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01-25-2007 01:19 PM #1
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Wise Tips to Lower Insurance Cost
1. Don't lie on an application. This is about the worst thing you can possibly do. If you lie, you'll get caught at some point. You'll then be cancelled/declined, and that will follow you around for years. You'll notice on each application, there is a question something along the lines of, "Have you ever been denied insurance or had a policy cancelled before?"
They'll check. They'll also pull your MVR (Motor Vehicle Report). They'll also likely run a CARFAX on your vehicle to see if it has been involved in any prior accidents.
2. Pick the highest deductible that you can afford. This is difficult for many people to comprehend. Many times, people will choose $500 or $1000 deductibles because it makes the premiums very attractive. Unfortunately, when you get into an accident (your fault or not), you then have to pony up the deductible (unless the other carrier pays for your damage). As an adjuster, one of the most common complaints that I'd hear is, "Well, I don't have $1000 in the bank to repair the car. The accident wasn't my fault. What are you going to do about it?"
Unfortunately, the answer typically is that the adjuster is not going to do anything about it, aside from try to get your deductible back from the responsible party, either by the process of subrogation (one insurance company going after another) or a lawsuit if the person is uninsured. Neither guarantee success, and in most cases, the adjuster is going to require that your vehicle be fixed prior to taking any action against a responsible party because, if we do it beforehand and the repairs cost more than the demanded amount, the insurance company is out that additional money.
So, the rule of thumb is as follows: If you don't normally have $1000 in the bank, then don't take the $1000 deductible. If you really only have $500 or $250 in the bank at any one time, choose that as your deductible amounts.
3. Know the value of your vehicle. Many people throw out thousands of dollars per year on useless insurance. A good and honest insurance agent will help you determine if you need Comprehensive and Collision insurance. A less-than-good agent (not necessarily dishonest, but let's leave it at inexperienced) will write you up any coverage you want without asking money-saving questions.
In the Internet-shopping environment, many times you don't deal with sales agents to look out for you. Saying that, most people have no realistic clue on the planet what their vehicle is worth. Check some here.
You have to be realistic when you use these websites, particularly NADA and Kelly Blue Book (KBB). Read the descriptions, particularly the "Vehicle Condition" descriptions on the website. While you may think your vehicle is in "excellent" condition, it is extremely likely that it isn't. KBB will help you, if you need it, to accurately determine the condition of your vehicle.
The above websites are what your own insurance company uses to value your vehicle in the event it is a total loss. They'll also likely use CCC Valuescope, which is not a free site. But, CCC Valuescope relies on CARFAX and NADA to do a lot of the dirty work for them.
Realize that mileage is one of the biggest factors in determining the value of your vehicle. Higher mileage equals lower value.
Compare the premium of the Collision and Comprehensive insurances to the value of your vehicle, and don't forget to take into account the deductible. If you're carrying a $500 deductible on a $1500 vehicle, you're throwing out money. All you need is liability insurance, along with whatever uninsured motorist protection and medical coverages you need. You don't need to be wasting your money on Comp and Collision. See current insurance companies price at http://www.oneshopinsurance.com
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10-29-2012 07:05 PM #2
Theres also some good info
Theres also some good info here on cutting insurance costs: http://www.vaninsured.com/van-insurance-helpful-hints/
Its aimed at drivers of commercial vehicles but the general principles are the same for drivers of all vehicles