Making auto insurance less costly
There are so many tips on how to make things less expensive these days that you can still wonder why so many people are still overpaying for services such as auto insurance. The crisis economy has made everyone review their needs and cut down their expenses, so insurance costs have become pretty much the first thing people are looking forward to reviewing. And while some are raving about the lack of sense in auto insurance and choose to drive uninsured, facing huge costs and legal problems after an accident, most people are still smart enough to have their auto insurance intact. If you are part of this group, the following tips will help you cut down your costs while still carrying the necessary amount of coverage.
Review your needs
Your insurance policy is comprised of numerous types of coverage that all have their separate amounts. See what types of coverage are really needed and which are not and modify your policy accordingly. However make sure you don't go below the legal minimums of your state.
Increase your deductible
Deductible is the amount of money you have to pay out of pocket before receiving any insurance benefits from your insurer. And the higher is the amount, the lower will be your premiums. Typically, a standard auto insurance policy carries a deductible of $250. Increasing it to $500 will drop your annual premiums by about 15%, and you still can push it higher.
Look for discounts
It never hurts to ask you agent about discounts that you may apply for. For example, if you have installed additional security and anti-theft devices to your car, most insurance companies will lower your premiums. Don't drive too much? There are special discounts for low mileage drivers. College students with good grades can also opt for special discounts. So see if you can also get a special discount and use it!
Find a less costly car
No secret that the car you want to insure has a strong effect on your rates. Insuring a luxury car that is very likely to be stolen and has high repair costs will cost you times the amount you would pay for a family sedan. So if you really want to cut down your costs or are just looking forward to buy an insurance-friendly car, try avoiding luxury, sport cars and large SUVs. It's better to invest some money into the car's safety rather than its looks.