Anyone would be excited to lower their insurance premium, right? It’s surprising how many people will call several insurance agencies looking for the best deal. Don’t get me wrong, that is perfectly fine, especially if you’re shopping for new insurance. However, if you currently have an insurance provider then why not start by asking your insurance agency how they can help you save money on your current policy? There are several ways to save on insurance premiums and your agent will be able to tell you what you can do or what you already qualify for that you may not be taking advantage of.
I realize that most people are looking for “cheap car insurance,” but please note that I said “cheaper” in the title of this article. Cheap car insurance is a pretty relative term and I think most people are looking for almost free. Free isn’t realistic but lowering your current premium is.
The first thing you should do is find out if you can bundle your different types of insurance coverages to save money. If you have home owners or renters insurance plus car insurance through the same agency you probably qualify for a discount automatically. You probably can qualify for a better car insurance rate if you have multiple cars as well. If your agency isn’t offering up discounts keep asking about different scenarios such as: do you have safe driver discounts, discounts for safety features in my vehicle like antilock brakes or airbags, and discounts for students or age.
If you’re looking to achieve bigger discounts then you should make sure that your car insurance policy doesnt have anything that you dont want or need. An example would be additional coverage for a car stereo or windshield protection. If you don’t really need these things have them removed from your policy and have the cost deducted from your account.
Many insurance agencies also offer discounts on the way you pay your premium. You can often get discounts by paying premiums in full or by signing up for an automatic deduction plan. Again, ask your insurance agency if this is something that they could provide.
If you are in desperate need of reducing your monthly premium pretty dramatically then the last thing you should look into is changing your deductible. This is pretty straight forward, the higher the deductible the lower your premium. You should make sure that if you do have to pay a higher deductible for your car insurance that it won’t leave you in a pinch with funds.
Calling different insurance agencies for a quote is fine if you really feel like you’re paying too much, but start by asking your current agent what they can do for you.