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How To Get Cheap SR22 Auto Insurance Rates

Reader’s Question:

What are the instances that could lead me to SR22 filing in South Carolina? How do I get cheap SR22 insurance rates?


Allendale, SC

If you commit traffic violations such as reckless driving, driving under the influence (DUI), driving without insurance and at fault accidents, South Carolina will mandate you to file for an SR22. An SR22 is a proof that you have enough liability insurance coverage at a time when you caused injury to person or damage to a property.

It is not easy for any motorist to file for an SR22 insurance. SR22 insurance rates vary among auto insurance companies. Any motorist who is convicted of a traffic infraction such as DUI is considered by most insurance companies as high risk. To cover up the risk that is going to cause the insurance companies, they generally charged these high risk drivers with an increased premium compared to other regular policies. However there are still some possible ways for you to obtain cheap SR22 insurance rates.

Go quote shopping online. Get as many quotes as you possibly can before signing for a single policy. Vehicle insurance companies will be glad to provide you with quotes. You will be surprised to find out that after requesting several SR22 quotes you get to notice that one quote is twice as much as the other quote.

You can easily get quotes by surfing the Internet. Spend some few minutes to fill out few online forms with your personal information. Submit it online and get hundreds of SR22 quotes instantly that would likely help you save a few hundred dollars on your monthly premiums.

Remember not to forget to spend enough time reviewing each quote particularly on its terms and conditions as well as its coverage scheme. Make sure that the scheme is reasonable for your needs and that the coverage comes with good service. It’s an important consideration to make when deciding on any particular company.

One of the best ways to lower your annual premiums is to have a higher deductible amount.. Like a $1,000, is what I carry personally.

Now, if you are a claim free and safe driver like I am, you could be saving a ton of money each year on your premiums. People fail to realize that the deductible amount is only paid when they file a claim and their insurance company pays that claim.

Ask for discounts, you never know what you might be able to get and how much you can save by asking. Some popular discounts can be given for:

1. Military personnel

2. Good grade students

3. Union membership and bank member affiliations

4. Safe drivers with no claims in last 7 years

5. Defensive driving school attendance

6. Clean credit history – used by many carriers to determine payment risk

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