The car insurance industry is highly competitive and shopping every company out there can take time. So, how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal? How do you find a policy that really works for you? Here are a few tips that can help when you’re shopping for your next auto insurance policy.
When settling a claim with your insurance company, know how and when you will receive your payout. Many insurance policies are designed on an “actual cash value” basis, meaning that your claim may only be paid once repairs are completed or replacement items are purchased. If you needed cash to fund those purchases in the first place, you may be out of luck.
To save money on travel insurance, start by looking at what you may already have covered. Most homeowner and renter policies cover theft of property; many credit cards offer accidental death while traveling if you used the card to pay for the trip. Some even offer car rental insurance and extra baggage protection.
In order to get the best rates on insurance, it often pays to combine all of your polices under one company. However, don’t automatically assume this would be the cheapest route to go. Sometimes the multi-policy discount is less than it would be to have separate policies with different companies.
Many insurers offer reduced rates for taking out multiple lines of insurance with them. For instance, insuring two vehicles and having a homeowner’s policy with the same company is cheaper (and easier to remember) than insuring each separately. Do check the total cost against other policies and avoid adding on extra insurance that you do not need just for the multiple line discount.
Look at the pluses and minuses of different ways of the different methods of buying insurance and decide what works for you. You can buy insurance through a direct agent, direct through the company, or through a financial planner. They all have their own reasons for choosing them, make the choice that works best for you.
Check your pet’s insurance policy for information on the company requirements. Some policies require you to take your pet to the vet for a yearly check up, and pay out of pocket for it. Yearly physical exams are a great idea for pet care, but make sure the insurance company isn’t forcing you to pay for it.
Improve your credit score before shopping for insurance. Many companies will charge a higher premium if you have bad credit. Bad credit is considered a risk and insurance premiums are all about managing risk. Improving your credit can end up saving you hundreds of dollars a year on your premiums.
As we stated in the beginning of this article, the car insurance industry is highly competitive. There are many reputable companies out there and many policies to choose from. Finding the right one for you takes a little time and patience, but is well worth the effort. Follow the tips we have discussed and you’re sure to find the best deal.