Online price comparisons for can be difficult if you have never taken advantage of price quotes online. Don’t be confused because there is an easy way to compare rates.
You should make it a habit to price shop coverage quite often because insurance rates go up and down regularly. Just because you found the best premium rates a few years ago there may be better deals available now. Forget anything you know (or think you know) about car insurance because you’re about to learn the best methods to properly buy coverages while reducing your premium.
The easiest way to compare policy rates is to know the trick almost all companies have advanced systems to provide you with free rate quotes. To start a quote, the only thing you need to do is give the companies some data including if the car is leased, daily mileage, how much education you have, and if you have a valid license. Your insurance information is automatically sent to many of the top insurers and you should receive rate quotes with very little delay.
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Find discounts on Hartford car insurance
Companies offering auto insurance don’t necessarily list every available discount very well, so we took the time to find both the well known and also the more inconspicuous credits available to you. If you are not receiving all the discounts possible, you are paying more than you should be.
- Pay Now and Pay Less – If you pay your bill all at once instead of paying each month you may have a lower total premium amount.
- Passive Restraint Discount – Vehicles equipped with air bags could see savings of 25 to 30%.
- Auto/Life Discount – Not all companies offer life insurance, but some may give you a break if you buy life insurance from them.
- Seat Belt Discounts – Drivers who always wear seat belts and also require passengers to buckle their seat belts could cut 10% or more off the medical payments premium.
- Discounts for Federal Employees – Employees or retirees of the government may qualify for a discount when you with some car insurance companies.
One thing to note about discounts is that most discount credits are not given to all coverage premiums. Most only reduce specific coverage prices like comp or med pay. Just because you may think you can get free auto insurance, it’s just not the way it works.
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Detailed coverages of your car insurance policy
Having a good grasp of car insurance helps when choosing the right coverages at the best deductibles and correct limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be difficult to understand and coverage can change by endorsement.
Comprehensive or Other Than Collision – Comprehensive insurance coverage covers damage that is not covered by collision coverage. You need to pay your deductible first and then insurance will cover the rest of the damage.
Comprehensive coverage pays for claims like damage from a tornado or hurricane, hitting a deer and a tree branch falling on your vehicle. The maximum payout you’ll receive from a claim is the market value of your vehicle, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle’s value it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.
Coverage for liability – Liability insurance protects you from damage or injury you incur to people or other property that is your fault. This insurance protects YOU from legal claims by others, and does not provide coverage for damage to your own property or vehicle.
Coverage consists of three different limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have values of 50/100/50 that means you have a limit of $50,000 per injured person, a limit of $100,000 in injury protection per accident, and property damage coverage for $50,000.
Liability can pay for claims such as court costs, emergency aid and medical expenses. How much liability coverage do you need? That is a decision to put some thought into, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as high a limit as you can afford. Wisconsin state minimum liability requirements are 50,000/100,000/55,000 but you should consider buying better liability coverage.
Collision – Collision coverage will pay to fix damage to your vehicle from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You first must pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.
Collision insurance covers claims such as scraping a guard rail, colliding with a tree, damaging your car on a curb and backing into a parked car. This coverage can be expensive, so you might think about dropping it from lower value vehicles. You can also choose a higher deductible to save money on collision insurance.
Medical costs insurance – Med pay and PIP coverage pay for short-term medical expenses for hospital visits, pain medications and doctor visits. They are often used in conjunction with a health insurance program or if you lack health insurance entirely. They cover both the driver and occupants and will also cover if you are hit as a while walking down the street. Personal injury protection coverage is not available in all states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay
UM/UIM Coverage – Uninsured or Underinsured Motorist coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other motorists when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. This coverage pays for hospital bills for your injuries as well as damage to your vehicle.
Since many Wisconsin drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits (Wisconsin limits are 50/100/55), their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. So UM/UIM coverage is a good idea.
More tips and info about car insurance is located at the Wisconsin Office of the Commissioner of Insurance website. Wisconsin drivers can read enforcement actions against agents and companies, report car insurance fraud, and find disaster information.
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