How can I get car insurance for cheap?

There are several ways to potentially lower the price of your car insurance. Some are as simple as driving responsibly, while others require tinkering with your policy to find a balance between cost and coverages. The list below will steer you in the right direction for buying cheap auto insurance that also fits your needs.

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1. Shop around once your driving record improves

Your driving history is arguably one of the most significant factors in determining your insurance cost. Fortunately, events like accidents and violations usually fall off your motor vehicle report after a few years, making your car insurance more affordable.

For instance, a moving violation typically affects your driving record for three to five years. A great time to shop for new car insurance is when an accident or ticket has recently fallen off your driving record. The same goes for an at-fault accident, which will also typically affect your rate for three to five years (but can vary by state and carrier). In addition, Progressive offers more savings for being ticket- and accident-free.

A moving violation typically affects your driving record for three to five years.

2. Review or adjust your coverages as appropriate

One way to get cheaper car insurance is to customize your quote, selecting only the coverages and limits you need. The biggest savings, however, come from dropping comprehensive and/or collision coverage. While your vehicle will no longer be protected against physical damage, it may not be worth paying for comprehensive and collision coverage if your car is paid off and worth less than a few thousand dollars. Alternatively, you can get a quote with our Name Your Price® Tool. We’ll show you the exact coverages that fit your budget, making it even easier to get a low rate for car insurance.

3. Increase your deductible

The higher the deductible, the lower your rate. If you’re looking to bring down the cost of car insurance and don’t mind paying more out of pocket in the event of an accident, your auto insurer will typically let you increase your deductible. With a Progressive auto policy, you can increase your deductible at any time during the life of your policy.

Keep in mind, 16% of Progressive drivers have a claim that requires them to pay a deductible.††

Deductible Six-month cost Cost difference
$100 Six-month cost $420 Cost difference
$250 Six-month cost $300 Cost difference -29% lower
$500 Six-month cost $225 Cost difference -25% lower
$1,000 Six-month cost $162 Cost difference -28% lower
$2,000 Six-month cost $135 Cost difference -17% lower

Premium amounts are hypothetical. The change in premium based on changes in deductible amounts reflect Progressive’s direct auto Ohio rate filing as of August 2019. View this table as an image.

4. Earn a multi-policy discount (and more)

Some insurers offer discounts for bundling your car insurance with other policies. For example, if you have home, motorcycle, RV, or boat insurance with us, you’ll get a multi-policy discount on your Progressive auto policy. Depending on the state you live in, you could also earn other discounts, like:

  • Homeowner: Have a place to call your own? You’ll get a discount simply for being a homeowner, even if you’re not insured through Progressive.
  • E-signature: All you have to do is sign your documents online to earn this discount.
  • Multi-car: You can get a lower price on your auto insurance just for having two cars on the same policy.
  • Pay in full: You’ll earn another discount when you pay for your six-month policy upfront.
  • Automatic card payment: Prefer to pay for your policy as you go? No problem, we’ll give you a discount simply for setting up automatic payments. Just note that you can’t combine discounts for automatic payments and paying in full.

Looking for more ways to get cheap auto insurance through discounts? Learn more about bundling insurance, as well as other discounts you may qualify for.

5. Remove drivers or vehicles from your policy

You might have a roommate or family member on your policy who no longer drives your vehicles, or maybe you have a vehicle on your policy that’s no longer being driven. Making sure driver and vehicle information is up to date may save you money. Keep in mind that if you do go down to just one car on your policy, you’ll lose your multi-car discount.

6. Compare rates

The best way to find the cheapest auto insurance is to compare prices. At Progressive, we save you the legwork by showing you competitor pricing with our rate comparison tool.

7. Try Snapshot®

Snapshot is a free program that personalizes your rate based on your actual driving. The safer you drive, the more you save. The average driver saves $145 with Snapshot.* You don’t even need to be a Progressive customer to try it. Just call us and request the plug-in device or download our Snapshot app. After one month of safe driving, you’ll find out how much you can save with Progressive! See more on Snapshot.

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