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Category Archives: Automotive

How to Prevent a Deer/Auto Crash

All seems fine and dandy as you cruise along the county road or highway on your way home from everyday business as usual. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, a deer sprints into middle of roadway. There is no time to stop or slow down. You know it is coming. You see it is coming. You panic, but there is literally nothing in your human power to do. Then, the thud of the animal and crunch of the impact against your car you expect tells you that the worst has occurred. Shaken, you check yourself for any injury. Miraculously, you’ve escaped this accident without getting hurt. Not a single scratch. Your vehicle and the deer, however, have succumbed to the inevitable losses and damages: the deer lies dead and your car is what the insurance companies describe as ‘totaled’.

Undeniably, this collision could have resulted in far greater general liability and other damages. Nonetheless, you will definitely be filing an auto insurance claim through your insurance agency. Thankfully, all those premium payments you have dutifully been submitting have come around to your benefit: you have good coverage under your particular policy and you will be protected by it.

“How could this actually have happened to me?” you wonder incredulously.

According to government officials, the disturbing experience can happen to anyone! Oftentimes, wild deer leave the adjacent forest or wilderness to roam the roadside. And it’s not too unusual for them to jump into the danger that oncoming traffic presents. If a car has its headlights on, the deer crossing the roadway can become mesmerized and statue-like. With no other recourse, oncoming cars collide into the animal. As it seems, both are victims.

With the proper care, though, motorists can avoid risky confrontations with deer (and other big forest animals).

Four Points to Avoid an Auto – Deer Accident

• Motorists are most prone to meet up with a deer during the poor visibility hours between dawn and dusk; drive exceedingly carefully at this time.

• Official statistics say the majority of deer collisions occur in October, November and December – the pre-breeding juncture.

• If you spot a deer positioned at the roadside, slow down and drive very, very carefully; deer can abruptly change route and run into traffic flow.

• Look out for and pay close attention to deer crossing symbols and markers: the reason they are placed there is because there have been deer incidents at the site.

Terms and Conditions of Auto Insurance

Based on the high rate of accidents which happen each year, it is imperative that anyone driving a car whether it is your car or a friend’s car must have an auto insurance policy even if it is the least of all insurance policies available.

An insurance covers the policyholder and in most cases it covers other people who use the car or the driver. However if the car gets into an accident which is not in the interest of the policyholder, or in violation with the agreement between the policyholder and the insurance company, the insurance policy will not cover the damages from such accident.

In instances where the insured vehicle gets sold to another person, the new owner is covered by the third party liability Insurance and also by the comprehensive car insurance policy (if there is any) within a period of 3 weeks after the change of ownership. When there is a new active insurance policy, all deductibles under the insurance will be paid by the new car owner.

Auto insurance does not cover damage to vehicles in company possession for purpose of sale

Depending on the car insurance policy agreement between you and your insurance company, there might not be a need for you to notify them when the terms in the policy agreement changed. The consequence of refusal to notify the insurance might be forfeiture indemnity and compensation if an accident occurs or reduction of the indemnity and compensation or lapses in the payment if indemnity and compensation.

Therefore to avoid the consequences stated above, whenever there is a change in the policy information notify your insurance company immediately.

You can purchase the same auto insurance from two different insurance companies without terminating the initial insurance with the first company but when an accident occurs, the agreement in your car insurance policy will applied, and this may mean that both companies pay half is the cost for the accident each.

Another important thing to note regarding auto insurance is the deductibles which are based on the agreement in the auto insurance policy. Deductibles are deducted only once in cases of an insurance event involving both third party liability and damages under the comprehensive auto insurance.

No deductible will apply in situations such as:

1. Damages from a known liable tortfeasor

2. Damages from fire, explosion, lightening or theft

3. Damages from items falling on the car.

Furthermore, there will be additional deductible if there is driving damage to the car by another person other than the policyholder, or any registered user of the three car under the auto insurance policy.

There are certain accidents which your auto insurance policy may not cover. Under the liability insurance, your auto inside policy does not cover;

1. Injury to the driver

2. Damage from the carriage of goods by road under the acts of contract

3. Damage to attached vehicle

4. Damage which occurred at the time the vehicle was rented out unless it can be proved that the damage is as a result of occurrence which is in accordance with the auto insurance policy

5. Damage to items belonging to the driver, policyholder, anyone stated in the auto insurance policy it a regular user.

The following accidents are not covered by the comprehensive auto insurance:

1. Damage resulting from weather conditions

2. Damage car parts during repairs unless it can be proved the damage had occurred during the driving or by fire

3. Damage in the electrician and mechanical parts the vehicle, unless it can be proved the damage occurred in accordance with the auto insurance policy

4. Damage resulting from reckless driving i.e. Overheating or no change of oil

5. Damage which occurred while the car was rented out

6. Damage which occurred from intoxication of the driver

7. Damage caused intentionally by grid negligence

8. Loss of the car due to seizure of the car by law enforcement authority

9. Damage under warranty and guarantee

10. Damage from usage of the car such as wear and tear, scratches on the car body and so on.

Duration of the auto insurance policy is based on the agreement between you and the insurance company. Most auto insurance agreement are annual and are renewed yearly unless it’s canceled in writing by the policyholder or the insurance company with a month’s notice.

Major Factors That Affect Insurance Premium

1. DMV Records:

Ticket history and past involvement in accidents are major elements. Annual mileage also helps determine the likelihood of road accidents. The logical explanation is that the more time a car spends on the road increases the risk of incidents and the other way around. Clean records with no violation and incident-free experience indicate that the policyholder is a low-risk driver who deserves affordable premium.

2. Car Model:

The cost to repair and replace policyholder’s car in case of accident comes into play as well. Insurance Information Institute suggests that the likelihood of theft is also an important factor. For example, a brand new Lamborghini which costs more than $200,000 demands more expensive financial protection than a $20,000 Toyota. Replacement parts for the former are nowhere near affordable range, so insurance company needs to ask for a higher premium. Criminals tend to target more expensive car, too.

3. Age, Address, and Occupation:

Auto insurance companies look for relevant personal information about the driver to make the quote. Young or teenage drivers have very little experience on the road, while senior drivers have a visual impairment; both of them show signs of higher risk. At the same time, a neighborhood where crime rate is quite high relates to the likelihood of theft and vandalism. Some insurers relate occupations with the possibility of accidents. Stressful jobs such as public relation officers and real estate agents can be the factors that increase premium rate.

4. Credit Score:

Many insurers still use applicants’ credit score information to determine approval and price. A person with bad credit score tends to lapse payment due to financial difficulties. Because carrier needs assurance, the policyholder must pay more to cover the possibility of skipping payment.

5. Coverage:

In addition to states’ minimum liability requirements, there are optional coverage options. Every auto insurance company has different prices for optional purchases such as Collision, Comprehensive, Rental Reimbursement, and Roadside Assistant. Policyholders can choose not to buy them to lower premium.

Age is the only personal factor that is impossible to control. Address and occupations are not ones that policyholders can change as they like either. DMV records and credit score are always open for improvement, and at some points, they can help to save money on auto insurance. When a vehicle comes to owners through lease or finance company, the optional coverage of collision and comprehensive often become mandatory. However, higher deductible allows for more affordable premium, hence manageable expense. It is worth to compare premium prices from multiple providers and consult an independent to get the best price for the most appropriate and complete financial protection.

How to Get More Affordable Insurance

There is no way to change age, and it is almost impossible to change address and occupations in an instant. In the auto insurance industry, cheaper is not always better, but it does not hurt to shop around and find the best deal available. Companies change prices all the time to attract potential customers; policyholders can do a little comparison before every renewal and switch in case the price difference is profound that it is worth the hassle to file a new application. Apart from that, there are some other effective methods to lower insurance premium at ease. Sometimes policyholders must consider all the options and make changes to habits/style to get the best deal.

PAYG (Pay-As-You-Go) Insurance

This is like a reward program that gives benefits only to safe or low-risk drivers. As soon as the insurance policy takes effect, the insurer monitors car usage such as mileage, average speed, sudden braking, and overall obedience to traffic laws. Drivers who demonstrate improvements over the last policy period deserve discounts for the next renewal. A teenager or first-time policyholder should pay more for premiums because the lack of experience, but PAYG gives the chance for them to showcase their low-risk behavior on the road to get the benefit.

Premium can change in every renewal, which means it can become higher when drivers receive traffic tickets for any reason. Some insurers that offer PAYG require policyholders to install tracker device so the company can monitor the vehicle at all times. For policyholders, such methods can be too intrusive to privacy. In California, tracker device only monitors mileage but not how policyholders drive their cars.

Defensive Driver

It never hurts to practice defensive-drive attitude on the roads. Drive safe and avoid involvement in accidents or traffic violations. There is no need to go faster than the speed limit or ignore the red light. Claim-free history often comes with premium price reduction. Also, safe, calm drive habit helps with fuel economy.

Low Cost of Ownership

Cost of ownership is different from the price of car. After the purchase price, owner has to calculate depreciation, interests (if the car comes from a lease or finance company), taxes, maintenance, and insurance premium. A vehicle with lower cost of ownership comes with lower premium as well. The best thing to do is to consult an insurer’s representative about how car choice affects coverage price because this gives the chance to manage expense for many months to come. An independent agent will be glad to provide assistance in the calculation.

A Step-By-Step Reduction of Your Car Insurance Premium

That is why we wait for the sale season, use discount coupons or shop online – all in an effort to bring down our expenses. What about our car insurance premium? Is there a way to bring it down too?

We care about it. That’s we’ve made this step-by-step guide on reducing car insurance premium.

Car Insurance Premium – Saving VS Coverage

Your car insurance premium is always a considerable sum no matter how cheap your car was in terms of its cost. Being a mandatory requirement (the Motor Vehicles Act mandates a car insurance cover), the cost is unavoidable.

Thus, it is with a heavy heart that we part with our money when buying or renewing our car insurance plan.

It is possible to customize the premium amount of your car insurance policy to some extent. The idea is to not miss out on future coverage in the race of reducing premium costs for the present.

Step 1 – Determine the optimal Insured Declared Value (IDV) of your car.

The IDV of your car is in effect the maximum Sum Assured of your car insurance plan. It is the amount (calculated as the car’s market price minus the depreciation) which is payable to you if your car is stolen or your car is damaged beyond repairs.

As is obvious, the premium rate is determined on the quoted IDV. The IDV varies across insurers and so does the premium rate. The option to select the IDV is solely on you. This chosen IDV should be optimal. Too high and you unnecessarily pay a higher premium, too low and you get a small claim. A balance must be reached and an optimal level of IDV should be selected.

For selecting the optimal IDV, you can deduct the depreciation rates standardized by IRDA from the car’s market price.

Vehicle’s age Rate of depreciation

Less than 6 months 5%

6 months to 1 year 15%

1-2 years 20%

2-3 years 30%

3-4 years 40%

4-5 years 50%

Assess your IDV as per your car’s age and settle on the optimal level.

Step 2 – Consider the coverage available.

Once you have identified the IDV, look at the coverage provided by various plans. Usually a comprehensive policy has two coverage parts – third party cover and own damage cover. Also, there might be riders available which allow you to customize your plan and enhance the coverage. Special consideration should be given to such riders as adding them would increase the premium incidence.

Riders should be chosen based on your requirements. For instance, a zero depreciation cover works wonders for newer cars while an engine protect rider is helpful if monsoons causes water-logging problems in your locality and endangers your car’s engine. Cut down the frills but opt for riders which pertain to your requirement and you can substantially lower the premium.

Step 3 – Assess the optimal premium based on the cover.

The premium for a third party cover is fixed by the IRDA. It is the own damage premium which varies across insurers and is fixed on the IDV of the car. Riders too increase the premium. So, compare the different premium quotes on two parameters – the computed IDV and any additional rider benefits.

Step 4 – Utilize policy discounts and accumulated No Claim Bonus (NCB).

If you are transferring your insurance plan to a new car or renewing your car insurance plan, you can reduce your premium if you have any accumulated NCB in your previous policy. NCB is allowed if the policyholder does not make any claims in the last year. This NCB lowers the premium.

For those who are buying a new car insurance plan, there might be discounts in a policy which should be explored for reducing the premium.

Step 5 – Portability

Blindly sticking to one insurance policy when other plans are offering a lower premium for the same level of coverage is foolish. You should constantly review your car insurance plan on each renewal and if a cheaper substitute is found you should port your policy and enjoy lower premiums.

Following these steps would definitely result in a much lower premium than you were originally charged. This little nugget of wisdom is, therefore, sure to make your pockets and consequently you happy.

Guide To Van Insurance Policies

The law requires that you be insured as a van driver. This is to ensure that you are fully protected when you injure another person or damage another person’s property. You are supposed to have an insurance policy in place unless you are registered as off road.

Types of van insurance policies

There are plenty of insurance policies that you can choose from. The most common ones are:

Third party only (TPO): This is the minimum level of insurance cover that you need into drive legally on the road. The insurance company pays for the damages caused on others but it won’t pay for your losses. This means that you are liable for the repair costs of your van in the event of an accident or theft. Due to the simple nature of this insurance, it’s cheap.

Third-party, fire and theft: This policy covers you in the event of an accident that came about as a result of your fault. In addition to covering you, the policy will also cover the damage caused to another vehicle, property and if people were injured in the process, the policy pays for the people’s medical treatment. This policy also covers you from theft. When your vehicle is stolen it’s good to note that you will have to pay the excess. This is usually the first amount of claim that you are placing.

Fully comprehensive: It’s the most extensive insurance cover. It provides you with protection against damage to your van, your property, and even to yourself even if the accident was your fault. The cover will provide you with protection against loss of personal effects, damage to your vehicle, medical expenses, and even breaking of the windscreen. You should note that the policy doesn’t cover you in the event your van breaks down. If you want to be protected you have to get a separate van breakdown cover policy.

Getting the van insurance cover

Different companies sell their policies at different amounts. It’s up to you to research and find a company that will sell you insurance cover at a favorable amount. You should visit different companies and collect quotes. When the companies are determining the amount that they will charge you they consider a number of factors such as: your claims history, occupation, use of the vehicle, and security.

Just like when you are getting other car insurance policies, there are a number of things that you can do to lower your premium. Some of the things that you can do include:

Secure your van: As you have seen, one of the factors used to determine your premium is the security of your vehicle. To pay a lower premium you should install security features in your vehicle thus making it difficult for people to break in or steal your vehicle. Some of the things that you can do include: installing an immobilizer, tracker or an alarm.

Buy a small van: The engine size and the physical size of the van are of big impact. Big vans are said to cause more damage in the event of accidents thus attract a higher premium. If you don’t need a powerful machine, go with a smaller van and pay a lower insurance premium.

5 Useful Ways to Lower Your Auto Insurance

Driving a car and keeping it maintained has the potential to cost a lot of money over the long-term. So, it can benefit to look at ways to cut costs where possible, such as on a mandatory expense like auto insurance. Here are a few practical steps that have the ability to lower the auto insurance rates:

Get a quote before buying

Calling one or two insurance agents before buying a brand new vehicle can give an early indication of the likely insurance costs. The premiums for insurance can vary significantly with the different makes, models and age of vehicle. If the insurance for a particular vehicle is likely to be too expensive, it may be more practical to look elsewhere.

Revise coverage on old vehicles

For the older car that is free of finance, it may be worth revising the insurance coverage for collision only. This is the type of protection that is required if damage is coursed to a third-party vehicle. In many cases, this simple step can help to make a useful saving on the cost of insurance.

Use a single insurance company

Try to use a single insurance company for multiple policies, such as auto, home, travel, etc. A benefit of this is the ability to gain a multi-line discount, which is usually in the region of 10-15% of the total annual premium.

Careful driving

There are plenty of insurance policies that offer incentives for a lower premium. One of these incentives is a proven record of careful driving, which can include staying out of accidents and avoid speeding. This has the potential to give a further discount on the annual premium of about 5-7.5%. Also, by avoiding any traffic violations over a period of 3 years; it is possible to get a further deduction of costs.

Increase the deductible

A further simple step to control the costs is to increase the deductible amount. This is the first amount paid by the policy holder at the time of making a claim. By increasing the deductible from $250 to $500, there is the potential to make a substantial difference. The deductible can even be increased to an amount like $1,000, which should go a long way to control the insurance premium. But, it is sensible to only raise the deductible to an amount that is affordable, and easily payable in the event of needing to make an insurance claim.

The Importance of Insurance

According to the Insurance Research Council (IRC), it is reported that between one and eight drivers do not have auto insurance. That means a good majority of people you driver by every day are not insured-a situation that can put you and your family at risk. And while it is true that you can sue an uninsured driver if they hit you, it is more than likely that your auto insurance will be paying under the uninsured motor coverage that you have on your own policy (which is the law Nebraska). Most people don’t even know what this coverage is or what their limit is.

In Nebraska, for example, the minimum liability coverage allowed by law is $25,000/$50,000/$25,000. Broken down, that is $25,000 per person and up to $50,000 for a total accident. The other $25,000 will pay for property damage such as someone’s car or house. More often than not, people’s uninsured/underinsured motorist will match their coverage. So in this instance it would be $25,000/$50,000. With medical costs going up every year as well as the number of the lawsuits filed, making sure you have adequate insurance is imperative. Having high liability as well as high uninsured/underinsured motorist is one of the cheapest ways to insulate yourself from a financially life changing event.

When talking about your house insurance, not all policies are created equally and if you don’t know what you’re looking at, when you have a claim you could potentially be out thousands of dollars. When looking at your home insurance you want to make sure that you have replacement cost on all of your personal property as well as your roof. As costs increase for insurance companies they will get rid of coverage that used to be covered in an effort to keep rates from going up to avoid losing clients. Most people never look at the fine print, only at the price. Another coverage that you want to make sure is included is coverage for jewelry, furs, fine arts and guns. The easiest way to find out how you’re covered is to ask, “What are my limits on special items?” This will tell you which items aren’t covered under your personal property limit and what each coverage is.

To make sure you’re properly covered, it is recommended that you review your policy and coverage with an agent on an annual basis. The worst situation is not having the coverage you need after an accident occurs.

Reinsurance For Auto Dealers – Is It Worth It?

Reinsurance can be defined as an agreement between two insurance companies. The reinsurer in this arrangement is the second business and provides risk management for paying claim shares arising from initial insurance company. Auto dealers are now embracing owning reinsurance companies to enjoy coverage for different policies in their contracts.

Reinsurance programs offer an opportunity to enjoy underwriting profits as well as investment income from finance and insurance products sold to customers in an auto dealership. Apart from automotive dealers, reinsurance can also be enjoyed by other service providers. For auto dealer, the commonly reinsured items include vehicle service contracts, GAP and aftermarket among others.

A smart auto dealer will always be on the lookout for hidden profit opportunities and vehicle service contract reinsurance is a major wealth creation opportunity available to the dealers. There are lots of companies offering competitive programs and availing them to independent dealers and franchises as well. The reinsurance concept for auto dealers comes with a number of benefits to them and this is probably what have made the programs popular among the dealers. Here are some of the benefits that make the reinsurance for auto dealers worth trying out.

The reinsurance programs offer auto dealers control over own insurance company

With this kind of control, auto dealers are able to enjoy premiums generated from different vehicle service agreements and aftermarket insurances. The insurance company holding premium reserves provide the owner with new wealth and profit creation source. When these reserves are reinsured, the risks to selling dealer are greatly limited.

The programs ensure efficient cash flow and profit maximization

Reinsurance programs have a reliable remittance system. Any warranty repairs offered by the dealer get deducted from premiums submitted and this in turn accelerates payment to the dealer for the repairs made.

Reinsurance for auto dealers also offers flexibility in customizing terms and coverage’s

This is because there are high probabilities of weekly funding of the premium accounts, full accounting as well as reporting. When the dealer is able to customize the coverage and terms, there is complete management control of the reinsurance company thus maximization of the profit opportunities.

The programs make it easy to pay claims

Auto dealers who consider owning reinsurance companies always have money available to settle claims. The programs basically eliminate the situations where most dealers have had to foot the cost of claims for lack of backup funding. Dealers therefore enjoy more security when they take up reinsurance programs matching their exact needs.

The contracts help in improving customer satisfaction

There is really nothing more important that customer satisfaction for any given business. Vehicle service contracts offer some of the best ways of improving customer satisfaction and also provide confidence in sales process improving the dealership at the end. Reinsurance offers any auto dealership the opportunity to grow to the next level by offering claims to customers with the increased control over the reinsurance company. When customers are happy, the dealership is able to maintain a loyal clientele thus increasing growth and expansion opportunities.

Cheap Auto Insurance Policy With the Good Ones

There are many things to think about when buying automobile insurance other than price alone. You need to carefully consider all the insurance coverage options, which will play a large role in the cost of your premiums.

It may sound a bit confusing, but getting the cheapest policy may, in reality, cost you serious money down the road. Why you might ask? Getting the state minimum coverage may leave you naked so to speak. In the event you get into an automobile collision, the amount of coverage you need to cover the accident might be considerably more than your policy limits.

Even worse, you could get sued and have your wages garnished. If you hurt another person in an accident you caused and could not pay for all their medical bills, you likely will.

Get the best Car Insurance for Your Needs

Let’s stick with the cheapest type of insurance plan, basic liability insurance. If you get the state minimums, you can get monthly rates as low as $30. The problem is, your car could be worth $15,000 or more. If you get into a collision, guess what, your plan would not pay for repairs to your vehicle. If it is completely totaled, that means you have just lost $15K, which is a lot of money.

Now that low-cost liability policy just cost you thousands. Simple public liability and property damage should only be used under certain circumstances. For example, if you have a vehicle that is worth less than $3,000 and you do not drive it much, maybe you can take this risk. Also, if you are a college student with an old ride not worth much, you can take the risk and stay within your budget. However, if you have an expensive car and assets to protect, you are going to need to buy added protection.

The other thing to consider with these cheaper policies is legal liability. The United States is a very litigious country. There are literally tens of thousands of injury attorneys looking for new cases. This means if you get into a vehicular incident that you were deemed to be responsible for, a limited policy can come back to bite you. Let’s say you only have protection of $50,000 in medical damages. You check your cell phone while driving, run a red light and T-bone a nice lady in a used Honda. She goes to the hospital for two weeks and racks up $250,000 in hospital expenses.

Her lawyer will immediately sue you for the balance of these costs, which in this example is $200,000. You can go to court and fight this, but it will cost you thousands to hire an attorney. The judge in this example might award the victim the $200,000 plus legal fees, which would more than likely devastate you. There might be a payment schedule of $2,000 a month taken out of your paycheck for ten years. So your money saving $39 a month policy in the long run just cost you a fortune.

The most important thing to think about when you buy auto ins is the protection of your assets. If you make more than $60,000 per year, get a policy that has up to $500,000 in accident coverage. In the event you do get into a serious collision, you will be properly covered and not get financially crushed. You might pay $130 per month and even more for a higher limit plan, but in the long run, it is the smart move to make.

You can take advantage of good driver or senior citizen discounts and save 5% or more. Another great tip is to raise your deductible up to $1,000 or higher. This way you can buy an enhanced ins plan at a lower rate. Just remember to set aside the $1k in the unfortunate event you get into a crash and need to file a quick claim.

Buy Auto Insurance Direct and Save Big

Now that you have selected the type of insurance you want, it is time to shop around for the best rates.

7 Smart Tips You Can Do To Keep The Cost Of Your Auto Insurance Down

Depending on the car that you buy, your insurance cost may be a little too expensive for you. You cannot avoid it, though. You still need to pay the auto insurance cost to ensure that you can cover the bigger cost when unexpected things happen, such as accident and theft.

The only thing that you can do is to keep the cost of your auto insurance down, without reducing the quality of your insurance. Here are 7 smart tips you can do to keep the cost of your auto insurance down:

1. Research Your Auto Insurance Cost

This is the first step that you have to do. You cannot just accept any offer from an insurance company without thinking twice. Remember that insurance companies are competing with each other, and they will always try to give you the best rates, just to prevent you from going to another insurance company. So, when an insurance company offers you a good insurance plan for your automobile, check the rates offered by other companies first before deciding to take the premiums. Most likely, you will find a better deal out there.

2. Use The Same Insurance Company You Already Use

For instance, you own a home, and you have already taken the premiums for it from a good insurance company. Then, the same company has an auto insurance plan for their clients. It is better for you to take the offer from the same insurance company that you already use. Why? That’s because they will usually give discounts for long-term clients. Since you already take a home insurance plan with them, they will likely give you some discounts if you decide to take an auto insurance plan with them as well. If not, just try to negotiate, because most of the time, they will be willing to give a special offer for you.

3. Keep A Good Driving Record

In order for you to get the lowest possible cost for your auto insurance plan, you have to show the insurance company that you are a safe driver. In this way, you will not pose as a high-risk client for your auto insurance company, and thus, you will get more discounts from them. So, it is important for you to keep a good driving record, since it will prove to the auto insurance company that you are a safe driver, with very little risk of accident. The smaller the risk of accident, the smaller your insurance premium cost will be.

4. Keep Your Car Safe

It is also important for you to keep your car safe, because most of the time, insurance companies will cover the cost of your car when it is stolen. So, you don’t want to pose your car as a high-risk premium for your insurance company. This will also depend on the make and model of your car, since the more expensive the car, the more cost for you to pay the premium for it. You need to keep your car safe by installing alarm or anti-theft system for your car. In this way, you will pose a lower risk for your insurance company, and thus, you will get a lower premium cost.

5. Try To Get Discounts For Your Auto Insurance

If it is possible for you to get a big discount for your insurance premiums, then by all means take the offer. There are always a lot of discounts offered by many auto insurance companies around you, since they are competing with each others to win the heart of their clients. So, always take a look of the possible discount that you can get, especially as a first-time client. You can research various insurance companies online, and compare their prices before you start your premiums.

6. Keep Your Insurance Information Up To Date

It is important for you to keep the information that you have on file up to date. You don’t want your auto insurance company to keep your old information, since it will make it difficult for you when you need to claim your auto insurance later. It will also reduce your insurance cost significantly if you are eligible for it. For instance, the premium costs for clients that live in the big city will be different from those that live in a small town. So, if you happen to move from a big city to a small town, be sure to update your information right away. Chances are you are eligible for a discount for your premium costs.

7. Factor The Cost Of Auto Insurance In Your Car Ownership Cost

Before buying any car, you have to remember that the cost of the car is not all that you have to pay for it. You also need to include the cost of auto insurance, since it will be inevitably included with the cost of your car purchase sooner or later. So, before buying a car, calculate the total cost that you have to pay by factoring the cost of auto insurance in your purchase. Thus, you will not become shocked when it is time for you to pay the monthly premium costs of your auto insurance.

So, those are the smart tips that you can do to keep the cost of your car insurance down. It is important in this day and age to be a smart customer since there are many available car insurance deals out there.