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How to shop for car insurance in the 21st century
Car insurance isn’t a one-and-done deal. It’s an ever-changing, dynamic negotiation between the insurance provider and all the factors that make up your driver profile. Between the features of the car you drive and the personal information that could affect your car insurance premiums, no one car insurance policy will resemble another. And hundreds or even thousands of dollars could make up the difference.
That’s why for American drivers, comparison shopping is the bread and butter of the 21st-century online marketplace. There are several car insurance companies out there looking to charge you different rates for similar packages. How to choose between quotes, products, and coverage options?
Shopping around for car insurance is easy with Insurify. In just 2 minutes, you can find and compare car insurance quotes from up to 10+ companies. Buying a new insurance policy? The purchase can be done 100% online if you want, and in only 5 minutes.
Insurify’s easy-to-use application allows you to quickly and easily compare quotes. Insurify will rank your quotes by price, highlighting the cheapest options that fit your needs and driver profile. Who knows, maybe you’ll unlock a rate that’s even cheaper than the estimate you found on the Car Insurance Calculator.
With both the auto insurance calculator and Insurify’s intuitive comparison shopping platform, it’s now easier than ever to compare and decide between your auto insurance options, and determine just how much coverage you need.
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Read on for a more in-depth exploration of the factors that might affect your car insurance quotes.
How does my car type affect my insurance rates?
Not all car models are created equal. If you’re a suburban California driver in the market for a Tesla, for instance, insurance companies won’t treat you like they would if you were the rurally-based buyer of a pre-owned Honda Civic.
For one thing, with more expensive vehicles come pricier auto insurance policies. Insurers may assess risk differently, but higher-end cars are more susceptible to theft and damage. Insurance companies will often seek to cover the entire retail cost of a car should it be stolen or irrevocably damaged in a collision.
Owning a car with better safety ratings, or one that might be more reliably protective of drivers and passengers, will help lower insurance costs. Drivers of “riskier” vehicles may otherwise be in jeopardy, as increased risk of injury will likely lead to higher premiums.
Do you know what your car is made of? You should—some models are manufactured with special (and expensive) materials that are difficult to repair. Insurers might raise your car insurance rates if you own this type of vehicle of this type, as they’ll anticipate the higher cost of insurance claims.
What other factors will impact my insurance rates?
If you’re shopping around for a new policy, it’s especially important to know all the variables that make up your driver profile. Each insurer assesses risk differently, so these aspects might be weighed differently as well. Regardless, the following groups of factors should be taken into consideration as you explore different car insurance options.
- Type of insurance needed. Every state in the U.S. requires that you buy at least state minimum liability coverage. There are higher-threshold (and more expensive) options available, including a) wider liability coverage for at-fault claims and b) collision and comprehensive insurance, with liability coverage also included. Your deductible is also not set in stone for collision and comprehensive insurance—the higher deductible you pay, the more you’ll end up saving.
- Personal life. Your gender, age, geographic location, and marital status, as well as the number of licensed drivers in your household, will all impact your insurance premiums. Sure, most of that can’t be helped. But it’s especially important to reevaluate your car insurance needs after a major life event—a marriage, birth, or location change—because your premiums could drastically change as a result.
- Vehicle features and use. We’ve seen how the type of vehicle you drive might impact your insurance rates. But the amount you drive, and for what purpose you drive, also affect your premium. Commercial drivers, long-distance commuters, and frequent twilight travelers beware: you might see higher rates come your way. If you use your personal vehicle as an Uber or Lyft, however, most major auto insurance carriers have expanded their rideshare insurance options.
- Historical factors. Many variables related to your financial history and driving record will, perhaps unsurprisingly, impact your insurance profile. Your credit score, driving record, and claims history (for both at-fault and comprehensive) are all important factors that insurers will analyze to determine your rates. Additionally, a high frequency of claims will lead insurers to believe that you are a high-risk driver, potentially raising your premiums for a couple of years. Lapses in car insurance coverage will also lead to higher rates, so make sure that you’re insured at all times—you could have been breaking the law by driving without insurance in the past.
Glossary of some relevant insurance terms
How much car insurance do you really need? Here’s our quick rundown of the kinds of things you’ll have to set coverage limits for when you get your free, customized quote list on Insurify.
- Bodily injury liability: Required by law in most states. If you are responsible for a car accident that causes someone else to get injured, this coverage pays for their medical expenses or lost income.
- Collision coverage: Required if your car is leased or financed. Optional coverage in the form of a deductible. This coverage pays to repair or replace your vehicle if it’s damaged in an accident with another vehicle or object (a tree, a fence, a house).
- Comprehensive coverage: Required if your car is leased or financed. Optional coverage in the form of a deductible. This coverage pays to repair or replace your vehicle if it’s damaged as a result of an act of nature (fire, flooding, wind) or non-accidents (theft, vandalism, hitting an animal).
- Personal injury protection (PIP): Pays for medical payments and lost wages if you’re in a car accident that leaves you injured or incapacitated – regardless of who is at fault. PIP is either an optional piece of coverage or a required add-on, depending on the state in which you live.
- Property damage liability: Required by law in most states. If you are responsible for a car accident that causes damage to someone else’s vehicle or property, this coverage pays for repair costs.
- Uninsured motorist coverage: Available for both property damage coverage and bodily injury coverage. Covers payments in the event you get in an accident caused by a driver who doesn’t have adequate (or any) auto insurance.