Most people understand that buying a new car will be a big investment, since they will be saddled with a new car payment bill each month. But did you know that your auto insurance bill will likely go up considerably as well? You would think that a new car would be cheaper to insure, since it comes with more safety features — but it is also more expensive to replace should it get hit or stolen. Here are a few tips for finding reasonable auto insurance rates on your new ride.
No matter which vehicle you decide upon, look for car features like…
- Side & Head Air Bags
- Passive Restraint Seat Belts
- A Security System
- Anti-Theft Etching
- Anti-Lock Brakes
- Traction Control
Also, be sure to check out the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s annual crash test scores. Their list of Top Safety Picks For 2012 includes vehicles like: the Fiat 500, Toyota Yaris, Chevy Cruze, Honda Civic, Toyota Prius, Scion, Audi A3, Chevy Malibu, Ford Fusion, Volvo S60, Buick LaCrosse, Mitsubishi Outlander, Chevy Equinox, Dodge Durango, Chrysler Town & Country, and Ford F-150. Better scores mean better auto insurance rates.
You will also want to look for a car that is inexpensive to repair. The cars you see the most of on the street tend to be the ones that are have the highest number of parts available — Cobalts, Corollas, Cruzes, Focuses, F-150s, Malibus, Tauruses, Impalas, Camrys, Ultimas, etc. Check out Automobile.com’s list of Cheapest Cars To Repair.