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Auto Insurance Price Check

Contributed by mm | July 4, 2004 9:47 AM PST

My current auto insurance policy will expire in about six weeks so it's time to check whether I need to switch the boat. My current insurer for both my home and my wheels is Safeco (I have been with Safeco for around a year).

For auto insurance, my six-month premium is $575 for two cars with the following coverage:

- $500k combined bodily injury and property damage limit for each occurrence
- $500k for uninsured motorists (for each person and each accident) and $10k property damage (for each accident)
- Comprehensive: actual replacement value with $500 deductible
- Collision: actual replacement value with $1,000 deductible.
- No Personal Injury Protection (PIP) because all my family members are covered by my employer's 100% zero copayment medical insurance and we almost never use our vehicle to carry other passengers.

This $575 premium is after an "Account" discount (insuring home with Safeco too) and multi-car discount. This is the rate applying to the current period, so there may be a few percentage point increase when it is renewed.

For my comparison shopping purposes, I used three resources:

- Geico
- Progressive
- Insure.com

Geico - $792.20/6 months

- $300k/$300k Bodily Injury/$100k Property Damage
- $300k/$300k Underinsured Motorist/$10k Property Damage
- $500 deductible comprehensive
- $1,000 deductible collision

Discount is given for ABS, anti-theft system, partnership organization ($69) and multi-car ($161).

Progressive - $888/6 months (pay in full)

- Identical to current Safeco coverage

Insure.com - $2,051/12 months (from Liberty Mutual)

- $300k/$300k Bodily Injury/$100k Property Damage
- $300k/$300k Underinsured Motorist/$10k Property Damage
- $500 deductible comprehensive
- $1,000 deductible collision

In addition, Progressive has a feature that allows rate comparison with other companies (Progressive calculates the premium one would pay in other companies based on their published premium calculation formula). I was told I would pay:

- $1,829 to $1,924 at Allstate
- $1,266 at State Farm
- $1,222 to $1,487 at Safeco

It seems that I am already in the best position possible: all the above quotes are at least 50% than what I am paying for now. (Of course, I am mindful that I should compare the rate without the discount of insuring home at the same company, but it does not change the landscape.)

I am happy with the fact!

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