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Finding Car Insurance Deals

Apr 4, 2008
Car insurance premiums are known for being expensive and the cost of these tends to increase annually, therefore the need to shop around to insure that you get a good car insurance deal is greater than ever. You may find that buying your insurance online can bring you additional discounts, but it is important that before you start looking for car insurance quotes and finding the best deal for you, that you are aware of your circumstances and what it is that you actually require.

Those who find the cheapest car insurance will often be those that have shopped around for the best deals. Many will however just accept the renewal quote given to them each year by their current insurer and may as a result be paying far more than needed. In the main this is because there are always insurers that will offer a more attractive and low cost rate in an attempt to entice new customers to insure with them.

In order to find the best car insurance deal for you, you should calculate a realistic costing for your car as your insurer will simply pay the current market value for the car in the event of it being stolen or damaged; otherwise you may find that you will have to pay a much higher premium than is in fact necessary. Other things worth taking note of to get the best deal include careful thought as to who will actually be driving the vehicle as this can help to cut insurance costs to a significant degree.

Many people are unaware that where you park your vehicle can also have a massive impact on the amount you pay. If you park your vehicle on the roadside then your premiums will be much greater then if for example you parked the vehicle in an off-road garage, as there is less chance of damage occurring. For the majority of people, a fully comprehensive insurance policy will offer you a little more comfort and security, as it covers you for a greater number of eventualities such as against any damage caused both to your own and to any other vehicle that may be involved in an accident.

It is however worth remembering that if the car you drive is not particularly expensive then you may end up paying more for fully comprehensive insurance then your car is actually worth and in which case third party, fire and theft may actually be the best deal. If you are involved in an accident that was your fault and the damage is affordable for you then it might be worth paying to have the damage repaired yourself rather than risk your no claims bonus, which can in time help to reduce your premiums.

If you fall into the one of the now specialist categories such as women, pensioners, and motorists with either good or bad history then you may find that there are insurers who specialise in insurance specifically for these groups. Remember that it always pays to be a careful driver as not only will you avoid accidents, but also breaking speed limits can cause the cost of your premium to increase.

Fitting a tracking device or immobiliser can also help you to get a better car insurance deal, as well as giving you added peace of mind that your vehicle is more secure. If you are aged 21 or under then it is a sad fact that you will probably pay for your inexperience as a driver and can expect a higher first year premium.
About the Author
Louis Rix is a Director of NetCars, one of the UK's leading motoring websites. First established in January 2000, it provides car finance, loans and warranty. NetCars also provides a cheap car insurance service.
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