Earlier this month I received an email reminding me to celebrate my car’s one-year anniversary, and it made me realize how fast the year has gone. This time last year I began the process of purchasing my first car.
My Christmas present to myself for completing my first year of full-time self employment. Also, my first ever big boy purchase. It was equal parts terrifying and gratifying. Best part? I’d gotten to the point where I didn’t need a co-signer. I mean, it is great, but it also means that all signs point to me being a grown up.
Buying your first car can definitely come with a unique set of hurdles, that as a young(er) person I had no idea how to tackle. Which is why I’m teaming up with Esurance to make shopping for insurance easier than ever with 3 Tips for First Time Insurers alongside the ease of their platform.
I literally can not stress this one enough. I relied on my parents to help a lot in this aspect, and there were several things that fell through the cracks. Make sure to have an insurance agent/search for insurance in the state where YOU live. Because that’s where I ran into trouble. My mom didn’t tell the agent she was working with that I lived in Kentucky, not Indiana. That agent didn’t service Kentucky, and the quote I received from her was several hundred dollars cheaper than what I ended up getting in Kentucky. Sadly, I didn’t realize any of that until after I had already signed the paperwork for my car. Needless to say, things were a little tighter than planned last year as I was paying $200 more for insurance than I had budgeted for when deciding on an affordable car payment. Have all your I’s dotted and T’s crossed before you head into the dealership. It’ll save you a lot of headache in the long run.
Most insurance companies offer discounts for things like safe driving, driving under a certain amount of miles each month, or being a student. Be on the look out for discounts that you could qualify for, and don’t be afraid to shop around for companies with deeper discounts! Trust me, you don’t want an insurance premium that’s more expensive than your car payment. Been there. Done that. Declined the t-shirt.
I never thought I’d be the one to say this, but it’s 100% true. Having the newest car on the block with all the fancy features you’ve dreamed of is great, but it won’t keep you warm at night or keep your fridge full of food. Find a price range that works for you (including your insurance premium) and do your best to stick to it because nobody wants to be car poor.
With Esurance’s wide range of smart tools, robust protection, and personalized service it’s never been easier to be in control when shopping for car insurance. I’m a do it myself kind of guy, which is why I was instantly drawn to their site. It’s easy to navigate, and puts the focus on powering consumers to take control of the process vs. letting it control them. Ready to find out for yourself what sets them apart? Then I’d urge you to head on over to their site yourself and get to shopping!
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