If you want to save the most money, the best way to find cheaper quotes for Dodge Ram 2500 insurance is to regularly compare prices from providers who provide car insurance in San Jose.
First, take a few minutes and learn about policy coverages and the factors you can control to lower rates. Many factors that result in higher rates like at-fault accidents, careless driving, and a less-than-favorable credit rating can be eliminated by making small lifestyle or driving habit changes.
Second, obtain price quotes from direct carriers, independent agents, and exclusive agents. Direct and exclusive agents can only quote rates from a single company like GEICO or Allstate, while independent agents can give you price quotes from multiple sources.
Third, compare the quotes to the price on your current policy to see if switching to a new carrier will save money. If you can save some money and buy the policy, make sure the effective date of the new policy is the same as the expiration date of the old one.
Fourth, provide proper notification to your current company to cancel the current policy. Submit the signed application along with the required initial payment to your new agent or company. Be sure to place the new proof of insurance paperwork in your vehicle.
One thing to point out is that you use similar coverage information on every quote and and to compare as many different companies as possible. Doing this guarantees a fair rate comparison and a thorough selection of prices.
It's an obvious assumption that auto insurance companies want to keep you from shopping around. People who shop around once a year will, in all likelihood, switch companies because of the good chance of finding lower rate quotes. A recent study showed that people who compared price quotes annually saved over $865 annually compared to drivers who never shopped around for cheaper prices.
If finding the lowest price for Dodge Ram 2500 insurance in San Jose is the reason you're reading this, then having an understanding of the best way to quote and compare cheaper coverage can make it easier for you to save money.
Determine discounts on San Jose car insurance
Not too many consumers would say car insurance is affordable, but you might be missing out on some discounts that could drop your premiums quite a bit. Certain discounts will be triggered automatically when you get a quote, but once in a while a discount must be asked about before you get the savings.
- Military Rewards - Having an actively deployed family member could trigger a small discount.
- No Claims - Good drivers with no accidents pay much less as compared to accident-prone drivers.
- 55 and Retired - Seniors are able to get a slight reduction on a San Jose car insurance quote.
- Early Signing - Some insurance companies give discounts for buying a new policy prior to your current Ram 2500 insurance policy expiration. Ten percent is about the average savings.
- Own a Home and Save - Owning a home in San Jose can save a few bucks since home ownership requires personal responsibility.
Discounts save money, but please remember that some credits don't apply to the whole policy. A few only apply to the cost of specific coverages such as liability, collision or medical payments. Even though it appears all the discounts add up to a free policy, companies wouldn't make money that way.
The illustration below shows the comparison of Dodge Ram 2500 insurance prices with and without discounts applied to the policy premium. The rate quotes are based on a male driver, no claims, a clean driving record, California state minimum liability limits, full coverage, and $100 deductibles. The first bar for each age group shows premium with no discounts. The second shows the rates with multi-policy, marriage, claim-free, homeowner, safe-driver, and multi-car discounts applied.
Car insurance companies that may offer policyholders these discounts may include but are not limited to:
When comparing rates, check with all the companies which discounts can lower your rates. Some discounts listed above might not be available to policyholders in every state. To find insurers offering car insurance discounts in San Jose, click here to view.
The providers in the list below offer quotes in California. If several companies are displayed, we recommend you visit two to three different companies in order to get a fair rate comparison.
Insurance rate breakdown
The data table shown below covers detailed analysis of insurance premium costs for Dodge Ram 2500 models. Having a good grasp of how policy premiums are established helps drivers make decisions on the best policy to buy.
|Model||Comp||Collision||Liability||Medical||UM/UIM||Annual Premium||Monthly Premium|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab ST 2WD||$350||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,672||$139|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab SLT 2WD||$350||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,766||$147|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab SLT 2WD||$350||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,766||$147|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 2WD||$350||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,766||$147|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab ST 2WD||$350||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,766||$147|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie 2WD||$350||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,766||$147|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab ST 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab SLT 2WD||$390||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,806||$151|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab SLT 2WD||$390||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,806||$151|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab SLT 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab SLT 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 2WD||$390||$812||$514||$30||$154||$1,900||$158|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie 2WD||$390||$812||$514||$30||$154||$1,900||$158|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab ST 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 4WD||$390||$624||$514||$30||$154||$1,712||$143|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab SLT 4WD||$430||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,846||$154|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab SLT 4WD||$430||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,846||$154|
|Ram 2500 Crew Cab Laramie 4WD||$430||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,846||$154|
|Ram 2500 Mega Cab Laramie 4WD||$430||$718||$514||$30||$154||$1,846||$154|
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Data based on married male driver age 40, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, $250 deductibles, and California minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include multi-vehicle, homeowner, multi-policy, claim-free, and safe-driver. Prices do not factor in specific location information which can lower or raise rates noticeably.
The chart below shows how different deductible levels and can influence Dodge Ram 2500 premium costs for each age group. The premiums assume a single male driver, full physical damage coverage, and no discounts are applied.
Impact of speeding/accidents on auto insurance rates
The information below illustrates how violations and at-fault claims can drive up Dodge Ram 2500 car insurance costs for different ages of insureds. The premium estimates are based on a married female driver, comp and collision included, $500 deductibles, and no additional discounts are factored in.
Auto insurance rates based on gender
The chart below illustrates the difference between Dodge Ram 2500 car insurance rates for male and female drivers. The prices are based on no violations or accidents, full coverage, $500 deductibles, single marital status, and no discounts are applied.
Price comparison of only insuring for liability
The illustration below illustrates the difference between Dodge Ram 2500 yearly insurance costs with liability coverage only compared to full coverage. The premiums are based on no driving violations, no at-fault accidents, $500 deductibles, single marital status, and no discounts are applied.
When to stop buying comprehensive and collision coverage
There is no set rule of when to phase out physical damage insurance, but there is a guideline you can use. If the annual cost of your full coverage insurance is more than around 10% of the vehicle's replacement cost less your deductible, then it might be time to buy liability only.
For example, let's say your Dodge Ram 2500 replacement value is $9,000 and you have $1,000 policy deductibles. If your vehicle is totaled, the most your company would pay you is $8,000 after the deductible is paid. If premiums are more than $800 a year to have full coverage, then it might be time to buy liability only.
There are some conditions where buying only liability insurance is not advised. If you haven't paid off your loan, you are required to maintain full coverage as part of the loan requirements. Also, if your savings is not enough to buy a different vehicle in case of an accident, you should not buy liability only.
When to get advice from an insurance agency
Many people would prefer to go talk to an agent and doing so can bring peace of mind Good insurance agents will help you protect your assets and will help you if you have claims. An additional benefit of getting online price quotes is that you can obtain better rates and still buy from a local agent. Putting coverage with local agents is especially important in San Jose.
To find an agent, once you fill out this short form, your insurance coverage information is submitted to local insurance agents that can give you free San Jose car insurance quotes to get your business. You never need to contact any agents since price quotes are sent to you directly. If you want to quote rates from a particular provider, feel free to search and find their rate quote page and give them your coverage information.
Selecting a insurance company requires more thought than just a low price. Ask your prospective agent these questions:
- Do they offer rental car reimbursement?
- Will they make sure you get an adequate claim settlement?
- How does the company pay claims for a total loss?
- How are claims handled?
- Do you qualify for any additional discounts?
- Can glass repairs be made at your home?
- Can you contact them at any time?
Once you have received answers to your satisfaction for all questions you ask as well as inexpensive Dodge Ram 2500 insurance in San Jose quotes, you've probably found an provider that is reputable and can service your policy. Just keep in mind consumers can cancel your policy whenever you wish so never feel that you're stuck with a policy for the full policy term.
It may be expensive, but it's not optional
Even though San Jose Ram 2500 insurance rates can get expensive, paying for insurance may be required and benefits you in several ways.
First, just about all states have minimum liability requirements which means you are required to carry specific limits of liability if you don't want to risk a ticket. In California these limits are 15/30/5 which means you must have $15,000 of bodily injury coverage per person, $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and $5,000 of property damage coverage.
Second, if your Dodge Ram 2500 has a lienholder, almost every bank will force you to buy insurance to guarantee their interest in the vehicle. If coverage lapses or is canceled, the bank may buy a policy for your Dodge for a much higher rate and require you to fork over for the much more expensive policy.
Third, insurance protects not only your Dodge but also your financial assets. It will also provide coverage for medical bills incurred in an accident. Liability coverage, the one required by state law, will also pay to defend you if you cause an accident and are sued. If you have damage to your Dodge as the result of the weather or an accident, collision and comprehensive (also known as other-than-collision) coverage will cover the damage repairs after a deductible is paid.
The benefits of insuring your car are definitely more than the cost, especially for larger claims. An average driver in America overpays as much as $855 a year so it's important to compare rates at least once a year to ensure rates are inline.
Car insurance 101
Having a good grasp of your policy aids in choosing which coverages you need for your vehicles. Policy terminology can be confusing and reading a policy is terribly boring. Shown next are the normal coverages available from car insurance companies.
Collision coverage pays to fix your vehicle from damage from colliding with a stationary object or other vehicle. You have to pay a deductible then your collision coverage will kick in.
Collision can pay for claims such as crashing into a building, sideswiping another vehicle and colliding with another moving vehicle. This coverage can be expensive, so consider removing coverage from lower value vehicles. Drivers also have the option to choose a higher deductible on your Ram 2500 in order to get cheaper collision rates.
Coverage for medical expenses
Med pay and PIP coverage reimburse you for expenses for things like X-ray expenses, rehabilitation expenses, nursing services and hospital visits. They can be utilized in addition to your health insurance plan or if you are not covered by health insurance. They cover all vehicle occupants and also covers getting struck while a pedestrian. Personal injury protection coverage is not an option in every state and may carry a deductible
Coverage for uninsured or underinsured drivers
Your UM/UIM coverage protects you and your vehicle's occupants from other motorists when they do not carry enough liability coverage. It can pay for medical payments for you and your occupants and also any damage incurred to your Dodge Ram 2500.
Due to the fact that many California drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits (which is 15/30/5), their limits can quickly be used up. So UM/UIM coverage is very important. Most of the time these limits are similar to your liability insurance amounts.
Coverage for liability
This coverage will cover damage or injury you incur to a person or their property by causing an accident. Split limit liability has three limits of coverage: bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. You commonly see liability limits of 15/30/5 that means you have $15,000 bodily injury coverage, a per accident bodily injury limit of $30,000, and a limit of $5,000 paid for damaged property. Another option is a combined single limit or CSL that pays claims from the same limit rather than limiting it on a per person basis.
Liability can pay for claims such as loss of income, emergency aid, bail bonds, court costs and legal defense fees. How much liability coverage do you need? That is your choice, but consider buying higher limits if possible. California state law requires minimum liability limits of 15/30/5 but drivers should carry higher limits.
The next chart shows why low liability limits may not be high enough to adequately cover claims.
Comprehensive car insurance
Comprehensive insurance will pay to fix damage OTHER than collision with another vehicle or object. A deductible will apply then the remaining damage will be covered by your comprehensive coverage.
Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as rock chips in glass, damage from a tornado or hurricane and damage from flooding. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the ACV or actual cash value, so if the vehicle is not worth much it's probably time to drop comprehensive insurance.
One last note
As you quote San Jose car insurance, never sacrifice coverage to reduce premiums. In many cases, an insured dropped uninsured motorist or liability limits and found out when filing a claim they didn't have enough coverage. Your goal should be to buy enough coverage at an affordable rate while not skimping on critical coverages.
Some insurance providers may not offer online price quotes and many times these small, regional companies sell through independent insurance agencies. Lower-priced car insurance in San Jose can be sourced both online as well as from insurance agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both to get a complete price analysis.
Much more information about car insurance in California can be found below:
- Child Safety Seats (Insurance Information Institute)
- Who Has Affordable San Jose Car Insurance for Low Income Drivers? (FAQ)
- Who Has Cheap Car Insurance Rates for a Honda Accord in San Jose? (FAQ)
- What Determines the Price of My Auto Insurance Policy? (Insurance Information Institute)
- Airbag FAQ (iihs.org)
- Anti-Lock Brake FAQ (iihs.org)
- How do I File a Claim? (Insurance Information Institute)