No one ever wants to end up overpaying for insurance, yet so many drivers do. These drivers simply fall victim to the cunning marketing strategies practiced by some insurers. Buzzwords such as ‘cut rate car insurance’ and bait and switch premium price tactics for comparison shoppers have managed to trick a lot of Nevada drivers already. In today’s post, we examine the clever ways to cut your car insurance costs. Hint: it has nothing to do with cut rate coverage but everything to do with understanding how the auto insurance business works.
If you already own Las Vegas car insurance, chances are you’ve received at least a few phone calls or pamphlets from insurers, warning you that you’re paying far too much on your current coverage. Since auto insurance can get expensive, many motorists are tempted to give into such scare tactics. After all, who wouldn’t want to pay less on their premium? Unfortunately, the problem with cut rate insurance is that, in the long run, you may end up paying more than you would for insurance from a full service provider. The difference between a full-service provider and a cut-rate provider is in the range of services they offer. Cut-rate insurers are often unable to handle complex coverage claims. They are also comparatively less invested in solving faults and payouts disputes in favor of their own customers. As the old adage goes, “you get what you pay for”.
The basics of how car insurance works
The above paragraph might suggest that, you’re essentially condemned to paying for expensive premiums if you want quality service. Luckily, this is not the case. Higher premiums on car insurance don’t necessarily connote better service or better coverage. Most of the time, auto insurance providers differ from one another through minor features. This being the case, you have two options: a) research auto coverage in all the tiniest details, in order to understand how every single minor feature works for you; or, b) understand how car insurance actually works. We’re advocating for the second option, since it’s more useful, when trying to find the best coverage at the lowest premium price. So here’s a crash course on the basics of motor vehicle insurance:
– An insurance provider needs to be at your disposal throughout the year, after you’ve incurred a loss. They need to react promptly, courteously, and with superior knowledge.
– Good auto insurance adjusters will help you take the right decision after an accident or loss. They should help you find good counsel, in the event of a lawsuit and help with building your defense arguments. They also need to help you find a good car repair shop for your vehicle.
– Ideally, your car insurance provider will provide a replacement vehicle, while yours is being repaired.
– A good auto insurance plan includes gap coverage. This kind of coverage will account for the difference in value between a car that’s been totaled while still new and the amount by which it depreciates, if the car is totaled in less than mint condition.
How to Find the Best Car Coverage on the Current Insurance Market
There are plenty of tips and tricks for finding good coverage on today’s car insurance market. Your best allies are friends with insurer experience and the Internet. You will need to ask for references and investigate the results of claims made by your acquaintances. Then, you’ll have to do a bit of online ‘window shopping’ to find a plan that’s both suitable for you and affordable to your budget. Here are our pieces of advice for identifying the best insurer for you:
- Understand that most insurers offer different quotes for new potential members and for ongoing or post-renewal policies. The first year of car coverage usually comes with very low rates. You need to make sure you don’t see that amount go up inexplicably once the year is up.
- Look into the providers’ policies on risky behaviors. These include accidents (no matter how minor), speeding tickets, and even changes in credit rating. Premium increases can range from 30 to 60 percent under the influence of these factors.
- Investigate the discounts offered by your provider as rewards for good behavior. Geico rewards good drivers and good driving school students with significant price cuts.
- Compare premium quotes on a website that offers real time prices based on your specific situation (not hypothetical estimates).