Tips and Tricks for Saving on Auto Insurance

Finding the best auto insurance rates can sometimes be tricky. It is absolutely necessary to be insured on the roads, though. In fact, it is required, by Illinois state law to have coverage. Some find auto insurance to be extremely expensive but, there are ways to help make it more affordable. Here are some things to consider to find the ideal price of insurance.

Shop Around

Get quotes from multiple insurance companies, including different types of companies. Also, realize that the lowest number does not mean the cheapest.

Consider Insurance While Shopping for Cars

Some vehicles have lower reliability ratings and other factors that contribute to higher premiums. While researching cars it is important to compare potential premiums for each of your options to ensure you are getting the best deal.

Increase Deductible

By increasing your deductible, you can decrease your premium. Just be sure that the deductible is manageable for your budget and that you have enough money saved in case you need to file a claim.

Bundle Insurance

If the insurance agency that you choose offers bundling, take advantage of it. If not, try to stay with the same company for all of your insurance needs. This results in discounts in most cases.

Keep Good Credit

Having good credit helps lower insurance rates. Researchers have found a significant relationship between your credit score and amount of claims filed. Insurance companies tend to rely on this correlation to define your financial responsibility.

Low Mileage Discounts

Research mileage averages and see if you fall below that. Do not be afraid to ask about a low mileage discount. This discount could also apply to you if you are someone who carpools.

Group Insurance

Some people fall into the category of people who receive insurance from their employer or other groups they belong to. Some insurance providers offer discounts on auto insurance to people who fall into this category.

Other Discounts

Ask your agent if there are any additional discounts you are qualified for based on certain qualities such as how you drive, etc.

Purchase 10+ days before you actually need it

By purchasing coverage before you need to use it helps drive down premium costs.

Pay in Full Up Front

If possible pay in full, rather than setting up a payment plan. The amount you save annually will add up.

Get New Policy When You Move

Especially out of state! Some states have significantly higher insurance rates than others.

Older Cars

Buying a brand new car, just released is exciting, but if your priority is lower insurance premiums it is better to purchase models that are 5+ years old. They are considered more reliable.

VIN Number for Quotes

The purpose of this is to see if you are eligible for a discount if you have anti-theft devices.

Go Paperless

Some companies value using less paper and offer a small discount to those who opt out of using paper which is not hard to do in this age if technology. It is a small offering, but it adds up.

Insurance Vocabulary

Be sure to understand what the verbiage means so that you have a good idea of what you actually need covered and what questions you need to ask your agent.

Automatic Billing

This is another way to save over time, similar to going paperless.

Education

Some insurers offer discounts based off of the level of education you have. For example, some offer discounts for college graduates.

Teen Drivers

Teen drivers are known to drive up insurance costs, since they are more accident prone. But, if they are in a college that is 100+ miles away without a car some insurers allow them to be temporarily taken off of the plan. Additionally, most companies offer a “good student” discount implying that they correlate this test of intelligence with responsible driving habits. Proof of a safe driving class can also save some money on teen auto insurance.

Important Information on Extended Warranties From Car Dealers

Car dealers offer extended warranties to provide their customers peace of mind that they’ll be covered should something unexpectedly go wrong with their vehicle. However, there are times where purchasing a warranty will be in your best interests, and other times where it will not. Here’s some information on how to tell the difference and to buy the one that is best for you.

What It Is

An extended warranty can be compared to insurance. You pay for liability coverage in case you’re in an accident and someone is hurt, although you don’t expect it to happen. In the same vein, a warranty will cover you if your vehicle needs a repair that you didn’t expect.

What to Look For

It wouldn’t make much sense to pay for a partial coverage plan – if you’re going to get a warranty, don’t go halfway. You’d be surprised at how many people make this mistake and not only end up paying for the coverage but for a large repair bill as well. Get the most coverage you can afford so you can rest assured it will be there should you need it.

Car dealers typically offer a wide range of options, so you’ll want to do a little homework before you purchase your new vehicle. Have the best possible idea of what will be covered and ask the right questions. For instance, get the amount of the deductible, find out what components of the vehicles are covered, and ask whether or not you need to take it to a certain shop for repairs. In addition, find out if you’ll have to pay for your rental car and any towing that may be needed.

Generally, car dealers offer power train warranties that cover any problems with the drive shaft, axles, transmission and engine. Again, make sure you know the exact parts that are covered. The most comprehensive type of plan is typically known as “bumper to bumper.” This will cover just about all your vehicle’s parts.

Setting a higher deductible could help you offset upfront costs; you just need to remember to set aside extra money should something go wrong. Does your credit card offer free roadside assistance? If that’s the case, then you can take towing off of your warranty and save a little money that way.

Is It For You?

If you have a deep emergency fund and could financially withstand having to pay for a big problem, then you might be fine if you didn’t purchase a warranty. However, if you’re like most people and you couldn’t handle a repair bill in the thousands of dollars, then you’ll more than likely be better off paying for a warranty. The monthly payments are affordable and you’ll have the added benefit of peace of mind.

Online Games: A Bittersweet Treat

They say the human body can go without food for 3 weeks, 3 days without water, typically 7-8 minutes without air. Did you notice I just listed the 3 essentials primarily needed to sustain human beings or life for that matter? The question is why all of a sudden I decided to go all science or encyclopedia on you.

What if I was to tell you while conveniently ignoring our evolution from monkeys, we have evolved to a level where these three things are no longer the only things that we need to sustain life. Knowingly unknowingly, intentionally or unintentionally, slowly and steadily it has crawled its way as one of the fundamentals for survival. I am of course talking about mobile phones and its minions (tablets, smartwatches and stuff).

If we all be honest with ourselves, I guess 90% people will agree with me when I say that we cannot live without our mobile phones for longer than a minute. Call it a force of habit, being enslaved to them or whatever but that is the sad truth that none of us want to face. With social networking playing a pivotal role in the lives of people of all age groups, people seem as if they are infused with a need to become “cool” and as a result, the need for mobile phones has risen drastically. That vibration and sound of receiving a message have become more imperative than eating, sleeping, and all day-to-day activities.

Phantom notification syndrome (the tendency of someone to believe they got a notification when they have actually not) is not just an observation about the youth but for almost all people with a “smartphone” these days. It is as if we have been programmed to check up on our phone every minute or two for no suggestive reason. And if it is not to check up on our zero messages it is either to take a selfie, or just to console ourselves we are looking fine, or to play games. In a very rare instance, it is a task outside these 3 categories.

And if we examine objectively, after messaging/texting/tweeting/Instagramming, the next favorite thing of people is to tire out their fingers playing games.

After WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram this is the thing in common in all devices. So simple and yet so addictive. The craze for the online game is such that at a point even I started playing it and I don’t remember how my following month passed. I mean there cannot be a single person who does not daily get flooded with games requests daily. It’s hard to put to words as to what makes the mobile game this addictive it’s dope sound effects, its ever-increasing difficulty as you progress, its simple interface, or what, is a mystery yet to be solved. But there is one thing laid down in concrete – it’s definitely going to stay a favorite among people for a long time to come.

Speaking in the context of phones, Matthew Perry aka Chandler Bing would say “You feel complete when you hold it”. Phones are everywhere. And all those phones, unified by this delicious game apart from the regular social apps. And swiping the screen to match 3 candies has proven itself as the best time killer. Given the fact it is totally free has more and more people a slave to bust their stress on innocent candy.