Reshop Your Car Insurance

Average auto insurance costs can vary widely depending on who’s calculating them, but a 2019 study of rates from major car insurance com­panies in every state found that the average policy in the U.S. is $146 a month, or $1,758 per year. However, factors such age, gender, marital status, driving record, credit score and the vehicle you drive can greatly affect policy prices.

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7 Terms to Know Before Buying Auto Insurance

Next to your home and your office,red_car_in_hands your car is probably where you spend the greatest amount of time—and it’s likely one of the things you pour the most money into. Between the costs of routine maintenance, repairs and trips to the pump (is it time to buy an electric car yet?), being a car owner requires an investment—not the least of which is the auto insurance you’re required to buy.

But not all policies are created equal—and, put simply, “Consumers need to understand the terminology of car insurance to shop for and compare policies and coverage,” says Jeff Blyskal, auto insurance expert and senior editor at Consumer Reports.

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