We just went through the process of renewing our auto insurance and of course, the Mrs. insisted that we shop it. I’m good with shopping things that have a monthly payment as the monthly savings when found add up big at the end of the year. As we started to shop it, I realized there are some things everyone looking at getting auto insurance should consider, so I decided to post about it.
When somebody wants new insurance or needs to presumably alter their existing insurer, there are several resources on the market to assist with the decision process. There are websites where one will enter their general data and receive many completely different insurance quotes or estimates by either email or by phone.
There are some things to remember when the hunt for a new carrier begins. Among the largest concern is how much insurance is required. If one is leasing their vehicle or is funding their purchase, their insurance needs will probably be larger than one who owns their automobile outright and simply needs basic insurance at the most. The leasing/finance company will expect comprehensive and collision coverage, together with sufficient liability limits and uninsured motorist protections. It’s additionally possible that they’ll have absolute set minimums that needs to be met or the coverage won’t be accepted. As stated, remember specifically what’s required before shopping rates.
Once one has determined what level of insurance is required, the hunt for insurance quotes will begin. Because the search is repeated with different companies, records ought to be kept that show what the premiums are each year or each six months, whether or not there’s a monthly payment possibility and if there is, is it helpful to setup an automatic payment from a your financial institution? As an example, insurance Company A permits monthly payments and there’ll be a deposit collected up front then set monthly payments to be made by the buyer. With this feature, the insurance is paid a month in advance. Insurance Company B permits monthly payments, too, however they additionally provide the choice of getting the monthly insurance payments automatically deducted from the buyer’s bank account. Sometimes, there’s no deposit required as the insurance company is secure with the information that their premiums will be paid on time every month. Thus, this feature would be the most price effective as far as paying the premiums is concerned as there’s no deposit. Obviously, always check the total premium amounts, coverage limits, and deductibles and compare.
Of nearly equal importance in the hunt for insurance is customer service. It’s no use to anyone to get cheap insurance if you can’t reach your car insurance agent when you need to. The final thing you wants is to be worried after an accident. Once you make the decision as to which company to go with, setup your agent and financial institution/form of payment, and get it all finalized, not being able to reach an agent in a time of need is unacceptable. It’s also quite a pain when, after applying for and receiving insurance quotes, that you must follow up with the businesses via phone.
Poor customer service makes a good deal a bad deal in a hurry. Paying a bit more in premiums can probably be well worth it once you have a collision or traffic accident. It’s highly desirable to only have to make one call and reach a live person who will take your info and begin the claims process. Compare quotes thoroughly, and note the differences. You’ll be happy when you really need it.