How many times have you told yourself to find cheaper car insurance rates in Honolulu, HI? Honolulu consumers have many options when looking for the best price on Chevy Sonic insurance. You can either spend your time struggling with agents to compare prices or utilize the internet to get rate quotes.
There are both good and bad ways to buy car insurance so you're going to learn the best way to get price quotes for a Chevy and obtain the lowest possible price either online or from Honolulu insurance agents.
Best companies for Chevy Sonic insurance
The auto insurance companies shown below are our best choices to provide free quotes in Hawaii. If the list has multiple companies, it's highly recommended you visit as many as you can in order to find the cheapest rates.
Companies offer lots of discounts on Chevy Sonic insurance in Honolulu
Companies offering auto insurance do not advertise the complete list of policy discounts very well, so below is a list both well-publicized as well as the least known credits available to you. If you do not check that you are getting every discount you deserve, you could be paying more than you need to.
- Professional Memberships - Being in qualifying clubs or civic groups could trigger savings when shopping for car insurance.
- Multiple Cars - Insuring multiple cars or trucks with the same company may reduce the rate for each vehicle.
- Defensive Driver Discounts - Participating in a defensive driving course could possibly earn you a 5% discount and also improve your driving technique.
- Auto/Life Discount - Some insurance carriers give lower prices if you buy a life policy as well.
- Early Payment Discounts - If paying your policy premium upfront instead of monthly or quarterly installments you can avoid monthly service charges.
- Discounts for Federal Employees - Employees or retirees of the government can save as much as 8% with a few car insurance companies.
As a disclaimer on discounts, most discounts do not apply the the whole policy. A few only apply to the cost of specific coverages such as comp or med pay. Just because you may think you can get free auto insurance, it doesn't quite work that way.
For a list of insurers that have a full spectrum of discounts in Honolulu, click this link.
Compare prices but buy from a neighborhood Honolulu auto insurance agent
Some people just want to have an agent's advice and that can be a smart move Good insurance agents can help determine the best coverages and will help you if you have claims. One of the great benefits of comparing rates online is that you can obtain better rates and also buy local. Buying from neighborhood agents is important especially in Honolulu.
Upon completion of this quick form, your coverage information gets sent to local insurance agents who will give you bids for your coverage. There is no need to search for any insurance agencies because quoted prices will be sent to the email address you provide. If you want to get a rate quote from a specific auto insurance provider, just find their quoting web page and give them your coverage information.
If you would like to find a reliable agent, you must know there are a couple types of agencies and how they can write your policy. Agencies in Honolulu can be categorized as either independent agents or exclusive agents. Either one can sell and service auto insurance coverage, but it's important to point out how they differ since it could factor into the type of agent you choose.
Independent Agents (or Brokers)
These type of agents can sell policies from many different companies so they can insure your vehicles with multiple insurance companies and potentially find a lower price. To transfer your coverage to a different company, the agent simply finds a different carrier which is easy for the insured.
When comparing rates, it's recommended you contact several independent insurance agents to have the most options to choose from. Most also write with additional companies that you may not be familiar with which may have better rates.
The following is a short list of independent agents in Honolulu who can help you get comparison quotes.
- Cavanah Associates, Inc.
1100 Alakea St #2600 - Honolulu, HI 96813 - (808) 537-1970 - View Map
- Royal State National Insurance Company
819 S Beretania St - Honolulu, HI 96813 - (808) 539-1600 - View Map
- Pyramid Insurance Center Ltd
420 Waiakamilo Rd - Honolulu, HI 96817 - (808) 527-7667 - View Map
Exclusive Insurance Agencies
Agents in the exclusive channel can only write with one company and some examples include Farmers Insurance and State Farm. They are unable to provide rate quotes from other companies so you need to shop around if the rates are high. Exclusive agents receive a lot of sales training on their company's products which helps offset the inability to provide other markets. Some people will only choose to use an exclusive agent primarily because of loyalty to the company and the convenience of having all coverages with one company.
Shown below are Honolulu exclusive insurance agencies that can give you price quote information.
- Doug Kam-Young - State Farm Insurance Agent
2841 Kaonawai Pl - Honolulu, HI 96822 - (808) 988-7011 - View Map
- State Farm: Darin Ono
1649 Liliha St - Honolulu, HI 96817 - (808) 834-2222 - View Map
- Scott Saito - State Farm Insurance Agent
1150 S King St #901d - Honolulu, HI 96814 - (808) 946-8464 - View Map
Finding the right insurance agency is decision based upon more than just a cheap quote. The questions below may impact your decision as well.
- Which family members are covered?
- Does the agency have a current Errors and Omissions policy?
- Are they properly licensed to sell insurance in Hawaii?
- Will your rates increase after a single accident?
- How much will you save each year by using a higher deductible?
If you receive satisfactory answers for all questions you ask and locked in a price quote, you may have found an insurance agency that can be trusted to properly service your auto insurance policy.
Insurance advertising tricks
Consumers can't get away from ads that claim the lowest rates by 21st Century, Allstate and State Farm. All the companies convey the message that you'll save big if you change to their company.
How does every company offer drivers better rates? Here is the trick they use.
Different companies have specific guidelines for the type of customer that earns them the most money. An example of a desirable insured may need to be a married female, owns their home, and drives less than 10,000 miles a year. A driver that meets those criteria will most likely get cheap rates and have a good chance to save if they switch.
Potential customers who are not a match for these criteria will see more expensive rates which usually ends up with business going elsewhere. The ad wording is "drivers who switch" but not "all drivers who get quotes" can save as much as they claim. That's why companies can state the savings.
Because of this risk profiling, you really need to compare quotes as often as possible. You cannot predict which auto insurance company will have the best rates for your profile.
Having a good grasp of your policy can be of help when determining the right coverages at the best deductibles and correct limits. The coverage terms in a policy can be difficult to understand and coverage can change by endorsement.
UM/UIM (Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist) coverage - This coverage protects you and your vehicle when other motorists either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered claims include medical payments for you and your occupants as well as damage to your Chevy Sonic.
Since a lot of drivers carry very low liability coverage limits (which is 20/40/10), it only takes a small accident to exceed their coverage. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage is a good idea. Normally these limits are similar to your liability insurance amounts.
Comprehensive auto coverage - This will pay to fix damage that is not covered by collision coverage. You need to pay your deductible first then your comprehensive coverage will pay.
Comprehensive insurance covers claims such as rock chips in glass, a broken windshield, damage from getting keyed and a tree branch falling on your vehicle. The most you can receive from a comprehensive claim is the cash value of the vehicle, so if the vehicle is not worth much consider removing comprehensive coverage.
Liability insurance - Liability insurance protects you from injuries or damage you cause to people or other property. It protects you from claims by other people. Liability doesn't cover your injuries or vehicle damage.
Coverage consists of three different limits, per person bodily injury, per accident bodily injury, and a property damage limit. You might see liability limits of 20/40/10 that means you have $20,000 bodily injury coverage, $40,000 for the entire accident, and $10,000 of coverage for damaged propery. Alternatively, you may have one limit called combined single limit (CSL) which limits claims to one amount with no separate limits for injury or property damage.
Liability coverage protects against claims such as medical services, pain and suffering, structural damage, bail bonds and repair bills for other people's vehicles. How much coverage you buy is a decision to put some thought into, but consider buying as high a limit as you can afford. Hawaii requires minimum liability limits of 20/40/10 but drivers should carry more coverage.
Medical payments and PIP coverage - Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage provide coverage for bills for things like surgery, X-ray expenses, doctor visits, hospital visits and pain medications. The coverages can be used to cover expenses not covered by your health insurance plan or if you are not covered by health insurance. Medical payments and PIP cover all vehicle occupants in addition to getting struck while a pedestrian. Personal injury protection coverage is only offered in select states but can be used in place of medical payments coverage
Collision - Collision insurance covers damage to your Sonic resulting from colliding with a stationary object or other vehicle. You will need to pay your deductible and then insurance will cover the remainder.
Collision can pay for claims such as backing into a parked car, crashing into a ditch, rolling your car and scraping a guard rail. This coverage can be expensive, so consider dropping it from older vehicles. It's also possible to bump up the deductible on your Sonic to bring the cost down.
Shop around and save
Insureds leave their current company for any number of reasons including denial of a claim, delays in responding to claim requests, questionable increases in premium and even poor customer service. No matter why you want to switch, switching car insurance companies is not as hard as you think.
We covered some good ideas how you can reduce Chevy Sonic insurance prices online in Honolulu. The most important thing to understand is the more rate comparisons you have, the higher the chance of saving money. You may even discover the lowest prices are with an unexpected company.
When getting Honolulu auto insurance quotes online, don't be tempted to buy less coverage just to save a little money. There have been many cases where an insured cut comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to regret that the small savings ended up costing them much more. Your focus should be to find the BEST coverage at the best possible price, not the least amount of coverage.
More detailed car insurance information is available in the articles below:
- Older Drivers FAQ (iihs.org)
- Teen Driver Licensing Information (iihs.org)
- When is the Right Time to Switch Car Insurance Companies? (Allstate)
- Warning systems don't curb driver distraction (Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)