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Car insurance is one of the most important aspects of owning a vehicle. An insurance policy helps protect you in case you get in an accident, or in case your vehicle is damaged when you are not in it. Not only is auto insurance incredibly helpful, but it is legally required in most states.

Because you need to have your vehicle insured, it’s important to shop around and find the price and plan that is right for you. The price of an auto insurance policy changes depending on your age, location, and type of vehicle, as well as the company you are getting insurance from, and the kind of coverage that you wish to receive. In order to spend your money in the best way, you’ll want to get quotes from multiple different insurance providers, to be sure that you find the plan best suited for you, your budget, and your car.

Part 1 of 2: Gather your pertinent information

Step 1: Get the driver information. Gather all of the driver information needed.

In order to get a quote, you will need basic information about the drivers that will be insured on the plan. Usually, this just means a full name and a date of birth. If you are planning on having a partner or a child of yours insured on your auto insurance plan, you will need their information as well.

Step 2: Get the vehicle information. Gather all of the basic information for the vehicle you are insuring.

If you want to get an insurance quote, you will need to know the year, make, and model of your vehicle. If you don’t know this information, you can find it in the vehicle manual, which should be in the glove compartment.

Many insurance companies also require your vehicle identification number before giving you a quote, so make sure that you have this number on hand as well.

  • Tip: If you don’t know your car’s vehicle identification number, you can find it on the driver’s side of the dashboard, where the dash meets the windshield. The number is easily viewed from outside the car, through the windshield.

Step 2: Get the right zip code for your garage. Get the zip code for the garage location.

You will need to provide an insurance company with a zip code in order to get a quote. This zip code should be from the garage location, which is the place where your vehicle will be parked most of the time that it is not being driven.

If you have multiple residences, or the car will be frequently parked at different houses, choose the zip code from the primary residence.

Part 2 of 2: Get a quote from an insurance provider

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Step 1: Try corporate insurance providers. Get quotes from large, corporate auto insurance companies.

Log onto the websites of the major auto insurance providers, such as Geico, State Farm, Progressive, and Allstate.

Find the online insurance quotes portion of their website, and click on it. Input your driver and vehicle information, and submit your request for an insurance quote. After a few days, you should receive a quote by email, or possibly in the mail.

If you would prefer to get a quicker quote, or to be able to ask questions about different policy options, call or visit the local office for these insurance providers.

Step 2: Try local, independent insurance providers. Get quotes from local, independent auto insurance companies.

Often times, the small insurance companies can give the best rates, in addition to giving the best customer service.

Do a quick Google search, or look in a phonebook to find independent auto insurance companies in your city. Log on to their website, call them, or visit their office, provide your driver and vehicle information, and get a quote from them.

  • Tip: You should never have to provide any compromising information when getting an auto insurance quote. If a website asks for your social security number, your credit card number, or your bank account information, it is almost surely a scam, and you should not proceed with that site.

Step 2: Look for the best deal. Search and negotiate for the best deal from the provided quotes.

After you’ve received all of your auto insurance quotes, look through them to find which companies provide the best options for you and your budget.

If you have multiple options that are competitive, try calling the companies and negotiating for a better price. When you have the leverage of a quote from a competitor, you’re more likely to be able to work out a better price for your policy.

  • Tip: When choosing an insurance policy, always pay attention to the deductible price. Finding the right deductible for your budget is a very important part of choosing an insurance policy. It can be tempting to choose the cheapest policy you can find, but that likely comes with a large deductible, which can be problematic if you don’t have any money saved up.

Choosing the right insurance policy can save you hundreds of dollars a year. Thankfully, getting quotes only takes a small amount of time. If you follow these steps, you’ll be able to quickly and easily get an auto insurance quote, which will help you find the provider and police that are perfect for both you and your wallet. Be sure to keep your car on a regular maintenance schedule so your car is safe and running well.


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Rigoberto

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Rigoberto
9 years of experience
Chevrolet Equinox - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Niles, Illinois
Rigo was great! He got there early, finished the job early, left everything clean. He changed my rear pads and rotors. The original quoted time was 90 minutes, he was done in about 60. He knows what he is doing and I am recommending him to all my friends and coworkers.
Mercedes-Benz C250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - Chicago, Illinois
Rigo is a maverick hands down. Don’t take your car for work elsewhere. Especially great at Mercedes—this guy knows his profession! I will be using him for everything related to my car going forward.

Arturo

25 years of experience
35 reviews
Arturo
25 years of experience
Kia Forte - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - San Diego, California
ARTURO is great! very professional , fast, replaced my front brake pads and oil an filter change. everything now works and works well. Brakes have much improved stopping power and engine is smooth and quiet.Arturo is also kind and thoughtful. "Your mechanic" is very fortunate to have Arturo Lopez represent your company. I enthusiastically recommend him and "Your mechanic> as a fine operation Best regards to the Team Peter Marto
Nissan Maxima - Brake Pads Replacement (Front, Rear) - San Diego, California
Arturo was prompt and completed my brake repair, including new rotors in a very efficient manner. I am very pleased with the quality of the work and the parts and will definitely look to have him service our other car in the near future.

Scott

32 years of experience
345 reviews
Scott
32 years of experience
Lexus IS250 - Brake Pads Replacement (Rear) - Denver, Colorado
Always on time, speedy, professional, and pleasant to interact with. The work is always consistent and we'll done. I can't reccomend Scott highly enough!

Michael

10 years of experience
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Michael
10 years of experience
Nissan Sentra - Brake Pads Replacement (Front) - Conyers, Georgia
He was promptly on time and got the job done efficiently in a timely manner. I really appreciate the rapid respone on getting the job done! I would most definitely use this service again.

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