Step 1. Understand What Factors Affect Your Rates

Become an informed insurance consumer. Every insurance company takes a slightly different approach to pricing auto insurance, and that’s why rates vary so much from one company to the next. The basic facts -- who you are, where you live and what you drive -- are used by all insurance companies. Prior claims, traffic tickets, annual mileage, zip code, and even education and occupation will affect your rate. In some states, insurers may use an insurance credit score for rating or underwriting. Lastly, your coverage, deductibles, and the safety features of your cars will contribute to your final rate.