Pay in full for your car. When you buy a new car, even if it’s used and just new to you, you might be tempted to finance it, i.e. get help from a bank or other lender. While this is a normal part of the car-buying process, it’s not necessary if you save the money to pay for your new car in full. Sometimes full coverage car insurance rates are higher if you don’t own your car outright. Plus, when you own your car outright you can opt for your state’s minimum car insurance requirements should your financial situation get tight.
Clean up your driving record. Full coverage car insurance is more expensive than liability car insurance. Since car insurance companies check out your driving record, any flaw has the ability to raise the price even more. Find out how to remove points from your driving record – even if it means waiting a few years for them to disappear.
Give your credit rating a bit of TLC. Many car insurance companies look at your credit score when determining your rates. If you’re credit history is less than stellar, take some time to repair it. Pay bills on time and pay off any debts. Just like cleaning up your driving record, repairing your credit rating takes time and patience.
Satisfy all court orders. Sometimes we make seriously poor driving decisions. Tickets for these mistakes, such as reckless driving and driving under the influence, sometimes bring more than tickets, fines, and points on our driving records – sometimes they bring special classes as ordered by the court. Satisfy all court orders to show the car insurance company that you recognize the mistake and have taken the steps to correct it.