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Things to Consider when Comparing Car Insurance Rates

Bovo Law Oct. 15, 2010

You’re getting a new car! Maybe it isn’t brand spanking new, but that’s okay. It’s your new baby and you love it. Now you need to get insurance on it. You plan to shop around, getting several quotes – good going! Comparing car insurance rates is the best way to know you’re getting the right price for your new baby.

While Shopping For Quotes

Be accurate and honest. Don’t try to fudge answers – chances are, the company will find out anyhow, and then it will cost you more. Just assume they’ll pull your driving record (they will) and your credit report (they can) and let them know about any tickets or accidents. Be sure to declare all potential drivers in the household – even if you don’t want them insured on the policy, the company needs to know they exist. (For example, your teenage son who doesn’t quite have his license but knows where the keys to the Camry are kept.) If your information isn’t accurate and you have an accident, there is a chance they won’t have to pay after all, depending on the circumstances.

Keep the information you give the car insurance companies consistent. Comparing rates is impossible if they’re based on different information! Decide what level of coverage you want for everything, and then ask each company the same. If you ask for a certain level of coverage with one company, ask the same from all of them. If you put rental car coverage on with one company, do the same with the others. To compare car insurance rates, they need to be for the same product.

Once You’ve Got Quotes To Compare

Be sure you’re comparing apples with apples. Regardless of what you think you asked for, double check to see if that’s what coverage your car insurance rate is for. Compare the numbers. If you said you wanted 100/300/100, but sure they are all that amount. Not only is it only fair to be comparing the same car insurance rate product, but also you need to know that you got the level of coverage you said you wanted.

Consider the individual companies. Some companies are known for their excellent customer service. Is the one you’re considering? You can check the reputations of car insurance companies online – there are sites where customers can give their feedback on their treatment by the car insurance companies.

Think about the easy of contacting each company. If your favorite company doesn’t have an online presence, and all bill must be mailed in, will you be okay with that? Many people enjoy the ease of having their payment come from their checking account directly each month – they almost don’t have to think about it at all, as long as there’s enough money kept in the account. Or maybe you enjoy the personal touch of an agent you can call with any questions. If so, you probably wouldn’t like the cold distancing of an online car insurance company. Comparing rates is not the only thing to consider as you shop for car insurance.

The foregoing article was written by the author based on experiences she has had. This article is not stated as a legal opinion or as fact but instead is stated as opinion of the author.