There are a lot of things taken into account before you buy auto insurance. The most fundamental factor in finding the auto insurance is least expensive offer with widest coverage. Another important factor is claim handling from an insurance company since insurance is an intangible product in which we will know the quality of the product after a claim happens. Below are just few tips before you decide to buy the auto insurance.
Tip 1: What kind of Basic Coverage Do You Want?
Insurance coverage reflects risks that you face especially when driving your car. It means when you drive on congested traffic you will face more risks. In this situation you need to buy comprehensive cover, plus additional covers like liability of third party, personal accident and many more. On the other hand, if you only drive your car once a week perhaps you will need narrower cover or total loss only (TLO) cover. The wider coverage costs more premium. In other words, you have to be sure the coverage you buy is really based on actual risks you have. If you are not sure what risks you have, you may discuss with customer service at your insurance company or insurance agent/broker.
Tip 2: Review Your Accident/Loss Record
When you are planning to buy car insurance you should ask yourself whether you are a bad or good driver. If you have poor accident or loss record, you need wide coverage. Another point you have to consider is deductible. Try to get the lowest deductible, so when you propose a claim, you do not have to pay a lot money. Usually, insurance companies will charge higher premiums once they know that you are a bad driver.
Tip 3: Compare as Many Insurance Quotes as Possible
The best way to find the best offer is by comparing all quotes. You can do this by researching the premiums of all insurers. You have to remember the cheapest premium does not mean the best offer. Why? Some important points like coverage, deductible, claim handling, and reputation of insurers should be taken into account. For example one insurance company offers wide coverage with low premium but when a claim happens, the claim handling is very slow and disappointing. In this case, low premium means nothing. Another point to look at insurers is their financial reports in the last three years. If an insurance company still makes profit, the company is still considered financially healthy as the company still has some capability to pay claim.
Tip 4: How much discounts do they offer?
Discounts are very important since they can reduce your premium. In fact, insurance companies provide various discounts based on good driving record, favorable credit score, safety equipment (for example, antilock brakes), certain occupations or professional affiliations and more. If you are a driver with excellent driving record and there is nothing wrong with your car, probably you will get the biggest discount.
Tip 5: Review the Terms and Conditions of Policy
The last step before you sign insurance contract is to read the policy wording. At least you understand your rights and obligations. Rules related to premium payment, scope of over and claim procedures are very important to understand. If you are not about something you can ask the customer service or discuss with your insurance agent or broker. When you have full understanding of the policy contract, there will no ” dispute’ when a claim happens.