1. Compare Auto Insurance Companies and Coverage
One way to save on auto insurance is to compare several agencies to see what they offer. Compare the types of coverage, the actual benefits of the coverage (should you ever need to make a claim), and the pricing for each policy. Insurance policies can vary greatly in price, so shopping around will help you find a policy that fits your budget and needs. If you’re classified as a safe driver, you can use this to your advantage as you compare car insurance offers. Hint: The cheapest car insurance is not always best, so check out the company and its history thoroughly before agreeing to a policy.
2. Opt for a Higher Deductible
Most car insurance agencies will offer lower premiums if you opt for a higher deductible. The deductible is a set amount you agree to pay before making an insurance claim. This could be $250, $500, or even $750 or higher. If you agree to the higher deductible, your premium will likely be as much as 15 to 30 percent less.
3. Cancel Collision Coverage on Older Vehicles
If you have an older vehicle, insurance can cost more than the car is worth. You are not required by law to keep collision on an older vehicle as long as you don’t owe a debt on the car through a lending institution.
4. Avoid Buying Sports Cars
If you’re in the market for a new or used vehicle, buy a low profile car – not a sports car. Sports cars can cost substantially more when it comes to auto insurance and they are also very expensive to repair. Sports cars are often targeted by thieves as well. Obtain an estimate of the insurance costs before making a purchase to be on the safe side.
5. Low Mileage Premium Discounts
If you drive under a certain number of miles per year, your insurance company may offer a premium discount for low mileage. For instance, if you drive 8,000 miles or less per year, you might be able to pay less on insurance. Ask the company about this option to see if you qualify. If you don’t currently meet the low mileage requirements, consider car pooling to work if possible.
6. Other Auto Insurance Discounts
You can obtain discounts for being a safe driver (with a clear driving record), if you’ve completed a driving course, or for being a non-smoker. Some companies will give discounts if you insure both your home and vehicle with the same agency. You can also benefit from discounts if your vehicle features certain safety items such as automatic seat belts, certain types of airbags, etc. If your teenager starts driving, have them share a family car instead of buying one of their own. Also, let the agency know if your teen makes honor roll or takes a defensive driving course in school.