Insurance Q&A: “What is the cheapest car insurance?”
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Wouldn’t it be great if insurance wasn’t mandatory in every state?
On a more serious note, car insurance premiums are a bear for everyone…especially in a faltering economy.
And insurance costs are a hot topic as we all try to tighten our financial belts.
But before revealing the secret to the “cheapest car insurance,” we at TTAI would like to point out that the last target in your personal budget should be insurance costs.
Sure, it’s a pain when you don’t need it. But cause an accident when you are less than adequately covered and you may find yourself in the proverbial poorhouse due to the outcome of a nasty court case.
Not you? That’s what we all think until it happens to us.
The Short Answer
Simply put, an individual with a perfect driving history for three to five years and an 800+ insurance score who opts for liability-only car insurance will likely get the cheapest car insurance available.
But not everyone fits the mold.
In fact, many of us have a checkered driving history and credit scores below average. And not everyone wants liability-only coverage.
Know the Basics
Read about how car insurance rates are determined for a more in-depth explanation of the overall process if you want to understand the “why” of what we’re going to discuss here.
Here is the condensed version of what matters when it comes to how much you’re charged for car insurance.
Driving History – You can expect to pay more than the average Joe for your policy if you have negative activity on your record.
Credit History – Most insurance companies are peeking at a snapshot of your payment history to determine how much to charge you for insurance.
Similar to banks and other lenders, having less-than-perfect credit will increase the cost of your premium.
However, there are several insurers that don’t review credit history for rate calculation, typically non-standard auto carriers.
Coverage – This is a big one. You will be required to carry full coverage auto insurance (in addition to the mandatory minimum car insurance) on your policy if you borrowed money to purchase your car or are currently leasing.
Additionally, even if your car is paid off (congratulations), you may still opt to purchase physical damage coverage, including collision coverage and comprehensive coverage if it’s worth something to you, or your only mode of transportation.
If you don’t owe any money on your ride and it’s not worth too much, you can certainly consider dropping physical damage coverage. This is a great way to save on car insurance.
Many people make the mistake of continuing to pay for physical damage coverage when they may not receive much of a benefit from it in the event their car is damaged or worse yet, totaled.
Shop Your Premium
If you want the cheapest car insurance, be prepared to put in a little time and effort.
Doing so will ensure you obtain the cheapest car insurance out there!
Read more: Full coverage vs. liability-only car insurance.