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Saving On Your General Auto Insurance

May 21, 2008
As the cost of running a car continues to rise, most car owners are looking for methods to reduce the amount they pay on general auto insurance each year. Reductions in the premium can be considerable by using some of the information outlined here. The range of policy types is huge but the majority of drivers will choose one purely based on cost. Auto insurance policies range over a whole spectrum of coverage, including:

Under insured motorist coverage
Medical payments coverage
Theft of personal possessions

There was a time when obtaining insurance quotes could be difficult and incredibly time consuming. Many web sites have been set up to give car insurance premium comparisons including all the pertinent features of the policy. Within just a few minutes all the information you require is ready for you. This way you can easily reduce your annual bill and save time in the process. This is fast becoming the accepted way for most people to choose their insurance these days.

The calculation on how much each individual will pay for their premium is complex but the main points are listed below:

The city you live in
Cost of repairs, replacement parts, and labor
The power to weight ratio
Whether the vehicle is fitted with a tracking device

There is a greater likelihood of a claim being submitted from someone living in the city versus a rural area. Therefore it's a pretty safe bet though that you'll pay more for your auto insurance policy if you live in a big city compared to a nice farm out in the country.

Most reputable companies will allow the premium to be paid in even amounts every month. If you can swing it though they usually offer a discount to pay the policy in whole or half year amounts.

Sports cars and other high risk vehicles normally need a comprehensive policy but these can be expensive so looking at a more basic insurance policy might be worth while. Comprehensive insurance does have its benefits though, in particular when it comes to paying for medical treatment or time lost from work even if the policy holder was to blame for the accident. Policies like this will protect all passengers involved in an accident as long as they are not blood relations.

When your old general auto insurance policy is about to expire is the best time to consider changing insurers but the time to get a free insurance quote from a new company is well before your current policy finishes. One thing to note though is not to cancel your policy from your old insurer until the insurance is actually in effect with the new insurer. It is also worthwhile to check if combining your car and homeowner's polices will qualify for a multi policy discount with your current company.

Often just a few simple pieces of advice like this can help the seasoned driver as well as the novice driver save some time and money when looking into changing their general auto insurance. Go Save!
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Matt blogs at http://initialpublic.com/finance/ and invites you to find more general auto insurance tips.
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