Tightwads Instructions on Saving on Youngstown Auto Insurance

Did you fall for a flashy sales pitch and buy an overpriced auto insurance policy? Believe me, there are many Youngstown consumers feeling the pinch from expensive auto insurance.

Lots of contend to insure your vehicles, so it can be very hard to choose a to get the lowest rate

Take advantage of discounts

Insurance can cost an arm and a leg, buy you may qualify for discounts to help offset the cost. Certain discounts will be triggered automatically at the time of quoting, but lesser-known reductions have to be manually applied before you will receive the discount.

  • Clubs and Organizations - Affiliation with certain professional organizations is a good way to get lower rates when buying auto insurance.
  • Student Driver Training - Make teen driver coverage more affordable by requiring them to enroll in driver's education in high school.
  • Claim Free - Drivers with accident-free driving histories can earn big discounts when compared with drivers who are more careless.
  • Fewer Miles Equal More Savings - Keeping the miles down can qualify you for discounted rates on garaged vehicles.
  • Lower Rates for Military - Being on active duty in the military can result in better rates.
  • More Vehicles More Savings - Insuring multiple cars or trucks on one policy could earn a price break for each car.

A little note about advertised discounts, most discounts do not apply to all coverage premiums. Some only reduce the cost of specific coverages such as physical damage coverage or medical payments. So when it seems like it's possible to get free car insurance, you won't be that lucky. Any amount of discount will cut your overall premium however.

Tips to Get Lower Youngstown Rates

Smart consumers have a good feel for the different types of things that come into play when calculating auto insurance rates. Understanding what impacts premium levels empowers consumers to make smart changes that could result in lower auto insurance prices.

  • Liability coverage is cheap - The liability section of your policy provides coverage if a jury decides you are liable for personal injury or accident damage. It will provide legal defense coverage starting from day one. Carrying liability coverage is mandatory and cheap compared to insuring for physical damage coverage, so do not cut corners here.
  • Save money with special equipment - Choosing a vehicle that has an advanced theft prevention system can save you a little every year. Anti-theft devices like LoJack tracking devices, vehicle tamper alarm systems or GM's OnStar system can thwart car theft.
  • Rates may be lower depending on your job - Occupations such as doctors, business owners and accountants have higher rates than average attributed to high stress levels and lengthy work days. On the flip side, professions such as actors, athletes and the unemployed get better rates.
  • Safer cars are cheaper to insure - Cars with high safety ratings can get you lower premiums. Safe vehicles protect occupants better and better occupant protection means lower claim amounts and lower rates for you.
  • Do you know your deductibles? - Deductibles for physical damage represent how much money you are required to spend out-of-pocket before a claim is paid by your company. Physical damage coverage, otherwise known as comp (or other than collision) and collision, is used to repair damage to your car. A few examples of covered claims are colliding with a building, vandalism, and rolling your vehicle. The more money you have to pay, the less your auto insurance will be.
  • An active claims history can cost you - Auto insurance companies in Ohio award better rates to insureds who do not file claims often. If you tend to file frequent claims, you can look forward to higher rates. Auto insurance is intended to be relied upon for the large, substantial claims.

Are auto insurance companies telling the truth?

Allstate, GEICO and Progressive regularly use ads on TV and radio. All the companies make an identical promise about savings if you move your coverage to them. How do they all say the same thing?

All companies are able to cherry pick for the type of customer that earns them a profit. An example of a profitable customer might be profiled as between the ages of 40 and 55, has no driving citations, and has a short commute. A propective insured who meets those qualifications will get very good rates and most likely will cut their rates substantially.

Potential insureds who don't qualify for the "perfect" profile must pay more money and ends up with business not being written. The ads say "people who switch" not "people who quote" save that much money. That's the way companies can truthfully make the claims of big savings.

This illustrates why drivers should compare as many rates as you can. It's not possible to predict which auto insurance company will fit your personal profile best.

Additional information is available on the website for the Ohio Department of Insurance through this link. Ohio drivers can find out which companies have the most complaints, view a list of available companies, read industry bulletins, and find disaster information.

Do the work, save more money

Cheaper auto insurance is possible on the web as well as from independent agents in Youngstown, so you should be comparing quotes from both to have the best chance of lowering rates. Some insurance providers don't offer you the ability to get quotes online and usually these smaller companies provide coverage only through local independent agents.

As you shop your coverage around, you should never skimp on coverage in order to save money. In too many instances, someone sacrificed comprehensive coverage or liability limits to discover at claim time that saving that couple of dollars actually costed them tens of thousands. Your focus should be to find the BEST coverage at an affordable rate while not skimping on critical coverages.