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How To Save Money And Get Discount Car Insurance In New Jersey

Nov 22, 2007
The best way to save money and get discount car insurance in New Jersey is to design a car insurance policy that's right for you and then see how much that policy would cost from every insurance company operating in New Jersey.

In order to do this let's start by looking at everything you can do to build a policy from the ground up that will save you as much money as possible.

The minimum car insurance you are required to carry in New Jersey is Liability, Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and Uninsured Motorist (UM) coverage.

None of these types of insurance will repair or replace your vehicle if you are in an accident, especially if you are at fault for the accident. If you want to protect your own vehicle then in addition to the three types of insurance that I just mentioned, you will also need to buy Collision insurance as well as Comprehensive insurance.

Just so you know, driving without insurance in New Jersey can land you in a lot of hot water. At a minimum you may be subjected to fines, community service, license suspension and when you do buy insurance so that you can legally drive in New Jersey you can count on what is referred to as an "insurance surcharge" - in other words, yet another fine.

So let's start designing a policy that will cost you as little as possible while still giving you the coverage you need.

The first thing you need to do is to keep your driving record clean. This means you do not have any speeding tickets or other moving violations and that you most certainly do not have any convictions for Driving Under the Influence (DUI) or for Driving While Intoxicated (DWI). Even a speeding ticket will prevent you from getting the best rates on discount car insurance, but a DWI or a DUI will send your rates to the moon.

If you are under 25 years old stay in school and keep your grades up. If you can maintain at least a "B" average then you can save about 5% on your monthly car insurance premium.

Can you keep your car in a garage at night? If so there's another big savings on your insurance.

Do you drive less than 500 miles each month on average? If so there's no reason for you to pay for insurance while your car is just sitting in your garage - you should be eligible for a Low-Mileage Discount.

Do you have more than one insurance policy with the same insurance company? Maybe you have a life insurance policy, or a homeowner's policy with the same company? If so you should be eligible for a Multi-Policy Discount on your car insurance.

Have you been insured with the same insurance company for at least 5 years? If so ask for a Long-Term-Policy Discount.

Are you 55 or older? If so see if you qualify to take a special driver's refresher course. If you qualify and you pass the test you can shave about 10% off your car insurance bill month after month!

Are you driving an old clunker of a car with little or no Kelly Blue Book value? If that's the case and you are still paying for collision or comprehensive insurance you are simply throwing your premium dollars down the drain.

Along those same lines remember that each year that passes your vehicle loses value according to the Kelly Blue Book. Therefore you should lower the amount (and therefore the cost) of your comprehensive and collision insurance each year - talk to your agent about how much you could save by simply doing this.

How large of a deductible can you afford? Think carefully before you answer. The higher your deductible the lower your monthly car insurance premium, but keep in mind that however much you set your deductible for, that is the amount of money you are going to have to pull out of your own wallet any time you have a claim. Make sure you can afford your deductible.

O.K., now you've got enough information to create the perfect, low cost car insurance policy. Now it's time to get online and find at least 3 different websites that let you compare prices on policies between different insurance companies.

Each site wants you to think that it is comparing prices at every single insurance company, but that is simply not the case. If you are really serious and want to genuinely save money and get discount car insurance in New Jersey then you're going to have to take a few extra minutes and compare the price of your super policy on at least 3 different websites.

Then simply pick the best price you can find and you're done! You've saved money and gotten the very best deal you could on car insurance here in New Jersey. Congratulations!
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