Automobile insurance is a necessity of life. If you can afford to purchase and operate a motor vehicle, you need to make sure that you can afford the insurance, as well. Not only is there the state requirement for you to have it, but you also have a moral responsibility to other motorists to be able to pay for any mistakes caused by you. So here are a few ideas on how you can obtain affordable auto insurance.
If you want to save money on car insurance, you may want to consider selecting from the higher deductibles that are offered by your agency. This means you will have more out of pocket expenses should you be involved in an automobile accident, but it will lower your premium substantially.
To make sure you are getting the best deal on your car insurance, get quotes from at least three different insurers. You can choose to deal with individual insurance companies or you can go to an insurance broker, who can represent several companies and get you quotes from each one.
If you have other drivers on your insurance policy, remove them to get a better deal. Most insurance companies have a “guest” clause, meaning that you can occasionally allow someone to drive your car and be covered, as long as they have your permission. If your roommate only drives your car twice a month, there’s no reason they should be on there!
Keep a camera in your car at all times. In case of an accident, you are going to need documentation for your insurance company. Take photos of the accident from all angles, and make sure to include time and date stamps on them. Take these to your agent when you file your claim.
When dealing with car insurance, you need to know what type of coverage you think you need. You can just get the bare minimum, and pay a lower out of pocket cost, though beware, if you are in a bad accident, you will end up paying more for it. You can go onto any car insurance website and see what they offer, and pick and choose what you think you will be needing.
If your car is a significant asset, (i.e. expensive and having high resale value) make sure you purchase additional liability coverage for it when you insure it. The legal minimum liability coverage which is your cheapest option will not provide enough compensation if your valuable car gets damaged. The additional cost of additional coverage is worth paying to protect a car with real value.
If your car is insured with multiple drivers and one of them stops using the car, notify your insurance company immediately. It is the honest thing to do. More importantly, it can reduce your premiums significantly in many cases. Young drivers, old drivers, and drivers with bad records all boost your premium. Get them removed from your policy as soon as you can.
Using the information provided above and by doing some comparison shopping, you should be able to obtain auto insurance that is adequate enough to meet your needs. Remember to keep your policy current and payments up to date, so that any claim can never be voided due to this oversight. Happy motoring to you.