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How To Get The Best Car Insurance Rates Available To You

Aug 4, 2008
Car insurance is mandatory in many states and besides that it important. Car insurance protects you in the event you are involved in a traffic accident. It also protects you from other mishaps. Car insurance offers coverage that can help you pay for damages, medical treatments and even cover your auto loan should your auto be totalled in an accident. Car insurance is very valuable. Getting good car insurance rates should be your top priority so you can have coverage that is also affordable.

Getting good car insurance rates is a matter of knowing what insurance companies base their rates upon. There are many factors used when determining the rate of your insurance. The following is a list of the most common things that are considered:

- Your driving record
Your driving record plays a large role in determining your insurance rates. Any tickets or other marks on your record will raise rates as it makes you a risk.

- Number of vehicles and drivers on the policy
The number of vehicles and drivers affects the policy because discounts are usually given for multiple vehicle and drivers.

- Your deductible
The higher the deductible, the lower the premium. Choose a deductible that is reasonable, though, so should you ever need to pay it you can afford it.

- Your credit history
Most insurance companies now base part of your cost on your credit score. This is because they are looking at your ability and likelihood of making regular insurance payments.

- Extras on the policy
Extras include optional coverage like towing or rental reimbursement. These things cost extra and if you have coverage elsewhere, like a roadside assistance plan then you do not really need them.

- Your age and gender
Typically, the younger the driver the higher the premium. Additionally, males under the age of 25 are seen as a high risk since they are statically more likely to be involved in a crash than females or older males.

- The amount of coverage
The more coverage, obviously, the higher the cost. Get only what you need to avoid paying too much.

- The year, make and model of your vehicle
This is the biggest concern when getting full coverage insurance which would pay off the vehicle loan should it be totaled in an accident. The newer the vehicle or the more expensive the vehicle, the higher the premium.

- Safety features on your vehicle
Most insurance companies will give discounts for safety features, like air bags or anti-theft devices because they lower the risks of injury or theft.

By taking these things into consideration you can take all the possible steps to ensure you are getting the lowest car insurance rates possible. Of course, there are some factors you can not change, but for those you can, you can do so to get lower rates.
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James Copper is a writer for http://www.any-loans.co.uk
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