Many people lament the purchase of car insurance. So we’re here to make it less painful. Check out these six money-saving tips and take the sting out of buying insurance.
#1 Raise your deductible. It’s a gamble, sure. You’ll be responsible for a larger amount of the bill should you get into an accident. However, this is a guaranteed way to lower your annual insurance costs.
#2 Shop around. Staying with the same insurance company year after year may not be in your best interest. You can cancel or change your policy at any time-you don’t need to wait for the policy to expire. So shop your insurance every six months and compare prices to ensure you are getting the best deal.
#3 Remove unneeded extras. Although knowing you have towing and rental car coverage may help you sleep at night, those add-ons are rarely used and not necessarily worth the cost. You pay between $10 and $30 a year over the life of your policy to cover towing. And in the unlikely situation that you need a tow, you’ll pay about $100. Likewise, a small economy car costs $20-$25 a day to rent and car rental tacks on another $20-$40 to your insurance bill each year. So you can sleep well knowing that you saved yourself some money.
#4 Protect your credit. More insurers have begun using credit-based insurance scores to determine what you pay for your policy. So paying the water bill on time will actually keep your insurance costs down.
#5 Research discounts. Cars with safety and anti-theft devices cost less to insure. You can also knock off a few bucks if you insure your car and home with the same company. People who abstain from alcohol, get good grades in school or take a driver education course are also rewarded with lower premiums.
#6 Get informed. The easiest way to save on any insurance is to research before you buy. And get recommendations from family and friends.