The car insurance industry is highly competitive and shopping every company out there can take time. So, how do you know if you’re really getting the best deal? How do you find a policy that really works for you? Here are a few tips that can help when you’re shopping for your next auto insurance policy.
When filing an insurance claim, be sure to write down the claim number as soon as your are given it and keep it in a safe place. This is helpful because you will need this number at any point that you speak with the insurance company about the claim. You may find it helpful to copy this in multiple locations such as on your computer and phone.
Keep a written log of every conversation you have with the insurance company, including the date, time and length of the conversation. This will ensure that you and the insurance company are both on the same page about what’s been said. Recording this information can also help you reach a settlement, in cases of mishandling by the insurance company.
Lately, insurance companies have begun to check your credit score when calculating your insurance premium. If you maintain a good, clean credit score, you don’t have to worry about them tacking on unneeded fees and raising your premium. A good credit score seems to make you less of a liability to them.
If you are moving, be sure to check with your moving company to see what kind of insurance they carry. Most moving companies just have a “per-pound” policy on all contents. This might be alright if you just have fairly ordinary, large furnishings; however, if you have very expensive furniture, artwork, lots of electronics or other items that may not weigh much but are valuable, you should ask your insurance agent about supplemental moving insurance.
As we stated in the beginning of this article, the car insurance industry is highly competitive. There are many reputable companies out there and many policies to choose from. Finding the right one for you takes a little time and patience, but is well worth the effort. Follow the tips we have discussed and you’re sure to find the best deal.