Free Guide to Spending Less for Winchester Auto Insurance Online
Sick and tired of scraping the payment together each month for car insurance? You're in the same situation as many other drivers in Ohio.
Since consumers have many online and local companies to choose from, it can be impossible to locate the lowest cost car insurance company.
Don't pay full price with these discounts
Companies offering auto insurance don't list all available discounts very well, so the following is a list of some of the best known and the more hidden discounts you could be receiving.
- Clubs and Organizations - Affiliation with a professional or civic organization may earn a discount when buying auto insurance.
- Seat Belt Usage - Buckling up and requiring all passengers to buckle their seat belts can save 10% or more off your PIP or medical payments premium.
- Employee of Federal Government - Active or retired federal employment can earn a discount up to 10% depending on your company.
- Anti-theft System - Vehicles with anti-theft systems are stolen less frequently and qualify for as much as a 10% discount.
- Pay Upfront and Save - By paying your policy upfront instead of monthly or quarterly installments you may reduce your total bill.
- New Vehicle Savings - Buying coverage on a new vehicle is cheaper compared to insuring an older model.
A little note about advertised discounts, some of the credits will not apply to the entire cost. Most only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as physical damage coverage or medical payments. So when it seems like you would end up receiving a 100% discount, you won't be that lucky.
The auto insurance bait and switch
Allstate, GEICO and Progressive regularly use ads in print and on television. All the companies have a common claim about savings if you move to their company. But how can every company say the same thing?
Different companies can use profiling for the driver that earns them a profit. A good example of a profitable customer might be profiled as between the ages of 40 and 55, is a homeowner, and has a short commute. A propective insured that hits that "sweet spot" will get the preferred rates and therefore will save a lot of money.
Potential customers who don't measure up to this ideal profile must pay higher prices and this can result in business not being written. The ads state "people who switch" not "everyone that quotes" save that much. That's why companies can truthfully make the claims of big savings. This illustrates why you should get as many quotes as possible. It's not possible to predict the company that will fit your personal profile best.
Even more information can be read at the Ohio Department of Insurance website. Ohio drivers can find out which companies have the most complaints, find a variety of consumer forms, download brochures, and read consumer alerts.
Affordable insurance is out there
Cheaper auto insurance is definitely available on the web and also from your neighborhood Winchester agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both so you have a total pricing picture. Some insurance providers may not provide you the ability to get quotes online and usually these small insurance companies provide coverage only through local independent agents.
As you shop your coverage around, do not buy lower coverage limits just to save a few bucks. In too many instances, an accident victim reduced collision coverage and discovered at claim time that saving that couple of dollars actually costed them tens of thousands. Your focus should be to get the best coverage possible at an affordable rate while not skimping on critical coverages.