Questions to Ask: Buying a new car in 2014

Any new car purchase can test the stress of the buyer. After all, how do you know you are getting the best deal, and how can you make sure that your 2014 auto will be a good one on your budget? Some key questions can certainly help you along the way.

One of the most important questions you should ask is about insurance. When calculating the total cost to own a car – purchase price, maintenance, fuel, and others – the car insurance policy emerges as a big factor. Before you even consider a car, you should pay attention to anticipated policy costs as there can be a sizable difference with comparable new cars.

Here are some strong starting points that you can start out when talking with your independent insurance agent:

  • Discuss the average insurance costs for the cars that interest you. Is there a big difference in general auto insurance costs for one or more manufacturer or model?
  • Go a bit deeper and receive the numbers for the type of auto policy that you would want – to receive a narrow ballpark of what a policy would look like for your top two or three choices. For instance, what would the premiums look like for comprehensive coverage of X amount on Car A and Car B? This information can help you zero in on the long-term costs of insurance for any given car.
  • Also, look at other factors involved in insurance. Will your car qualify for discounts? Don’t be afraid to ask questions that can help you get a good sense of the insurance costs for your new car purchase.

During this process, it is a good idea to speak with an independent agency, as agents at this type of company can compare quotes (online and in person) from different insurers. That means you’ll get the most competitive prices – not just what an agent (in the case of captive agents) is trying to sell you from the single company.

Use this information to gain a clearer sense of your new car purchase!

Temporarily Lower Your Insurance Costs

In the current economy, many people are looking for ways to temporarily lower insurance costs. When you have to make a choice between making the house or car payment and paying for insurance, you may have a difficult decision. Instead of letting your coverage lapse, look for ways to lower the cost and still retain insurance protection.

First, the easiest way to reduce your insurance cost is to raise your deductible. When you first purchased your protection, you may have asked for low deductibles to reduce the out-of-pocket expense when you are involved in an accident or a disaster strikes. By raising the deductible, your premium will be cheaper while you retain the same amount of coverage.

Another way to lower the cost is to combine policies with the same company. When you bundle your protection with the same insurance provider, they will probably offer a multiple policy discount. If you already have homeowners insurance, auto insurance and life insurance, save money by combining these policies.

A third way to temporarily lower the cost of insurance is to shop around for a new provider. Even if you have been with the same company for a long time, you may be able to find a cheaper rate. Insurance companies are in competition with each other and they may offer different incentives. Take a few minutes to compare quotes and you may be surprised by how much money you can save.

Finally, make sure you make your payments on time. This will not only save you money on late fees, but having good credit will also get you lower insurance premiums. Don’t cancel your insurance all together; just find a way to lower the cost until you are financially stable once again.