Common Discounts Offered by Car Insurance Companies
The catch is not all of them will tell you which discounts you qualify for - you'll need to ask for them specifically.
The types of discounts vary by company and state, so when comparing insurance quotes, you should contact several of the companies with the best offers and see if you qualify for any additional discounts.
Here are the main ones that are typically offered:
|Multiple Policy Discount||Having both auto insurance and homeowners insurance with the same company||Up to 15%|
|Good Driver Discount||If you haven't had any at-fault accidents within the past 3 to 5 years||Up to 20%|
|Low Mileage Discount||If you drive fewer than 7,500 miles per year||5 - 10%|
|Good Student Discount||If you maintain a B average or better in school, or if you're in the top 20 percentile of your class||Up to 30%|
|Driving Course Discount||Completing a defensive driving course course||Varies|
|Retiree Discount||If you're 55 or older and no longer working||5%|
|Multicar Discount||Having multiple cars on the same policy||Up to 15%|
|Safety Device Discount||If your car has safety features such as anti-lock brakes, collision avoidance, air bags, etc.||Up to 15%|
|Antitheft Device Discount||Having an alarm system||Varies|
It also pays to visit the web sites of insurance companies since most will list the discounts they offer in your particular state.
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