It seems like the cost of car insurance premiums is constantly rising! Running a car can be very expensive when you consider the price of gas, the expense of maintaining the vehicle and paying those insurance premiums. Fortunately there are a number of clever tactics that can be used to obtain the cheapest car insurance premiums possible. This article will go over 16 clever ways to ensure you get the cheapest car insurance premium possible.
Look at the cost insuring the car before you buy it
The smartest time to look at the cost of car insurance is before you actually purchase the vehicle you are interested in. You can visit a number of insurance companies online or use online comparison tools to check how much the car you like will cost to insure. If it is a private sale, you can even use the registration number of the car when getting the quote from the insurance company.
Avoid cars with high performance modifications
Including the cost of any high performance car modifications in the insurance will add to your premiums. So while many modifications can look good, they can be very costly to insure.
Avoid cars that have large engines, turbo or have sports in their name
Any cars that are capable of extreme speeds will cost more to insure because the insurance companies knows those kinds of cars are more likely to be involved in a crash.
Get additional driving skills
This one works for young drivers especially — gain some additional qualifications and tell you insurance company. Programs like “Pass Plus” can give insurance companies some additional certainty that the young driver has basic skills and is less likely to crash.
Use Online comparison tools
With the advent of the Internet, comparing policies is incredibly easy. You no longer have to walk to an insurance broker to get a quote, you can get a dozen quotes in 10 minutes via insurance comparison websites.
Be sure they take into account any special circumstances you have or discounts you are eligible for. To obtain the very cheapest insurance it’s usually important to negotiate with your insurance company, so the comparison tools should be considered a ballpark figure.
Check for discounts
Ask your insurance company about every kind of discount they offer. Insurance companies offer many types of discounts including: discounts for retired people, army veterans, single mothers, low income families, for loyal customers and more. Make sure you aren’t missing out on any savings!
Compare renewal costs to new policy costs
Some insurance companies offer fantastic deals to attract new customers, and current customers sometimes miss out. If you spot a deal for new customers that you didn’t receive as an existing customer, simply ring the insurance company. Demand they give you the deal — you will usually find them very apologetic and helpful because they want to retain you as a customer.
Pay yearly, not month
You can receive some hefty savings on car insurance premiums by simply paying it annually.
Drive carefully and avoid getting any traffic fines
One of the worst things you can do as a driver looking for cheaper premiums is to get a traffic fine, or worse still a conviction for a traffic offense! Insurance companies will know of any traffic infringements you are involved in, so always drive carefully!
Avoid claiming for small bumps and scratches on your car
If you have a small fender bender that only damages your car, reconsider claiming it. If it is minor damage to your vehicle it might only cost $500 to repair, however if you claim it your excess may be $300, then on top of that your premiums might be higher for the next 5 years. You will lose any “no-claim” bonus that you had, and you will be paying higher premiums for a few years — Insurance companies don’t forget.
Use multi car policies
If a number of people in your family are driving, for example your two teenage children have cars, you should look at multi car policies. You could get a better deal if you insure 3 or 4 cars at once.
Some companies offer discounts if you can demonstrate you rarely drive your vehicle and it is garaged in a safe location most of the time.
Pay as you go insurance
“Pay as you go” insurance uses telematics technology to track your car use and give you cheaper insurance based on that usage pattern. The devices track things like including total miles traveled, speed and trip distance (long trips or short trips). These devices are becoming more complex and are starting to track things like deceleration (braking speed) to evaluate your driving ability. If you are proud of your driving record, you don’t speed and you don’t drive regularly, pay as you go insurance could save you a lot of money.
Increase your excess
The simplest way to obtain cheaper premiums is by increasing your excess, something that can done by emailing or calling your insurance provider.
Do you really need theft coverage?
Some people tend to buy theft coverage or premium insurance for piece of mind. However if you own an aging car, you should consider the declining replacement cost of the vehicle. Comprehensive insurance may only be a sensible decision for the first 8-10 years of owning a vehicle. If your car is rarely left on the street and usually secure in your locked garage, you should also reconsider comprehensive insurance.
Cut out optional extras from the policy
There may be some optional extras on your insurance policy which the insurance company includes without consulting you. You may be able to remove certain aspects like free hire car rental after car theft, which could save you some money.
So there you have it, 16 simple tips to get cheaper car insurance premiums. The key is to demand more from your insurance company, tell them about your specific circumstances and get the best deal possible!