Tightwads Guide to Insuring a Chevrolet Silverado 2500
If comparing car insurance was easy, most of us would do it more often. But the reality is, it's a chore for most people and we seem to always end up paying more than we want to. Finding good insurance for your Chevrolet Silverado 2500 probably leaves you feeling the same way.
Step One: Compare Multiple Rates
The old way of buying car insurance was to make multiple trips to various local agents and get strong armed into a policy that didn't necessarily fit you. But now you can eliminate that hassle and buy online!
You can compare insurance rates for a Chevrolet Silverado 2500 simply and quickly just by filling out one form. This allows you to quote the same coverages with multiple companies and pick the lowest rate.
Compare rates now by clicking the link below. In just a few minutes you'll have a good idea of what insurance will cost for your Chevrolet Silverado 2500.
Quoting Tip! The only way to compare rates from multiple companies is to use identical coverage amounts and deductibles on each quote. If you use different limits on quotes, you cannot accurately determine which company has the best rates for your Silverado 2500.
Step Two: How to Insure your Silverado 2500 for Less
After completing step one above, you can now learn some of the other ways to slash your Silverado 2500 insurance costs.
- Successfully completing a driver's training class can help lower your rates if your insurance company offers that discount.
- Being a senior citizen can qualify you for a small discount on your insurance rates. Older drivers are generally more cautious so they get a lower rate.
- Every parent dreads the day when their teenager gets added to their policy. If you are a teenager, or if you have one on your policy, expect to pay significantly more each year.
- If you have tended to file small claims with your car insurance company in the past, you're most likely going to pay higher premiums in the future. Consider paying minor claims out-of-pocket instead of blemishing your claim history.
- How's your credit score? If it's good you will pay a lower rate than your poor credit counterparts. Work on improving weak credit and you will eventually see your car insurance bill go down.
- Bundling your auto and home insurance with the same company can often get you a discount, and just being a homeowner in itself will get you a lower rate.
- Before a comprehensive or collision claim is paid by your company, you have to pay a deductible first. The more you're willing to pay, the lower your rates will be. Consider raising your deductibles to $500 or even $1,000.
- The less chance of injury to passengers in an accident means lower insurance rates. Vehicles with safety features like side-impact airbags, head injury protection, antilock bracks and traction control generally will be cheaper to insure.
- One of the easiest ways to keep your rates down is to drive safe. One speeding ticket can boost your rates for three years.
- Letting your car insurance expire without having new coverage in place is called a "lapse" and will cause your next policy premiums to be higher.
- Particular years and models of cars tend to be frequently stolen, and if your Silverado 2500 is on that list, chances are your insurance company knows it and will ding you a little extra because of it.
Step Three: Buy the Best Policy
Once you have compared identical rate quotes for your Silverado 2500 and made a decision on deductibles, coverages and other policy options, you are ready to buy your policy with the new company.
Make sure to avoid any lapse in coverage by setting the new policy's effective date to be the same date you cancel your old policy. Otherwise you could be driving without any coverage.
Any time you buy a new vehicle, make sure you have car insurance in place, either from an existing policy or a new policy that you purchase from the dealership floor. Your existing car insurance policy will give you some coverage if you buy a new or used Silverado 2500, but unless you are already paying for full coverage, you won't have it until you add the vehicle to your policy.
At the end of buying your policy, you will be able to print out a new proof-of-insurance card to place in your vehicle. This card is required by law and must be produced if requested by law enforcement. Depending on your state's statutes, you may be required to file an SR-22 form if you've been convicted of an uninsured accident, DUI or license suspension. Make sure your new company is aware of this requirement and files it promptly.
More Educational Resources
To read more about topics such as how to file a claim, replacement auto parts and mistakes to avoid, visit the Insurance Information Institute website.
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