Being both under-insured or over-insured can have their downfalls. Under-insured drivers face the risk of getting into an accident and not having enough to cover the vehicle damage, and personal injuries to themselves and others involved. Over-insured drivers are just plain paying too much out of their pocket, therefore, wasting unnecessary cash. If you want to avoid this trap, please read on.
Don’t try to inflate the value of your car or truck. All this accomplishes is raising your premium. In the event that your car is written off or stolen, the insurance company is only going to pay the market value of your car at the time of the incident.
When you have found a company to insure you, find out if that company is covered and licensed under the state’s guaranty fund. This fund will pay claims in case your insurance company defaults. Check with your state insurance department and they will be able to provide you with more information.
In order to get cheap insurance rates it is best to buy insurance online. This reduces the cost of the insurance because most companies will not need to add overhead associated to the automation process of signing up for the insurance. Insurance rates taken online typically drop by five to ten percent.
Many insurers offer reduced rates for taking out multiple lines of insurance with them. For instance, insuring two vehicles and having a homeowner’s policy with the same company is cheaper (and easier to remember) than insuring each separately. Do check the total cost against other policies and avoid adding on extra insurance that you do not need just for the multiple line discount.
Look at the pluses and minuses of different ways of the different methods of buying insurance and decide what works for you. You can buy insurance through a direct agent, direct through the company, or through a financial planner. They all have their own reasons for choosing them, make the choice that works best for you.
Make sure that your renter’s insurance covers theft as well as natural disasters. Renter’s insurance tends me a network of exclusions. Antiques or high end items may be excluded from coverage or you may not be covered in case of theft or flooding. Make sure of exactly what your policy covers and doesn’t cover.
Check with the company that you get your other insurances from, like rental insurance and life, to see if they offer a policy for car insurance. Most companies will offer you a discount for purchasing multiple policies from them. It may not be the cheapest option so you still need to get quotes from elsewhere to be sure.
If your credit score has gone up, have your insurance company rechecks your scores. Insurance companies do base part of your initial premium on your credit score. Without your permission though, they can only check it when they initially offer you coverage unless you have had a lapse of coverage. If you know your credit has gone up, having your credit rechecked could net you a reduction in your premiums.
A sure-fire way to save money on your insurance is to stay with your current insurance company. Having a track record with the company of paying your premiums on time and not filing many claims, will tell the company you are a safe bet to insure. In turn, they will keep your premiums low and give you special discounts for being a loyal customer.
So, here are some tips you want to keep in mind when considering insurance:
Be sure to consult with a professional and find out the right amount of coverage that fits your needs. Be sure to evaluate both the kind of vehicle you drive and the average price of vehicles of other drivers in your area. Also, consider whether you have personal health insurance to cover the cost of your own potential injuries should an accident occur.