Easy Guide to Cheaper Mercedes-Benz SL500 Insurance Rates
If finding affordable car insurance was easy, most of us would take the time to do it. But it's actually not a real enjoyable process for the majority of people and we always seem to end up paying too much. Finding affordable insurance for your Mercedes-Benz SL500 is probably the same story.
Step One: Shop Around
The antiquated method of shopping for car insurance included a high pressure visit to the office of your local insurance agent. Welcome to the NEW way to buy car insurance!
The best car insurance companies offer online quoting for a Mercedes-Benz SL500 and it's very easy to compare different rates by only using one form.
To compare rates now, have your current policy handy (if you have one) and click the link below. Complete the short form and move on to step two.
Insurance Quoting Tip! The only way to accurately compare rates bewteen different companies for your SL500 is to use identical coverage limits on all the quotes. If you use different liability limits and/or deductibles, you won't have an apples-to-apples rate comparison.
Step Two: Best Ways to Lower your SL500 Insurance Cost
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 SL500.
- Vehicles that are considered high performance will have a higher insurance price tag that your average family sedan. The Mercedes-Benz SL500 is no exception.
- Ask your insurance company if there is a discount for completing a driver's safety course. It may get you up to a 10% discount at your next renewal.
- When repairing accident damage on luxury vehicles, body shops charge more because the replacement parts are more expensive. Everything from a fender to a tail light will cost more to replace so your insurance rates will be higher as well.
- If you belong to a professional organization, check to see if that can earn you a discount. If you're over the age of 55, check to see if they have a senior citizen discount as well.
- The extra acceleration and sheer fun of the SL500 will be a trade off for lower insurance rates. If you don't need the sportiness of the vehicle, you'll pay less to insure a lower profile vehicle.
- Teenage drivers can be very expensive to insure on newer vehicles will full coverage. You may be better off purchasing an older vehicle for your teenager and only insure it for liability.
- Filing too many claims with your company can end up either costing you more for insurance or having your policy cancelled. Insurance companies don't like paying any more than you do, but they have the option of whether to keep you as a policyholder or not.
- If you have a high credit score, you will be rewarded with lower insurance rates. Conversely, if your credit rating is on the low site, your rates will be higher.
- If you own a home, you may get a break on your car insurance. Home ownership demonstrates financial responsibility.
- Consider raising your comprehensive and collision deductibles if you carry full coverage. By accepting more risk yourself, your car insurance company will cut you a break on your physical damage premiums.
- If your vehicle comes with safety features such as electronic stability control, head restraints, all-wheel drive or air bags, these all help keep insurance costs down by helping reduce accident injuries.
- Minor driving violations such as speeding tickets can cause your rates to go up. Too many violations in a short period of time will cause your policy to be non-renewed.
- If you have a period where you don't have any insurance coverage, that's called a lapse. The longer the lapse, the more you'll pay to reinstate coverage.
- If you car makes the top ten list of most stolen cars, you might be paying a little extra to insure it.
Step Three: Finalize your Car Insurance Policy
Purchasing an insurance policy is more than just clicking a button. You need to have funds available to make payment and you need to be sure that the coverages are adequate for your personal situation.
An important thing to keep in mind when buying a new policy is you want the effective date of the new policy to be the exact same as the date you are cancelling your old policy.
If the Mercedes-Benz SL500 is a new purchase and you haven't had car insurance before, make sure you have coverage in place before driving off the lot. If you have other vehicles already covered, then you will have coverage for the new vehicle. Be sure to have a new policy ready to go if you are buying a new SL500. If you've never had car insurance or don't have a policy now, you won't have any protection on the vehicle until you add it to your policy.
Once your new policy has been purchased, you are required to keep the proof-of-insurance card in your vehicle at all times. This is required by state law and you can receive a citation if you cannot provide it. An SR-22 filing may be required by your state's DMV if you've been convicted of a serious driving offense such as DUI, DWI or reckless driving. If this applies to you, make sure the car insurance company complies with the SR-22 requirement.
Car Insurance Resources
For more detailed car insurance topics, visit the Insurance Information Institute.
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