How to Save Money on Auto Insurance
Auto insurance is a necessary thing for any driver in America. It is not necessary for that insurance to destroy a driver’s bank account, however.
An auto insurance premium is based on a lot of criteria. Some cannot be changed, for example, age or place of residence. There are some things that can be controlled, however, like the following:
Raise the policy’s deductible. The higher the deductible, the lower the premium. This is universal, no matter what auto insurance company is being used. It is important to remember, however, that in the case of an accident the deductible must still be paid, raising to a level impossible to pay may be more trouble than it’s worth in the end. Apply this option with caution.
Remove physical damage coverage on older cars. Comprehensive and collision insurance will help when a car is damaged in by uncontrollable factors or in an accident, respectively. Only drivers with low-value cars, less than $1,000, should consider this option. And even among these drivers, there should be the financial means to replace the vehicle if it is completely wrecked in an accident, since no physical damage coverage means all repairs and replacements are up to the policy holder.
See what discounts are available. There are probably a number of money-saving discounts in Atlanta, GA out there just for the asking. Insurance companies will give discounts for good drivers, students, drivers over 50, drivers who drive less than a certain mileage annually, or installed safety and anti-theft devices. There may be even more discounts than those, but it’s impossible to know without asking.
Avoid sports cars. If the cost of insurance is going to be a problem, then it’s best to steer away from flashy, expensive cars, since they cost that much more in premiums.
Keep safe on the roads. This is not entirely up to a single driver, because accidents come from a number of sources, but a careful driver can avoid many dangers. Not speeding, driving defensively, using headlights at the right time, and other measures may help reduce the risk of accident, which will in turn reduce insurance costs. Auto insurance companies are quite willing to offer discounts to drivers with a clean record.
Keep a clean credit report. Drivers with a good financial record are considered less of a risk because of their personal responsibility. Less risk always means more savings in the world of car insurance.
Try to keep the number of claims low. A lot of claims in a driver’s insurance history sets off alarm bells for an insurance adjustor. There are times when a claim is unnecessary to rectify a situation. Recognizing these times will avoid the accumulation of claims as well as the raising of premiums.
Shopping around is a great way to save some money in car insurance, as it is with so many other things. Get a number of insurance quotes from different providers and see if one is a better fit, financially or otherwise.
Or stay at the same place. Insurance companies often offer more than one kind of insurance. Bundling auto insurance with home or life insurance within the same company may garner a nice discount for multiple policies.