Are you thinking about purchasing a new car or need a new insurance policy? When it comes to insurance, car insurance is the most expensive to purchase. Luckily, there are lots of things you can do to reduce your premiums. Here are 10 ways to reduce your car insurance costs while still getting the coverage you need.
- Owning your car
When you lease a car, it’s likely that you’ll be paying a higher price for your car insurance. Remember, you don’t need to spend a lot of money purchasing a brand new car. Many used vehicles work just as well as new models, and may make owning a vehicle easier.
- Having a dashboard camera
Having a dashboard camera won’t reduce your car insurance specifically, but it will give you record of any collision that you get into, and that means that it will be easier to make a claim and will protect you from unfair premium increases.
- Paying as you drive
If you have a car but find that you don’t drive much, pay as you go insurance is a great option. According to The Toronto Star, “Pay as you go insurance uses a device plugged into a vehicle that connects to a mobile app or web portal used to track data on kilometres driven, time and distance of the trip.”
- Having winter tires
You can reduce your insurance premiums by installing winter tires on your car. Winter tires lower your risk of getting into an accident, and insurers reward that accordingly.
- Choose a low-risk model
All car models are not insured equally. Vehicles that have a higher propensity for reckless driving are much more expensive to insure. When purchasing your vehicle, check out typical insurance rates to make sure that the cost of driving makes sense for your budget.
- An anti-theft system
Installing an anti-theft mechanism in your car makes it less likely to get stolen, and therefore lowers your insurance premiums.
- Hybrid vehicles
Not every insurance company gives you a discount for driving a hybrid vehicle, but some do. Compare insurance policies if your planning on purchasing a hybrid car, and find out which provider will give you a reduced rate.
- Low repair costs
Even if a vehicle is cheap to purchase, the parts for repairs may be extremely expensive. For example, purchasing a luxury vehicle used may cost you less than a brand new car that’s less expensive, but your car may still cost more to repair, and insurance companies factor this in to your premium.
- Paying per year instead of per month
Insurance companies love when you pay upfront, and they reward you for it. If it’s an option for you, pay upfront instead of per month to save on your premium.
- CAA membership
Check with your insurance provider if you’re eligible for a discount on your premium if you have a CAA membership.
You’re all set! All that’s left to do is pick the plan that’s right for you and hit the road