Buying A New Car? Be Sure to Consider the Price of Auto Insurance

Written by Tracy Paige on December 16, 2009 & Posted in Auto Insurance

If you are shopping for a new car, you might narrowing your choices by examining the total cost of the vehicle over its lifetime. One major cost to consider is auto insurance.

Have You Decided Which Car to Buy?

Whether you have your mind set or you are narrowing down the options, now is a good time to find out about the insurability of the car. The safety of the car generally plays a role in the cost of premiums.

According to the Insurance Institute For Highway Safety, the top safety picks for 2010 are:

  1. Audi A3
  2. Buick LaCrosse
  3. Chevrolet Malibu
  4. Chrysler Sebring
  5. Dodge Avenger
  6. Dodge Journey
  7. Ford Taurus
  8. Honda Civic
  9. Honda Element
  10. Jeep Patriot
  11. Kia Soul
  12. Lincoln MKS
  13. Nissan Cube
  14. Subaru Impreza
  15. Volkswagen Golf
  16. Mercedes C class
  17. Subaru Forester
  18. Subaru Legacy
  19. Subaru Outback
  20. Subaru Tribeca
  21. Volkswagen Jetta sedan
  22. Volkswagen Passat sedan
  23. Volkswagen Tiguan
  24. Volvo C30
  25. Volvo S80
  26. Volvo XC60
  27. Volvo XC90

If your dream car is on this list, great! If not, look at the safety ratings of the car you are considering, and see how well the car tested. Next, the retail cost of the car can determine the cost of your premium. Check to see what the rate of theft is on the car you are purchasing. If you are purchasing comprehensive coverage, this is important because the insurance company may have to pay in the event that the car is stolen.

Cheap Auto Insurance for Your New Car

You are now closer to that new car! If you are financing your car, check with your bank to see what level of auto insurance you are required to have until the loan is paid off.

According to the Insurance Information Institute, the average American spends $850 a year for auto insurance. Depending on the car you purchase, as well as the auto insurance coverage you want and need, your rates can vary. Make sure you shop around for auto insurance rates. Take a look at the rates and coverage that different insurers are offering. If you are undecided on which car to buy, get auto insurance quotes to check and see what the rates are on each model. Comparing rates is as easy as entering your zip code.

Sources

http://www.iii.org/Articles/What-determines-the-price-of-my-policy.html

http://www.iihs.org/ratings/default.aspx

About the Author

Tracy Paige is the Treasurer of a non-profit organization. She is also a multimedia specialist for an e-learning company. Tracy's experience includes banking and years of business management. She holds a bachelor's degree in Business, specialized in Finance.

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