2011 Mercedes-Benz S-Class Insurance Rates

Want lower insurance rates for your Mercedes-Benz S-Class? Did you fall for a flashy sales pitch and buy overpriced insurance? Believe me when I say there are lots of people in the same boat. Lots of car insurance companies contend for your business, so it can be very hard to choose a provider to find the absolute lowest cost out there.

If you have a current auto insurance policy or need new coverage, you can learn to find the best rates while maintaining coverages. Buying car insurance is quite easy. Vehicle owners only need an understanding of how to find the lowest price on the web.

How to Get Insurance Comparison Quotes

Finding lower insurance rates is surprisingly easy. The only requirement is to take a few minutes comparing rate quotes provided by online insurance companies. This is very easy and can be done in several different ways.

  • The best way to find low rates is a comparison rater form (click to open form in new window). This type of form prevents you from having to do repetitive form entry for every insurance company. A single, simple form gets rate comparisons from all major companies.
  • Another way to find lower rates is going to the website of each company to complete their respective quote request forms. For instance, let’s say you want rates from Liberty Mutual, GEICO and Progressive. To find out each rate you need to spend time on each company’s site to enter your coverage information, which is why the first method is more popular. To view a list of companies in your area, click here.
  • The most time-consuming way of comparing rate quotes is to waste gas driving to different agent offices. The internet makes this process obsolete unless you want the personal advice of a licensed agent. However, consumers can compare the best prices online and still use a local agent.

However you get your quotes, make sure you use exactly the same information on every quote you get. If the quotes have unequal deductibles or liability limits you can’t possibly find the best deal for your Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

What coverages do I need?

When it comes to buying the best insurance coverage for your personal vehicles, there is no best way to insure your cars. Everyone’s needs are different so this has to be addressed. For example, these questions can aid in determining whether your personal situation would benefit from an agent’s advice.

  • Am I covered by my spouse’s policy after a separation?
  • How can I get my company to pay me more for my totalled car?
  • Are rental cars covered under my policy?
  • Do I really need UM/UIM coverage?
  • Will my rates increase for filing one claim?
  • Am I covered if my car is in a flood?
  • Where can I get insurance after a DUI in my state?
  • What is medical payments coverage?

If you’re not sure about 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, take a second and complete this form or go to this page to view a list of companies. It is quick, free and you can get the answers you need.

Auto insurance 101

Knowing the specifics of your insurance policy can help you determine the best coverages and proper limits and deductibles. The terms used in a policy can be ambiguous and reading a policy is terribly boring. Shown next are typical coverages offered by insurance companies.

Comprehensive coverage

Comprehensive insurance coverage will pay to fix damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You first have to pay a deductible then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage protects against things like hail damage, a tree branch falling on your vehicle, theft, hitting a deer and falling objects. The maximum payout you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if it’s not worth much more than your deductible it’s probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.

Auto liability insurance

Liability insurance provides protection from damage or injury you incur to people or other property in an accident. It protects you from claims by other people, and doesn’t cover your own vehicle damage or injuries.

It consists of three limits, bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have limits of 25/50/25 that translate to $25,000 in coverage for each person’s injuries, a limit of $50,000 in injury protection per accident, and property damage coverage for $25,000. Alternatively, you may have a combined single limit or CSL that pays claims from the same limit rather than limiting it on a per person basis.

Liability coverage protects against claims like legal defense fees, medical services and repair bills for other people’s vehicles. The amount of liability coverage you purchase is a personal decision, but it’s cheap coverage so purchase as high a limit as you can afford.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist coverage

Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle from other drivers when they are uninsured or don’t have enough coverage. Covered losses include hospital bills for your injuries and damage to your Mercedes-Benz S-Class.

Because many people have only the minimum liability required by law, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage is a good idea. Most of the time your uninsured/underinsured motorist coverages are similar to your liability insurance amounts.

Medical payments coverage and PIP

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance kick in for expenses like chiropractic care, funeral costs, prosthetic devices and EMT expenses. They can be utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if there is no health insurance coverage. They cover both the driver and occupants and also covers any family member struck as a pedestrian. PIP coverage is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible

Collision insurance

Collision coverage pays for damage to your S-Class from colliding with another car or object. You have to pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.

Collision coverage pays for claims like driving through your garage door, hitting a mailbox and backing into a parked car. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from vehicles that are 8 years or older. Another option is to raise the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.