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Save Money: Bundle Your Home and Auto Insurance Together

Mar 26, 2008
We live in a world in which insurance of all types are necessary. We must have insurance for our homes to insure it and everything in it, insurance for our vehicles in case it is involved in an accident, renters insurance to insure the renter's belongings, health insurance to receive healthcare, and life insurance to pay burial costs and unpaid expenses upon our deaths. These are just some of the most common forms of insurance that most people do carry. There are, however, stranger forms of insurance, but they cannot be bundled together to save money like home insurance and auto insurance can.

When bundling home insurance and auto insurance together, this is commonly referred to as a multi-line discount or a multiple policy discount. Many of the major insurance companies encourage their policyholders to put all of their business in one place and will discount a second policy as an incentive to do so. Yet there are many people already carrying multiple policies with one company and are not aware that they can acquire a discount due to that fact. That could either be because the insurance agent opted not to tell the customer since all of the policies were already in one place or it was just a mere oversight. That is why it is important for consumers to know so that they may ask their insurance provider about a multi-line or multiple policy discount.

The discount that is offered by insurance companies is usually around 10% of the total cost of both policies. Sometimes it can be more depending on the insurance company. Although this may not seem like a large discount, it definitely does leave a little more money in the pocket. For example, a homeowner's insurance premium of $1,000 per year in addition to a life insurance policy that is $200 a year can result in a total savings of $120. Even if the policy is paid monthly, every three months, or every six months, the amount saved will total the $120 per year. That is money that can be used on another expense or put in the bank for savings.

Bundling homeowners and auto insurance is obviously a great way to cut down premiums. Some ask if it is truly a way to cut insurance costs when there are so many different companies on the market offering such low rates. One thing to look at regarding many of these companies is that they may specialize in one type of insurance instead of multiple types of insurance that can be bundled together. If a customer were to go ahead and buy the cheaper auto insurance policy and continue with their homeowners policy at another insurance agency, they may be paying more than if they had gone ahead and bundled the policies with their existing company. On the other hand, with the discount at the existing insurance company, the cost could be the same, but everything would be in one place.

However, there are companies that may offer two different types of insurance, but these usually come in the form of health insurance and life insurance that cannot be reduced, especially the health insurance. That is why it is a good idea to go with a company that offers both homeowners insurance and auto insurance to bundle those two types of insurance together since they are quite easy to put together in order to reduce premiums. It is also considerably convenient to have everything in one place and pay everything on one bill because no one ever complains about paying fewer bills.
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Bundling your home and auto insurance can save you a lot of time and money. It gives you one less bill to pay, and, often insurance companies will give you a discount for the bundled policy.
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