To arrive at the best rates for car insurance there is no other way but to do some shopping around, preferably online, so that you can collect comparable rates. This is applicable for all car makes. Prepare a checklist of items that would help to compare apples to apples and to make this happen it is very important to discern your objectives about the insurance that you want to buy. Car insurance as a protection against damagesand the type of cover that you need would be influenced by the damages that you expect to happen. Would you like to have a blanket cover from all kinds of damages– from theft to natural calamities or would you like to have some specific coverage? After you have prepared the checklist for your needs, share it with the insurers to invite quotes.

Match with the checklist

The quotations that you obtain might be presented in different ways but should adhere to the checklist that you had provided. This happens because different insurance companies have different formats for quoting. You need to carefully scrutinise the quotes to match with the parameters that you have sought because any offer that falls short of it should be discarded. This would ensure that you are matching apples to apples, which is a pre-requisite for making a fair comparison.

Check the rates

The next step is to compare rates and prepare a list of offers according to its value, preferably in an ascending order, with the lowest rate at the top. The quoted rates are linked to the extent of coverage and have no relation to car makes. One important thing that has to be kept in mind is that the rates have to be worked in totality taking into account all costs that might be mentioned at places other than the rate column.  This is just a preliminary comparison that has to be refined further and there are chances that the positions of insurers might change subsequently.2

Look for discounts

After having made a list of rates, look for discounts that have been offered. Insurance companies offer a wide variety of discounts which helps to lower the rates. In order to encourage safe driving, some insurance companies offer discounts to drivers who have an accident free record for the preceding five years.  Insurance costs are also lowered if multiple vehicles are insured with the same company. Adhering to safe driving methods by using vehicles with superior safety arrangements and using safety belts can help to earn discounts. Arrive at the best rates after considering the discounts that you qualify for.Discounts are offered to encourage online buying of insurance and this can help to better the cost of buying.

Avoid brokers

Since car insurance companies have online presence talk to them directly and avoid brokers who charge a fee as it increases the cost of insurance. Look for an insurance company with whom you can work directly and preferably buy policies online that saves a lot of time and does away with paper work.  Some insurance companies also allow managing policies online, which is an added advantage.