Car Insurance can be really expensive if you don’t take the time to negotiate the terms on your insurance deal. There are however, some tips you can follow to successfully obtain advantageous terms on your car insurance deal. You can try one of them or all of them together but always be alert and analyze thoroughly what the agents are offering you.
Avoid Monthly Installments
Usually to provide a more appealing deal, insurers offer to collect the insurance premium in small monthly installments. However, what they don’t tell you is that they charge over 25% interest rate for that benefit. This implies that you will end up overpaying for your insurance and that any efforts on lowering the premium will be lost if you agree to monthly payments.
Instead you should save the money needed to pay for the premium in full and forget about it for several months. Even if you can’t do so, it is better to use some financial product to pay for it because the rates charged by financial institutions are significantly lower than the rate charged by insurers. Even credit cards can offer a better deal than paying your insurance in small installments.
Get Online Offers And Compare
Don’t just renew your insurance over and over if your insurer keeps raising your premium. Instead, search online for other options as there are many insurers that can compete for your business. There are even online sites offering comparatives where you can select the best offer available and get contact information for each company. Comparing is the only way you will get the best deal available.
Bargain With Your Current Insurer
Once you have various offers you obtained through comparisons, you can head to your insurer and confront him with these offers. Ask them to improve your current insurance terms or tell them that you will go with the other offers. Chances are that in order to keep you as a client, they will meet the best offer or provide another more advantageous option.
Reduce The Risk To Reduce The Payment
Since insurances are associated with the risk involved, if you want to reduce the payment you have to reduce the risk. You can do so by keeping your car on a garage and out of the streets, by having as designated driver a woman (yes, strangely women are involved in less accidents than men), etc. There are many things you can do to reduce the risk, contact your insurer to see which variables are considered important when calculating the risk involved.
Insurances are important products because they protect you from unexpected events. Yet, smart money management requires that you spend the less possible because otherwise, your ability to save (which is essential for financial success) would be compromised. Therefore, it is wise to follow the above advice and try to obtain better terms on your insurance policy so you don’t have to pay higher premiums every time your insurance is renewed. Remember, the key is negotiating with insurers while keeping the risk to a minimum.