Have you been paying attention to how much insurance is costing you these days? Overpaying for insurance should be a big concern for any driver or homeowner. After all, insurance coverage does not come cheap. The price you pay for your insurance can vary by hundreds of dollars, depending on the insurance company that you buy your policy from. Here are some things to consider when buying insurance that help can save money.
Each year, a few weeks before my renewal date, I get at least three quotes from different insurance companies. It’s sometimes a good idea to ask friends and relatives for their recommendations based on their experiences and do your own due diligence by researching the company before committing. The insurer you select should offer both a fair price and excellent service. Quality service may cost a bit more, but you buy insurance in case you need to make a claim, so it’s important to get a company with a good reputation.
I have used an insurance broker CYA Agency since 2010 and I have been saving ever since. Using CYA Agency each year their rates come in much lower than the big insurance companies. CYA is an independent agency with the customer in mind. You really get a personal connection, I love it when I call they know who I am without the robocalls. Using an agency such as CYA, they have relationships with dozens of insurance companies, allowing you to get the right price with the right service. Let’s be clear a company such as this represents you, not the insurance company. If you are in Georgia it is worth taking a look at.
Disclaimer: This is not a sponsorship, I am a happy customer of CYA Agency. I have saved money ever since switching to this company. You can learn more at https://www.cyaagency.com/
Raise Your Deductible
I decided to set higher deductibles which reduces what I pay for my premium. Deductibles are the amount of money you have to pay toward a loss before your insurance company starts to pay. By choosing a higher deductible on your car or home insurance, you can significantly lower your premium costs. Of course, be sure you have enough money set aside to pay the higher deductible in the event you have a claim which you should factor in your emergency fund.
I save nearly 15% each year by bundling my home and auto insurance. From experience, many insurers will give you a discount if you purchase two or more types of insurance from them—such as homeowners and auto—or have more than one vehicle insured. There are no guarantees so do your homework.
Take Advantage of Low Mileage Discounts
On a typical day, I drive less than 20 miles, especially since I live less than 8 miles from work. Some companies offer discounts to motorists who drive less than the average number of miles per year (that’s 13,476 miles per year, or 37 miles a day). Low mileage discounts can also apply to drivers who carpool to work. Make sure that you ask your insurance agent or company, don’t leave any money on the table.
Improve Your Security
I get an additional for a having smoke detector, burglar alarm and deadbolt locks. Some companies have offered to cut my premium by as much as 20% to install a sprinkler system, fire and burglar alarm that alerts monitoring stations. Before you buy such a system, find out what kind your insurer recommends, how much the device would cost and how much you’d save on premiums.
Being frugal isn’t about being cheap, it’s about getting the best overall service, so just don’t shop around for the lowest price. Remember that you will be dealing with this company in the event of an accident or other emergencies. It is important to get a company with a good reputation. Talk to a number of insurers to get a feeling for the type of service they give. Ask them what they would do to lower your costs.
Be sure to contact your state’s insurance department to find out whether they make available consumer complaint ratios by company. If they do, check into the insurers you’re considering doing business with.