Insure a Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD like a Penny Pincher
If finding affordable car insurance was easy, most of us would take the time to do it. But the reality is, it's a chore for most people and we seem to always end up paying more than we want to. Finding insurance for your Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD that you can actually afford is probably no different.
Step One: Shop Around
Years ago, your local insurance agent was the only way to quote a buy a car insurance policy. Not anymore!
Comparing insurance rates for a Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD only require you to enter your information once. You'll receive multiple quotes and can easily compare rates.
Compare rates now by clicking the link below. In just a few minutes you'll have a good idea of what insurance will cost for your Chevrolet Silverado 1500HD.
Quoting Tip! The only way to compare rates from multiple companies is to use identical coverage amounts and deductibles on each quote. If you use different limits on quotes, you cannot accurately determine which company has the best rates for your Silverado 1500HD.
Step Two: How to Insure your Silverado 1500HD for Less
After step one is complete, it's now time to analyze some of the other factors that can negatively impact car insurance rates for a Silverado 1500HD.
- How is your credit rating? The better credit you have, the less insurance will cost for your Silverado 1500HD. If you have bad credit, work on improving your credit score and repair past credit problems.
- If you're willing to shoulder more of the cost at claim time, consider raising your comprehensive and collision deductibles. This can easily cut 30% or more from your policy premium.
- To keep your rates low, don't file excessive claims on your policy. Insurance is meant to cover large losses, not small damage that you can pay for out-of-pocket.
- If you are a senior citizen or belong to a particular professional organization, you may qualify for a break on insurance.
- One of the easiest ways to keep your rates down is to drive safe. One speeding ticket can boost your rates for three years.
- Successfully completing a driver's training class can help lower your rates if your insurance company offers that discount.
- Do not allow your current car insurance coverage to lapse or expire. Insurance companies have a simple way to find out when your last policy ended (called a CLUE report), and if you went without coverage for any length of time you may pay more for coverage.
- Newer car models are coming standard with advanced passenger safety systems, and these help reduce the risk of injury in an accident. Less injuries mean lower insurance rates.
- Auto theft is a big problem that costs us all money, but if your car is on the list of the most frequently stolen autos, you might be paying a little extra because of the temptation to thieves.
- The easiest way to INCREASE your car insurance rates is to add a teenage driver to your policy. There aren't many ways to prevent a rate increase, but if you can rate them on an older vehicle, it can help.
- Owning a home takes financial responsibility, and car insurance companies will often give you a break just for being a homeowner.
Step Three: Bind Coverage and Cancel your Old Policy
Once you have compared identical rate quotes for your Silverado 1500HD and made a decision on deductibles, coverages and other policy options, you are ready to buy your policy with the new company.
If you didn't have a prior policy, then you can make the new policy effective any time. But if you're moving bewteen companies and don't want a lapse in coverage, make sure the effective date of the new policy is exactly the same as the cancellation date of the old policy.
If you are adding a vehicle to an existing policy and not buying a new one, just make sure to get the vehicle added as soon as possible. Every insurance company offers a grace period to add new vehicles, so make sure you get the Chevrolet added prior to the expiration of this grace period. Comprehensive (or Other than Collision) and collision coverage will extend to your new Silverado 1500HD if you current have a vehicle insured with those coverages. If you aren't insured or only carry basic liability coverage, then you will be inadequately insured until you add the vehicle to your policy with full coverage.
All states require you to keep the proof-of-insurance or financial responsibility card in your vehicle at all times. Failure to produce this document can result in a citation. If you're considered a high-risk driver, having been convicted of a DUI, DWI, reckless driving or had your license suspended, you may need to file a SR-22. Be sure your new company files this form with your state DMV. Failure to do so can result in losing your right to drive.
Consumer Insurance Information
To read more about topics such as how to file a claim, replacement auto parts and mistakes to avoid, visit the Insurance Information Institute website.
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