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If you have multiple cars and drivers on your policy, you can probably understand how complicated it is to save on auto insurance. While most insurance companies allow you to insure up to four vehicles and four drivers on one insurance policy, there are logistical and financial issues to sort out to ensure every driver is properly covered. Let’s explore some ways to save and navigate your policy when you have multiple vehicles.
In our best efforts to answer this question, we created a user profile (outlined here) with two drivers and two vehicles and surveyed some of the top car insurance companies. Here are the results.
As you can see, Geico and Progressive are the cheapest car insurance companies for our user profile. GEICO costs $424 less than the group average — about $108 per month. Progressive, the second cheapest will cost you $746 for a 6-month policy or about $124 per month. You should consider, however, that this reflects our user profile and it might not reflect yours. Consider our data and model as a starting point for researching the right auto insurance policy. You might want to consider beginning (but certainly not ending) your search for auto insurance with Geico and Progressive.
Consider you have two vehicles; one is a 2015 Honda Accord. It’s a pretty standard vehicle, nothing particularly flashy but gets you from A to B. But your second vehicle is a classic car, your pride and joy. Because of the nature of classic vehicles, they need a little extra attention in terms of auto insurance.
The company you insure your A-to-B vehicle with might not be the right auto insurance company to ensure your classic car, and vice versa. They might not offer all the features you’d like to have, or might not even offer protection at all. Because of this, you might want to consider a specialty lines auto insurance company for this vehicle, such as with Hagerty.
However, other than this specific example, there are not a lot of reasons to insure a vehicle with another company. First, you miss out on a multi-car discount. While the discount varies by company, you will almost always save money by keeping your vehicles under one auto insurance company.
Secondly, you add an additional policy to manage and another auto insurance company to deal with if you chose to insure your second vehicle elsewhere. When all your vehicles are together, you have one due date for your bills, one policy number, and one premium.
While you must maintain the same liability and uninsured motorist limits, you have a little more freedom when it comes to comprehensive and collision coverage. Because these coverages are not required by state law, you can have one fully insured with comprehensive and collision and leave another at state liability.
You might consider this option if one of the insured vehicles isn’t particularly valuable and the other one is. A general rule of thumb in the auto insurance world is if your vehicle is worth less $4,000, you probably won’t need additional physical coverage (comprehensive and collision). This is because the value of the premium paid for this coverage plus your deductible (as you could have to pay that in the event of a claim) doesn’t offer much financial payout to justify the premium.
As we stated, while you're able to have some freedom with your additional coverage, insurance companies like (and often require) you keep the bodily injury and property damage limits the same.
While the exact number varies by company, the general standard is you can insure 4 vehicles and 4 drivers on an insurance policy. After 4 vehicles, what a lot of insurance companies will do is create another policy for you that is linked to the first. In this scenario, your additional policy would be heavily discounted as to alleviate the additional cost of having a completely separate policy. The additional details, such as setting up the same billing due dates, vary by company. However, many companies will allow you to change your due dates so they can match.
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