Deductibles vs. Premiums: Finding the Right Balance

With just about any insurance policy you could buy in The Woodlands, TX, you’re going to find that the higher you push your deductible, the lower your premium is going to be, and vice versa.

Primarily it comes down to whether you want to pay more month-to-month or if you want to spend more when you have to file a claim. The obvious choice may be to raise your deductibles as you go. After all, the premiums are what you’re going to be paying no matter what. The deductible is what you might pay, someday. But it’s not always so cut and dry.

Generally, the rule of thumb to go by is this: Asking for a higher deductible isn’t a bad idea, but keep it down to a number that you can pay at a moment’s notice should something happen. You don’t want to be left with repairs to be made and no money to pay your deductible, which can mean no way to get to work and make money to pay your deductible.

One option is to put aside some deductible money. If you can guarantee that you always have it on hand, then it doesn’t matter how high your deductible is. But this isn’t ideal. Remember, the idea of lowering your premium is to save money. If you wind up with a deductible that’s twice what you’re saving, then you’re not saving anything. So our advice: Follow the rule of thumb. Keep your premiums low, but keep your deductible low enough to pay it right away should you need to.

If you’re still shopping for insurance, get in touch with Outdoor Insurance Services. Outdoor Insurance Services can help The Woodlands, TX drivers get the coverage they need.