Car insurance is one of the biggest costs of being a driver and it’s a cost that is continuing to go up. If you’re tired of expensive car insurance payments, here are a few tricks that could help you to spend less no matter what your vehicle is.
Many drivers are eager to cling onto their no-claims bonus, but sometimes it pays more to switch. When looking for cheap car insurance near me, I tend to use comparison sites. These are the best way to collect lots of quotes quickly and find the cheapest deal.
Up your deductible
A deductible is the amount that you’re willing to pay out of your own pocket in the event of a claim. If you’re not accident-prone, opting for a high deductible could be a good idea – it can considerably decrease your rates in some cases.
You may also be able to save money by not parking on the curb. If you’ve got a garage or driveway, consider making use of it as it could save you money. The same applies to private carparks for apartment buildings.
Take care with your job title
Certain job titles may trigger warnings to insurers that suggest that you are a high-risk driver, so be careful as to which title you use. Certain job titles such as ‘car salesman’ and ‘racing driver’ are expensive due to their nature involving cars, whilst a professional like ‘DJ’ is also expensive as DJs often must park near bars where vandalism is more common. Sometimes changing the wording of your job title can make a difference such as choosing ‘writer’ over ‘journalist’ (journalists are stereotyped as travelling around the country looking for stories whilst writers work from home, even though the reality is that both probably work from home).
Look into bundle deals
Sometimes you can save money by taking out a bundle deal. For example, getting insurance for your home and your car can sometimes lower costs. Meanwhile, having multiple family members on one insurance scheme may make things cheaper for some of the family members (although more expensive for others).
One annual payment is usual equivalent in cost to eleven monthly payments. In essence, you could be getting a month’s free insurance by paying annually. Few people can pay such large instalments out of pocket, but by putting money each month into a savings account and paying out of here, you might be able to afford it.
Consider a black box
Black box insurance is a drastic measure, but it can bring down your insurance rates dramatically. It basically involves putting a black box in your vehicle which monitors your driving and control of speed. If you prove that you can drive safely, your insurer will reward you by charging discounted rates. This type of insurance has become common amongst new drivers.