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Is it Easy to Switch Car Insurance Providers?

When comparison shopping car insurance rates, you'll quickly realize how easy it is to save money by switching companies - but is it really that easy to switch?

Thankfully, the answer is YES!

Switching car insurance providers is relatively easy and painless as long as you do it right.

The vast majority of car insurance providers allow you to cancel your policy at any time by sending written notice stating the date of cancellation.

When switching to another insurer, make sure there is no lapse in your coverage. You should make the starting date of your new policy overlap with the cancellation date of your old one.

A word of caution: When canceling your current insurance policy, it is very important that you send them a written notice as stipulated in the contract.

Failure to do so will cost you money and can hurt your credit.

Don't ever assume that your policy is automatically cancelled if you don't pay your next premium. If you don't give formal notice, they will bill you for the next payment and your credit will be affected if you don't pay.

Although it's very easy to cancel your car insurance policy, you should consider a couple of things before doing so.

If you've been with the same insurer for a long time, it's likely that you have a long-time customer discount in place.

But more importantly, your insurance company may cut you more slack if you have an accident or get a moving violation.

If you won't be saving a considerable amount by switching and you have been with the same insurer for more than 5 years, it's probably not worth it to switch.

My Recommendation for Car Shoppers

TrueCar No-Haggle, Edmunds Price Promise and 1-800 Car Show are the quickest way to see the lowest car prices in your area. These sites show you no-haggle prices from dealers closest to you - and the deals are usually really good. This should be the first step you take when negotiating your car price. Follow this up with my checklist to make sure you squeeze out every last bit of savings.
- Gregg Fidan

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Gregg Fidan

About: Gregg Fidan


Gregg Fidan + is the founder of RealCarTips. After being ripped off on his first car purchase, he devoted several years to figuring out the best ways to avoid scams and negotiate the best car deals. He has written hundreds of articles on the subject of car buying and taught thousands of car shoppers how to get the best deals.

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