Step-by-step Guide to Cheaper GMC Suburban R1500 Insurance
If buying car insurance was fun, we'd do it as a recreational sport. But the reality is, it's a chore for most people and we seem to always end up paying more than we want to. Insuring your GMC Suburban R1500 is probably no exception.
Step One: Insurance Quotes
If you haven't shopped for car insurance for awhile you might remember the days when the only option was to visit a local insurance agent. Life has gotten easier!
The first step to finding lower GMC Suburban R1500 rates is to get quotes from all the major car insurance companies. This is fast and easy and only requires you to complete one form.
To start saving, have your current policy handy and click the link below. Our short form makes it easy to enter your information and compare rates.
Insurance Quoting Tip! The only way to accurately compare rates bewteen different companies for your Suburban R1500 is to use identical coverage limits on all the quotes. If you use different liability limits and/or deductibles, you won't have an apples-to-apples rate comparison.
Step Two: How to Insure your Suburban R1500 for Less
Once you have quotes in hand, you can then consider some of the other techniques for lowering your Suburban R1500 insurance rates.
- If you belong to a professional organization, check to see if that can earn you a discount. If you're over the age of 55, check to see if they have a senior citizen discount as well.
- Each year make a habit of checking your credit score. If you find problems that may be dragging down your credit rating, address them immediately. This will result in significant savings on car insurance.
- Insurance companies will charge you a little higher rate on an SUV due to the fact that most have larger engines, four wheel drive, and more complex drive trains.
- Consider taking a defensive driving course. You can often make up the cost of the course in as little as a single policy renewal.
- If your GMC is equipped with safety features such as airbags, anti-lock brakes or a security system, insurance companies will often give a minor discount for those.
- Consider using higher deductibles for physical damage coverages like comprehensive and collision. Higher deductibles save money since you're willing to pay more out-of-pocket at claim time.
- Vehicles that tend to get stolen or have high repair costs will cost you more to insure. If your Suburban R1500 falls into either category, it could cost you.
- Claims that aren't much more than your deductible are better off just being paid out of pocket. If you get into a habit of filing smaller claims, you will pay for it in higher rates.
- If you own a home, you may get a break on your car insurance. Home ownership demonstrates financial responsibility.
- Speeding and other minor violations can impact your car insurance rates for up to three years. The increased cost can easily exceed the fine and court costs for the original ticket.
- If your insurance company allows driver-specific car rating, you can save money by rating any teenage drivers on low profile vehicles with either no physical damage coverage or very high deductibles.
- If switching companies, always have the effective date of the new policy be identical to the expiration date on the old policy. This prevents a lapse in coverage and companies charge higher rates if you have any lapses.
Step Three: Choose a Company and Bind Coverage
Once you have compared identical rate quotes for your Suburban R1500 and made a decision on deductibles, coverages and other policy options, you are ready to buy your policy with the new company.
The key thing to keep in mind when buying a new policy is you do not want your old policy to lapse. Make sure the effective date of the new policy is on or before the expiration date of your current policy.
When buying a new vehicle, coverage will extend from your existing policy. But if you don't have a car insurance policy, you will want to make sure you have coverage BEFORE you drive off the lot. Coverage that extends from an existing policy is only as good as your current coverage. So if you don't carry full coverage on any vehicles, you won't have it on your new Suburban R1500.
Upon completion of buying your policy, you need to print out the financial responsibility card that must be kept in your vehicle at all times. Replace any old cards and promptly replace expired cards. If you have received a DUI, reckless driving citation or caused an accident without insurance, you may be required to file an SR-22 with your state DMV. Make sure your new company is aware of the SR-22 filing requirement.
For more detailed car insurance topics, visit the Insurance Information Institute.
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