The car insurance industry is highly competitive and shopping every company out there can take time. So, how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal? How do you find a policy that really works for you? Here are a few tips that can help when you’re shopping for your next auto insurance policy.
If you receive your homeowner’s insurance from a company that also sells health or auto insurance, consider combining your policies. Many companies offer bundled discounts, so if you combine policies you could save a considerable amount.
Create and maintain a detailed journal of every event that occurs leading up to and throughout the duration of your insurance claim. This will assist you if there are discrepancies throughout the process. This is the only way that at least you can ensure that you keep your facts straight. Take down everyone’s name and number that you speak with and a brief summary of the interaction.
Insurance is like any profession: it uses a lot of specialized words (indemnification, liability, etc.) So if you don’t understand something about a policy you’re about to buy, STOP. Ask the insurance professional you’re talking with to back up and explain in terms that you can understand. If you still don’t get it, make them explain it again. Nothing is worse than signing on for a policy that either costs too much or doesn’t cover enough, because you didn’t feel comfortable asking questions about it beforehand.
In order to get the best rates on insurance, it often pays to combine all of your polices under one company. However, don’t automatically assume this would be the cheapest route to go. Sometimes the multi-policy discount is less than it would be to have separate policies with different companies.
Ask for quotes from several insurers and check online too. Be sure to include the same variables for accurate comparisons. You can choose to go with the lowest quote, assuming that the insurer has a good reputation for service and payment of claims, or you can bring the quotes to your present insurers to see if they will match the better rates.
Buy your insurance when you are young to save yourself money. The younger you are, the lower your insurance premiums are going to be. At a young age, you are extremely low risk for an insurance company so they are willing to charge you less as they know they probably won’t have to pay out on your policy.
Improve your credit score before shopping for insurance. Many companies will charge a higher premium if you have bad credit. Bad credit is considered a risk and insurance premiums are all about managing risk. Improving your credit can end up saving you hundreds of dollars a year on your premiums.
As we stated in the beginning of this article, the car insurance industry is highly competitive. There are many reputable companies out there and many policies to choose from. Finding the right one for you takes a little time and patience, but is well worth the effort. Follow the tips we have discussed and you’re sure to find the best deal.