Factors that insurance companies use to determine what premium will be charged include your age, occupation, where you live and the type of car you drive. Of these factors, you can really only influence the type of car that you drive or are considering. Even if you can afford to buy a sporty car, an expensive car or a car with a high performance engine – don’t. Even if you can afford the car – you probably won’t be able to afford the car insurance premium. Instead, choose a car with a small or medium sized engine – a middle of the road vehicle that is not too old.
Nationwide's insurance professionals can quickly design a car insurance quote that meets your precise needs, even for those on a budget. Rather than going with the cheapest car insurance quote, make sure the company you choose provides flexible coverage and billing options. For instance, Nationwide allows members to pay monthly, quarterly or semi-annually online, through the mail or over the phone. It’s important to keep long-term flexibility in mind when deciding on an insurance carrier, not just go with the cheapest car insurance option.