4 of 5 Drivers Saw Car Insurance Rate Hikes Last Year. Here’s How to Get a New Quote
It’s easy to let some of your bills go on autopilot. Like your car insurance.
Honestly, have you looked at your car insurance bill lately?
Go ahead. We’ll wait. It’s probably gone up. In fact, four out of five drivers in the U.S. saw their rates go up this past year, according to research by insurance search engine The Zebra.
The worst part is that it has nothing to do with you or how you drive, but things like the weather in your state, your gender or even your credit score.
Don’t settle for rising car insurance costs. Do something about it. Not all insurance companies are alike — and by comparing quotes you can find out if there’s a more affordable match out there for you.
Compare Rates, and Beat the System
The Zebra, an online car insurance search engine that offers “insurance in black and white,” compares your options from 204 providers in less than 60 seconds.
Here’s how it works:
1. Head over to The Zebra’s search platform. Enter your car’s year, make and model, and your ZIP code. Continue on to answer questions about your driving habits, your car and your life.
On the right sidebar, you’ll watch rates increase or decrease based on your answers. For example, if you’ve gotten into an accident — that was your fault — in the past three years, your rates will kick up. It’s interesting to see what effect your answers might have.
2. After answering some questions, it’s time to compare. The Zebra gives you an “Insurability Score,” which is similar to your credit score except it’s for car insurance, and it teaches you how to get better rates. The site also gives you different options for coverage.
When you’re ready to consider your options and select a quote, you can also receive a phone call from The Zebra for additional support.
A nice representative (a real, live human) on the line asks if you want to speak with a specialist. If you’re truly interested in car insurance and want to ask all the questions, this could be the perfect time.
The study says four out of five drivers saw their rates go up. You can be that fifth driver. Don’t get trapped into a high premium, just keep shoppin’ around and weighing options through The Zebra.
Tyler Omoth is a senior writer at The Penny Hoarder who loves soaking up the sun and finding creative ways to help others. Catch him on Twitter at @Tyomoth.