7 steps to find and buy car insurance

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With so many car insurance companies available, you'll find a better rate by comparing several different ones. The Internet makes it easier than ever to compare car insurance rates without ever leaving home or picking up the phone.

Start with sites like and, where you can search for various criteria and receive customized quotes from various companies.

"Different companies' quotes for the same service often can be wildly different," says Paul Ford, president of Bankrate Insurance. "The only way for you to make sure you're getting the best deal for your money is to shop around. Sites like NetQuote allow you to get access to the entire marketplace."




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