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Monthly Archives: September 2018

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 seats.

Combine it. Combining your car insurance with house and contents can lead to savings in both areas. It’s worth thinking about if you have some nice things at home.

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 waiver — a provision of your rental agreement that limits your liability for damages to the car.
Remember, a credit card will only cover damage to the car, not liability claims against you. That means your credit card will not protect you if you injure others or destroy property. In addition, this coverage might exclude business use or be limited to a certain period of time and geographic area.

Rental Insurance

If you do not have adequate coverage through your auto insurance policy or credit card, you should purchase coverage. The most misunderstood part of rental insurance is the collision damage waiver. A collision damage waiver isn’t really insurance; instead, it is a guarantee that the rental company will pay for certain damages. Rental agencies offer collision damage waivers or loss damage waivers for about $14 to $20 per day. If you decline the collision damage waiver, you accept responsibility for all damages.

The collision damage waiver also covers “loss of use” — the money a rental agency loses when the vehicle cannot be rented due to damages. In most states, an automobile insurance policy will not cover this cost and you could find yourself personally responsible for it.

In addition, when you damage a rental car, some agencies will expect you to pay up front for repairs or replacement costs. This means the money comes from your pocket and you must get reimbursed by your auto insurance company. The collision damage waiver protects you from these up-front costs.

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 and models. In addition to the lower premiums you’ll enjoy, you can also rest easy knowing that your car will be a much harder target for thieves once you add your new alarm system.

Enroll in a Defensive Driving Course

This can also save you a bit on your payments but much like the anti-theft suggestion, you’ll want to be sure that your insurance company recognizes the course and that it’s approved. They might even be able to recommend some training facilities in your area.

Compare Rates Online

Quotes from different auto insurance companies can vary wildly, even for the same driver and same car. Since that’s the case, it’s always a good idea to check your insurance rates against what other companies might be prepared to offer. As long as you know you’re getting the exact same coverage in terms of the type of coverage and amounts, it might make sense to switch to a new insurance company and pocket the difference. Luckily many sites online provide instant quotes for auto insurance, allowing you to compare multiple offers at your convenience, any time of the day. Once you find an offer that meets your needs, you can have your new policy and insurance cards in hand in a matter of minutes.

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 is the main factor in keeping the score on the high side.

Basic credit report is all that is needed. Also there are some credit-reporting firms stating that their reports are free while in the meantime they charge ‘membership fees’ for it. So it pays to check the fine print in such cases.

And another thing to observe when shopping for insurance or particularly when buying a new car is that the insuring companies rate different models of vehicles in their own specific ways. For instance cars that have parts which are costly to replace will lean towards having higher insurance premiums. In like manner, autos that show in the stats to be stolen more often will also have their insurance costs going up compared to others.