Switch Your Car Insurance in 8 Easy Steps

Switching your car insurance carrier is one of the best ways to save you some money. But there are numerous other reasons why you may need to switch. That is not what we are covering here, but rather how to get it done. It is not a decision that you should do on the spur of the moment. Below you will find some tips on how to properly switch carriers.

  1. Needs-Before even thinking about switching your insurance carriers you need to know what you want, what you need, and what the local laws say. Let us start with the local laws. You need to meet their lowest required amounts. The second aspect is what you need. What you need is the amount that you should have to cover your expenses. For instance, if you have a classic muscle car you will want to have full coverage that protects your investment. If you have an old car that would cost less to replace than the amount of the policy, you will only need the minimum amounts. As for your wants, ignore them. Gooff what you need, and what is required.
  2. Penalties-If you are not at the annual renewable time you will want to see if your current policy charges any fees for closing it early. You also need to see if they will give you a refund for the months that you did not use. No point in switching to a different carrier if you will lose a ton of money doing it.
  3. Compare-This is one of the most important tasks that you can do. Use an online comparison platform to shop car insurance They will do all the leg work for you, saving you a substantial amount of time. All you will have to do is go through the offers before you and pick the one that suits your needs the best, but the one that will not break the bank.
  4. Current Company-Now is a suitable time to contact your current carrier. You can tell them what your plans are, and why. Maybe they will give you an offer that will be less than the other company that you were considering using. If not, then you have no obligation to continue using them. If they wanted you as a customer, they would have come up with a way to keep you as a customer. So go ahead and cancel your policy, and switch to the company that has offered you the best deal.
  5. Lapse-You do not ever want a lapse in your coverage because it will cost you money. If you need to leave your policy the same, then do it. That is the better option because insurance companies frown on lapses between coverage. It will raise your risk level, which in turn will increase the premium amounts that you will need to pay.
  6. Cancel-If you did end up switching companies, you need to make sure that your previous policy is either over with or canceled. It would be an awfully dreadful day if you had to pay for the new policy, and then the old policy charged your saved payment choices.

That is about all there is to it. Changing your policy is not a challenging task, as long as you approach it with a plan. You just need to remember that you need to be prepared. Make sure that you shop around and compare using an online site, and you may consider going old school and call a few local agents. You may be surprised at how cheap they will go in order to retain, and acquire, customers.

John Otero

John Otero

John Otero is an industry practitioner with more than 15 years of experience in the insurance industry. He has held various senior management roles both in the insurance companies and insurance brokers during this span of time. He began his insurance career in 2004 as an office assistant at an agency in her hometown of Duluth, MN. He got licensed as a producer while working at that agency and progressed to serve as an office manager. Working in the agency is how he fell in love with the industry. He saw firsthand the good that insurance consumers experienced by having the proper protection. John has diverse experience in corporate & consumer insurance services, across a range of vocations. His specialties include Major Corporate risk management and insurance programs, and Financial Lines He has been instrumental in making his firm as one of the leading organizations in the country in generating sustainable rapid growth of the company while maintaining service excellence to clients.