We all like to save money - and we especially like to save
on auto insurance. According to a survey
conducted by Motor Trend magazine, the average driver spends $84,000 in their
lifetime insuring their vehicle. According to one survey, annual rates can run
as high as $1,800 and as low as $320, a variation of $1,480. That’s a significant difference. If you want
to shave dollars off that figure, here are some tips to help put extra cash in
Shop Before You Buy:
With the availability of online resources for price comparisons, it’s
much easier now to get a variety of quotes from different companies. Get identical quotes from at least three
different companies before you purchase insurance. Make sure you’re getting price quotes for
exactly the same coverage on your vehicle.
Surf for Discounts: Find out what price cuts you might
qualify for. Some potential insurance
- Completing a safe driving course can save you
money on auto insurance. Accredited
courses such as this are especially applicable to drivers over the age of
fifty. Find out if you qualify for one.
- Low Mileage Drivers often qualify for
discounts. If you drive your vehicle
infrequently throughout the year, you might just get a price break from your
- Combine insurance Policies. Insurers will often give discounts if you
combine policies. If you have
homeowner’s insurance, check with them to see if they’ll give you a discount on
your auto insurance.
- Anti-theft devices. Insurers often offer discounts for vehicles
that prevent theft, such as steering wheel locking devices and car alarms. This
is especially true in high-crime metro areas.
- Loyalty Discounts. If you’re a long-time customer of your
insurance company, they might offer you a discount. Oftentimes they don’t offer this information
freely. Ask and you might receive a
- College Students: If your child has gone away to college and
doesn’t drive your car anymore or just occasionally, find out if you can take
them off your policy. It will save you
dollars on your premium.
Increase your Deductible: One of the easiest ways to reduce
insurance cost is to change your deductible, which is the amount you’ll have to
pay in the event of an accident before your insurance kicks in. Increasing your deductible to $500 from $200
can save you 15% to 30% on your annual insurance cost. Increasing it to $1,000 can save you more
than 40%, a savings that adds up over time.
Just be sure you have the savings to cover the additional cost in the
event of an accident. Your insurer can
refuse to pay out if you don’t have the money to cover the deductible.