Car Insurance Tips for Senior Citizens

January 22, 2017 · Posted in General 

Exactly how you define the term “senior citizen” depends on whom you ask, but it is a term that means different things to different people. However you define it, senior citizens still have to maintain adequate insurance coverage, especially if they drive. While auto coverage proves expensive for many retirees, there are many ways you can lower your premium costs while maintaining not just the minimum coverage to keep your car on the road, but enough coverage to protect your hard-earned assets. Auto coverage is required to drive your car, no matter what your age or financial status.

It’s a good idea to sit down with a qualified insurance agent to take a careful review of your coverage. If you are driving more, you may need more coverage. But if you are driving less, then it might be possible to save money on your premiums by getting the right auto insurance coverage.

If you have insurance policies on your home or life, look at having all your policies with a single provider. This is called bundling and it?s a great way to save a lot of money on insurance premiums. It also adds convenience and ease to managing multiple insurance policies because you only have to work with a single insurance provider. If you bundle your policies, you can also work with the insurance provider on a single due date or dates for your premiums in order to make managing your bills easy.

Don’t forget to ask your agent if your company offers senior citizen discounts. Many insurance companies offer to members of groups like AARP, as well as other organizations and clubs. If you have more than one driver in your household, or if you operate more than one vehicle, ask about discounts for multiple drivers and/or multiple vehicles.

Never buy coverage you don’t want, don’t understand, or don?t’ need. Many agents will try to sell you riders, that is, coverage for additional events that are often not necessary and always cost you more money. Never feel pressured into buying something you don’t need. If you inform your agent that you are not interested in the rider and they insist you take it anyway, then it’s time to find a new company.

It’s also essential not to buy any coverage you do not understand. Ask questions and let the broker explain coverage until you do understand. There is no reason to be afraid or embarrassed if it takes several explanations for you to get something. Insurance is a complicated business. Also, be sure to get any promise in writing. Look over contracts carefully. Don’t sign anything you don’t like, didn’t expect, or don’t understand.

Finally, if you are not satisfied with your insurance provider, shop around and get new insurance quotes. Make sure your needs are met and that you have the insurance coverage you need without breaking your budget. Even if you are satisfied, it never hurts to shop around to see if you can get a better deal elsewhere.

Regardless of your insurance needs, make sure you contact a qualified insurance provider. They can examine your situation and offer an insurance policy tailored to your needs, as well as answer any questions about coverage and insurance premiums that you might have.

 

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