Car insurance is one of those necessary evils. It seems like every time you turn around, your rate is creeping up. However, there are a few things you can do to lower your rate or decrease the chance of your premiums increasing over time.
1. Call Your Agent
If you rate is increasing every year, it might be time to shop around. If you are working with an independent agent, they should easily be able to quote you with several other carriers with just a few clicks. Even if you save $15-20 a month, that is around $200 a year. That is a nice little savings in your pocket for one phone call or email!
2. Check Your Insurance Rate Before You Buy a New Car
If you are shopping for cars, call your insurance agent with the VIN number of the cars you are considering. Certain makes and models are much more expensive to insure due to repair costs and replacement parts. It might help pare down your choices and save you money in the long run.
3. Use an App that Tracks Your Driving Habits
Many carriers have recently come out with cell phone apps that track your driving and give you large discounts for adopting safer habits. These apps run in the background and start automatically when you are in a moving vehicle so you don’t even notice them. Most companies won’t penalize you if you are not the safest driver. You usually get a small discount for simply letting the app run on your phone.
4. Stay Ticket and Accident Free
One thing that really will increase your rate is a ticket or at-fault accident on your record. These will usually follow you for three years before your rate will go back down. Slow down and stay aware to keep saving money every month.
5. Reduce Coverage on Older Vehicles
If you have an older car that is only worth a few thousand dollars or less, you might think about switching to a liability only policy. As long as you have the money to replace or repair the vehicle if something happens, this might be a good option to lower your monthly expenses.
6. Raise Your Deductibles
The higher the deductible, the lower the rate. If you have the money saved should a covered claim occur, raising your deductible could dramatically lower your car insurance rates.
7. Make Sure You are Getting All the Discounts You Deserve
Every insurance company has their own list of discounts, so there might be some that you are missing. Check with your agent to make sure you are getting every discount you qualify for with your carrier. Some common discounts are:
- Safe Driver Discount
- Good Student Discount
- Multiple Policy Discount (i.e. Car & Home, Car & Renters, etc.)
- Multiple Vehicle Discount
- Defensive Driving Course Discount
- Drivers Ed Discount
- Good Credit Discount
- Anti-Theft Device Discount
- Occupation Discount (Teacher, Military, Etc.)
- Low Annual Mileage Discount
While the price is not only the only factor you should consider when choosing your car insurance, it certainly helps to have a few more dollars in your pocket every month by following a few easy steps.
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