Price shopping your insurance coverage is a challenge for consumers not familiar with shopping for insurance online. You have so many options available that it can quickly become a ton of work to find lower rates.
If you currently have car insurance, you stand a good chance to be able to reduce your rates substantially using these tips. The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with how car insurance quotes work and some tricks to saving. But car owners do need to understand how companies sell online because it can help you find the best coverage.
There are a lot of ways to compare car insurance quotes, and some are more efficient than others. You could waste time discussing policy coverages with insurance companies in your area, or you could use the web to achieve your goal.
Many of the larger companies belong to a marketplace where prospective buyers send in one quote, and each company then gives them pricing based on that data. This eliminates the need for quote requests for each company you want a rate for.
To access this free quoting program, click here (opens in new window).
The single downside to pricing coverage this way is you don’t know exactly which insurance companies you want pricing from. If you wish to select from a list of companies to compare rates, we have a page of the cheapest car insurance companies in your area. View list of insurance companies.
Which method you use is up to you, but make darn sure you compare identical deductibles and coverage limits on every quote you get. If the quotes have mixed coverages it will be next to impossible to decipher which rate is best. Quoting even small variations in coverage limits can mean a large discrepancy in price. And when comparing car insurance rates, know that comparing more company’s prices will increase your chances of finding the best offered rates.
Companies that sell car insurance don’t always list every available discount very well, so here is a list some of the best known and also the lesser-known discounts you could be receiving.
Keep in mind that most of the big mark downs will not be given to all coverage premiums. Most only reduce individual premiums such as comp or med pay. So when it seems like adding up those discounts means a free policy, you’re out of luck.
A partial list of companies that may have these money-saving discounts include:
It’s a good idea to ask all companies you are considering what discounts are available to you. Discounts might not be offered everywhere.
When it comes to choosing the best car insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there really is no perfect coverage plan. Everyone’s situation is a little different.
For example, these questions might help in determining whether your personal situation would benefit from professional advice.
If you’re not sure about those questions but you know they apply to you, you may need to chat with an insurance agent. If you want to speak to an agent in your area, fill out this quick form.
Understanding the coverages of your car insurance policy can be of help when determining the best coverages and the correct deductibles and limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be ambiguous and reading a policy is terribly boring.
Uninsured or underinsured coverage – Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage gives you protection when other motorists either have no liability insurance or not enough. Covered losses include hospital bills for your injuries and also any damage incurred to your 2012 Lexus LS 460.
Since a lot of 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.
Collision coverage – This coverage covers damage to your LS 460 caused by collision with an object or car. A deductible applies and then insurance will cover the remainder.
Collision coverage protects against claims like hitting a mailbox, backing into a parked car and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so consider dropping it from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to increase the deductible to bring the cost down.
Comprehensive protection – Comprehensive insurance covers damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You need to pay your deductible first and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive insurance covers claims like fire damage, falling objects and vandalism. The maximum payout a car insurance company will pay at claim time is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s not worth carrying full coverage.
Medical expense coverage – Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage provide coverage for bills like funeral costs, doctor visits, dental work, pain medications and chiropractic care. They are used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. They cover you and your occupants and also covers being hit by a car walking across the street. PIP is only offered in select states but it provides additional coverages not offered by medical payments coverage
Liability car insurance – Liability insurance can cover damages or injuries you inflict on other’s property or people. This insurance 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. Your policy might show limits of 25/50/25 which stand for $25,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $50,000, and property damage coverage for $25,000.
Liability insurance covers things such as attorney fees, emergency aid, legal defense fees, bail bonds and loss of income. How much coverage you buy is up to you, but you should buy as high a limit as you can afford.