Don’t Miss These 7 Car Insurance Milestones

Constantly looking for new ways to save can be exhausting. Whether you are trying to save money for a vacation or you’re looking to shave a few dollars off a bill, saving money takes effort. However, every once in a while you get a break when your birthday rolls around. This is especially true with car insurance. There are a number of car insurance milestones that can save you cash.

7 Car Insurance Milestones You Can Benefit From

Car insurance can be expensive, especially if you’ve been in an accident or have had tickets in the past. There are a few milestones that can reduce your auto insurance policy though.

  1. Turning 25 – When you turn 25 you’ll be able to rent a car and you may get a few dollars off your current auto insurance policy. There’s no real reason for this but it’s a milestone that can help you save. If you’ve had a good driving history, your insurance carrier may give you a discount after your 25th.
  2. Getting married – If you’re getting married your spouse’s driving record can help you land a lower rate too. However, if your spouse is a risky driver with accidents and tickets on their record it could have the opposite effect if you’re adding them to your policy.
  3. Having a child – Some families choose to purchase a newer, safer car when they have a child. If you choose to get a car with advanced safety features your insurer may provide you with a lower rate because the vehicle you are traveling in is safer than the one you had before.
  4. Relocating – If you have to relocate for work (or simply have to move), your auto insurance rates could go down as well. Areas with higher traffic, like New York City, are subject to higher car insurance rates. The farther away from the city, the lower your insurance.
  5. Turning 50 – Oftentimes car insurance rates lower again once you hit your 50s, especially if you’ve had a good driving record. This is because individuals in their 50s are more likely to drive safer vehicles and are less likely to take risks while driving.
  6. Sending your kids to college – Many parents keep their kids on their auto insurance policy through college. If your child gets good grades at school your insurer may reward their grades with lower rates.
  7. Retiring – Similar to the rate decreases at 25 and 50, retiring can also help reduce your auto insurance rate. This is usually because retirees have older, safer cars that are simply cheaper to insure. However, you’ll also be getting a senior citizen discount and may get additional discounts, depending on your location and insurance company.

Saving money is tiring but every once in a while you’ll hit one of these car insurance milestones that will help you save without lifting a finger. If you have specific questions about these milestones and discounts offered, give your insurance company a call. You may even be able to save some money today!

 

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Progressive HomeQuote Explorer Review

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This post was sponsored by Progressive.

Over the last few years, we’ve come to recognize Progressive Insurance thanks to Flo, the Progressive girl. Initially, when the company first began in 1937, it focused solely on auto coverage. Over time, the Ohio-based company stayed true to its name of being a progressive insurance company, and thus, expanded its services beyond vehicles. From golf carts to condos, customers can obtain coverage for some unique circumstances in addition to standard protection. They were the first major auto insurance company to have a website, they continue their history of innovation with a new service: HomeQuote Explorer.

HomeQuote Explorer Review

What is it?

HomeQuote Explorer is a free online quoting experience to help homeowners compare home insurance rates. Think Trivago for hotels, except it will show prices from multiple insurance companies side by side. Not just that, but when you do enter your information, HomeQuote Explorer will match you with the best policy for you based on your information. Currently, Progressive is the only insurer that offers anything like this, according to their website.

How does it work?

You start the process by entering the address of your home to their search bar on the site. Progressive then pre-fills any information they find based on public records of the house, which helps you save time. Their questionnaire also includes images to assist in the process of answering questions about your home, such as your roof type or flooring details.

Once you’ve completed the assessment, they’ll match you with what they feel is the best policy based on your answers. However, you do not have to choose their recommended. They also provide you with alternative rates and coverage to review – side-by-side comparisons of rates and coverage from multiple companies so that you can ensure you’re getting the best deal.

As you finalize your decision on your new home’s insurance option, you can simply buy it online or call Progressive to speak with a licensed agent.

Pros and Cons of Progressive HomeQuote Explorer

Pros:

On top of comparing your rates, they will even take care of the details with your mortgage company for you if you prefer. They’ll send a proof of insurance and coordinate the details, allowing you to lump in the payment to your mortgage rather than paying Progressive directly.

The information regarding their service is also very clear and easy to find. Their FAQ page answers just about any question you might have about the process, which is something I truly appreciate.

Cons:

The biggest con for me, personally, was that the HomeQuote Explorer was still relatively new when I gave it a try so there were still a few quirks. Using my current address, I went through the process as though I were buying my place. As I went through and filled out the information for my home insurance quote, the images the promotional video showed were not present. It was their old questionnaire that also did not have an auto fill option as promoted.

When I tried again, however, the new screen and features did appear. After going back and taking a look at the newer version of HomeQuote Explorer, this issue was resolved.

Another con I experienced was that the HomeQuote Explorer didn’t directly provide the homeowner’s insurance but rather partner with other companies to do so. Thus, they are limited in the discounts they can offer.

Progressive is a trustworthy company and continues to deliver a quality service. I can say this confidently as an auto insurance policy holder for the last three years. Regardless, it would still be wise to research other home insurance policies before purchasing through the HomeQuote Explorer. It does appear that some glitches are still being worked out.

All in all, the tool was easy to use and helpful in giving me an idea of one of my options for home insurance.

Interested in learning more about HomeQuote Explorer? Check out the video below:

Tips to Avoid Being Ripped Off by a Life Insurance Plan

Tips to Avoid Being Ripped Off by a Life Insurance Plan

As much as we want to refrain from thinking about death, the fact of the matter is that life is unpredictable. What we can predict, though, is what will happen to our assets and how our families will be taken care of through life insurance. While not an easy nor enjoyable task, you need to research a policy that will work for you. As with anything, there are many companies out there looking to swindle you, so you need to be careful. But, don’t worry; we’re here to help. The following are tips to avoid being ripped off by a life insurance plan:

Tips to Avoid Being Ripped Off by a Life Insurance Plan

Prior to starting your search, it needs to be decided whose life or lives will be covered in a plan and what types of coverage will be available in the case of death. Here’s how you can navigate the process of life insurance shopping:

  • Think about supplementing pension and social security income. A dual-income home no doubt helps to make things easier, but when one spouse passes, you have to live on much less. Life insurance can help alleviate some worry and serve as a partial income replacement for the surviving spouse. In this case, term life insurance is a great choice due specific time frames, but whole life insurance, which is a type of permanent life insurance that assures financial certainty, is even better due to the increasing cash value it provides. The downside, of course, is that it does cost more money. But, with guaranteed growth, it may be worth the investment.
  • Know how the agent gets paid before meeting with him or her. Before even setting up a meeting to look at different policies, find out how your potential agent is paid. Are they compensated through commission or are they salaried? The last thing you need when shopping for life insurance is to be treated like a paycheck. Make sure you’re making decisions that are best for you and not for the agent’s bank account.
  • Use an online calculator. An online calculator, like this one from New York Life, can help you see where you stand and how much your spouse will need to cover expenses. Look for calculators that actually provide information on the numbers and not just try to direct you to an agent.
  • Be open and honest with your agent or broker. It is imperative that you are open and honest with your broker. Be as clear as possible and as open as possible about your current situation and your needs. This will prevent you signing up for a plan that is not right for you, or, worse, an unexpected increase in rates.
  • Know your health history. Often times, you’ll need to have a medical examination when applying for life insurance. Be as prepared as possible by having a list of past surgeries, treated conditions, accidents, medications, and so on. This will make the entire process simpler and quicker for everyone including you.
  • Research the different types of life insurance. Two different main types of life insurance plans were discussed previously (term and whole life), but the two other main plans include universal and variable. Don’t go into a meeting with an insurance agent without having some background knowledge of the specifics of these plans. You’ll be able to make wiser decisions by doing so. This may be one of the more important tips to avoid being ripped off by a life insurance plan.

While we should always remain positive, we should also be prepared for the worst in life. It is an unfortunate thought. However, by taking the steps to protect your family for the future now, you’ll have peace of mind and truly be able to live life the fullest.

What tips would you add to the list?