Hi Stephen – I think you’re doing the right thing – as long as the premium continues to be reasonable compared to the competition. Even though we obsess on low rates, quality of service matters. It does little good if you get the cheapest policy, then they stick you when you have a claim. With must auto claims there’s going to be a human error factor (especially with new drivers), and you can’t be with companies that will hold that against you to such a degree that it seems like they no longer want your business.
If you're not sure where to start when it comes to choosing car insurance for 2018, this helpful guide from Consumer Reports is a great place to start. Be sure to get quotes from several different insurers, and don't be afraid to ask friends and family for their recommendations. And remember that premiums are important, but they're only part of the overall insurance package – cheapest isn't always best.
State Farm is the largest auto insurer in the country, with roughly 10.19% of the market. You don't get that big without doing something right. For starters, it's extremely easy to manage your policy – you can call an agent (there are 18,000 of them), use online chat or even use the convenient Pocket Agent app. The shopping experience is pretty painless, too.
Collision coverage has a deductible, which is the amount you pay before your coverage helps pay for your claim. You can typically choose the amount of your deductible when you buy coverage. So, if you choose a $1,000 deductible and your car is later damaged in a covered accident, you'd have to pay $1,000 toward repair costs. Your collision coverage would help pay the rest, up to your coverage limit.
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