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Cheap car insurance no deposit – Lucky I bought this

This Car Is On Fire! – Why cheap car insurance with no deposit rocks

No, really. That sounds like some stupid song title, but it seriously happened. My car set itself on fire. I got into a scrape a couple of weeks ago which I thought was nothing, just a minor bump. I don’t know enough about engines to know what happened, but something must have gotten knocked loose and well, it set itself on fire.

I’ve never been so freaked out in my life. One minute everything’s great, I’m driving home from work and looking forward to a long weekend doing nothing, next thing, the car is literally on fire.

Okay, that might sound a bit worse than it was – it started smoking, I pulled over, and then the fire happened. So I’m fine, but the car, not so much.

Thank God I double-checked my insurance policy recently though – I remember with my first car, an old rusted thing, I just had third-party on it, but this one is comprehensive. I had a moment of panic when I remembered that I’d gone for very cheap car insurance, no deposit, but it did actually cover everything anyway.

That said, I was really not organised this time. I couldn’t find a company of the insurance policy anywhere, so I had to trawl back through my emails and print it off. That’s now in a safe place so if something bad happens again (fingers crossed it won’t), I know where it is and I can refer to it easily. Nothing quite as worrying as trying to remember what exactly your car insurance covers and being unable to find documentation!

The money I’d usually put on the deposit for insurance was sitting in my savings account, so I used that to pay the deductible. Not an advantage of the no deposit thing I’d actually thought of before, but definitely top of my list now. Also, I have learned my lesson: even if I think the bump is minor, I should get a mechanic to check it out anyway. My insurance should cover that anyway, and then I won’t end up with an even bigger expense (and scare!) a week later. Honestly, I think I’m going to be having nightmares of my car setting itself on fire for sometime. Not something I want to repeat any time soon.

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You can thank me later 🙂

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How I saved on car insurance – Programmers are born cheap!

Last month, I thought of changing my car insurance and thus started my hunt for the cheapest car insurance policy around. I found a really great website to compare quotes of all the prominent insurance companies right from the comfort of my home. I simply fed my area zip code and with a few more details, I got a prompt response showing comparison between different insurance options along with premium payable.

My search did not end there. In addition to finding the most competitive quote for all the coverage such as third party, collision coverage and comprehensive coverage that I wanted, I also wanted to cut out on some of the ‘not-so-desirable’ or unimportant components and save some money on my car insurance. I knew that there was nothing that I could do to reduce the premium payable for components such as statutory requirements like third party coverage, my age, the state in which I live, the make and model of my car, the estimated market value of my car and my driving history. This being so, I still wanted to save something on the premium payment.

I share here what all I did to save on my car insurance premium:

  • Insurer’s discount – I bargained with the insurer and finally obtained an insurer’s discount from them.
  • Insured with my household insurance company – They gave me a ‘loyalty discount’ on my car insurance premium.
  • Multiple discounts – I got small discounts for air bags, automatic seat belts, anti-theft device and anti-lock brakes fitted in my car. I also got small discounts on account of second car in the family and defensive driver training course which I had attended. I ended up getting a discount for buying no deposit car insurance:
  • Uninsured motorist cover discontinuation – I opted out of uninsured motorist cover as I am not required by the state to compulsorily have it. I have been given to understand that my collision insurance and medical insurance already provide me the requisite cover as repair and medical bills are duly covered therein.
  • Dropping reimbursement for a rented car – I opted out of this too since we already have two cars in the family and the other one can be used while this one is under repair.
  • Dropped emergency towing service – I have never had the need to avail this service in the past. Should a need be, I can always go for a paid service.


Having saved small amounts here and there and after paying a relatively less for my car insurance,  I am a happy man now!