Bad auto insurance comes in many forms. With bad car insurance, premiums are higher than they should be, or the company offers low premiums but minimal coverage. Some car insurance companies have poor customer service and don’t effectively communicate the status of your auto insurance claim. Others require you to use only repair shops that they approve of, and those shops can be inconvenient to access, forcing you to travel across town for repairs or wait weeks for an appointment. Still other auto insurance companies don’t have a comprehensive network of adjusters, so you have to wait longer for your claim to be processed so you can get the repairs you need. In a worst-case scenario, a car insurance company may not have the financial resources to pay claims, leaving its customers high and dry.
But in some cases, a separate policy might make sense for your young driver. Say a parent recently was convicted of a DUI or multiple moving violations — a corresponding rate increase could be even higher if a teen driver is added to the parent's policy. Or if your teen is lucky enough to drive a high-end vehicle or sports car, insurance premiums might be too high to justify adding them to your own policy.
This reputable company has a free Teen Safe Driver program that can provide up to 10 percent discounts off of premiums after the driver completes either 3,000 driving hours or one year using the app, which tracks driving behavior and provides feedback. If you share a vehicle with your teen driver, don’t worry – you can remove trips from the log if someone else was the driver.
At Progressive, drivers' rates drop by an average of 10% when they turn 18 and another 16% at 21. As your teenager becomes more experienced and avoids tickets and accidents, the price should keep going down. Remember, teen drivers are also eligible for the Good Student Discount and can participate in Progressive's Snapshot® program, which decreases the rate for safe, low mileage drivers.†
Here are the average rates across 78 cities for our sample driver, a thirty year old single male with a clean driving record. While your actual quotes will depend on where you live and park your car, as well as how you've driven, these companies are a good place to start finding low cost insurance. The same driver will get different quotes from different companies. Comparing quotes from at least three companies is the best way to get good rates. Start by entering your zip code below to see what top US insurers are covering your area.
Although we’re sure that you’re probably an excellent driver (you would never speed or cut someone off, would you?), and an even better parent, how are you as a teacher? Many driving school instructors have been teaching student drivers for decades, and we all know teenagers are more likely to listen to literally anyone else than take instruction from their parents.
Geico is bought and sold directly online, which means you will not be going into an agent's office. Direct insurance is not new and is continuously growing in popularity. You can speak with a licensed agent with a simple phone call. Some look at it as skipping the middleman with a little extra savings in your pocket. It does help to have some familiarity with car insurance before buying it online.
Becoming a licensed driver can seem overwhelming. Buying a car and getting it insured is a lot of responsibility. If you’re over 18, a licensed driver and have the funds available to purchase a vehicle (and insurance coverage), you’re definitely free and clear to do so. But if you’re a younger teen, just having a license and the cash isn’t enough. In most states, minors aren’t allowed to own property on their own, and you must recruit a parent (or other trusted adult) to co-sign your purchase. When in doubt, consult your state’s DMV.
I was with Liberty Mutual for about 15 years and was very satisfied with their prices and service, although I never filed a claim. When I retired and moved from California to Florida, my auto rate went up a ridiculous amount, to almost $10,000 a year even though I had no accidents and one minor moving violation in the last ten years. On top of that, Liberty Mutual screwed up my umbrella policy and told me it was “unenforceable,” whatever that means, but I had to pay for the policy anyway up to the time I canceled and switched to Progressive, which cost about one third the cost of Liberty Mutual for an identical policy. Even good companies change over time.