Auto Insurance Discount Programs

April 1, 2008 has come and gone and Massachusetts’ consumers wonder if they are getting the best deal on auto insurance.

If you have a home, apartment or condominium insurance then make sure you package that policy with your auto. The big, new auto discount is the “Companion policy or Account discount.” For the past 30 years the “account discount” has been applied only to one’s home insurance policy. Discounts are now being applied to auto insurance policies.

If you don’t have a home, condo or apartment policy and don’t plan on getting one (in some cases, it might actually make financial sense to purchase a renter’s policy) then where are the discounts?

Some of the new, April 1st Massachusetts auto insurance discount programs include:

GOOD STUDENT DISCOUNTS

STUDENTS AWAY AT SCHOOL DISCOUNTS

ADDITIONAL GOOD DRIVER DISCOUNTS (FOR “STEP” 99 & 98 DRIVERS)

ADDITIONAL MULTI-CAR DISCOUNTS

HYBRID VEHICLE DISCOUNTS

ADVANCED DRIVER TRAINING DISCOUNTS 

In addition to new programs some companies continue to offer Open Group Discounts.

For example, following please find a link to a listing of Safety Insurance Company’s Open Group Discounts:

http://www.mass.gov/Eoca/docs/doi/Consumer/Auto_Discounts/css_auto_safety.pdf

These type of Open Group Discounts are discounts in addition to April 1st’s rate decrease, discounts, and insurance programs.

The best way to ensure that you are getting the best rate is to submit a quote request here at http://www.massautoquote.com.

April 1, 2008: Shopping for Mass. Auto Insurance

Pretty cool stuff, this managed competition. I think. I’ve had the great privelege & honor of doing, probably, 200 quotes using the new software and expanding discounts and programs and it is true: consumers are going to save money. However, even once you get your new rate, is it the lowest? Do you have the most consumer friendly product?

Here are some basic April 1, 2008 auto shopping rules:

1.) Package Your Auto & Home Insurance through the same agency/company!

For the first time in 30 years companies are offering an account discount on auto insurance. Discounts available are anywhere from 5% – 10% on the auto & 10% – 20% on the home.

2.) Utilize an Independent Insurance Agency! 

Most Massachusetts Insurance Agencies write business with five auto insurance carriers. By utilizing an Independent Agency you will be utilizing the most valuable tool that the new, managed competition system offers. An Independent Insurance Agency will be most familiar with the different discounts and programs that are available.

3.) Take advantage of available discounts!

This one is, sort of, the tricky one. Different companies offer different discounts and knowing which ones are best for you is where an Independent Insurance Agent should be able to provide you valuable assistance.

When reviewing different companies discounts, however, keep in mind that no matter how many alleged discounts or percentage points companies are promising, the bottom line premium is the most important thing.

Some of the new, April 1, 2008 discounts that are available are:

  • Account discount on your auto if you have a home, apartment or condominium policy with the same company.
  • Improved excellent driver & excellent driver plus discounts (99 & 98 drivers).
  • Pay in full discounts.
  • Hybrid vehicle discount.
  • Advanced driver training discount.
  • Certain college (for example: Boston College & Merrimack College) and organization (for example: Mass Bar Association & Mass Medical Society) discounts.
  • Good student discount (“B”or better)
  • Student away at school discount.

4.)  Make certain that you have the best insurance program!

Massachusetts consumers have long been neglected compared to insurance programs that have been available to out of state auto insurance policy holders.

Some of the new, April 1, 2008 programs that are available include:

  • Disappearing Collision Deductible.
  • Guaranteed Replacement Cost.
  • Emergency Road Travel Expenses.
  • Auto loan/Gap Coverage.
  • Combined bill options.
  • Electronic Funds Transfer billing option/ No service fees.

Massachusetts Auto Insurance Blog

Why a Blog? I, never in my life, thought of myself as a blogger. Yet now, here I am, blogging. My name is Kevin Johnson and I am one of the owners of the family agency, Johnson & Rohan Insurance http://www.johnsonandrohan.com in Lynnfield, MA. 

We launched Massautoquote.com in 1999 to provide Massachusetts’ consumers a free, internet insurance quoting service.  

As of April 1, 2008 the auto insurance system in Mass. moves to a “managed competition” system. Now, for the first time since 1977, insurance companies can charge whatever they want for auto insurance rather than the state-set rate of years’ past.

So, why a Blog? The Massautoquote.com Blog is our attempt to demystify the changes in the auto insurance system and to educate Mass. consumers about different discount and coverage programs.