I can’t think of a single person who cherishes buying auto insurance, especially knowing their premiums are through the roof. With consumers having so many insurance providers from which to choose, it is hard for the average consumer to find the most cost effective car insurance company.
It’s a great practice to do rate comparisons quite often because insurance rates are rarely the same from one policy term to another. Despite the fact that you may have had the lowest rates six months ago you will most likely find a better rate today. Forget all the misinformation about auto insurance because I’m going to let you in on the secrets to the best methods to get good coverage at a lower rate.
Most major insurance companies like 21st Century, Allstate and State Farm provide coverage price quotes on their websites. This process doesn’t take a lot of time as you simply enter the coverage amounts you desire into the quote form. Behind the scenes, their system will obtain your driving and credit reports and provides a quote based on many factors. This makes comparing rates easy, but the work required to visit a lot of sites and enter the same data into a form is repetitive and time-consuming. Unfortunately, it is important to get many rate quotes in order to find better auto insurance pricing.
Compare rates the easy way
The quickest way to locate the lowest prices is to use a quote form that gets prices from more than one company. This type of form saves time, reduces the work, and makes rate comparisons much easier to do. After your information is entered, your coverage is rated with multiple companies and you can pick any one of the resulting price quotes.
If the quotes result in lower rates, it’s easy to complete the application and buy the new coverage. It can be completed in a matter of minutes and you will know how your current rates stack up.
To find out what other companies charge, click here to open in new window and submit your coverage information. If you have your current policy handy, we recommend you duplicate the coverages as shown on your current policy. This helps ensure you will have an apples-to-apples comparison using the same coverage and limits.
Consumers in South Dakota can’t get away from ads for cheaper car insurance from companies such as 21st Century, Allstate and State Farm. They all make an identical promise that you’ll save big after switching your policy.
How can each company claim to save you money?
All companies have a certain “appetite” for the right customer they prefer to insure. An example of a desirable insured could be over the age of 40, owns a home, and has a short commute. A customer getting a price quote who matches those parameters will qualify for the lowest rates and as a result will probably save when they switch companies.
Potential customers who don’t meet these standards must pay a more expensive rate which usually ends up with business not being written. Company advertisements say “customers that switch” but not “drivers who get quotes” save money. This is how insurance companies can make the claims of big savings.
This illustrates why you absolutely need to get as many comparisons as possible. It’s impossible to know which company will give you the biggest savings.
Insuring your fleet can be pricey, but companies offer discounts to reduce the price significantly. A few discounts will automatically apply when you get a quote, but lesser-known reductions have to be inquired about prior to getting the savings. If you’re not getting every credit available, you are throwing money away.
As a disclaimer on discounts, most discounts do not apply to all coverage premiums. Most only reduce specific coverage prices like collision or personal injury protection. Even though it may seem like all the discounts add up to a free policy, companies don’t profit that way. Any amount of discount will bring down the amount you have to pay.
To see a list of providers who offer auto insurance discounts in South Dakota, click this link.
When it comes to choosing coverage, there isn’t really a cookie cutter policy. Each situation is unique so this has to be addressed. Here are some questions about coverages that can aid in determining if your insurance needs would benefit from professional advice.
If it’s difficult to answer those questions but you think they might apply to your situation then you might want to talk to an insurance agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, simply complete this short form or go to this page to view a list of companies. It is quick, free and you can get the answers you need.
More information can be read on the website for the South Dakota Division of Insurance found here. South Dakota drivers can discover disciplinary actions, read industry bulletins, read consumer alerts, and view a list of available companies.
Throughout this article, we presented many tips how you can compare auto insurance prices online. It’s most important to understand that the more rate comparisons you have, the better your comparison will be. You may be surprised to find that the lowest premiums are with a lesser-known regional company. These companies can often provide lower rates in certain areas as compared to the big name companies such as State Farm, GEICO and Nationwide.
Cheaper auto insurance is possible from both online companies and also from your neighborhood Vermillion agents, and you should be comparing both in order to have the best chance of saving money. A few companies may not provide the ability to get a quote online and many times these small insurance companies only sell through independent insurance agents.