$3,854/year ($321/month) To get these figures, we averaged rates for 40-year-olds with one recent at-fault crash and the typical "full coverage" insurance. Your rates will remain high for three to five years after you cause an accident or have a moving violation. If you fall into this category, be sure to shop for new insurance rates just after the three-year and five-year anniversaries of your infraction.
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Know when to cut coverage. Don’t strip away coverage just for the sake of cheaper insurance. You’ll need full coverage car insurance to satisfy the terms of an auto loan, and you’ll want it as long as your car would be a financial burden to replace. But for older cars, you can drop comprehensive and collision coverage, which only pay out up to your car’s current value, minus the deductible.
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The higher the group, the higher your car insurance premium is likely to be. Cars in the higher groups tend to be top-of-the-range models, those that would be expensive to replace or repair, or those that are more often targeted by thieves. Generally speaking, if your car is in one of the lower groups you’ll pay a lower premium – something to bear in mind if you’re looking for a new car.
Claims and price satisfaction: We looked at J.D. Power’s 2018 Auto Claims Satisfaction Reports, Insure.com’s Best Car Insurance Companies for 2018, and Consumer Reports’ 2017 Car Insurance Ratings to get a bird’s-eye view of the industry across the nation. We also conducted a survey of 100 insured drivers who had filed a claim within the past 12 months.
"Get multiple quotes for sure," suggested Mike Jelinek, head of content at ConsumersAdvocate.org. "But going with the cheapest is not always the best. You need someone to have your back when the claims process occurs. It might be cheap on the front end, but if you have an accident, you might find that they are more expensive on the back end of the claims process, or don't pay out the claim at all."