1998 Hyundai Sonata Insurance Quotes

Trying to find lower car insurance rates for your Hyundai Sonata? Did you fall for a flashy sales pitch and buy high-priced car insurance? Believe me when I say there are a lot of people just like you who feel imprisoned by their car insurance policy.

Lots of insurers contend to insure your vehicles, and it can be difficult to compare rates and get the definite cheapest price

Discounts on 1998 Hyundai Sonata insurance

Insurance can be prohibitively expensive, buy you may qualify for discounts to cut the cost considerably. Most are applied at the time you complete a quote, but a few must be asked about prior to getting the savings.

  • Low Mileage – Keeping the miles down on your Hyundai could qualify for lower rates on the low mileage vehicles.
  • Student Driver Training – Require your teen driver to take driver’s ed class in school.
  • Good Student – Performing well in school can earn a discount of 20% or more. Earning this discount can benefit you up until you turn 25.
  • Claim Free – Good drivers with no accidents can earn big discounts when compared with frequent claim filers.
  • Federal Employees – Employees or retirees of the government can earn a discount up to 10% for Sonata insurance with a few insurance coverage companies.
  • Early Signing – Some companies give discounts for switching policies prior to your current policy expiring. This can save 10% or more.
  • Passive Restraint Discount – Cars that have air bags can get savings up to 30%.
  • Senior Citizens – Older drivers can possibly qualify for reduced rates for Sonata insurance.
  • One Accident Forgiven – A few companies permit an accident before your rates go up so long as you haven’t had any claims for a set time period.

Drivers should understand that some of the credits will not apply to the entire policy premium. Some only apply to individual premiums such as liability, collision or medical payments. Just because it seems like all the discounts add up to a free policy, it doesn’t quite work that way. But all discounts will bring down your premiums.

To see a list of insurance companies with the best insurance coverage discounts, click here to view.

Parts of the Hyundai Sonata rate equation

Smart consumers have a good feel for some of the elements that come into play when calculating the rates you pay for car insurance. Understanding what determines base rates empowers consumers to make smart changes that will entitle you to much lower annual insurance costs.

The list below includes some of the factors used by your company to calculate prices.

  • What are your deductibles? – Physical damage deductibles represent how much money you are willing to pay out-of-pocket if you file a covered claim. Physical damage coverage, also known as collision and other-than-collision, is used to repair damage to your car. Examples of covered claims could be colliding with a building, damage from fire, and burglary. The more money you’re willing to pay, the lower your rates will be for Sonata insurance.
  • An active claims history can cost you – If you tend to file frequent claims, you can expect either policy cancellation or increased premiums. Car insurance companies award discounts to people who are claim-free. Your insurance policy is meant to be used in the event of the bigger claims that can’t be paid out-of-pocket.
  • Rate your vehicle for proper use – The more you drive every year the more you will pay for car insurance. Most insurance companies price each vehicle’s coverage based on their usage. Cars and trucks used primarily for pleasure use receive lower rates than vehicles that are driven to work every day. An improperly rated Sonata can result in significantly higher rates. Double check that your car insurance policy shows the correct driver usage, because improper ratings can cost you money.
  • Your car’s features help determine rates – Driving a car with a theft deterrent system can help lower your rates. Anti-theft features like tamper alarm systems, vehicle immobilizer technology and General Motors OnStar all hinder your vehicle from being stolen.
  • Better credit scores mean better rates – A driver’s credit history is a large factor in your rate calculation. So if your credit rating is not that good, you could potentially save money when insuring your 1998 Hyundai Sonata by improving your rating. Drivers who have excellent credit tend to be better drivers and file fewer claims than those with lower credit scores.

Tailor your coverage to you

When buying the right insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there really is not a “best” method to buy coverage. Coverage needs to be tailored to your specific needs so this has to be addressed. For example, these questions can help discover whether or not you might need an agent’s assistance.

  • I don’t drive much so do I pay less?
  • Which is better, split liability limits or combined limits?
  • Am I covered when driving a rental car?
  • Do I need to file an SR-22 for a DUI in my state?
  • Does my personal policy cover me when driving out-of-state?
  • Why do I only qualify for high-risk insurance?
  • How much liability do I need to cover my assets?

If you’re not sure about those questions but a few of them apply, you may need to chat with an agent. To find lower rates from a local agent, complete this form or click here for a list of auto insurance companies in your area.

The insurance coverage bait and switch

Progressive, GEICO, Allstate and State Farm consistently run television and radio advertisements. All the companies have a common claim of big savings if you change your coverage to them. How can each company claim to save you money?

Different companies are able to cherry pick for the type of driver that is profitable for them. For instance, a driver they prefer could possibly be over the age of 50, has no prior claims, and chooses high deductibles. A propective insured who matches those parameters receives the best rates and most likely will pay quite a bit less when switching companies.

Drivers who fall outside the “perfect” profile will be quoted a higher premium which usually ends up with the customer not buying. The ad wording is “drivers who switch” not “people who quote” save that much money. That’s the way insurance companies can confidently claim big savings.

This emphasizes why it is so important to get as many comparisons as possible. It’s just too difficult to predict which insurance coverage company will provide you with the cheapest Hyundai Sonata insurance rates.

Coverage specifics

Learning about specific coverages of insurance can be of help when determining the best coverages for your vehicles. Policy terminology can be confusing and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Below you’ll find the usual coverages offered by insurance companies.

Medical expense insurance

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage reimburse you for short-term medical expenses for rehabilitation expenses, ambulance fees, funeral costs, nursing services and chiropractic care. They are often used to fill the gap from your health insurance policy or if there is no health insurance coverage. Coverage applies to all vehicle occupants and will also cover being hit by a car walking across the street. Personal injury protection coverage is not available in all states and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Collision protection

This coverage will pay to fix damage to your Sonata caused by collision with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You will need to pay your deductible then the remaining damage will be paid by your insurance company.

Collision can pay for claims such as crashing into a building, damaging your car on a curb and sustaining damage from a pot hole. Collision coverage makes up a good portion of your premium, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. It’s also possible to bump up the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Comprehensive (Other than Collision)

This coverage pays for damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. A deductible will apply then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive can pay for claims like damage from flooding, hail damage, a tree branch falling on your vehicle, vandalism and fire damage. The most a insurance company will pay at claim time is the actual cash value, so if the vehicle’s value is low it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.

Auto liability

This coverage can cover damages or injuries you inflict on other’s property or people that is your fault. This coverage protects you from legal claims by others, and does not provide coverage for your own vehicle damage or injuries.

Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. You commonly see values of 100/300/100 that means you have a $100,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $300,000, and $100,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Occasionally you may see a combined limit which limits claims to one amount without having the split limit caps.

Liability can pay for things such as bail bonds, attorney fees, medical services and emergency aid. How much liability should you purchase? That is a personal decision, but consider buying higher limits if possible.

Protection from uninsured/underinsured drivers

This coverage provides protection when other motorists either have no liability insurance or not enough. Covered losses include injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and also any damage incurred to your 1998 Hyundai Sonata.

Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits, their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is a good idea. Normally these limits do not exceed the liability coverage limits.

A penny saved is a penny earned

We just presented a lot of ways to lower your 1998 Hyundai Sonata insurance rates. The most important thing to understand is the more price quotes you have, the higher the chance of saving money. You may even find the best price on auto insurance is with a smaller regional carrier. These companies may cover specific market segments cheaper than the large multi-state companies such as State Farm and Allstate.

Cost effective insurance is possible both online as well as from independent agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both in order to have the best price selection to choose from. A few companies don’t offer online price quotes and these smaller companies work with independent agents.

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