You’re got to insure your car, right? Most states require it and many drivers benefit from it. While taking out a policy is important, finding the right policy is equally important. Let’s review a few tips that can help you to make the right auto insurance decisions.
If you have a student in college who is not driving one of the family cars, speak to your auto insurance company about a discount. Most insurance companies understand that a resident student is unlikely to be driving your car very often while they are away at school, and will offer a discount comparable to removing them from the policy.
You may be able to avoid having to pay for costly rental car insurance if you complete the rental transaction using a credit card that provides coverage. Be sure to read the fine print in your credit card agreement as the offerings can vary between cards. In most cases you’ll have to do the entire rental transaction on the same card to keep from voiding the coverage.
If you are putting less than 20% down on your car, make sure to look into getting GAP car insurance. Should you have an accident while you are still in the first year or two of payments, you may end up owing the bank more money than you would receive in a claim.
If you are a new driver, the cost of driving lessons could pay off in insurance savings. Many insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who have taken a driver training course from an accredited company. The cost of the lessons often are less than the savings you will receive by taking them.
If you are car shopping be sure to check with your auto insurance agent about how the car you are selecting will affect your premium. Different cars will have different effects on your insurance costs, and it is often difficult to predict on your own what a certain car will mean for your premiums.
Take a driving course to get a discount on auto insurance. Young drivers who have taken a driver’s education course are usually eligible for discounted auto insurance rates. Similarly, older drivers who take a defensive driving course are also eligible for discounts on auto insurance. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer these discounts.
To make sure you’re getting fair pricing in your premiums, verify that your reported information is accurate in your policy. For example, ensure that the make/model of your vehicle is correct, the number of miles on the vehicle when you took out the policy, etc. Even your reported commuting distance is important as shorter commuting distances can have a positive effect on your premium savings.
Holding an auto insurance policy is both beneficial and costly. Choosing the right policy can help you increase the benefits, as well as, reduce the cost. As we have explained in this article, there are many options available and many tips that can help. Consider them carefully before making your decision.