With the past year having flashed by in the blink of an eye for many, it is just days away for individuals to prepare for 2011. Aside from planning December 31st parties, chanting the midnight countdown, popping a cork and raising glasses, consumers may also want to be preparing for the upcoming new year and how to make it the most prosperous and enjoyable one yet. One goal of many is to lower monthly bills and although items such as mortgages, rent or automobile payments may be a difficult area to cut costs, one way that can quickly save hundreds or even thousands of dollars in the New Year is reducing the price of car insurance.
Many consumers let far too much time pass prior to reviewing policies and ensuring that the right coverage and the best rate is being paid. A number of motorists stick with the same policies for much longer than they should and there may be cheaper options available. Although a cheap auto insurance premium may have been found when coverage was initially purchased, this may no longer be the case for several different reasons. As time passes, many things change and a policy review and quote comparison can help ensure that individuals are not paying too much for protection, getting the discounts that they are entitled to and are insured by the cheapest insurer.
When the New Year comes along consumers can potentially save a good amount of money by taking a simple and most suggested approach, and that is to comparison shop for cheaper carriers. Putting aside some time to compare quotes from numerous insurers may lead to finding a more affordable carrier due to a couple of reasons. Insurers periodically change rates and enter markets, therefore, if a consumer may have obtained a good deal from one particular company, there may be one now available that is more competitively priced. In addition, if a motorist purchased a policy and had a few blemishes on their driving history, they may have been turned down by the most inexpensive providers, but as time passes and past mistakes behind the wheel may no longer be used negatively, the most competitive carriers may now be willing to offer policies at the cheapest rates.
One of the most important reasons to review policies is to make sure that the proper protection is being paid for. Many vehicle owners protect against physical damage by purchasing comprehensive and collision coverage, but as time passes this may no longer be necessary due to the value of an automobile depreciating and could be a waste of money. A consumer can check an appraisal website to get an estimate of what their vehicle’s value is and see if it makes sense financially to pay for the premium and the deductible if a loss should occur; if the automobile’s worth is near this figure it may be a better idea to save the money to put towards a new car. For individuals that are still in need of comprehensive and collision, it may be worth looking into increasing deductibles. The publication titled, 9 Ways To Lower Your Auto Insurance Costs states that choosing a higher deductible can reduce rates significantly. However, one must keep in mind that although this could lower premiums, the amount chosen would need to be paid in the event of a loss. A quick policy review can reduce premiums and although the New Year is a good time to do so, one may want to consider reviewing policies more often to ensure that the most affordable coverage is maintained.