Runner insurance can be quick and easy. Drivers just need to take the time comparing rate quotes provided by online insurance companies. This can be accomplished using a couple different methods.

  1. The fastest way consumers can analyze rates is to use a rate comparison form (click to open form in new window). This type of form eliminates the need for separate quotation requests for every car insurance company. In just a few minutes this one form will get you price quotes from all major companies.
  2. A harder way to compare rate quotes requires you to visit the website for every company you want to comare to complete their respective quote request forms. For instance, let’s say you want rates from GEICO, 21st Century and Allstate. You would have to spend time on each company’s site and enter your policy data, which is why the first method is more popular.

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  3. The least recommended way of comparing rate quotes is to waste gas driving to and from local insurance agencies. The internet eliminates the need for an insurance agent unless you prefer the trained guidance only provided by licensed agents. However, consumers can find lower rates online but still have the advice of a local agent and you’ll learn how to do that later.

Whichever method you choose, double check that you are using the exact same information with each company. If you enter unequal deductibles or liability limits it’s impossible to make a fair comparison for your Toyota 4Runner.

Save on 1997 Toyota 4Runner insurance

Companies don’t always list all available discounts in a way that’s easy to find, so here is a list both well-publicized as well as the least known savings tricks you should be using. If you aren’t receiving every discount you deserve, you are throwing money away.

  • Good Students Pay Less – This discount can be rewarded with saving of up to 25%. The good student discount can last well after school through age 25.
  • Use Seat Belts – Drivers who require all occupants to buckle their seat belts can save 10% or more off your PIP or medical payments premium.
  • Discount for New Cars – Insuring a new car can cost up to 25% less because new vehicles have to meet stringent safety requirements.
  • No Charge for an Accident – A few companies will forgive one accident before hitting you with a surcharge as long as you don’t have any claims prior to the accident.
  • Sign Early and Save – A few companies offer discounts for buying a policy before your current expiration date. It can save you around 10%.
  • 55 and Retired – Older drivers can possibly qualify for reduced rates for 4Runner insurance.
  • Lower Rates for Military – Being on active duty in the military could mean lower rates.
  • Passive Restraints and Air Bags – Vehicles with factory air bags or automatic seat belts can qualify for discounts up to 30%.
  • Federal Employees – Being employed by or retired from a federal job may qualify you for a discount for 4Runner insurance with certain companies.
  • Clubs and Organizations – Belonging to a qualifying organization may earn a discount when shopping for insurance coverage for 4Runner insurance.

It’s important to understand that most of the big mark downs will not be given the the whole policy. Most only apply to individual premiums such as liability and collision coverage. Just because it seems like it’s possible to get free car insurance, insurance coverage companies aren’t that generous.

Companies that possibly offer these benefits may include but are not limited to:

Double check with each company which discounts you may be entitled to. Savings might not apply everywhere.

Tailor your coverage to you

When it comes to choosing adequate coverage, there is no “perfect” insurance plan. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so your insurance needs to address that. For instance, these questions might point out if you would benefit from an agent’s advice.

  • Does my insurance cover a custom paint job?
  • Do I pay less for low miles?
  • How do I insure my teen driver?
  • Can I pay claims out-of-pocket if I buy high deductibles?
  • Are there companies who specialize in insuring high-risk drivers?
  • Should I rate my 1997 Toyota 4Runner as pleasure use or commute?
  • Am I covered if I wreck a rental car?
  • What is roadside assistance coverage?
  • Is other people’s property covered if stolen from my vehicle?

If you’re not sure about those questions but you think they might apply to your situation, you may need to chat with a licensed agent. To find an agent in your area, fill out this quick form or you can also visit this page to select a carrier It is quick, free and may give you better protection.

Factors influencing Toyota 4Runner insurance rates

It’s important that you understand some of the elements that play a part in calculating auto insurance rates. Having a good understanding of what influences your rates allows you to make educated decisions that could result in big savings.

Shown below are a few of the “ingredients” companies use to determine premiums.

  • Do men or women drive better? – Statistics have proven women are more cautious behind the wheel. Now that doesn’t mean women are BETTER drivers than men. Men and women have accidents at about the same rate, but the men tend to have more serious accidents. Men also statistically get cited for more serious violations such as reckless driving.
  • Tickets mean higher rates – A bad driving record has a lot to do with how much you pay for insurance. Drivers with clean records have lower premiums than their less careful counterparts. Even a single citation may increase your cost forty percent or more. If you have dangerous violations such as hit and run, DWI or reckless driving convictions may find they need to file a SR-22 with their state motor vehicle department in order to prevent a license revocation.
  • Lower rates with optional equipment – Purchasing a vehicle with anti-theft technology or alarm system can help lower your rates. Anti-theft features such as LoJack tracking devices, vehicle tamper alarm systems or GM’s OnStar system all aid in stopping auto theft.
  • Don’t sacrifice liability coverage – Your policy’s liability coverage provides coverage in the event that a jury decides you are liable for causing damage or personal injury in an accident. It provides legal defense which can cost thousands of dollars. Liability is cheap as compared to coverage for physical damage, so do not skimp.
  • Discounts for multiple policies – Most insurance companies give discounts to policyholders who have multiple policies with them. It’s known as a multi-policy discount. This can amount to 10 percent or more. Even though this discount sounds good, you still need to comparison shop to confirm you are receiving the best rates possible. You may still be able to find better rates by buying insurance from more than one company.
  • Teen drivers pay high rates – More mature drivers are more responsible, tend to file fewer claims and get fewer tickets. Youthful drivers have a tendency to be careless and easily distracted when driving and because of this, their auto insurance rates are much higher.
  • Big city or small town – Living in a rural area can be a good thing when buying auto insurance. Fewer people means fewer accidents. Urban drivers tend to have much more traffic to deal with and a longer drive to work. Longer commute distances translates into higher accident risk.
  • Better credit means lower rates – Your credit score is a huge factor in determining your rates. So if your credit is lower than you’d like, you could potentially save money when insuring your 1997 Toyota 4Runner by improving your credit score. Drivers with high credit ratings tend to file fewer claims and have better driving records than drivers with poor credit.

Is there deception in advertising?

Drivers constantly see and hear ads for car insurance savings from companies such as State Farm, GEICO and Progressive. All the ads make an identical promise that you’ll save big if you move your policy.

How do they all say the same thing?

All the different companies can use profiling for the driver that earns them a profit. An example of a desirable insured could be over the age of 50, owns a home, and has excellent credit. A propective insured who matches those parameters will get very good rates and therefore will save when they switch companies.

Consumers who don’t meet the requirements must pay higher premiums which usually ends up with business not being written. The ads state “people who switch” not “everyone that quotes” save money. That is how insurance companies can claim big savings. This illustrates why drivers should get as many quotes as possible. It is impossible to predict which company will fit your personal profile best.

Coverages available on your policy

Understanding the coverages of your insurance policy helps when choosing the best coverages and the correct deductibles and limits. Insurance terms can be confusing and nobody wants to actually read their policy. Listed below are the normal coverages available from insurance companies.

Collision coverages – This coverage pays for damage to your 4Runner resulting from colliding with another car or object. You have to pay a deductible and then insurance will cover the remainder.

Collision can pay for things such as hitting a parking meter, colliding with a tree, crashing into a building, crashing into a ditch and rolling your car. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from older vehicles. It’s also possible to raise the deductible to bring the cost down.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage – Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage provides protection when the “other guys” are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. It can pay for medical payments for you and your occupants and damage to your Toyota 4Runner.

Due to the fact that many drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, their limits can quickly be used up. So UM/UIM coverage is very important.

Comprehensive coverage – This coverage covers damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You first must pay your deductible and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for claims such as damage from a tornado or hurricane, hitting a bird and hail damage. The highest amount you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the actual cash value, so if the vehicle is not worth much consider dropping full coverage.

Liability auto insurance – This provides protection from damages or injuries you inflict on other people or property that is your fault. This coverage protects you from claims by other people. It does not cover your injuries or vehicle damage.

Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. Your policy might show liability limits of 100/300/100 that means you have $100,000 bodily injury coverage, a limit of $300,000 in injury protection per accident, and a total limit of $100,000 for damage to vehicles and property.

Liability coverage protects against things such as court costs, loss of income, attorney fees, repair bills for other people’s vehicles and repair costs for stationary objects. How much liability should you purchase? That is your choice, but you should buy as much as you can afford.

Medical payments coverage and PIP – Med pay and PIP coverage provide coverage for bills for things like surgery, EMT expenses, rehabilitation expenses, dental work and funeral costs. They are often used to fill the gap from your health insurance plan or if you lack health insurance entirely. Medical payments and PIP cover not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants as well as if you are hit as a while walking down the street. PIP is only offered in select states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Shop smart and save

Affordable 1997 Toyota 4Runner insurance is possible online and also from your neighborhood agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both to have the best rate selection. A few companies may not provide online quoting and usually these small insurance companies provide coverage only through local independent agents.

When you buy insurance online, never sacrifice coverage to reduce premiums. There have been many situations where drivers have reduced comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to find out that saving that couple of dollars actually costed them tens of thousands. Your focus should be to buy the best coverage you can find for the lowest price.

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