To find hidden auto insurance discounts, look up your insurance company’s discounts online, check your state’s mandatory discount laws, and contact your insurance agent or the company’s customer service department. Since discounts vary significantly by location and company, discounts might be “hidden” in that they are not widely advertised, like a buy-in-advance discount. Similarly, some of the most commonly overlooked auto insurance discounts are driver monitoring discounts, paid-in-full discounts, and the AARP driver safety course discount because they usually aren’t automatically applied.
Hidden Auto Insurance Discounts
- Low mileage or short commute discount
- AARP driver safety course discount
- Buy or renew in advance discount
- Automatic or electronic payment discount
- Driver monitoring discount
- Hybrid or electric car discount
- Anti-theft or Lojack discount
- Paid-in-full discount
- Multi-policy discount
- Farm vehicle discount
Car insurance companies do not fully disclose the formulas they use to calculate a driver’s premium. However, most states allow a driver’s demographic information, credit history, vehicle information, and driving record to affect rates. As a result, you could also get a “discount,” in the sense of getting a lower base premium, by changing one of these factors. For instance, car insurance is generally cheaper for married individuals because they are statistically likely to be low-risk.
Since your demographic information is unlikely to change, focus on improving your credit history and driving record if you want to lower your base premium. If your car is particularly expensive, fast or unsafe, trading it in for a safer, less valuable model will help lower your insurance premium, too. Similarly, increasing your deductible and eliminating any unnecessary coverage can also help save you money, acting like a hidden discount.
If you’re looking for extra savings, it’s worth double checking the most common car insurance discounts as well as the most often overlooked ones listed above. Finally, no matter how many discounts are being applied to your policy, it’s best to frequently compare quotes from different insurers.
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