Every area of the United States has their own requirements for coverage and insurance necessities for automobile owners, ranging from basics of collision and damage to comprehensive plans that will cover nearly any incident. Car insurance has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States alone given the extremely high number of motorists and vehicles requiring coverage. The means of these companies assessing risk and financial decisions is much more streamlined than that of homeowner’s insurance or coverage for valuables. Car insurance quotes are used by every insurance company to quickly and accurately describe their rates to potential customers, taking multiple accounts and factors into the comprehensive price.
A basic car insurance quote demands a large amount of information. Before you input the make and model of your car, a customer would need to document their credit history, driving record, gender, physical location, and criminal background. Car insurance quotes are based upon the statistical averages of every level of customers, so that the companies know the levels they must set in order to remain profitable — after all, they are businesses — and keep their rates lowest. Each piece of information collected is weighed against the average driving record of similar customers in order to determine the ideal rate.
A first time motorist, for example, would have a much higher rate than a seasoned driver. This is in part because of the fact that younger drivers are much more likely to incur damage to themselves or their cars (due to a number of factors but most typically because they drive at the fastest rate), but also that these younger drivers have no record or history to speak of. Their lack of a previous paper trail, in terms of their driving stability and financial capabilities, results in a higher quote and premium from an insurance company that deems them to be a high risk customer more likely to submit a claim. Car insurance quotes will not only cover your personal driving capacity, but also those residing in your household who are capable of driving. It is not uncommon, for example, for the rates of monthly premiums for a family to double or even triple when a teenage son or daughter gets their driver’s license.
The contrast to the “worst case driver”, of course, are customers who have a successful job and credit history. The smallest quote premiums are given to those with good financial standing, in addition to few or no previous driving records, and those that do not live in an area of a city with frequent accidents or auto theft. Actual location does not weigh as heavily upon the quote as driving experience, but will still result in a higher monthly or yearly premium. Of course, a major factor in the quote is how much coverage you need for your car (or cars); the actual amount of coverage may not be the same between two different companies.
A larger insurance company, such as industry juggernauts AllState or Nationwide, provide more for their customers but have a higher price tag to go along with it. By comparison, residents of a state with only basic requirements for coverage can choose a company that promotes no frills coverage, only providing for claims of collision or bodily harm. These companies, understandably, are more attractive to customers with financial strains — or confidence in their driving abilities. Some coverage does not transfer on a state to state basis, so those who will use their car for frequent traveling should ensure their quote can provide coverage in parts of the country they will be driving through.
With the advantage of Internet access and twenty four hour telephone service, there have been a number of online insurance companies that have managed to significantly cut down on their expenses (and in turn, their rates) by offering complete coverage packages in online formats. A company like Esurance allows customers to literally print their policy information from a home printer after purchasing a plan. As proof of coverage is the only thing that must be presented at the scene of an accident in order to avoid legal issues, these “pay and print” companies have become successful at offering an extremely easy solution to a complex problem.
The car insurance quotes that any customer will receive include their monthly fees, but may not include additional charges made in case of accidents. Many insurance companies demand a deductible be paid by the customer in any claim prior to any money sent to the customer or a second party. This deductible often is connected to the value of the quote and monthly statement; the higher the paid premium, the lower the deductible, and vise versa. Often times customers have the choice of setting their deductible, though some companies (most notably those offering minimal coverage rates) have it at a set price. As an example, a deductible of one thousand dollars to be paid by the customer may seem steep, but can pay for itself via lesser rates in as little as two or three years of accident free driving.
Different companies will provide different rates, sometimes as much as several hundred dollars in difference. It is imperative for any customer to shop around for the best rates and quotes, as they may be losing out on considerable amounts of money by looking at only one or two companies. Indeed, a number of websites have sprung up to directly compare quotes between half a dozen major providers — who, naturally, have paid to be featured on the site — so that a customer need only put in their information once to get feedback on their policy capabilities.