Getting Lower Rates on Auto Insurance - Tips
Auto Insurance Tips - Checking your CLUE Report and Comparing Rates
by Doug Goyen, Law Office of Doug Goyen
Auto insurance is required if you drive, so you want to find the companies with the best rates. I've included the following for 1) comparing insurance rates, 2) checking what insurance companies are using to set your rates, and 3) the Texas Department of Insurance's "Automobile Insurance Made Easy" site.
- Helpinsure.com - Comparing auto insurance rates: http://www.helpinsure.com/auto/index.html
This site asks some basic questions about you, and gives some rates from insurance companies.This gives a rough idea of the rates being charged by different insurance companies.
The problem with it though, is that it doesn't tell you what the insurance companies think of you, and whether you will qualify for the coverage / rates you are seeing.
Typically, insurance companies are looking at many factors that you can't do much about.Your age, sex, the car you drive, whether you are married, etc.This is all information that you give your insurance company when you take out the policy.
Some of the factors they check on their own may be incorrect, and may cause your insurance rates to be too high.The insurance companies will check your driving history, your claims history, and your credit in setting your rates.You will want to check each of these to make sure they are accurate.Inaccuracy in any of these reports can cause you to pay more than you should for your auto insurance.
Here are some websites you can use to check your information for free or at a low price and then correct any errors that may be showing:
Texas Driver's History: http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/driverlicense/driverrecords.htm
Your Claims History (CLUE Report): https://personalreports.lexisnexis.com/index.jsp
Your Credit Score: https://www.creditkarma.com/
(There are several of these services - this is one that is supposed to be free).
You can use the information you find to either correct any information that is incorrect.