Chances are, if you’ve been operating a vehicle for any amount of time, you’ve gotten some sort of traffic violation, been involved in an accident or had something else happen to blemish your driving record. If so, finding a good deal on auto insurance is tough. But armed with a little knowledge, your chance of securing a decent rate is much better.
When purchasing car insurance for your teen, remember that there are a number of ways you can get a discount. If your teen: has taken Driver’s Ed, maintains good grades, drives a car that is older, a four-door sedan or a station wagon, and/or any color but red, you could save a lot of money!
To keep your insurance claim going smoothly, you should start a notebook with details as soon as you make the claim. The first thing you will get is a claim number and everyone involved will be asking for that. Documenting every contact, conversation and promise will help you negotiate your settlement later.
A great way for you to save money on your auto insurance is to find an all-in-one insurance carrier. If you can find a company to provide your auto insurance, homeowners’ insurance, and health insurance, you can purchase one large package and save up to 40% off of purchasing separate insurance packages.
Add your spouse to your insurance policy. Insurance companies are notorious for wanting stable and responsible customers. Adding your spouse to your policy signifies that you have become more stable and reliable, and many companies will lower your rates just for that reason. If your spouse has a clean driving record, that can help lower your rates as well.
Do the math before filing an insurance claim to see if it is worth it. Insurance companies love to raise rates on drivers who file claims, it’s the nature of the industry. Avoid making claims that aren’t going to net you much money back. If you are filing a claim for two hundred dollars, is it really worth the extra premiums you’ll pay in the future?
When you report your annual driving mileage to your insurance company, resist the temptation to nudge your figure down. Lower mileage translates to lower premiums, and mileage seems to be something insurers cannot verify. But they can verify it: Insurers will use service reports to check your mileage when you submit a claim. This is the worst possible time to be in dispute with your insurer; avoid the possibility by reporting mileage honestly.
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.
With a spotty driving record, finding cheap automobile insurance won’t be easy, but it doesn’t have to be impossible. Just remember that the insurance companies want and need your business. Follow the tips that you’ve learned, to make sure the insurance company is willing to work with you, to offer the lowest auto insurance rate possible.