Did you fall for a flashy sales pitch and buy an underperforming, overpriced insurance policy? Believe me when I say there are lots of people in the same boat.
Numerous insurers battle for your business, so it can be very hard to choose a insurer to find the absolute best rates possible.
It’s a good idea to compare rates quite often because rates go up and down regularly. If you had the best rates on XL-7 coverage two years ago you can probably find a lower rate today. Block out anything you think you know about insurance because you’re about to learn the easiest way to eliminate unnecessary coverages and save money.
If you are paying for car insurance now, you stand a good chance to be able to lower your premiums substantially using this information. Finding affordable coverage is easy if you know what you’re doing. But consumers must comprehend the way companies market insurance on the web.
The quickest method we recommend to compare car insurance rates takes advantage of the fact most of the larger companies provide online access to compare their rates. All you need to do is provide information including the year, make and model of vehicles, what your job is, if you’re married, and whether you drive to work or school. The data is submitted instantly to multiple companies and you get price estimates immediately.
The price of auto insurance can be rather high, but there are discounts available to reduce the price significantly. Certain discounts will be triggered automatically at the time of purchase, but some may not be applied and must be asked for prior to getting the savings.
Consumers should know that most credits do not apply to the entire cost. Most only cut specific coverage prices like physical damage coverage or medical payments. Just because it seems like having all the discounts means you get insurance for free, companies don’t profit that way. Any qualifying discounts will cut your premiums.
To see a list of providers offering insurance discounts, click here to view.
When buying coverage, there really is no “perfect” insurance plan. Each situation is unique and a cookie cutter policy won’t apply. Here are some questions about coverages that may help you determine if your situation would benefit from professional advice.
If you’re not sure about those questions, then you may want to think about talking to a licensed insurance agent. If you don’t have a local agent, complete this form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.
Knowing the specifics of your insurance policy can help you determine the best coverages and proper limits and deductibles. The coverage terms in a policy can be ambiguous and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Below you’ll find typical coverages offered by insurance companies.
Coverage for medical expenses – Med pay and PIP coverage kick in for immediate expenses such as X-ray expenses, rehabilitation expenses, hospital visits, EMT expenses and doctor visits. They are utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if you are not covered by health insurance. It covers both the driver and occupants and also covers if you are hit as a while walking down the street. PIP coverage is not universally available but it provides additional coverages not offered by medical payments coverage
Collision coverages – Collision coverage covers damage to your XL-7 resulting from a collision with an object or car. You will need to pay your deductible and the rest of the damage will be paid by collision coverage.
Collision coverage protects against things like sustaining damage from a pot hole, colliding with a tree, scraping a guard rail, hitting a mailbox and driving through your garage door. Collision is rather expensive coverage, so consider removing coverage from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to bump up the deductible to save money on collision insurance.
Auto liability – This coverage can cover damage that occurs to a person or their property. It protects you from claims by other people, and doesn’t cover damage sustained by your vehicle in an accident.
Liability coverage has three limits: per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. You commonly see values of 25/50/25 that means you have $25,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $50,000, and $25,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Alternatively, you may have a combined limit which provides one coverage limit rather than limiting it on a per person basis.
Liability coverage pays for things like structural damage, attorney fees and repair costs for stationary objects. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is up to you, but consider buying as high a limit as you can afford.
Comprehensive insurance – This coverage covers damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. You need to pay your deductible first and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive coverage protects against claims like a tree branch falling on your vehicle, falling objects and hail damage. The highest amount you’ll receive from a claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s not worth carrying full coverage.
Coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers – This gives you protection from other motorists when they do not carry enough liability coverage. Covered losses include hospital bills for your injuries as well as damage to your Suzuki XL-7.
Since many drivers only purchase the least amount of liability that is required, it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked. Frequently these coverages are set the same as your liablity limits.