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SUV and Auto Insurance

SUV sales have continued to rise despite the higher cost of insuring those vehicles and the cost of gas. The belief that an SUV is safer, is a commonly held misconception about SUVs. Sports Utility Vehicles carry with them very unique risks that have an impact on auto insurance rates, like the fact that he vehicles are heavier and taller than other autos. This weight to height ratio results in SUVs being involved in more rollovers. In fact, SUVs roll over in twice as many fatal accidents than passenger vehicles.

Besides the SUVs risk to itself with rollovers, the greater height of the vehicle also poses more risk to other, smaller, cars. Any driver of a smaller car can relate to the fact that many SUV’s headlights are positioned in a place that reflects directly in the mirrors of smaller cars, causing a blinding glare. Also, the height of the bumper places a higher risk of significant damage in a collision with a smaller car. A National Highway Traffic and Safety study in 1999 showed that over 5 percent

Auto Insurance Online

Researching Your Options

The first step is to find out which insurance companies do business in your state. You will also want to have your current insurance paperwork handy. That way, as you explore your options for more affordable car insurance, you know you’re comparing a new insurance offer that is comparable to what you currently carry. Most insurance providers have websites where you can get free (and usually instant) quotes on your new insurance policy. You can quickly obtain a number of different quotes and compare your options based on the type of coverage you need.

Understanding Your Options

But before diving in and signing up for any of the plans you’re considering, be sure to read the fine print and have a clear understanding of what’s covered, what’s not and how much you will be expected to pay out of pocket. This is always good advice with any major purchasing decision so of course the same rules apply when seeking out car insurance. And that way, there won’t be any nasty surprises down the road, which is

Lowering Your Car Insurance Rate

– Deductibles. Changing the deductibles on your insurance can have a drastic influence on your insurance rate. You should make your deductible for collision coverage as high as you feel comfortable with. By having it as high as $1000, can make a big difference on your insurance. On the other hand, you probably want a low deductible on comprehensive coverage, since you do not want to be stuck with a big bill if someone hits your car in a parking lot and runs off. Take the value of your car in consideration. If your car is worth less than say $3000, you can probably drop collision coverage completely and save enough money in a couple of years to replace your vehicle.

– Sports and four-wheel drive cars carry a significantly higher premium than other cars, especially if you are under 25 years old. Make sure you can afford the insurance before buying such a vehicle.

– An anti-theft device carries a lot of weight with insurance companies. If your car does not have one, it might be worthwhile to have

Info of Discount Auto Insurance

Finding discount auto insurance is actually quite simple if you use the online tools that are available to you. There are many insurance companies that will offer you online insurance quotes and then allow you to purchase your insurance right from your computer chair.

What you want to be sure to do is get plenty of quotes. You also need to makes sure you are comparing like coverage. Read all the hidden clauses and get all the details to make sure you are comparing the same coverage. We recommend getting at least 10 quotes.

Buying online insurance can save you both time and money. No more wasted time sitting on hold on the telephone, or driving around town from one insurance company to another, then waiting to see an agent. Now you can accomplish all of this with a few clicks of the mouse.

You can also save up to 40% by shopping online. The insurance industry is very competitive and with the advent of online insurance purchasing it has become even more competitive.

On sites you may still have to wait up to 24 hours to get the quote back but that’s not

Reduce Your Car Insurance Premiums

t savings over your current plan. This especially holds true if your state recently opened up the market to invite more competition in.

2. Change Your Coverage. If your vehicle is old, you many want to consider dropping collision coverage. Your comprehensive coverage may also be due for reexamination. Finally, make sure that there aren’t duplicate costs included such as towing insurance if already offered through your automobile club.

3. Family Status. You may be paying more for your insurance if your policy shows that you are single when, in fact, you were recently married. Rates are generally lowered for married folks as well as those over a certain age.

4. Up Your Deductible. You can realize instant savings by raising the deductible you are willing to pay. Maybe you don’t need a $200 collision deductible when $500 is sufficient.

5. Get Security Discounts. If you park your car in a locked garage and/or have an alarm system installed make sure that your insurer is aware of this as your premium will be adjusted downward.

Chicago Auto Insurance Claims

There are two types of claims people make; one involves damage to your vehicle , and the other involves injury to people or their property. If you hit a mailbox with your vehicle, you would file a Chicago auto insurance liability claim. If your vehicle is damaged in an accident, you would file a Chicago auto insurance collision claim. If you have cheap auto insurance, it’s possible that you don’t have full coverage for collision in which case the cost of damages made to your vehicle will not be covered by your auto policy.
In your vehicle, you should keep your Chicago auto insurance agent’s contact information. This allows you to call them at the scene of the accident for immediate advice and to get started filing the claim.

After you report a claim to your Chicago auto insurance agent, often a claim’s adjuster will be called to assess the damage. They will often provide you with an estimate of damage, but keep in mind you can sometimes prove that the amount the adjuster provided is too low by obtaining further analysis by several mechanics if you feel the adjuster reported an amount that is too low

Change Car Insurance Company

o You are availing a huge mortgage to buy property and the bank or institution offers you a lower interest rate on home and auto insurance through their tie -ups.

o You have moved to another state where the auto insurance rules are different and you will make a saving by transferring your insurance to a new car insurance company. Or when your old car insurance company does not offer service in your new state.

o You want to cut costs and are trying to run your life on a budget. Shop around online for competitive auto insurance rates and change the car insurance company to one who offers the best deal.

o You have purchased a new car and the dealer is offering free insurance for three years. New cars have lower insurance rates so it is best for you to do a comparative study and find a car insurance company that offers a great deal. Car insurance rates vary greatly between car brands and types; find out which car insurance company offers the maximum coverage for the lowest rate.

o You are getting married and now will have two cars. Think about

Womens Car Insurance

It has also been found that some women would not tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth when speaking to their insurance company. Whether this is the same with men or not it is difficult to say, but certainly there appears to be a bit of ‘gamesmanship’ or ‘gameswomenship’ going on when claims are made.

Insurer Liverpool Victoria in the UK has found that a good number of women do worry about other people they let drive their car – like their mum or their best friend!

The extra care that women take of their car can be seen by the number of cars that have names. Calling your car ‘Henry’ or ‘Gerald’ may seem a little silly to some but the extra care that this tendency reveals is a good indication of why insurance companies will offer lower prices to women who are seeking a competitive premium.

So much so, that there are specific companies (or separately branded divisions of much larger companies) that are set up to market to women exclusively, such as Sheilas’ Wheels, Diva Car Insurance and Diamond Car Insurance that offer such specials as handbag insurance.

These

Get Really Cheap Car Insurance

Keep it safe. If you want a little more cover, you can reduce costs by parking your car in a secure garage, this reduces the likelihood of theft and your premiums.

Get a cheap car. That’s right. If you’ve got a Lamborghini, you won’t be able to get very cheap insurance. A cheap car normally means lower premiums as its less likely to be stolen.

Keep your record clean. If you have more tickets than sense, then its going to be very difficult for you to get cheap or even reasonably priced insurance. Be a safe driver, a careful driver, a driver who has money left over for petrol after he pays for his insurance. Being female may also help, but there’s not much you can do about that if you’re a guy.

Get it online. Many companies offer discounts if you buy your insurance online, and why not. Saves you time and money and you can’t beat that.

Don’t let the kids drive the car. Teenagers can add massive amounts to your premiums because of their propensity to crash into things. If you want to save money then keep them in the passenger

Buy Rental Car Insurance

Business Use

Since the expense is for business use, take the coverage the rental agency offers for at least two reasons: 1) If you have an accident, your insurance carrier will not be aware of it and thus it will not affect your personal auto policy rates. 2) It is a deductible business expense whereas your personal auto policy is not.

Auto Insurance

Call your agent to find out what your auto insurance policy covers when you rent a car. To be properly covered in your rental, your existing policy must include liability, comprehensive and collision coverage for rental vehicles. Liability insurance covers you if you injure another person in an accident, and comprehensive and collision insurance cover the rental car if you are responsible for the damage.

Credit Cards

After you know what your auto policy covers, check with your credit card company. Some credit card companies offer collision and theft insurance when you use their card to pay for a rental, but this coverage is usually secondary to your personal auto policy. Significant restrictions may apply: For example, the card company may require that you decline the rental agency’s collision damage

Fastest Ways To Lower Your Payments

Increase Your Deductible

When you apply for auto insurance, one of the decisions you’ll have to make is how much your deductible will be, which is essentially how much you are willing to come out of pocket in the event of an accident. If the accident results in damages that require more than your deductible, your insurance company will cover the rest so in their eyes, a higher deductible makes it more likely that they will be “off the hook”. They reward you for that by reducing your premium so for a lower premium, increasing your deductible is certainly an option. Just be sure you have the cash on hand to cover those expenses in case an accident does occur. This also means not having any insurance claims on your record since that will obviously make the insurance cautious about doing business with you.

Add an Anti-Theft Device

This can help save you a few dollars per month as long as you purchase a system that your insurance company recognizes. It would be a good idea to check with them to see what the requirements are or if they have any recommendations on particular makes

Save On Auto Insurance

Possibly the simplest things to do is just to have a look around. It is not that difficult to get a few quotes from a few insurance companies around in order to notice which one provides the best features for the dollar. These days with the wide spread of the Internet such task is made very easy and insurance quotes can be received in few minutes right on one’s own personal computer.

One of the things that might be overlooked by potential client is that insurance companies commonly reference the credit history in determining the cost of insurance premiums. Therefore, naturally, the better the credit score is the better for the insuring driver. Without getting into credit management it is worth mentioning that everyone in US and Canada is entitled to a free credit report by mail, once a year, from one of these agencies: Equifax, Experian and Trans Union.

How knowing the score can be to advantage? Well, each of the positive and negative remarks in the report have expiration date – therefore applying for insurance after a negative one expires can by itself lower the insurance premium. Otherwise, obviously, paying the bills on time

Insure Rental Car

If you do need rental insurance, you’ll find there are several different types you can buy. Let’s take a look at the main types of add on insurance:

Collision damage or loss damage waiver: This type covers everything, including the deductible, in the event of a crash. This might not be needed for some private insurance policy holders, but it can be a real money saver in an emergency for those who do need it. This coverage is generally fairly inexpensive. Do remember to check with your company before buying this type. It’s very possible you already have it. If paying by credit card, also check with the credit card company before buying this option as some credit cards cover this, too.

Personal accident coverage: This insurance option covers accidental death and medical situations for the renter and passengers. Many times this coverage is not needed as personal insurance on your own car tends to travel with you. Be safe though and ask before you turn this down. It generally isn’t very expensive, but what it covers can be.

Property coverage: There is an option that will cover all your belongings in a rental car

Factors that Could Affect Auto Insurance Premium

Factor #1: Your Driving Record

It’s probably no surprise to you that insurers look at your driving record. They do so to gauge or estimate the risk to insure you. But what exactly are they looking for? Insurers will scan your driving record for at-fault accidents, traffic violations and claims made, usually within the last three to five years. If you’ve received marks against your driving record, you can bet you’ll be paying more for your auto insurance.

The good news: Marks against your driving record usually fall away in the eyes of your insurer after three years. You can avoid being penalized for a less than stellar driving record by driving as defensively as possible and avoiding filing small claims (such as those for hail damage) and paying for the repairs yourself.

Factor #2: Previous Insurance Coverage

If you’re applying for car insurance under a new insurer, your prospective agent will almost certainly look into your previous insurance coverage. He or she will want to know if you paid your premiums on time, how many claims you filed with your old insurer, as well as any other problematic behavior that would increase your

Breakdown Cover

When you compare this to an average call out fee from a breakdown truck of at least double that for one call out and in some areas in the UK could be many times that, you wonder why it isn’t an automatic purchase. The truth is many of us don’t see the need until we actually breakdown, suffered the costs, the inconvenience and possible the safety risk of being stranded somewhere.

If you have ever been burgled it is probably very unlikely you would not risk not having home contents insurance ever again, the same rules apply to breakdown cover. Another argument is that modern cars are more reliable these days. That is true but when you consider that most call outs are due to flat tyres and flat batteries, which are pretty much the same on every car, that argument becomes weaker.

Also modern cars are harder to work on with electronics replacing mechanical parts, needing specialist equipment. This year I do not expect to have an accident with my modern car but I would not risk driving without motor insurance, I also do not expect to breakdown either, but I will be covered just

Car Insurance Price

(1) Shopping around for reputable companies that offer the best coverage at the
most affordable rates will help you save money on your car insurance price. Find
out if your current insurance company offers multifamily and/or multipolicy
discounts, and try looking for companies that offer insurance to groups or
organizations with which you are affiliated.

(2) Refraining from driving more than necessary will help you save money on your
car insurance price.

(3) Driving carefully to avoid traffic citations and accidents that lead to
higher insurance costs will help you save money on your car insurance price.
(This also goes right along with keeping your driving to a minimum!)

(4) Buying a low profile car, i.e., one that is less likely to be burglarized,
vandalized, and/or stolen, and living in an area that is not considered a high
crime area will both help you save money on your car insurance price. An
insurance company is more likely to give you low cost car insurance if they know
your car is not at a great risk for being burglarized, vandalized, and/or
stolen. If buying a new car and/or moving are not options for you just to

Car Insurance Rates

It is entirely possible to lower the cost of your auto insurance rates by altering your behaviour, and you can do this by having a better understanding of how the rates are assessed.

Car insurance rates are based on an assessment of risk. Whilst insurance companies vary their rates to compete with other insurance companies, they also vary their rates based on their assessment of the risk posed by a particular driver driving a particular car. They do this because there is no point in buying business with low car insurance rates and then insuring high risk drivers at these rates. This is a recipe for losing money.

So, if you lower your risk, you lower your car insurance. How do you
lower your risk? Well there’s a number of ways that your own driving and car behaviour can affect your car insurance rates.

Have a look at the car you drive. Is it suitable for your current needs? If not then would it be worthwhile to consider a change?

Different cars attract different auto insurance rates. Sports cars, high powered cars and cars at greater risk of theft attract higher rates. How long

Auto Insurance Premiums Very Costly

“Insurance rates differ from person to person and are based on a few factors,” says a noted specialist working in the Tri-State area and employed by an independent agency. “It all boils down to how much of a risk you as a driver may be.”

Eight Factors that May Affect Your Auto Insurance Bill

Some of the things that determine how much you pay for auto insurance are listed below.

• What Type of Vehicle you Drive
There is a clear difference between makes and models of cars in regard to safety. Moreover, higher-end cars attached to a bigger price tag are more attractive to car thieves and are more expensive to replace; they are also more expensive to fix after an accident.

• Your Address
If you live in a place that has a higher crime rate, your premium will reflect the risk of theft. If you locality has proportionately more auto accidents and submitted claims, it will have an effect on your premium as well.

• How You Use Your Car
If you use your car for the commute to and from the workplace or use it for business purposes, you’ll

Young Driver Car Insurance

Did you know that most automobile accidents involve young drivers, and most
fatalities caused by automobile accidents involve young drivers? It’s sad but
true. While we want to protect our young drivers, we can’t feasibly stop our
young drivers from obtaining their driver’s licenses until they are older and
more experienced. Besides, they wouldn’t be able to gain that crucial driving
experience if we did.

One of the most important and beneficial ways to lower young driver car
insurance is to enroll your young driver in a driver education and/or driver
training course. Not only could it help lower young driver car insurance, but it
will also teach the young driver valuable lessons in driving.

Driver education courses will teach your young driver how to operate a motor
vehicle safely, quite possibly in a variety of driving conditions as well as in
problematic situations that may arise. Aside from the driving experience, driver
education courses will teach your young driver the importance of vehicle
maintenance and how the condition of the vehicle will affect the vehicle
operates. These courses also teach drug and alcohol awareness.

Most U.S. high schools offer these types of courses in their curriculum, and
some even make these courses

About Car Insurance No Claims Bonus Explained

Put simply, if you have had Car Insurance for 4 years and you have not made a claim in that time, then you have 4 years No Claims Bonus. No Claim Bonus is probably the single biggest factor affecting the cost of your Car Insurance premium. Every year that goes by without you making a claim is another year of No Claims Bonus.

Generally speaking, the more No Claims Bonus years you have, the cheaper your premium will be for the car you need to insure. This is because Car Insurance companies can see that your history regarding making any accident claim is a good one.

When changing provider, Car Insurance companies will usually ask you to prove your No Claims Bonus in the form of a renewal notice or a letter from your current Car Insurance company. If you have several years of No Claims Bonus but then make a claim, the Car Insurance company will usually apply it’s rules of how much to knock back your No Claims Bonus Years. Some companies such as Accept Direct [http://www.acceptdirect.co.uk] offer to protect your No Claims Bonus for an extra fee during the quotation process. Having full