What's the best time to shop for auto insurance for your new car?

Written by Penny Gusner on October 16, 2012 & Posted in Auto Insurance

The best time to shop for auto insurance for your new car is before you go to the dealership to buy the vehicle.

After you've signed on the dotted line, it's too late to price auto insurance to determine if your premiums will make your new vehicle unaffordable. Find out the full cost of ownership while researching which make and model of car is best for you.

A big part of owning a car is the cost of auto insurance. You may be able to afford the monthly finance payments on a cool, high-performance vehicle, but the cost of insurance may be a budget buster.

You don't have to own a vehicle to get an auto insurance price quote; the vehicle identification number (VIN) of a car is only needed when you actually purchase your policy. Online you can easily get multiple car insurance quotes on different vehicles so that you can determine which autos have the cheapest insurance costs.

When doing comparison shopping, you need to take into consideration what types of coverage are required and what optional coverages you'll want to carry. Your state will mandate the minimum liability coverages and limits, and also personal injury protection (PIP) if you live in a no-fault state.

If you have assets to protect, you'll want to purchase higher liability limits. The insurance industry recommends bodily injury liability of at least $100,000 per person, $300,000 per accident and property damage liability of $50,000.

If you've financed or leased a vehicle, then you normally will be required to carry physical damage coverages of collision and comprehensive insurance. The lender or lessor mandates this coverage so that you'll have insurance coverage if the car is damaged and needs repair. The car is their asset, so the condition is important to them until you pay it off.

Knowing the car insurance coverages you need and their cost will make it easy for you to start up your policy once you purchase your vehicle. You can drive off the car lot confident in your financial decision.


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