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We understand more than most, that people the people of Albany NY just don’t want to pay a lot for their car policies. Being the oldest continuous settlement in the original 13 English colonies, Albany shoppers are somewhat savvy, which we love. The origination of Santa Claus being celebrated with Christmas also occurred in Albany, so what better present can we give to it’s people than great savings on their auto policy.
In reality, most people requesting an auto insurance quote really just want a good value.
An auto policy is not a tangible item that has beauty or holds intrinsic value. For this reason, it’s often viewed as a commodity where a car policy at Insurer A is the same as Insurer B, C, or D. But this is not true as it pertains to insurance and there are big differences between insurers and agencies in pricing, coverages, and customer service.
We talk often with prospective new clients from Albany who are frustrated about how they keep paying their auto policy premiums year after year without getting anything back and what’s worse, the price keeps going up even though they’ve had no accidents or claims. Yes, we totally get the angst that people feel and do our best to alleviate their angst by providing lower premiums.
Our goal is always twofold, to provide the protection you need and at the lowest price we can find. Car insurance in Albany NY is not a commodity, there are differences, not only in coverage, but also in the education and service you receive. There can be a wide disparity amongst insurers in the way claims are handled as well as settlement amounts. If you’ve ever had consistently bad experiences with customer service or a claim that was handled poorly, you know what we mean. There is a difference, and that’s why, based on our experience, have hand-picked the top national and regional carriers to do business with. Chosen based on coverage offered, competitive pricing, and claims handling history.
We want our clients to have policies that hold tremendous value with proper coverage that can save their financial lives if they are deemed at fault in an accident, causing significant injuries.
Cheap Albany NY Car Insurance with Value
We almost hate using the word “Cheap” when it comes to the policies we sell and service. It can imply something of low value or lacking in some way. Our view of the word is really something quite different. “Cheap” to us means that we are most often able to offer insurance that’s low in price, a product that’s worth more than its cost. And by “low in price” we mean that if you got the same policy with the same coverage at another company or agency, it would be more expensive. By “Value” we mean that our agents are going to spend some time with you to properly assess your specific scenario and suggest the coverage needed for proper protection. A relationship is formed, one where you feel good about calling us with questions, policy assistance, or help with a claim. One where we grow with you as your life changes. We will know your name.
How Do You Find The Cheapest Albany NY Car Insurance?
Good question! There are actually a number of factors that allow us to zero-in on the most competitive rates for our clients.
Our agency is directly appointed to a large number of targeted insurers that in our opinion are the best for any particular niche of car, home, or business insurance. By the best, we mean the coverage offered, policy and claims service, and of course, pricing. For example, where one might be excellent for people with excellent credit and bundles, another might be better for someone with less than perfect credit or someone who’s had some recent claims, or any variation of several different factors. After our agent’s initial fact gathering session with someone requesting a quote, we know which companies to approach that will provide the cheapest auto insurance quote we can find in Albany NY.
Being an independent agency gives us the ability to offer the best options from our hand-picked and highly targeted A-Rated insurers, which gives you a distinct advantage for cost and coverage. Our pre-quote process, and advanced quoting systems allow us to “Manually Quote” the top carriers for your specific qualifying factors which ensures all discounts are applied and all required endorsements are added, something that is often missed with the use of automated multi-company rating tools used by many NY insurance companies. These automated rating tools are used by agents as a time saving measure but are not perfect and can cause a necessary coverage to be missed or a higher premium than should be paid. We have chosen to avoid rating systems for these reasons. Yes, it takes longer to do things manually but gives greater assurance to our customers. You are worth it!
The old adage “You Can’t Teach Experience” is so true in the world of insurance. There are several major rating factors to consider in the pricing of a NY auto insurance quote. Driving record, credit rating, age, vehicle use, vehicle mileage, location, gender, car(s) being insured, liability limits, deductibles, and optional coverages. Rating factors combined with eligible discounts such as safe driving, defensive driving course, alarm systems, early shopper, multi car, multi policy, affinity, daytime lights, good student, student-away, accident-free, paid in full, electronic billing, and e-documents ultimately confirm the price option you’ll receive from any insurer. It’s one of the reasons why rater tools are not always effective as all insurers weigh rating factors and offer discount options differently, sometimes making the resulting best option, not really the best for you. Our experience has taught us how to contrast and compare utilizing rating factors and discounts that give our clients the bottom-line best option from our stable of companies.
It’s Time To Get Your Personalized NY Auto Insurance Quote
Let the us do the heavy lifting for you, utilizing our extensive network of the top national and regional insurance companies in New York. We know the current best offered programs for people with your specific scenario and requirements. We utilize our experience serving Albany, Schenectady, Troy, Latham, Cohoes, Watervliet, Clifton Park, Saratoga Springs, surrounding Capital Region areas and all of New York State to provide the best policy options possible. We want to find you cheap Albany NY auto insurance that also protects you adequately.
This is no gimmick. It is not uncommon for us to save clients Up To 50% on their Albany NY auto premiums. We know car and home insurance, have the companies, and we know where to find the deals. Get your quote today!
Frequently Asked NY Auto Insurance Questions (FAQ)
No. In fact we make the process quite simple for you. All that’s required on your part is to make your initial payment and sign the application. We issue your new policy and cancel your old one, give you your new ID Cards and have your full policy either emailed or mailed to your home per your preference. This is all done on the same day and can be at our office or over the phone. What’s more is that we are here as a resource for you and you can call or email your agent directly with any questions for quick response. No 800 numbers or gate keepers at our agency.
Cancelling your current coverage before the term expiration is perfectly fine, no penalties will be assessed. You’ll actually get a pro-rated refund back from your prior insurer for the number of days coverage that you paid for and did not use. For instance, if you had a 6-month policy and paid for it in full at the inception with a premium of $1,000 and cancel at the end of 3 months, you’ve paid for 180 days and only used 90 days of protection. Therefore, you would receive a refund back in the amount of $500 for the 90 days you paid for but did not use.
All of the companies with do business with offer multiple payment options including 1-Pay, 2-Pay, semi-monthly, quarterly, and monthly options. Our two most popular options are the Paid-in-Full option (some of our carriers offer a discount for paid-in-full) and the Monthly Automatic Payment option. The monthly automatic option is an electronic transfer of your payment directly from your checking account and eliminates any monthly bill installments fees which adds up to a good savings amount over the term of the policy.
Good question, NY auto insurance rates have been rising steadily over the past few years due to a number of factors. The increased rate and severity of accidents, more and costlier personal liability claims, fraud, increased medical costs, rising costs to repair, and natural disasters. Unfortunately, these costs are spread among all policyholders, even the ones that don’t put in claims or get tickets and dutifully pay their premiums every time and on time. It doesn’t seem fair and we agree with our claim-free customers who voice their displeasure, sometimes loudly! Yes, prices of everything seems to increase and as the cost of living goes up, one would expect a small increase in renewal premiums due to inflation, but not big price swings. Being an independent agency with access to multiple carriers, this is an area where we can help. In the event one of our insurers begins to raise premiums on a scale that’s above the norm from others in the market, we can re-shop for our clients to affirm whether or not they still have the best overall deal for them. If we find a better option with another company, we can simply switch you to that company.
Comprehensive and Collision coverages are both provided for protection against damage to your vehicle.
This is provided to pay for damage to your vehicle from a collision with another vehicle where you are deemed at fault, or in some instances where your vehicle is hit while you are driving and the offending driver takes off (hit and run). It also pertains to an accident with an inanimate object such as a guard rail, fence, pole, etc. Or for a single car roll-over incident. Collision is usually required to be carried if you are financing or leasing your vehicle.
It is sometimes referred to as “other than collision” because it provides coverage for perils such as fire, hitting an animal, natural disasters such as hail damage, falling objects such as a tree falling on your car, vandalism, and theft. Keep in mind that with both comprehensive and collision there is a separate deductible for each. People commonly use $500 as their deductibles for each but you can have lower or higher limits if you choose. Lower deductibles will raise your premium where higher ones decrease it. Of the two, collision is normally much higher in cost and some folks choose to have a high collision deductible and lower comprehensive deductible depending on their risk tolerance and value of the vehicle. Also, if your car is financed, the lender may have a cap for deductibles at $500, $750, or $1,000, so be sure to check with them if you are thinking about raising your deductibles.
Auto Glass is actually covered under your Comprehensive coverage and provides for repair or replacement of your windshield or any other vehicle glass such as back window, front, passenger, or back seat windows. Your comprehensive deductible will apply, but most insurers allow a separate deductible for glass or no deductible at all. The “Full Glass” option means that your glass will be repaired or replaced with no deductible or out of pocket expense. Always be sure to ask your agent if Full Glass applies to your policy as it’s relatively inexpensive and most people prefer it.
When folks refer to liability protection on a NY auto policy, they are referring to Bodily Injury Liability. Simply put, it protects you if you’re driving and cause an accident where you’re deemed at-fault and one or more people are injured and sue you for their injuries. NYS requires that you carry a minimum amount of at least $25,000 per person, $50,000 per accident (termed 25/50) which is not much financial protection. Say for instance, you’re driving on the highway, encounter a patch of black ice and hit the car in front of you causing a severe injury to a person in that car. You are now sued for $500,000. Your insurer will pay $25,000 to the injured party and you can be on the hook for $475,000, and may ruin your financial life. Bodily Injury Liability can be carried at levels from 25/50 all the way up to $1 million on your base policy. If extra coverage is desired, individuals can add a $1 million to $5 million Umbrella Policy for an added layer of liability protection. It’s one of, if not the most important coverage on a car insurance policy.