How gas prices could affect your car insurance policy

Friday, July 13, 2012

The increased prices in gas have become the incentive for many people to take their commutes in another direction, so to speak. Carpooling, public transport, biking, and just trying to get from point A to point B is what’s driving this phenomena. The motto is “anything to save a buck,” at least as far as the gas tank goes. Until people resort to riding their lawnmowers down the highway, we can assume that things are tough, but not that bad.

In fact, rising gas prices is not always a bad thing. There is some benefit to the whole fiasco. Car insurance policy savings are one of the side effects of higher gas prices. No one would want to argue with saving on their car insurance unless for some unfathomable reason they just don‘t get it. Let’s put it this way, a host of drivers may not know that many car insurance companies take the sum of miles driven and how the car is being utilized to determine rates.

If you have changed your driving routine, and stopped following your boyfriend or girlfriend to work every morning, then you could be in for some real savings. By going online and comparing car insurance quotes, you can see if your car may be rated as a car for “leisure” or for a better word “diversion,” in which case you might save around 10 percent, and come away with peace of mind as well.

Driving For Leisure Doesn’t Always Lead to Savings

If you still use your automobile, there is still a chance for savings. Insurers occasionally use 10,000 miles as a measuring stick in their pricing strategies and consumers receive a lower rate if they stay below that particular number of miles. Even though you will still be placed in a certain category, which is much better than an “order of protection” from your boyfriend, you could be offered a lower-price that may save you an average of five percent.

Comparison-shopping is your best friend because it helps you find the coverage you already have at a lower premium. This outcome could be savings up to hundreds of dollars a year or it could be extra money to pay off that credit card bill. However, who is saving these days? Speak with your insurance agent or broker about other discounts they may have, or tell them to get lost if they claim to have none. In today’s economy you can’t afford not to look around for the best deal and direction.

Differing companies will have their own rates and this is why it is important to compare. Affordable car insurance is available if you take the time to do a bit of research. In addition, insurance companies are not clueless. They are in loop. They understand how gas prices affect the behavior of drivers, for better or for worse. Most insurance companies will pay heed and make an effort to suit the needs of their customers by supplying special rates. How does $10 a month sound? The way things are going you will be paying $2 a week for insurance, $500 a month for gas, and $300 a month to rent a room in Auntie’s basement.

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