Mom's Guide to Buying Insurance
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Credit Cards: Did you know that your credit affects your insurance? Unless you live in California and a handful of other states, your insurance is going up if you don't keep your credit in good shape. Yes, that means paying your credit cards on time and using them as little as possible.
The Kids: New drivers have the highest insurance rates around. Enroll your kids in a defensive driving or driver safety class right away for a discount. Your best bet is to hold off on buying the kids() a car unless they are paying their own exorbitant insurance payments. Chances are that young drivers living in the house will probably raise your rates unless you exclude them on your policy. There are a few things you can do to offset the high rates, like a good student driver discount.
Multi-Car Policy? If you and your husband have separate car insurance policies you should combine them one on one policy to save anywhere between 10% and 25% each month. Most car insurance companies cap the multi-car policy at four or five cars so put the kids on your policy if the insurer allows it. That way, they pay less and you get a discount. Remember that insurance follows the car, not the person, so if you have collision and comprehensive insurance on one car under your multi-car policy, but you get into an accident in the second car, your collision and comprehensive insurance would not apply. In states that allow stacking, you can also stack insurance coverages on multiple cars with a small charge. Stacking effectively raises limits to a combined amount.
College: If your child goes away to college, you may still be able to keep him/ her on your car insurance policy if (s)he is still living in the same state. However, if your child is going to school out of state, you may not be able to keep that car on a multi-policy discount. Whatever you do, do not exclude your child on your policy if (s)he plans to use your car when home for the holidays. Make that mistake and you'll be paying for an entire accident completely out of pocket (gasp!).
Home and Auto Bundle: Most insurers will let you bundle home and auto insurance in addition to a multi-car discount. All you have to do is to insure your home with a homeowners insurance policy from the same car insurance carrier. You can save about 8%. If you have separate policies with different carriers, call each one and see which gives you a better rate for a bundle. Even better still, use SmartFinancial (https://smartfinancial.com/
Comparison Shop Auto Insurance Annually: Your car insurance rate changes all the time, especially when you experience life changes, like moving homes or changing jobs, getting divorced or getting into an accident. It's important to compare rates each year to make sure you're not paying too much. A company like SmartFinancial (https://smartfinancial.com/
Adjust Your Payments: You can adjust your monthly payments by raising the deductible (both for your home and car). The deductible is what you have to pay before your collision or comprehensive pays towards repairs or a loss caused by a car accident. So, if you choose a $1,000 deductible, you have to have to pay that amount first before insurance kicks in to cover the rest. The deductible works in a similar way with homeowners insurance. If a storm rips off your roof, you will be covered for that repair after you pay the deductible. The higher the deductible is, the less you pay each month.
Don't Confuse Warranties with Insurance: They seem almost the same and have the same confusing fine print. Basically, warranties are meant to cover any and all repairs whereas insurance is really meant to be used as sparingly as possible and only pays for repairs and replacements when the loss happens due to a fire, storm or some type of disaster that is explicitly covered by homeowners insurance. Never file a claim for anything small because you have to pay a deductible for insurance to cover the repair. This goes for a car and home. You may end up spending less money reaching into your pocket. You also won't get dinged as being high risk. Using your auto or homeowners insurance too often (more than once or twice and for serious situations) could get you dropped by your carrier. Finding another one after getting dropped will be difficult and expensive.
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Page Updated Last on: May 09, 2019