The Real Cost of Car Insurance

Different factors will affect the price of the insurance you will get for your vehicle. Some insurance companies have more expensive packages, while others have cheap prices for minimum insurance, but charge more for additional or optional coverage. You must shop around to compare the prices before you commit to one insurance company.

Choose your car carefully

Some car models and brand are preferred by insurers companies. Some cars are trickier to own than others because of the risk of theft. The car brand and model will affect the price of your insurance. The insurance package for a family car, like a sedan, is definitely less expensive than that for a sports car or luxury car. Insurers will also consider the theft rate for your particular vehicle. If your car is less attractive to other drivers, the insurance is cheaper.

Where you live is also another factor that will affect the cost of your insurance policy. Coverage will be pricier if your area is a known “hot spot” for vandalism and vehicular theft. Common sense and state statistics can give you an idea whether your current location puts you at risk of theft or vandalism. More often than not, cars are more likely to sustain damages in urban areas than in rural areas. Expect higher monthly payments if you are a city dweller.

Your driving routine

If you drive around town daily because of your job, expect your insurance policy to be pricier. For instance, a salesman drives around more than an office clerk and will require more insurance because of the frequency of driving.

The same concept applies if you live several miles away from your workplace. An insuring company may charge you more if you drive a long distance to get to work daily. People who live close to their offices may pay very little for car insurance.

Legal age discrimination

Some other factors that will determine your coverage and the amount you have to pay are your gender, marital status, age, and driving record. People belonging to the 25-35 years old age range may pay more because they are expected to drive more (for work).  Statistics indicate that the chance of accidents is also higher for people in this age range. Males are also expected to drive more roughly than females, which is why some secondhand car sellers emphasize that the previous owner was female (lady driver) to sell a secondhand car faster. It’s an unfair supposition, but gender is generally a factor that affects your insurance payments.

Now we get to the factors that can help you keep your monthly insurance payments low. Of course, anyone would want to shave off more amount of money from their monthly insurance payments, and the following information will definitely help.

Student drivers

Excellent students may get discounts. It’s a good idea to bring a record of your grades or those of your child if the car is going to be driven by a college student. Common sense dictates that someone who is responsible in school will not make infantile mistakes, such as drinking and driving.

Remember that an excellent driving record will also get you far when it comes to haggling for the cost of your car’s insurance. At the very least, a clean record will tell your insurer that approving your application is not risky.

Carpools pay

It also helps if you are a part of the company carpool. If you can show proof that you only drive your car several times a week because you join the carpool most days, your coverage costs may be lowered. You can also keep your bus tickets to show that you are commuting on some days, and you intend to do so even after you’ve leased or bought the car. This means you’re using the car only for certain days. Not using your car daily will also tell your insurer that you’re not at risk of getting into accidents.

Safe driver discount

Be a safe driver and insurance firms will be glad to insure you. Accident-prone individuals can expect to pay higher than safe drivers.

Finally, discounts may be available to you depending on what you can show to prove that you are a low-risk driver. Discounts mean more money saved.

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