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  • Writer's pictureDavid M. Olsen

Ten Ways to Save Money on Auto Insurance

  1. Have your trusted agent or broker shop around for the best rates: Get quotes from multiple insurance providers to compare prices and coverage options. Different companies may offer different rates, so it's important to explore your options.

  2. Increase your deductibles: Opting for higher deductibles can lower your premium costs. However, be sure to choose a deductible that you can comfortably afford to pay out of pocket in case of an accident.

  3. Bundle your policies: If you have multiple insurance needs, such as auto and home insurance, consider bundling them with the same provider. Many insurance companies offer discounts for bundling policies.

  4. Maintain a good driving record: Safe driving habits can lead to lower insurance premiums. Avoid speeding tickets, accidents, and other traffic violations that can increase your rates. Some insurers also offer safe driver discounts, so inquire about those.

  5. Take advantage of discounts: Ask your insurance provider about any available discounts. These could include discounts for being a good student, having a clean driving record, being a member of certain organizations, or installing safety features in your car.

  6. Consider your car's value: If you have an older car with a lower value, it may be worth dropping collision and comprehensive coverage. These coverages pay for damage to your own vehicle, and the premiums may not be worth it if the car's value is low.

  7. Pay annually or semi-annually: Instead of paying monthly, consider paying your premium in full for the year or in larger installments. Many insurance companies offer a discount for paying upfront.

  8. Evaluate your coverage limits: Review your coverage limits to ensure they meet your needs without being excessive. Adjusting your coverage limits can impact your premium, so consider the value of your car and your risk tolerance when making changes.

  9. Improve your credit score: In many states, insurance companies use credit scores to determine premiums. Maintaining a good credit score can help lower your auto insurance rates. Pay your bills on time, keep your credit utilization low, and correct any errors on your credit report.

  10. Take a defensive driving course: Completing a defensive driving course can demonstrate your commitment to safe driving and potentially qualify you for a discount on your insurance premium. Check with your insurance company to see if they offer any discounts for completing an approved course.

Remember to always read and understand the terms and conditions of your insurance policy and consult with an insurance professional for personalized advice based on your specific situation.


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