Car insurance, and insurance in general, is a necessity no matter where you go. Finding cheap auto insurance requires a limited but valuable time spent researching and comparing quotes, and learning about the car insurance laws that apply within your state. Minnesota, in particular, has car insurance laws that may be a bit different than other states.
The first place to start when looking for cheap car insurance in Minnesota is to know the laws and requirements. In Minnesota, a motorist needs to have at the minimum, $40,000 in Personal Injury Protection (PIP) coverage. This is the state’s “No-Fault” coverage that the law requires. Also motorists insured in this state are required to have liability coverage, underinsured coverage, and uninsured coverage. Collision and Comprehensive coverage are optional except for those who are making payments for a vehicle.
Minnesota’s PIP or No-Fault coverage began in 1974. This requires both residents and non-residents of the state of Minnesota to purchase this coverage. It was created that individuals driving the car that they own would be eligible for at least $20,000 in basic economic loss benefits and $20,000 for automotive liabilty coverage. Out of State residents travelling through Minnesota are covered by this policy if their policyholder is certified with The State of Minnesota. Liability coverage protects the driver from a claim from another insurance company. Underinsured and uninsured coverage are in addition to PIP coverage if the other driver does not have enough liability to cover the cost of the accident.
Cheap car insurance can be found if one is willing to look for it. To find this we must contact and compare insurance agents. National companies like Progressive and Geico are promenent but some local agents may be worth looking at as well. The place where you live is a factor as insurance rates are generally higher in Minnesota’s metropolitian areas than the rest of the state. Age is a significant factor in determining rates; age 25 is when Minnesota residents begin to see significant rate drops so teenagers will pay more . Maintaining a good driving record helps as well as a good credit score,year of the car, gender, and deductibles all factor in to the cost of the insurance and can garner you a discount. One thing to be aware of is that some insurance companies will charge a ‘surcharge’ when one gets involved in an accident or traffic violation. Be sure to ask your agent about surcharges so that you can find low cost coverage that is affordable and has the best options for you.
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