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Nine simple steps to buying the right auto insurance

Almost nothing makes you feel freer than your prized vehicle. Making a car insurance purchase is an important decision that requires careful consideration. Having the right coverage can protect you financially in case of an accident or other unforeseen events. Here are some steps to help you make an informed auto insurance purchase:

1. DETERMINE YOUR COVERAGE NEEDS

Consider factors like your car’s make and model, its value and how you use it. If you have a newer or more expensive vehicle, or you have a loan, you will want comprehensive coverage.

2. RESEARCH INSURANCE PROVIDERS

Look for reputable companies. Read customer reviews and ratings to gauge their level of customer service and satisfaction. Check if the company has a good financial standing and a strong claims process.

3. GET MULTIPLE QUOTES

Request quotes from different insurance companies to compare their rates and coverage options. Be sure to provide accurate information about your driving record, vehicle details and any other relevant factors.

4. UNDERSTAND THE COVERAGE OPTIONS

Insurance policies can include various types of coverage, such as liability, collision, comprehensive, uninsured/ underinsured motorist and personal-injury protection. Familiarize yourself with each type of coverage and determine which ones are necessary for your situation. Liability and uninsured motorist coverage are must-haves.

5. KNOW YOUR DEDUCTIBLES

Deductibles are the amount you must pay out of pocket before insurance coverage kicks in. Higher deductibles can lower your premium.

6. CHECK FOR DISCOUNTS

Many insurance companies offer discounts that can help reduce your premium. There are safe driver discounts, multi-policy discounts and discounts for certain car safety features.

7. SEEK PROFESSIONAL ADVICE

If you’re unsure about the coverage options or have specific concerns, consider consulting with an insurance agent. He or she can provide expert advice tailored to your needs and help you make an informed decision.

8. MAKE THE PURCHASE

Once you have compared quotes, reviewed policies and decided on the coverage, it’s time to make the purchase. Ensure that you have all the necessary documents and payment details ready.

9. REGULARLY REVIEW YOUR COVERAGE

After purchasing auto insurance, it’s important to review your coverage periodically. Life circumstances and driving habits can change, so it’s essential to update your policy accordingly to ensure you have adequate coverage.

By following these steps, you can make a well-informed auto insurance purchase. Remember that having the right coverage provides peace of mind and financial protection in case of any unfortunate events.

Written by Angelyn Treutel Zeringue

Angelyn Treutel Zeringue is President of SouthGroup Insurance Services, a CPA, PWCAM, CBIA and licensed Trusted Choice Insurance Agent. Reach her at www.southgroupgulfcoast.com, (228) 385-1177 or azeringue@southgroup.net.

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