This is default featured slide 1 title
This is default featured slide 4 title
 

Category Archives: Auto Insurance

About Classic Car Insurance

• Do you know the difference between the automobile term, horseless carriage, and the term vintage car? A horseless carriage is in reference to the antique cars that went public from 1896 to 1915 and a vintage car refers to cars made between the years 1916 and 1925.

• See if you can guess this one! How many Barracuda convertible cars were produced in all? The grand total will set you reeling: there were seven in all!

• If you managed to come up with the answer to the above, see how well you do on this one. How many 1940 Dual-Cowl Phaetons did the manufacturing auto company produce in all? The modest answer is six!

• The great and oftentimes revered Mustang car was initially presented by its manufacturer in the year 1964.

• Though car fans usually are associated with the color red, the very first Camaro car was actually bathed in the color black. (Black is beautiful, right?)

• Ever wonder where the English dictionary came up with that great word we reference to the car? Automobile is actually two words that are blended together. Auto means oneself and mobile means the ability to move. Hence, an automobile is that wonderful invention that allows an individual to travel via driving maneuvers!

• The renowned auto company began mass production of its reasonably priced Model T automobile in the year 1913.

• If you view movies about Fidel Castro’s dictatorship, you will be led to believe that the natives only drive classic cars. The reason for the large amount of older cars on the streets of this Latin American country is due to the infamous US Trade Embargo of 1960 that resulted in no new trade of automobiles between the nations.

• Want to know about cheap auto insurance for your classic vehicle? Talk to an experienced independent insurance agent. He will demonstrate how to choose the appropriate policy according to your driving needs and mile accumulation as well as other factors.

PRIME Insurance is an A++-rated agency that has wide recognition for its excellence. Winner of numerous industry awards and appointed to do direct business with over 40 of the leading companies, PRIME shops its broad network to bring customers tailored coverage at competitively lowest quotes.

Affordable Vehicle to Insure

One nice thing about a jeep is its safety features like dual airbags and solid frame. Also, it can be driven on any terrain, from sand to snow, and this makes it lot safer than small cars. Just like every other car, Jeeps also have limits, and so one must take caution while driving, however, you are free to have fun with your ride. Having these low insurance rates in mind, you can go out there on some more explorations and be adventurous! For years, the producers of these famous cars, The American Motors, gave a picture of these cars as an icon of liberty, freedom, and adventure. If you own a Jeep, then try out some routine four wheeling and have that incredible aura that comes with a Jeep.

Getting Cheaper Wrangler Jeep Rates

Do you know you can get cheaper insurance rates for your Jeep? Check out these tips and save more.

· Combine all your cars

You will get as high as 10% discount for insuring all your cars with an insurance company. This saves you extra bills, making insurance a little easier. You may also want to combine your vehicle and home and save some real cash. Bundled rates are mostly cheaper than purchasing separate coverage from different insurance firms.

· Boost your Credit Rating

Improving your credit score helps you get cheaper insurance rates. Insurance providers are now emphasizing on individual credit rating in calculating insurance premiums.

· Direct Shopping with Insurance Companies Online

It’s no longer news that the web offers incredible deals; same applies to vehicle insurance. Today, virtually every individual has access to the internet, so no excuse is good enough for not shopping online. Purchasing coverage directly from providers can save you as high as between 5% to 20% less the cost from local agents or brokers.

Student Auto Insurance

1. Stay on your Parents Policy

Unless you are making serious money and can afford super high premiums, talk to your parents about adding your car onto their policy. This will save you about 20% or more. Bundling multiple automobiles is a simple way to save and this includes students living on a tight budget.

2. Get Several Discounts

As a young driver, you might be thinking there are no discounts available for you. This is simply not true. If you have a solid GPA of a B or higher, you automatically qualify for a price break. Getting top grades will not only help you get a good job later on, but will lower your premiums about 5% or more. So why do insurers give lower rates to students with good grades? The secret is in the data. Auto insurance companies have compiled a huge amount of statistical data about accidents. There is a direct link between people who are disciplined and responsible academically and lower vehicle crashes. Car insurance premiums are based on the perceived risk associated with a driver, based on a person’s profile. After you finish school, you can continue to get these discounted pricing for up to a year, which is another incentive to get good grades.

To get this discount, students need to meet several qualifications. These include:

* Most auto insurers offer these special prices to students that have and maintain a G-P-A of a B or higher during the school year. The old adage of hard work pays is absolutely true.

* You need to be an active full-time student at a high school or college.

* Most car insurance companies put a cap on this discount at 25.

If you are reading this as a parent, talk to your kid about using this as a motivation for getting great grades. Reward them with something special, like a night out at a special restaurant, if they come home with a good report card.

3. Take a Certified Safe Driver Class

A great way for students to both learn about safe driving and lower their rates is by taking a driver safety class. Usually, the classes are held by retired highway patrol police officers who will share their amazing tips on how to stay safe on the road. You will learn how to drive carefully in rainy weather, snow and what to do to avoid accidents to name a few lessons. After you complete a certified class, call your provider and ask for this discount. Many companies will give an automatic 10% price reduction.

Uninsured Driver

When Sally was hit from behind she sustained serious injuries. She was able to utilize her own auto insurance policy to pay for medical costs because the state where the accident happened was a no fault state. Essentially, this means that almost every insurance policy must provide any drivers or passengers in the insured vehicle medical payments coverage up to $50,000. This coverage is commonly referred to personal injury protection, or PIP. A policyholder can purchase more PIP coverage above and beyond the standard $50K if they so choose. In Sally’s case, her policy only afforded her $50,000 of personal injury protection at the time.

After she exhausted her PIP coverage, she met with a lawyer about suing Jimmy for pain and suffering and making a claim on Jimmy’s policy, but Jimmy was driving uninsured at the time! Even still, Sally decided to sue Jimmy after all and go after his personal assets. After a lengthy court battle, Sally’s pain and suffering was valued at about $200,000 by a court of law and a judgement was issued against Jimmy. To Sally’s chagrin, Jimmy had no assets so his wages were set to be garnished whenever he got back to work (which wouldn’t be anytime soon)! Sally’s medical bills went far beyond the $50,000 that she received through her PIP coverage. Sally also did not have health insurance at the time and didn’t have a lot of money herself. So how was Sally supposed to pay for all of her bills? She certainly wasn’t going to wait around for Jimmy to get a job!

Well, insurance policies typically have another standard coverage called Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Liability (aka SUM coverage). At the time of the accident, Sally’s policy only had the minimum required SUM coverage, which is $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident in her state. Basically, this coverage paid out $25,000 to Sally for her pain and suffering (which mainly went to her medical payment costs) but she was still on the short end of the stick for all the medical payment costs she had incurred. Could she have had more of this coverage? How does SUM coverage work?

Supplemental Uninsured/Underinsured Motorists Liability (SUM) coverage is auto insurance coverage that is mandatory on all car insurance policies in many states. The purpose of this coverage is to protect people who are either hit by a vehicle with a driver who has little to no insurance, or involved in a hit and run accident. In the example of Sally and Jimmy, Jimmy had no auto insurance at all. So, the SUM coverage on Sally’s policy is there to pay for her pain and suffering in the case that she is unable to collect from Jimmy’s insurance.

Get Cheap Car Insurance in UK

1. Compare the insurance market. There are many online portals that can take your data and query hundreds of insurance companies within minutes, giving you a list of the cheapest car insurance companies. Still, you must be vigilant: make sure that when getting a quote you get all the services you are interested in and the amount of insurance you need. Typically, your insurance policy consists of two parts: a voluntary contribution and compulsory. The higher your voluntary contribution, the lower your premium will be. In case of an accident, you’ll first have to pay this amount and only then you will have access to the benefits of your insurance.

2. Add a second driver. It’s better to add a spouse or partner-or in extreme cases, parents-who have driving experience in England. If you add a relative to your insurance policy with limited driving experience in the UK, your insurance may increase as insurers may perceive this person to be a liability.

3. Protect your No Claim Bonus. For each full year you go without making a claim, you accrue a No Claim Bonus. Unfortunately, this feature is available only after 4 years of flawless driving. Accidents caused by another driver usually does not affect your insurance.

4. Install an alarm or immobilizer. If your car has an alarm or immobilizer installed, you can get a discount on insurance in the amount of 5%. It is important that the installation of the system is made by certified professionals, otherwise insurers are not likely to take it into account.

5. Do not add a young, inexperienced driver to your insurance. New drivers are potentially dangerous on the road due to lack of driving experience.

Save on Car Insurance Premiums

When buying motor insurance you should compare quotes of the different insurance companies. This is the most convenient way to zero down on the best policy. You can find insurance quotes online which makes your search hassle free. To get car insurance online, make sure that you are getting the best value for your money.

You can save money if you insure more than one vehicle with the same insurance company. In this way, you can save money on each policy and this helps to save on the premium.

There is a general thumb rule for most insurance policies which says the higher your deductible is, the lower your premium will be. So, as long as you can afford to incur some loss from your pocket, you should opt for high deductibles.

You can always get hold of your car insurance policy along with the other insurance policies that you need to buy. While doing so, the chances of getting a good discount from the insurers increase and help you to save money.

Driving carefully and meticulously is one of the best ways to reduce premiums. If you drive well and follow all the traffic rules, chances of getting any tickets from the police or meeting with an accident are less. This will also have an impact on the insurance premium.

There are some companies which calculate the premium on the basis of the kilometers you drive. In such a scenario, it is better to opt for systems like the car pool on a regular basis so that the usage of the car is less and you are in a position to get discounts from the insurance companies.

Installation of an anti theft device in the car is a good thing to do too, as this reduces the chances of the car getting stolen. With these security measures in place, you will find plenty of insurance companies that can give you lucrative discounts.

Renewing Car Insurance Policies

Do’s – Get it right

1. Comparison among policies- The first and foremost thing to consider while renewing the car insurance policy is the fact that there is a wide variety of insurance covers in the market to choose from with absolutely no compulsion to continue with the same policy taken. In case you experience certain inadequacies in the interim of one year of the policy or you may wish to upgrade your policy as per the changing demands, then, you always have the option of switching to a new one. Before that, it is critical to take note of the varied policies available in the market and make a thorough comparative analysis.

2. Accurate Details in the Form- While filling up the form for car insurance renewal, it is utmost important to fill inaccurate details about your car and to the best of your knowledge so as to get a suitable policy by the company. Thus, it is advised to fill up the form in a relaxed state and on your own as you know your requirements better than any company agent.

3. Policy Record- Once you have renewed the policy, make sure to fill a copy in a file and keep it with for the record or if it’s a soft copy, then save it with you on a hard drive so as to not lose it. It’s important to maintain a proper record as it gives all information required at any point and leaves no room for any confusion when it comes to availing the No-Claim Bonus (NCB) or any other future claim.

4. Add on Covers- Before taking up any policy, it is vital to take note of all the add-on covers and go through them at length so as to choose wisely the ones that suit your needs instead of blindly going for everything and end up paying a huge amount unnecessarily.

5. Registration Certificate (RC)- While renewing your policy, also ensure that your RC is updated with your present address, name and other details. Also, see to it that the vehicle specifications are accurate and the details mentioned on the RC are in sync with the policy details.

Don’ts – Not to Mess Up

1. No blank columns in the form- Do ensure that you end up leaving no columns in the form blank or unanswered that may impact your policy renewal in an adverse way. Instead, one must provide all possible information, just to be sure to be taking the right help from the insurance company.

2. Not to miss timeline for renewal- Keeping in mind the expiry of the car insurance plan is critical not just from the perspective of any damage occurring in the interim when you are uncovered but also for saving up on the late renewal charges if any by the company. Moreover, it gives one time to think and then act rather than being in a hurry to insure with the first plan that comes your way.

3. No Incorrect Declarations- One must never make any incorrect declaration or give any wrong estimate to the car insurance company, intentionally, as that can end up in getting you the wrong cover. Tell them precisely what your requirements are, what the car condition and car value estimation is and your future claims will remain uninterrupted.

Auto Insurance Premiums Are Very Costly

If you haven’t yet verbalized it, no doubt the glaring question is underscored in your mind: Why does car (read car, truck, motorcycle, RV and so on) insurance have to be so very, very expensive?!

The answer to anything related to insurance comes from the industry itself and this is no exception.

“Insurance rates differ from person to person and are based on a few factors,” says a noted specialist working in the Tri-State area and employed by an independent agency. “It all boils down to how much of a risk you as a driver may be.”

Eight Factors that May Affect Your Auto Insurance Bill

Some of the things that determine how much you pay for auto insurance are listed below.

• What Type of Vehicle you Drive
There is a clear difference between makes and models of cars in regard to safety. Moreover, higher-end cars attached to a bigger price tag are more attractive to car thieves and are more expensive to replace; they are also more expensive to fix after an accident.

• Your Address
If you live in a place that has a higher crime rate, your premium will reflect the risk of theft. If you locality has proportionately more auto accidents and submitted claims, it will have an effect on your premium as well.

• How You Use Your Car
If you use your car for the commute to and from the workplace or use it for business purposes, you’ll find that you will have a higher premium than those that drive just to go to the grocer or for leisure trips.

• If You Are a Good Driver
If you never have gotten a driving ticket or never been an accident, you will have a lower insurance rate than those who have a less pristine driving record.

• Your Claims Record
If you have previously filed insurance claims, especially if they have resulted in big payouts, your insurance premium will reflect that. But you may also find a rate increase if you have only filed claims in regard to accidents where you are not at fault.

• How Old You Are
Young drivers, especially boys in the teen years, are grouped together as riskier drivers because the statistics say they display poor driving habits and are involved in and cause many more serious accidents than older drivers. To a lesser degree, those sixty-five and older may find their insurance rates up due to age matters that contribute to poorer reflexes, eyesight issues and more.

Commercial Auto Insurance

Daycare Centers

Daycares, preschools, and private schools use buses and vans to transport children. These vehicles might be used on a daily basis or only occasionally. Children are extremely precious cargo, so your commercial auto insurance must be comprehensive enough to protect your academic facility, the children, your employees who are driving the vehicles, and others on the road. Your policy should be designed to handle medical bills, property damage, and liability issues that arise.

Trucking Company

If your trucks haul goods around town or around the nation, you need to protect your drivers, vehicles, and others on the road. Since your trucks and vans travel multiple miles every day, you need fairly extensive commercial auto insurance. These policies must cover much more than an average private auto policy. The exact coverage will depend on a variety of factors and would be best discussed with your trusted agent. He or she will have the experience to put together the right policy for you, your fleet, and your truckers.

Catering Companies

If you own a catering business, you need specialized equipment in your vans in order to safely transport foods and beverages. Not only are you transporting edible goods, but you also you have serving dishes, refrigerators, chafing dishes, utensils, and the food itself. Your policy must cover your culinary equipment, your drivers, your chef, and the vehicles. All of these items are necessary for you to run your operation. You must insure everything adequately in order to protect your catering operation.

How to Find an Agent

It’s extremely helpful to establish a comfortable connection with a commercial auto insurance agent. If you don’t have a trusted agent already, ask others in your industry for a recommendation. When you get a few names, you can interview them to decide who’s right for you. Reviews of agents and companies are posted online, as well, so that you can read what other customers’ experiences have been like.

Some Types of Car Insurance Coverage

One of the most common types of car insurance is auto liability coverage. This type of coverage will pay for any damages if you are legally responsible for injuring someone in an accident, or if you cause any damage to another person’s vehicle or property during the accident. It will also pay for your legal defense and any court costs if the other party files a lawsuit. Generally, state laws dictate the minimum amount of auto liability coverage that each driver must have, but higher amounts are available.

Collision coverage is another type of car insurance that is available to drivers. This type of policy will cover damage costs incurred during collisions with other cars, collisions with stationary objects, and vehicle rollovers. To obtain this policy requires a deductible, meaning that the insured party must pay some costs out-of-pocket before the insurer will cover any costs. Deductibles are used to deter insured parties from filing frivolous claims.

Comprehensive car insurance is used to cover reimbursement for damage with causes other than collisions or rollovers. This includes damage caused by fire, wind, storms, vandalism, theft, hail, flooding, or hitting an animal. In many cases, obtaining this will also require a deductible.

Uninsured or underinsured motorist coverage is used to protect drivers from damage caused by a collision with a driver who either does not have any type of liability coverage or does not have sufficient coverage to provide compensation for the entire amount of damages. This type may also pay for property damages, depending on the individual coverage plans offered by providers. The amount and specific type of damage it covers generally depends on state laws and the plans offered by individual providers.