The Best Auto Insurance Rates Don't Always Come From the Cheapest Insurance Provider

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Most people make the mistake of choosing which auto insurance to go with solely on the bottom line. Three things that people should be concerned about when trying to get the best auto insurance rates are: who is offering the coverage, what is being covered, and who is being covered. After reading this article you will be able to make a more informed decision on which auto insurance to choose.
The first mistake many insurance buyers make is to choose an insurance company based on a companies marketing only. They don't think about the specifics of the coverage. Every company is going to have its own pluses and minuses to each of their policies. Those details will make the difference in what the actual cost is. Not only should you always compare multiple companies, but make sure that the deductibles and features that you want are the same for comparison sake. Once you decide which deductible you are comfortable with and the features (like adding roadside assistance) you want to include in your policy, you can begin to calculate the actual cost of the policy.
The specific vehicle that you are insuring plays a huge role in the cost. The value of the car is derived from many factors. The age of your vehicle is key. If your car is newer, then the coverage price will be higher. If your car is older, the coverage should be lower. You could also get discounts for added features on your car. Such as a system that automatically calls for help in emergencies. Having an alarm system can make a big difference. Alarms may not always stop the bad guys, but they are a deterrent for theft and/or vandalism. Insurance companies see the value in that and reward it.
Some people make the mistake of not considering the option of combining coverage on multiple people in the household. Many times, combining coverage for multiple family members living in the same household can save a lot of money. Husbands and wives will typically receive a discount when covered by the same policy. Of course, if one has a bad driving record it will effect the outcome. Teenagers usually have to pay higher rates, but there are discounts available. Providing a high scoring report card from the teenager's school to the insurance company can make a big difference. Remember to always ask about their discounts in order to get the best price.
In conclusion, keep in mind that there are many factors in finding the best auto insurance rates. Each insurance company will have its own unique policies, so make sure to compare them on common features. The insurance companies base your policy on your car's value and added features, and who is behind the wheel. Sometimes, insuring multiple people on the same policy can save money as well. There are many ways to save money on an insurance policy but it's important to make sure the you are getting the coverage that you need in addition to a bargain price.


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