Choosing Car Insurance


It should not be difficult to find affordable car insurance as the owner of your new vehicle. However, there are multiple options out there. Often times, dealerships require buyers to set up an insurance plan for the new owner to drive the car off the lot, so it is wise to look at plans before heading down. However, after a period of time you may decide that you want to change your insurance company. Regardless of whichever company you choose, you want to make sure that you have good coverage in case of an accident.

Who to Speak To

Body shops can provide recommendations as to which insurance companies they and their clients have had the easiest times with. Examine online ratings for what insurance companies will pay out for claims. Examples of places to go for this are A.M. Best and Standard & Poor. Well-known insurance carriers are known to pay out the best for claims, but there are carriers out there that aren't as well-known that pay out good amounts as well. There are also insurance agents out there who are willing to work with you to settle any confusion, or if you prefer to talk someone outside of an insurance company about your options. Independent agents will tend to be neutral and have your best interest at hand, while captive agents specialize in one insurance company.

Switching Policies

When you are looking to switch a policy, read the policy of the company you're currently paying money to. Often times people change policies without realizing they signed a contract and can be charged for the remainder of the policy. Also be wary of places you may contact who want to give you quotes, sometimes they will go ahead and set you up on a policy without your knowledge, although they said they may do this in the fine print.


Above all, make sure that you are satisfied with what your insurance company would pay if you were in a crash. If you are looking to change companies, make sure that you will not have to pay for the rest of the policy year once you have switched. Know that by going to a dealership you likely won't be able to leave with your new car until they see you sign up for a policy, so it may be wise to do research before going down there and intending on driving the car home. The good thing is that many plans are available for a variety of budgets.

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