These tips will help you pay less for car insurance

If you’ve got a car, chances are your car insurance eats up a chunk of your budget. Especially for families with multiple drivers,  people with poor credit –– and drivers with imperfect track  records. But Consumer Reports says if you do a little homework, there are ways to lower car insurance costs.

Start by picking a top rated insurer. Don’t be short-sighted. It’s not just about getting the lowest premium. You want to make sure you get a company that’s going to pay your claim, in a reasonable amount of time –– and gives you good service.

Then, be sure to set the right deductible. A higher deductible reduces your monthly premium, but you’ll pay more out of pocket if you have a claim. It’s generally a good bet, just make sure you have enough to pay that deductible if your luck runs out.

If you’re a driver with low risk behaviors, you can lower rates by asking about discounts for things like drivers who don’t use their car for long commutes … students with good grades … teen drivers who take driver-training ... or mature drivers who take a defensive driving course. Having a good credit score can also save you a few bucks.

People often think that by staying with the same insurance company for many years, they’ll get a loyalty discount –– but it isn’t always true. Consumer Reports suggests shopping around often –– you may find some significant savings. For ratings of various companies, check out Consumer Reports dot org.

And, consider bundling your policies. Buying auto and home insurance from the same company could lead to a hefty discount. All good strategies, to help you drive down your auto insurance costs.

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