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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.

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 from such things as loss, theft or even destruction in an accident. Again, private auto insurance policies will generally travel to the rental car and cover these things, but do find out before you turn it down. This type of auto coverage is generally pretty cheap, and it can be very welcomed if it’s needed.

Liability: Here and again this type may not be necessary for those who have their own private insurance, but it’s a very important coverage if it’s needed. Liability covers you from claims made by others for injury, death and/or property damage.

Many of the major dollar rent auto insurance coverage types available might not be necessary purchases if you have good private auto insurance, but it pays to find out. Being covered in a rental car can be a very big deal if there’s an accident or theft takes place. Nothing can ruin a vacation quicker than an uncovered accident. Check with your insurance company to be sure, and if you’re not covered, cheap car rental insurance can help.

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 risk to insure.

Any red flags in previous insurance coverage will likely result in an increased insurance rate. And unfortunately, if you’ve not been previously insured, you may pay more car insurance until you establish an insurance history.

The good news: You can avoid these penalties in the future by paying your premiums on time, avoiding filing small claims and maintaining a respectful relationship with your insurers.

Factor #3: Your Credit History

According to a recent study by insurance research firm Conning and Company, 92 percent of the nation’s 100 top insurers are factoring credit history into auto insurance premiums.

And while insurers are looking directly at credit scores, they’re more interested at how you’ve used your credit in the past. Insurers will look at the length of your credit history, the amount of revolving debt you have and any collections or late payments to form an insurance score.

And while critics and consumers alike accuse insurers of using credit-based scoring as an excuse to inflate auto rates, there’s a surprising amount of statistics to back the use of insurance scoring. In fact, studies have found that consumers at the bottom of the credit pool file 40 percent more claims that consumers with good credit. Insurers also use your credit history to judge the likelihood of paying your premiums on time. It’s for these and other reasons that insurance scoring is most likely here to stay.

The good news: You can improve your insurance score by paying your bills on time, paying down high existing balances (such as those on credit cards), and having your car insurance premium automatically withdrawn from your account every month.

Bonus tip: Insurers tend to grant discounts for customers with automatic bill pay!

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 in case. My final comment is safety. If you are going to breakdown, it could be at anyplace at anytime of day or night. Being stranded on a lonely road by yourself at night is not the most enjoyable experience, knowing you will be attended within the hour can be worth more than money.

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 get
low cost car insurance, consider adding some safety features to your car, such
as alarms, air bags, automatic seatbelts, etc

(5) Refraining from using your car for business purposes will help you save
money on your car insurance price. For example, if you moonlight as a pizza
delivery man, you will most likely be using your own car, and your insurance
company is more likely to charge higher insurance costs.

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 have you had your car and would it be wise to think about another one that would be cheaper to insure and more useful to you?

Are you a safe driver? Do you stick to the speed limit? Are you at risk of other driving offences? Many people do not think about some of the consequences of speeding tickets and driving offences until after they have seen their subsequent car insurance bill.

Your risk profile is a direct result of your driving record. A clean driving record and you will be rewarded by cheaper rates. A poor driving record and you will be penalised, usually for quite a while.

Are you willing to attend driver training courses? Many car insurance companies offer specific discounts for drivers who have attended a course. Why? Lower risk.

Are you willing to drive less? Could you car pool or use public transport to get to work? Car insurance companies look at the amount of driving their clients do when assessing their car insurance rates. Why? Lower risk. Less miles driven equals less risk. And you’ll save on other car costs too.

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 find that you will have a higher premium than those that drive just to go to the grocer or for leisure trips.

• If You Are a Good Driver
If you never have gotten a driving ticket or never been an accident, you will have a lower insurance rate than those who have a less pristine driving record.

• Your Claims Record
If you have previously filed insurance claims, especially if they have resulted in big payouts, your insurance premium will reflect that. But you may also find a rate increase if you have only filed claims in regard to accidents where you are not at fault.

• How Old You Are
Young drivers, especially boys in the teen years, are grouped together as riskier drivers because the statistics say they display poor driving habits and are involved in and cause many more serious accidents than older drivers. To a lesser degree, those sixty-five and older may find their insurance rates up due to age matters that contribute to poorer reflexes, eyesight issues and more.

• Marriage Status
Studies show that husbands and wives are not involved in as many collisions as those who are not married.

• How Your Credit Rates
Though this may not seem fair to some, insurance companies may class you as a driving risk due to your poor credit score.

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 mandatory. These kinds of driver course are also
offered by many states throughout the country, and some states require that new
drivers enroll in and successfully complete these courses before they can obtain
their driver’s licenses. You can also have your young driver take a driver
education course online. Sure, this isn’t going to provide them with the actual
driving experience, but when used as a supplemental teaching tool, an online
course along with your driving instruction can help make them safer and more
responsible drivers.

 

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 no claims bonus can also entitle you up to 75% discount on your car insurance premium.