Auto Insurance For Your Teenager






Your teenager is about to get their driving permit. The fact that they are a teenager alone probably causes you enough trouble, but the idea of them being more mobile is not comforting. How can you make the best of the situation? What sort of car will they drive? What sort of insurance should they have?

What’s the safest way to insure them? How will you keep them alive long enough to safely graduate high school? Some of these are more easily addressed than others; perhaps it’s best to discuss those things which you can control.

Don’t wait. Let your insurance company know as soon as your teenager is ready to get his or her permit. Some states will allow carriers to require you to notify them when you have a teen with a drivers permit. Most of the time, the carrier won’t charge you for the additional driver until they graduate from their permit to a license.

If you forget to tell them, and your child is involved in an accident, the insurance company will usually cover them. However, if this does happen, it can retroactively bump up your rates or even revoke your coverage. Also, if you don’t tell them once your teen moves from permit to license, they can retroactively charge you for the extra driver, or may even deny coverage if they get in an accident.

Safety should be first. Make sure that you teach by example. Show your teen how to be a good driver, make sure they take safety courses, and are aware of all of the rules of the road in your state.

Encourage your child to get good grades. Many companies will offer discounts for students who maintain a B average in high school or in college. Some carriers will also offer discounts for community involvement: scouts, 4-H, civic or community organizations are all great for your teen to be involved in.

Choose a safe car. Make sure their car is equipped with airbags, safety belts, and anti-lock brakes.

Don’t let your teen persuade you to get them a flashy car. Encourage them to get a used car. Older cars, which are usually heavier than newer, sleeker models, are not as easy to drive recklessly because they tend to hug the road. These are safer and less expensive to insure.

When you buy an older car, you may decide to drop the optional collision and comprehensive insurance and purchase only liability. Insurance companies normally do not pay out well for older cars, and this will save you money on what you pay each month. Also, older cars usually have a lower blue book value, and that keeps costs down too.

Check into multiple vehicle policies with your carrier. Often insurance carriers will offer a discount for the insuring of multiple vehicles with one company. Keep the additional car in your name. The parents usually have better assets and therefore are a safer investment to insure.

You may not be able to control your teenager, and knowing that they are out there on the road will probably not bring you peace of mind. However, being safe about the way you insure them, the car that you put them in, and the example you make in your own driving will increase the likelihood that your teen driver will be in better hands. This lets you focus on the tougher issues like getting them to follow your rules.

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Test Driving a Vehicle on a Car Lot – Who Pays When You Get In An Accident?






You are on a car lot and choose a car to test drive. You pull out into traffic and—wham! An accident! What now? Are you responsible for the damage to the car? Doesn’t the car lot have insurance on its vehicles?

car lot test drive crash - who pays?Who pays the deductible for this claim? These are all questions which may occur to you after such an incident, and it is important to know the right answers.

Otherwise, you might be stuck with paying bills which are not rightfully yours, or believe you are exempt from paying damages you actually owe.

Car lots do carry insurance on their vehicles. In most cases, this insurance covers anyone who drives the car, so a “test-driver” would automatically be covered.

However, if the test driver caused the accident, the liability scenario may change. Further, if someone else caused the accident, it is possible that their insurance will be responsible for the damages to the vehicle, as well as paying your medical expenses.

One other variable is whether the state you are in is a liability or no-fault state. In order to understand how each of these factors affects the outcome of this situation, let us look at them individually.

First, think about a scenario where you are not at fault in the accident, and where you live in a liability state. Suppose, for example, you are test driving a car in Georgia and someone rear-ends you, causing damage to the vehicle and causing you to have whiplash.

In this case, the other person’s insurance policy would have to pay not only for the damages to the vehicle, but also the medical expenses you incurred.

However, if this same accident happened in a no-fault state, such as Michigan, then the at-fault driver’s insurance would only pay for damages to his vehicle and his medical bills. The dealership’s insurance would be required to pay for your expenses and the damage to the car.

The dealership could also try to “subrogate,” or claim against your personal insurance policy, to recover their deductible, and their insurance company could attempt to get your insurer to reimburse them for the cost of the damages. Of course, this would be between the companies and you would not be charged any money.

What about a scenario where you were at fault? If you live in a liability state, depending on the laws of that state, your insurance policy or the dealer’s would have to pay for the damages to both the car you were driving and the victim’s car.

Further, if the dealership’s insurance did pay, it could attempt to collect from you or your insurance company for the amount expended. Normally, drivers who hold a liability policy are covered by that policy for any car they drive, so your insurance would likely pick up the claim, even though you did not own the car in question.

In a no-fault state, your no-fault policy would pay for your damages but not the other person’s. In this case, the victim’s no-fault policy would pay his damages.

If you did not have no-fault insurance, the dealership’s insurer would be forced to pay, and might try to collect the amount from you.

In most cases, dealerships carry sufficient insurance to allow them to make a quick claim for damages against their own policy, and will not try to collect from a test driver.

However, if you are liable for the accident, the dealership has the right to attempt to collect the deductible they paid as well as the damages from you or your insurance company.

If the accident was a serious one, with severe injuries or loss of life, it is more likely the insurance companies and individuals involved would attempt to subrogate or would file suit against the at-fault driver for the damages, which might exceed policy limits.




Auto Insurance For Your Kids When You Are Divorced






Divorces may be amicable, but the financial settlements are often complicated. When children are involved, there are many questions of financial responsibility to be answered.

Who will carry the children’s automobile insurance? How will their cars be titled? Who has the responsibility for enforcing rules about driving? These questions can make insuring kids from a divorce very challenging.

divorced car insuranceHowever, by careful planning and attention to detail, you can successfully insure your children even in a divorce situation.

It requires communication between the divorcing parents and cooperation on the part of the kids, but it can be done with a bit of work.

First, the most important question facing the divorcing couple is this: who will the children primarily reside with? It is important to answer this question first, because even if the non-custodial parent insures the children, the fact that they live with the other parent may have an impact on that parent’s insurance rates.

For example, if the father only has the children on weekends, but agrees to insure their vehicles under his policy, the mother may find that her rates correspondingly increase as well due to the fact that the teens are considered drivers in her home.

Another question which must be answered is how the cars will be titled.

The person whose name is on the car carries the primary responsibility for insuring the vehicle, whether the child lives with that parent or not. It is never a good idea to agree to pay for insurance for a vehicle over which you have little to no control.

A third factor you must consider is if the ex-spouse will ever drive the car for any reason. If that parent is not covered under your policy and is in an accident in the car, you could have problems with your insurance company about coverage.

So, what is the best way to handle this situation? First, mom and dad should talk about their expectations for themselves and their children regarding the use of vehicles, driving privileges, and insurance coverage.

While it may take a bit of diplomacy in a divorce situation, communication can prevent the majority of problems from occurring in the first place.

Next, the parent with whom the children spend the majority of their time should really be the one to have the cars titled in his or her name and to carry the insurance on the vehicles.

This makes sound economic sense because the parents are not, in this way, paying for two separate insurance policies for the same children.

Of course, the non-custodial parent should agree not to drive the cars of the children so as to minimize liability problems, unless his or her own liability carrier will agree to cover any damages caused.

If the custodial parent is going to carry the insurance and the responsibility for the cars, it is a good idea to figure up exactly what those costs will be, and in the divorce settlement agree to a stipend to be paid by the other parent to defray those costs.

For example, if the mother is the custodial parent and her insurance costs will total $2,000 per year for two children, the father could agree to pay $1,000 per year of this insurance coverage.

The parents could also agree to a fifty-fifty split in maintenance and repair costs for the children’s vehicles. If a claim must be filed by one parent or another, the parents must be able to negotiate the new cost of insurance, which is likely to be higher.

All of this may seem optimistic to expect from parents who are divorcing, but it is for the good of the children. Putting these agreements in writing will help to prevent future arguments or misunderstandings, as well.




How Can You Obtain Your Vehicle’s Diminished Value From Your Insurance Agency?






If your car has been in a wreck, one unpleasant fact which must be faced is that it is now worth less than the same model of car which has not been in an accident.

This decrease in value is known as “diminished value.” What is not commonly known is that your insurance company, or the insurance company of the person who caused your accident, can be made to pay you the difference in the diminished value of your car.

car, salvage crashThe trick to getting this payment is first, knowing about it, and secondly, requesting it.

Many insurance companies will deny such a claim at first, trying to keep customers from cashing in on this value. However, it is important that you get a check for your diminished value because when you sell your vehicle, you will probably receive less than market price.

In these days of “show me the Carfax,” a car which has been in an accident will not go long undetected.

Buyers are aware of this, and often seek out reports which show the history of the car which they are buying. It is almost certain that a car with an accident in its history will bring less in a sale than one which has not been wrecked.

Because of this, it is vital that you claim your diminished value immediately upon having a claim filed on your vehicle.

There are steps you can take to ensure that your company pays you the full diminished value claim, and does not try to put you off with unnecessary roadblocks.

You must realize that your diminished value claim will be filed and handled separately from your liability, collision, or comprehensive claim. You will be dealing with an adjustor separately from your original claim, although the same adjustor may handle both and some of the same paperwork may be involved.

There are three basic types of diminished value claims, although only one is commonly granted. You might have a diminished value claim if the repair work on your car was substandard, or if the adjustor wrote up an estimate which notes that, for example, aftermarket parts were used when factory parts should have been utilized.

Both of these types are uncommon and may require a bit of expert help. The third type, the inherent diminished value claim, is the most common and easiest to file.

You should notify your insurance company that you want to file a diminished value claim after your liability or collision claim has been handled.

The company will assign an adjustor to your claim who will contact you for information. You should have the following pieces of information ready to show to the adjustor:

1) You were not at fault in the accident.
2) The at-fault party was insured or you have uninsured motorist coverage if the at-fault party was uninsured.
3) Your vehicle is a newer model (less than 10 years old).
4) The damage totaled at least 10 percent of the value of the car, or $2,000 minimum.
5) The car was not “totaled,” in which case you would have been paid the value of the vehicle anyway.

If you can show these things to the adjustor, then insist that the claim be filed. If you continue to run into problems, you may have to resort to having a lawyer or professional review the case and write to the insurer to pursue the payment.

However, it is well worth it if you can get the money you will be losing due to the stigma of having a car which has been wrecked.




Does My Credit Card Cover Collision Damage When Renting A Car?






If you frequently rent cars, it pays to be aware of some of the “hidden rules” regarding insurance coverage.

There are several ways rental cars can be insured, and rather than duplicate coverage, you should be aware of coverage you may already have which would pay for damages if you rented a car and caused an accident.

credit card collision coverageOne way you may be covered for rental car damage is simply to take a policy out when you rent the car.

These policies are cheap and are available right where you rent the car.

However, if you already have liability insurance on your own car, you are generally covered when you rent a car, as well. Collision damage, however, may not be covered.

Some credit cards will actually pay your deductible if you use the card when renting a car, and are involved in an accident which your liability insurance or a rental contract cover.

However, not all cards cover these deductibles, so you must know if you have rental coverage with your current card before assuming your deductible will be paid. Other cards will offer you primary or secondary coverage beyond what your insurance policy covers.

For American Express cardholders, all cards except the Delta Options card provide “secondary” coverage. This means that the card will pay what your insurance does not pay. You can pay a fee of $24.95 per rental to have primary coverage, which means the card will pay the entire amount so that you do not have to file a claim with your insurance company.

American Express covers rentals up to thirty days, and excludes various types of claims; it also will not cover rentals in Australian, New Zealand, Ireland, Israel, Jamaica, and Italy. For small business cards, coverage is limited only to the United States. American Express also offers towing and storage reimbursement and “loss of use” coverage.

Master Card offers secondary coverage up to $50,000 for Gold, Platinum, World, and World Elite cardholders. Vehicles excluded include pickup trucks, recreational vehicles, and any vehicle with a retail price of over $50,000.

The cards also cover loss of use and towing fees, and all cards except the World and World Elite exclude Ireland, Israel, and Jamaica from coverage.

Discover cards, except for student cards, offer secondary coverage up to $25,000. Discover does not cover fees such as towing, but has no location limitations on coverage. Rentals up to 31 days are covered, but coverage extends to 45 days if the card is used to rent a car used for business.

All Visa cards offer secondary coverage for rentals up to the actual cash value. Rental coverage is for 15 days in your country of residence and up to 31 days outside of that country. The cards cover reasonable towing and loss of use charges, but exclude the countries of Ireland, Jamaica, and Israel.

Diners Club cards provide the most comprehensive rental coverage of any credit cards. Diners Club offers primary coverage up to $100,000 for the Carte Blanche and $75,000 for other cards. Trucks, some SUVs, and recreational vehicles are excluded.

Coverage lasts for 45 days of rental, and towing and loss of use are covered. Diners Club does not offer coverage in Jamaica, Australia, Ireland, Italy, Israel or New Zealand.

If you are curious as to what your credit card covers regarding rental insurance, visit your company’s web page or call customer service for your card. Ask about renting a car and what particular coverage your card offers.




Maryland Auto Insurance Rate Comparisons






The State of Maryland is known for great seafood, baseball, and beautiful countryside. It is also one of only two states which does not allow credit scores to be used in determining insurance rates, so it is likely that you will receive lower premiums here than in other states if you have poor credit.

maryland auto insurance - freeway overpassAverage car insurance premiums in Maryland run $1,923.72 for one year, as compared to a national average of $1,436.87.

Within this average, however, there are several factors which will greatly influence how much you pay for Maryland car insurance.

1) Where you live. In Baltimore, the average cost for one year’s worth of car insurance is $2,496.64. In Columbia, the average was $1,966.08.

In Cumberland, the average was only $1,620 per year. Clearly, where you live in Maryland can change your average yearly premiums by close to $1,000 per year.

This is because those who live in the I-95 corridor or close to large cities traditionally have a higher number of claims and consequently higher premium rates.

2) Your age. Average car insurance premiums are figured for all age groups, so your rates may be much lower if you fall into a “good” age bracket, generally considered to be over 25 and under 65. Young drivers and the elderly can expect to pay far more in premiums.

3) Your driving record. Of all the things which influence your premium costs, this is probably one of the most important. A single speeding ticket or “fender bender” can shoot your premiums skyward, where they will stay until the incident “drops off” your record at the DMV.

4) How much coverage you choose. Maryland’s liability minimums are $30,000 for one person and $60,000 for one accident for bodily injury liability; $15,000 for property damage; and $30,000 per person and $60,000 per accident for uninsured or underinsured motorists.

Maryland is also one of the few tort liability states which requires personal injury protection, in the amount of $2,500 minimum. Personal injury protection, or PIP, pays for medical expenses for you or passengers in your car if you are injured.

You can choose to raise these minimum liability limits, and many people do. Since Maryland is a tort liability state, you are personally responsible for any damages over and above the stated limits on your policy, so if you own property or have substantial assets which could be seized by a plaintiff in a lawsuit, you may choose to raise your limits, and your premium prices.

Many people also choose to add additional coverage to their policies, such as comprehensive or collision insurance. These additions will increase your premiums, but will give you more coverage in case your car is stolen or damaged in some way.

5) Discounts for which you may be eligible. You can get discounts for insuring more than one vehicle, for combining your homeowners and auto insurance, or for drivers’ education, among other factors.

These discounts can substantially lower your cost of insurance and allow you to choose additional coverage or increase your liability limits.

You have a great amount of control over your Maryland automobile insurance costs by how much coverage you choose and the company you choose to carry your insurance.

Shop around for better deals with competitive insurance companies; you might be surprised how much you can save by doing a rate quote comparison with several companies.




Minimum Coverage Requirements for Ohio Drivers






There are two ways for Ohio drivers to satisfy the state’s minimum requirements to show financial responsibility (FR) before driving a car.

cleveland, ohio - cars drivingOne way is to post a surety bond in a minimum amount of $30,000.

This is an option few people exercise.

The other way is to buy minimum insurance coverage which meets the state’s requirements.

In Ohio, the minimum requirements are as follows:

Bodily injury liability coverage –$12,500 per person or $25,000 per accident

Property damage coverage –$7,500 per accident

Obviously, these limits are not very high. It is very likely that a moderately severe accident could easily exceed $12,500 in medical bills or $7,500 in property damage.

Ohio is a tort liability state, which means that the driver who causes the accident is responsible for all damages, both physical and property.

At these low minimums, it is very possible that an accident could exceed your liability limits, in which case you would be personally responsible for the balance of the damages and would have to pay the difference from your own pocket.

There are a few things to consider when you are purchasing liability insurance in Ohio and deciding at what level you will set your limits. First, do you have property which a lawsuit could require you to liquidate? If your house is paid for or you own your car outright, carrying only the minimum liability amounts is probably not a good idea.

If the damages exceeded these limits, you might be forced to sell your house or car to pay a judgment. On the other hand, if you are renting an apartment and own no real assets, there is nothing for a lawsuit to take, and you could probably get by with lower limits.

Although theoretically a judge could garnish your wages to pay for damages, this rarely happens unless you were very negligent in causing the accident; for example, if you were driving drunk, your insurance might refuse to pay and you could be faced with some severe legal penalties.

If you feel that you are at risk with the minimum liability limits, it is easy to change them. Just tell your agent you want to double or triple your liability limits, and pay the premiums accordingly. Of course, it will cost you more for your car insurance, but this is far better than losing your assets due to an accident which you caused.

The other side of this coin is a situation in which someone causes an accident in which you are involved, and that person has only minimum liability limits.

If it costs more than $7,500 to fix your car, for example, and the person who hits you has only minimum liability coverage and has no assets, you could find yourself facing the unenviable job of paying for part of the damage yourself.

In this case, it is best to purchase “underinsured motorist” coverage from your own company. Underinsured motorist coverage is similar to uninsured motorist coverage; it provides payment to you if you are hit by a motorist carrying only the minimum liability requirements and your damages exceed this amount.

Uninsured and underinsured motorist coverage is often sold together as a single policy, covering both scenarios.

You can find out what your current liability limits are by looking at the declarations page of your policy or by contacting your agent.




6 Tips for Driving in the Ice and Snow






Driving in ice and snow can be very hazardous. Each year, thousands of insurance claims are filed for drivers who have skidded into other cars or stationary objects while driving in icy conditions.

Here are a few tips to help you navigate the roads safely when winter weather comes to town.

ice and snow driving1) Don’t go out. It seems simple enough to say, but many people do not realize just how important it is to stay in when the roads are hazardous.

If you simply have to get to the store for that quart of milk, you might want to think about better planning—lay in supplies of food and do your errands in batches while the weather is good.

If you are going to be driving no matter what, get snow tires. Check your state’s laws about studded tires or chains; some states do not allow them between certain periods. Have your snow tires put on early in the season; make sure they are well-maintained and checked periodically.

2) Decrease your speed. Most accidents on icy roads can be contributed to driving too fast for conditions. This does not mean the posted speed limit; it means driving at a speed which allows you time to correct for possible hazards. You will need at least three times the stopping distance on ice as on dry pavement, so slow down and give yourself plenty of time to negotiate corners and intersections.

When you are driving in ice, you should also brake gently. You should not ever slam on brakes while on ice; this is a recipe for disaster. Instead, slowly brake in increments, giving yourself time to stop safely. Stop well before a stop sign or traffic light; better to be a few feet back than in the middle of an intersection.

3) Use your lights. Even in broad daylight, your lights will help you stay visible to other motorists. Use your windshield wipers to keep your screen free of snow and debris. De-ice your windshield before you begin driving by starting the car, letting it run for a few minutes, and scraping the ice from your windshield.

You should also use lower gears. Many cars and trucks come equipped with four-wheel drive. This has actually increased the problem with driving in snow, because many four-wheel drive owners mistakenly believe they can navigate roads with four wheels they would not tackle with two. Instead of relying on four-wheel drive, engage your low gear to keep traction.

4) Be careful on bridges. Bridges often form icy patches well before the regular roadbed, so use extreme caution when crossing them, even if the temperature is above freezing.

5) Know how to handle a skid. If you begin to skid, take your foot off the accelerator, and steer “into” the skid. What this means is that you turn your front wheels in the direction you want to go, opposite what the rear wheels are doing. If you have front-wheel drive, do not steer but put the vehicle in neutral while you regain traction.

6) Keep sand or litter in your trunk. Not only will this help weight your vehicle down, giving you more traction, but it is very useful if you get stuck. Do not spin your wheels if you are stuck—this only makes the problem worse. Instead, “rock” the vehicle gently by shifting from forward to reverse and back again.

Besides sand, you should also keep an emergency kit in your car. Road flares and a jack can be lifesavers in dangerous conditions. If you are stranded, do not leave your car unless help is within sight.

Instead, turn on your flashers, put out flares if needed, and call for help. Keep blankets and hard candy, as well as water, in your car at all times in case you are stuck for some time.




If You Hit an Uninsured Motorist, Do You Still Have to Pay?






Experts currently estimate that almost 25 percent of drivers on the road are operating their vehicles without insurance. This is a huge problem for everyone, as accidents caused by uninsured motorists cost money not only in property damage and personal injury, but in higher insurance premiums for drivers who do insure their cars.

uninsured motorist accidentThere are also costs to the taxpayers associated with prosecuting uninsured drivers, such as court fees and incarceration costs. Unfortunately, many people do not understand the situation or what happens when an uninsured driver is involved in an accident.

If you hit an uninsured motorist, you have several options. However, one of the options is not to “just forget it.” Most states have reporting requirements for accidents, especially if the damage is over a “threshold” amount which varies from state to state. If you fail to report an accident, you can be fined and penalized for this fact alone.

Further, if you have insurance and the accident is your fault, then your insurance must pay for the damages you caused. Failure to do so could be considered an illegal act, whether the other driver had insurance or not.

Reporting an accident to your insurance company will likely make your rates go up, but the alternative is to possibly have your coverage dropped or to face legal consequences.

However, if the other driver is uninsured, it is very possible that he or she will not want to report the accident because of possible penalties which might be assessed for driving without insurance. So, in reality, you may not find yourself having to pay much or any of the damage, especially if the accident was minor.

A word of caution is in order, however. There are several situations which might bring about negative consequences to you if you fail to report an accident. Between various state laws and possible scams, you are often better off reporting an accident immediately no matter what the consequences to either driver.

One such scenario is when you hit an “uninsured” driver who turns out to have insurance. If the other driver believes the accident to be his or her fault, the person could say that he or she has no insurance to try to keep you from filing a claim.

If the accident turns out to be that person’s fault, your insurance company will find out any relevant insurance information so you can make a claim.

If the accident is your fault, your insurance company will need to know the other person’s coverage to see how much liability you are assessed; in no-fault states, for example, a person must cover his or her own damages up to a certain amount.

Another possible situation is when you are the victim of a scam. There are people who will set up an accident—for example, one gets behind you while driving fast, scaring you into speeding up, and the other gets in front of you and slams on brakes.

The “victim” of the accident will then try to make a claim against your insurance, or worse still, tell you that he or she is uninsured in order to get you to pay cash to avoid having the accident on your record.

In each of these scenarios, your best bet is to call the police. While you may be in for a rate hike, it is preferable to being taken advantage of or to putting yourself in a position where you have inadvertently broken the law.




Who Offers the Cheapest RV Insurance?






If you have a recreational vehicle, or RV, it is important to maintain a separate insurance policy on this vehicle. Do not assume that your automobile or homeowner’s insurance will cover damage to your RV! In most cases, you need a separate RV policy to protect your investment.

cheapest rv insuranceRV insurance combines the best of both automobile and homeowner’s policies, covering items which would not be covered under either single policy.

Where can you find the cheapest RV policies which will still meet your coverage needs? Many companies specialize in RV insurance and offer a variety of perks for your RV travel needs.

Good Sam, the trusted name in RV parks, offers RV insurance at greatly discounted rates. Good Sam advertises that customers who switched from other companies saved an average of $345 per year on their RV insurance. While this type of discount will not apply to every customer, a quote will give you a quick impression of how much you can save on RV insurance with Good Sam.

Good Sam offers discounts for park membership, a paid-in-full policy, membership in the GMAC Homeowner’s Program, safe driver, safety features on your RV, and multi-vehicle discounts. Good Sam also gives you up to 53% off your RV insurance for the time it is in storage—an important consideration for the seasonal traveler.

Progressive is another company which offers great discounts for RV insurance. Progressive customers save with discounts on RV insurance for claims-free renewal of policy, original owner, paid in full policies and paid promptly policies, and being a responsible driver.

Progressive has many varieties of “specialty” insurance such as motorcycles and RVs, and is one of the larger companies insuring RVs across the nation.

USAA also specializes in good RV rates. You can get discounts to include a $0 deductible with a safe driving record and year-round coverage for a seasonal price. Unfortunately, while USAA has some of the best pricing structures in the industry, it is only available to military personnel and veterans and their families, meaning that some people will not be able to take advantage of these discounts.

GEICO also offers substantial discounts on motor home and RV insurance. If you have a commercial license, complete a defensive driver course, or insure more than one vehicle with GEICO, you may be eligible for better discounts on your RV insurance premiums.

Allstate offers an Allstate Motor Club in addition to its RV insurance policies. The Allstate Motor Club can give you a variety of services unrelated to insurance, such as roadside assistance and discounts at restaurants and other places while you travel. Allstate offers discounts for RV insurance similar to those it offers for automobiles, including safe driver discounts and loyalty discounts.

Some companies have subsidiaries which handle their RV insurance business. For example, Farmers’ subsidiary, Foremost Insurance, specializes in handling policies for motor homes, luxury coaches, and other forms of RVs. Backed by the larger Farmers Group, Foremost is able to keep prices reasonable and competitive with larger companies, while relieving Farmers from the necessity for an infrastructure for RV insurance coverage.

Some companies operate as independent agents to get you the best RV insurance prices. RV America Insurance is such a company. The company will assemble quotes from five of the lowest-priced RV insurers for you, and you can purchase directly through their website.

Shopping for discounts is obviously the way to save the most money on your RV insurance. By talking to several agents or an independent agent who can give you quotes from several companies, you can easily compare prices among several insurers to determine which is the best company for your RV needs.