Insure a Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser like a Penny Pincher
If searching for lower car insurance rates was a good time, we'd have no problem finding the best rate. But most likely we pay more than we want to and don't really enjoy the buying process. Finding insurance for your Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser that you can actually afford is probably no different.
Step One: Compare Rates from Multiple Companies
In years past, the only way to purchase car insurance was to visit the office of a local agent. Welcome to the 21st century!
The first step to finding lower Oldsmobile Custom Cruiser 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.
Simply click the link below to start a quote that will compare rates from many companies and you may find a lower rate than you're currently paying.
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 Custom Cruiser.
Step Two: How to Lower your Custom Cruiser Insurance Premium
What you actually pay to insure your Oldsmobile is determined by many factors, some of which you have no control over.
- Good credit will get you lower car insurance rates. Evidence correlates good credit with low claims, so the better you maintain your credit level, the less risk you are to your company.
- 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.
- Renting a house or apartment rather than owning a home may keep you from paying the lowest rates on car insurance. Home ownership is viewed as being more financially responsible than renting.
- Teenage drivers can be very expensive to insure on newer vehicles will full coverage. You may be better off purchasing an older vehicle for your teenager and only insure it for liability.
- 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.
- Try to maintain a claim-free discount on your car insurance policy. Obviously you can't prevent large claims, but if they are smaller and you can afford to pay them out-of-pocket, do so.
- If you've recently completed a driver's training or safety course, tell your insurance company. You may qualify for a 5-10% discount.
- 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.
- If you're over the age of 55, check to see if you qualify for a senior citizen discount. Qualification age may vary by company
- Vehicles that tend to get stolen or have high repair costs will cost you more to insure. If your Custom Cruiser falls into either category, it could cost you.
- One of the easiest ways to cut your rates is to increase your comprehensive and collision deductibles. By having a higher deductible like $500 or even $1,000, you can save 30% or more on physical damage coverage.
Step Three: Bind Coverage and Cancel your Old Policy
Choosing a new car insurance company is not easy. But hopefully you have a handful of quotes for your Custom Cruiser 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.
If you didn't have a prior policy, then you can make the new policy effective any time. But if you're moving bewteen companies and don't want a lapse in coverage, make sure the effective date of the new policy is exactly the same as the cancellation date of the old policy.
If you don't currently have a car insurance policy, make sure you have coverage in force before driving your Oldsmobile off the lot. But if you already have a policy, you will have coverage extended to your new car from your existing policy. If you have a current policy and you only carry liability coverage, then that's the only coverage that will automatically extend to your Custom Cruiser. But if you currently carry full coverage, comprehensive and collision coverage will extend to your new vehicle.
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 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
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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