Looking for lower insurance rates for your Volvo S40? Have you fallen victim to high-priced insurance? Believe me when I say you are not the only one feeling buyer’s remorse.
Numerous auto insurance companies battle to insure your vehicles, so it’s not easy to compare every insurance company to find the absolute lowest price
Consumers need to compare prices quite often since rates are variable and change quite frequently. Just because you found the lowest price on S40 coverage six months ago there is a good chance you can find better rates now. Starting right now, forget anything you know (or think you know) about insurance because it’s time to teach you the tricks you need to know to remove unneeded coverages and save money.
Auto insurance companies don’t always publicize every discount very well, so we took the time to find both well-publicized and also the lesser-known discounts you could be receiving.
As a disclaimer on discounts, most of the big mark downs will not be given the the whole policy. Most only apply to the cost of specific coverages such as liability, collision or medical payments. So when it seems like you can get free auto insurance, companies wouldn’t make money that way.
For a list of insurers with discount insurance coverage rates, click here.
When buying adequate coverage, there really is no single plan that fits everyone. Everyone’s situation is a little different and your policy should reflect that. Here are some questions about coverages that could help you determine whether or not you will benefit from professional help.
If you don’t know the answers to these questions but you think they might apply to your situation, you may need to chat with a licensed insurance agent. To find an agent in your area, complete this form or you can go here for a list of companies in your area.
Knowing the specifics of your policy can be of help when determining which coverages you need and the correct deductibles and limits. Policy terminology can be difficult to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Shown next are typical coverages offered by insurance companies.
Collision coverage protection
This pays to fix your vehicle from damage resulting from a collision with a stationary object or other vehicle. You have to pay a deductible and then insurance will cover the remainder.
Collision coverage protects against things such as sustaining damage from a pot hole, driving through your garage door, colliding with another moving vehicle, scraping a guard rail and crashing into a building. This coverage can be expensive, so you might think about dropping it from older vehicles. Drivers also have the option to raise the deductible to get cheaper collision coverage.
Comprehensive insurance coverage covers damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You need to pay your deductible first then your comprehensive coverage will pay.
Comprehensive coverage protects against claims like hail damage, damage from a tornado or hurricane, theft, falling objects and a tree branch falling on your vehicle. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the market value of your vehicle, so if the vehicle’s value is low consider removing comprehensive coverage.
Liability coverage can cover damage that occurs to a person or their property that is your fault. This coverage protects you against other people’s claims, and does not provide coverage for your injuries or vehicle damage.
Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. You might see policy limits of 25/50/25 that translate to a $25,000 limit per person for injuries, a per accident bodily injury limit of $50,000, and a limit of $25,000 paid for damaged property.
Liability coverage protects against things like attorney fees, repair bills for other people’s vehicles, court costs and loss of income. How much liability should you purchase? That is your choice, but buy higher limits if possible.
Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM)
This coverage protects you and your vehicle’s occupants from other drivers when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. This coverage pays for injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and damage to your Volvo S40.
Because many people only carry the minimum required liability limits, their limits can quickly be used up. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is very important.
Med pay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP)
Coverage for medical payments and/or PIP provide coverage for expenses for things like doctor visits, X-ray expenses and ambulance fees. They are utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if you do not have health coverage. Medical payments and PIP cover not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants and also covers getting struck while a pedestrian. PIP is not an option in every state but it provides additional coverages not offered by medical payments coverage
When trying to cut insurance costs, you should never buy poor coverage just to save money. There have been many situations where someone dropped liability coverage limits only to regret at claim time that it was a big mistake. Your strategy should be to purchase plenty of coverage at a price you can afford, not the least amount of coverage.
Affordable 2009 Volvo S40 insurance can be bought from both online companies as well as from independent agents, and you need to price shop both to have the best rate selection. A few companies don’t offer the ability to get a quote online and many times these regional insurance providers only sell through independent insurance agents.
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