Lower your Ford Explorer Sport Trac Insurance Rates in Three Easy Steps
If buying car insurance was fun, we'd do it as a recreational sport. But most likely we pay more than we want to and don't really enjoy the buying process. You probably feel the same way about finding lower cost coverage for your Ford Explorer Sport Trac.
Step One: Insurance Quotes
In years past, the only way to purchase car insurance was to visit the office of a local agent. But you can now comparison shop and buy direct online!
All the major car insurance companies sell insurance for a Ford Explorer Sport Trac and you can compare their rates by entering your information only one time.
To begin, click on the link below and complete the short form. It only takes a few minutes and it's helpful to have your current policy handy if you have one.
Important! If you already have liability and physical damage coverage on your Explorer Sport Trac, it's important to keep the same limits and deductibles throughout the quote process. This allows you to fairly compare rates for many companies. If you use different limits and coverages for each quote, you won't be able to judge if the final rate is better or worse than other quotes.
Step Two: How to Lower your Explorer Sport Trac Insurance Premium
Once you have quotes in hand, you can then consider some of the other techniques for lowering your Explorer Sport Trac insurance rates.
- Driver's safety courses will often get you a discount off your rates. Check to see if your company offers the discount and find a qualifying class in your area.
- Members of many professional organizations can receive discounts on car insurance, and if you're a senior citizen, that could earn you an additional discount.
- Since SUV's like the Explorer Sport Trac generally have a larger power train, they cost a little more to insure.
- If you're a young driver, you will pay more to insure a Explorer Sport Trac. There isn't anything you can do about your age, but rates will drop as you mature.
- To keep your rates low, don't file excessive claims on your policy. Insurance is meant to cover large losses, not small damage that you can pay for out-of-pocket.
- Do you keep your credit rating in good shape? If you do, you will get a better rate than if you let your credit score slide. Check your credit score regularly to make sure there are few blemishes on your record.
- Owning a home takes financial responsibility, and car insurance companies will often give you a break just for being a homeowner.
- Comprehensive and collision coverages make up the majority of your car insurance bill. If you raise your deductibles, you can will see significant savings with every policy renewal.
- Safety features such as passive restraints and air bag systems help reduce injuries in and accident, and car insurance companies will charge lower rates if these features are present.
- Most of us have received a ticket at one time or another. If you get a ticket for a minor violation, find out if there is a safe driving class you can take to keep the ticket off your driving record.
- When buying a new policy, you do not want a gap in coverage. This lapse is viewed by insurance companies as a high risk, and you will pay more for your next policy.
- Vehicles that tend to get stolen or have high repair costs will cost you more to insure. If your Explorer Sport Trac falls into either category, it could cost you.
Step Three: Select the Best Company for Your Needs
Choosing a new car insurance company is not easy. But hopefully you have a handful of quotes for your Explorer Sport Trac that will give you a good idea of how much it will cost, as well as some idea of any coverage changes you may want to make.
It's easiest to cancel an old policy at the renewal date, but you can cancel it anytime. Just make sure you have the new policy effective the date you cancel your old policy in order to avoid any lapse in coverage.
Before you drive your Ford Explorer Sport Trac home, make sure you have a current car insurance policy in force. Coverage will extend to the new purchase from your policy, but if you don't have a policy then you have no protection. If you have a current policy and you only carry liability coverage, then that's the only coverage that will automatically extend to your Explorer Sport Trac. But if you currently carry full coverage, comprehensive and collision coverage will extend to your new vehicle.
After completing your policy purchase, you can print out the proof-of-insurance card to place in your car. Always keep the current card available in case requested by law enforcement or if you are in an accident. If your state requires you to file an SR-22 for being a high-risk driver, make sure your new company is aware of this requirement. Failure to comply can result in loss of your driver's license.
More Insurance Buying Tips
For more information on car insurance, please visit the Insurance Information Institute's auto insurance informational page.
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