How to Save on Insurance for your Pontiac Grand Prix
If finding the lowest rate on car insurance was easy, most people would have no trouble paying less. But we always seem to pay too much for coverage and most people would rather go to the dentist. You probably feel the same way when trying to find cheaper coverage for your Pontiac Grand Prix.
Step One: Compare Online Rate Quotes
In years past, the only way to purchase car insurance was to visit the office of a local agent. Times have changed!
Comparing apples-to-apples price quotes for your Pontiac Grand Prix is made easy by only requiring one form to be completed. This will shop your coverage with multiple companies and allow you to easily compare rates.
To compare rates now, have your current policy handy (if you have one) and click the link below. Complete the short form and move on to step two.
Important! If you already have liability and physical damage coverage on your Grand Prix, 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: Techniques to Lower your Grand Prix Insurance Rates
How much impact insuring your Pontiac has on your wallet is controlled by many different factors. Here are some ways to reduce the negatives and improve the positives.
- If you have a high credit score, you will be rewarded with lower insurance rates. Conversely, if your credit rating is on the low site, your rates will be higher.
- 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.
- Never allow one policy to expire without having a new policy effective the same date. This causes a lapse in coverage and if you don't have insurance for any length of time, your next policy will cost you more.
- 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.
- With age comes cheaper rates! If you're a senior citizen, many car insurance companies will give you a discount. Also, if you belong to a professional organization, check to see if your company gives discounts to members.
- Higher deductibles save money. If you can afford to pay a larger portion of a comprehensive or collision claim, you will pay substantially less for those coverages if you increase your deductibles to $500 or even $1,000.
- Youthful or teen drivers that are rated on any vehicle will cost more. The inexperience and tendancy to enjoy going fast is a recipe for an accident.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vehicles that tend to get stolen or have high repair costs will cost you more to insure. If your Grand Prix falls into either category, it could cost you.
Step Three: Purchase a New Policy
Car insurance is pretty easy to buy online, but you do need to be aware that it is a legally binding contract. You need to have funds available for a down payment as well as review your coverages for any insufficiencies.
You can cancel a policy at any time, but just remember to make the effective date of the replacement policy the exact same as the date you cancel your old policy. You do not want any gaps in coverage between policies.
If this is a new policy with only the Pontiac on it, be sure to have coverage before leaving the dealership or car lot. If you're adding it to an existing policy, you have anywhere from 15 to 30 days depending on the company. If you have a current policy and you only carry liability coverage, then that's the only coverage that will automatically extend to your Grand Prix. But if you currently carry full coverage, comprehensive and collision coverage will extend to your new vehicle.
Once you finish buying your new policy, you will need to print out the proof-of-insurance card that is provided by your new company. This card is proof that you meet the state's minimum liability limits and is required to be kept in your vehicle. 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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