How to Save on Kia Optima Insurance in Chula Vista

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The recommended way to get budget car insurance rates is to compare prices at least once a year from insurance carriers in Chula Vista. Prices can be compared by following these guidelines.

  • Step 1: Learn about how companies set rates and the things you can control to prevent expensive coverage. Many factors that result in higher rates such as accidents, traffic tickets, and a less-than-favorable credit score can be remedied by making minor driving habit or lifestyle changes.
  • Step 2: Obtain price quotes from independent agents, exclusive agents, and direct companies. Direct companies and exclusive agencies can give quotes from one company like GEICO and Allstate, while independent agencies can quote prices for a wide range of insurance providers.
  • Step 3: Compare the price quotes to the premium of your current policy to see if switching to a new carrier will save money. If you can save money and change companies, make sure there is no coverage gap between policies.
  • Step 4: Notify your company or agent of your intention to cancel the current policy and submit payment along with a signed and completed policy application for your new policy. Once received, store the proof of insurance paperwork with your vehicle's registration.

A good piece of advice is to use the same deductibles and limits on every price quote and and to get rate quotes from as many companies as possible. Doing this ensures a level playing field and the most accurate and complete price analysis.

Insurance rates Kia Optima in Chula VistaIt's hard to believe, but most insurance policyholders kept buying from the same company for four years or more, and nearly the majority have never shopped around. Many drivers in California could save an average of up to $500 each year by just shopping around, but most undervalue the actual amount they would save if they swap their current policy for a cheaper one.

Locating the most cost-effective auto insurance policy in Chula Vista is much easier if you know where to start. In essence, anyone who compares rate quotes for auto insurance will find lower prices. But California drivers can benefit by having an understanding of how the larger insurance companies calculate their prices and apply this information to your search.

Companies offering Kia Optima insurance in California

The companies shown below offer free quotes in California. If multiple companies are listed, it's highly recommended you visit two to three different companies in order to find the cheapest rates.

Statistics and details

The information below covers detailed analysis of coverage costs for Kia Optima models. Learning as much as possible about how auto insurance policy rates are established can help you make informed decisions.

Kia Optima Insurance Rates in Chula Vista, CA
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
Optima LX $210 $362 $500 $30 $150 $1,252 $104
Optima EX $238 $426 $500 $30 $150 $1,344 $112
Optima SX $238 $426 $500 $30 $150 $1,344 $112
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Prices above based on married male driver age 30, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, $1000 deductibles, and California minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include homeowner, multi-policy, multi-vehicle, safe-driver, and claim-free. Table data does not factor in specific garaging location which can lower or raise auto insurance rates substantially.

Higher deductibles save money

When buying insurance, a common question is how low should you set your deductibles. The rates shown below may help you to understand the differences in premium rates between low and high comp and collision deductibles. The first table uses a $250 deductible for comp and collision and the second pricing table uses a $500 deductible.

Kia Optima insurance rates with $250 deductibles
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
Optima LX $342 $576 $500 $30 $150 $1,623 $135
Optima EX $386 $678 $500 $30 $150 $1,769 $147
Optima SX $386 $678 $500 $30 $150 $1,769 $147
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Kia Optima insurance rates with $500 deductibles
Model Comp Collision Liability Medical UM/UIM Annual Premium Monthly Premium
Optima LX $278 $464 $500 $30 $150 $1,422 $119
Optima EX $314 $546 $500 $30 $150 $1,540 $128
Optima SX $314 $546 $500 $30 $150 $1,540 $128
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Data rating is based on married male driver age 30, no speeding tickets, no at-fault accidents, and California minimum liability limits. Discounts applied include multi-vehicle, homeowner, safe-driver, multi-policy, and claim-free. Premium amounts do not factor in the specific area where the vehicle is garaged which can decrease or increase premiums noticeably.

We can estimate from the data above that using a $250 deductible will cost in the ballpark of $18 more each month or $216 for a full year than opting for the higher $500 deductible. Because you would be required to pay $250 more if you turn in a claim with a $500 deductible as compared to a $250 deductible, if you go at least 14 months between claims, you would save money by selecting a higher deductible.

Difference between liability only and full coverage rates

The example below illustrates the comparison of Kia Optima insurance costs with and without full coverage. Data assumes a clean driving record, no claims, $500 deductibles, marital status is single, and no other discounts are factored in.

Guidelines for eliminating full coverage

There is no clear-cut rule for eliminating full coverage, but there is a broad guideline. If the yearly cost for physical damage coverage is more than around 10% of the replacement cost of your vehicle minus the policy deductible, then it could be time to drop full coverage.

For example, let's say your Kia Optima claim settlement value is $4,000 and you have $1,000 deductibles. If your vehicle is severely damaged, the most you would receive is $3,000 after you pay the deductible. If you are paying over $300 a year for physical damage coverage, then you may want to consider only buying liability coverage.

There are a few situations where buying only liability insurance is not recommended. If you haven't paid off your loan, you are required to maintain full coverage to protect the lienholder's interest. Also, if your finances do not allow you to purchase a different vehicle if your current one is totaled, you should keep full coverage in place.

Cheaper rates with these five discounts

Companies offering auto insurance do not advertise all their discounts in a way that's easy to find, so here is a list some of the best known and the harder-to-find ways to save on auto insurance.Discount auto insurance

  • Telematics Discount - People who choose to allow driving data collection to track driving manner by using a telematics device in their vehicle such as Progressive's Snapshot could possibly reduce rates as long as the data is positive.
  • Driver Safety - Successfully completing a course that instructs on driving safety could save 5% or more if your company offers it.
  • Discounts for Federal Employees - Active or former government employment could qualify for a slight premium decrease but check with your company.
  • Good Driver Discounts - Insureds without accidents may receive a discount up to 45% compared to accident prone drivers.
  • Sign Online - Certain larger companies provide a small discount for completing your application on the web.

Discounts save money, but please remember that most discount credits are not given to the overall cost of the policy. A few only apply to specific coverage prices like medical payments or collision. So even though it sounds like it's possible to get free car insurance, it just doesn't work that way.

The example below illustrates the comparison of Kia Optima car insurance costs with and without discounts applied to the premium. The rate quotes are based on a male driver, no driving violations, no at-fault accidents, California state minimum liability limits, full coverage, and $250 deductibles. The first bar for each age group shows premium with no discounts. The second shows the rates with multi-car, multi-policy, safe-driver, marriage, homeowner, and claim-free discounts applied.

A list of auto insurance companies and a summarized list of policyholder discounts are outlined below.

  • State Farm has savings for anti-theft, Steer Clear safe driver discount, accident-free, good driver, multiple autos, multiple policy, and driver's education.
  • GEICO policyholders can earn discounts including anti-lock brakes, defensive driver, daytime running lights, emergency military deployment, driver training, federal employee, and five-year accident-free.
  • Liberty Mutual includes discounts for teen driver discount, good student, newly retired, new move discount, new vehicle discount, hybrid vehicle, and multi-car.
  • The Hartford offers discounts for driver training, air bag, anti-theft, good student, defensive driver, and bundle.
  • MetLife may include discounts for good driver, accident-free, multi-policy, defensive driver, and claim-free.
  • Progressive has discounts for multi-policy, online quote discount, good student, continuous coverage, and homeowner.

Check with every prospective company which discounts they offer. Some discounts listed above may not apply to policyholders in Chula Vista. To see companies that offer some of these discounts in California, click here.

Buying from car insurance agents

Some people just want to visit with an insurance agent and that is OK! A good thing about comparing insurance online is you can get the lowest rates but still work with a licensed agent.

Chula Vista insurance agentsTo make it easy to find an agent, after completing this form (opens in new window), your insurance data is immediately sent to local insurance agents in Chula Vista who will give you quotes for your coverage. It's much easier because you don't need to search for any insurance agencies since rate quotes are delivered to you instantly. You'll get the best rates and work with a local agent. In the event you want to compare prices from a specific insurance company, you can always visit that company's website and submit a quote form there.

Finding a good company should depend on more than just a low price. These are some questions your agent should answer.

  • Is the agent CPCU or CIC certified?
  • Are there any extra charges for paying monthly?
  • How is replacement cost determined on your vehicle?
  • If you have an accident, are you able to get your vehicle repaired at the shop of your choice?
  • Are all drivers listed on the coverage quote?
  • Where would glass claims be handled in Chula Vista?
  • What is the financial rating for the quoted company?

Listed below are agents in Chula Vista that can give you price quote information for Kia Optima insurance in Chula Vista.


88 Bonita Rd Ste D - Chula Vista, CA 91910 - (619) 425-9400 - View Map

Robert Osorio Insurance
513 Windy Way - Chula Vista, CA 91914 - (619) 216-0991 - View Map

Princell Insurance Services
1068 Moonstone Pl - Chula Vista, CA 91913 - (619) 397-5955 - View Map


2060 Otay Lakes Rd Ste 240 - Chula Vista, CA 91915 - (619) 401-1104 - View Map

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California car insurance companies ranked

Insuring your vehicle with the top car insurance company is hard considering how many companies are available to choose from in Chula Vista. The information shown below could help you select which car insurance providers to look at comparing rates from.

Top 10 Chula Vista Car Insurance Companies Ranked by Value

  1. USAA
  2. American Family
  3. The Hartford
  4. AAA of Southern California
  5. Titan Insurance
  6. The General
  7. AAA Insurance
  8. State Farm
  9. Mercury Insurance
  10. Nationwide

Top 10 Chula Vista Car Insurance Companies Ranked by Claims Service

  1. AAA of Southern California
  2. State Farm
  3. Esurance
  4. AAA Insurance
  5. Progressive
  6. Liberty Mutual
  7. GEICO
  8. Allstate
  9. Titan Insurance
  10. The Hartford

Auto insurance coverages explained

Knowing the specifics of a auto insurance policy can help you determine the best coverages and proper limits and deductibles. Policy terminology can be confusing and nobody wants to actually read their policy. Shown next are typical coverage types found on the average auto insurance policy.

Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist (UM/UIM)

This coverage protects you and your vehicle's occupants from other motorists when they are uninsured or don't have enough coverage. Covered losses include medical payments for you and your occupants as well as your vehicle's damage.

Due to the fact that many California drivers only carry the minimum required liability limits (which is 15/30/5), their liability coverage can quickly be exhausted. For this reason, having high UM/UIM coverages is a good idea.

Med pay and Personal Injury Protection (PIP)

Personal Injury Protection (PIP) and medical payments coverage kick in for expenses such as doctor visits, X-ray expenses, rehabilitation expenses, surgery and hospital visits. The coverages can be utilized in addition to your health insurance plan or if you lack health insurance entirely. Coverage applies to not only the driver but also the vehicle occupants as well as any family member struck as a pedestrian. Personal injury protection coverage is not universally available and gives slightly broader coverage than med pay

Comprehensive insurance

Comprehensive insurance coverage pays for damage from a wide range of events other than collision. A deductible will apply and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage pays for things such as hitting a deer, damage from flooding and fire damage. The most a auto insurance company will pay at claim time is the ACV or actual cash value, so if your deductible is as high as the vehicle's value consider removing comprehensive coverage.

Collision coverage protection

Collision insurance pays for damage to your Optima resulting from colliding with another car or object. A deductible applies and then insurance will cover the remainder.

Collision can pay for claims like sustaining damage from a pot hole, sideswiping another vehicle and crashing into a ditch. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so analyze the benefit of dropping coverage from vehicles that are older. Drivers also have the option to choose a higher deductible on your Optima to get cheaper collision coverage.

Liability coverages

This can cover damage that occurs to other's property or people that is your fault. Liability coverage has three limits: bodily injury for each person injured, bodily injury for the entire accident and a property damage limit. As an example, you may have policy limits of 15/30/5 that translate to $15,000 bodily injury coverage, a total of $30,000 of bodily injury coverage per accident, and $5,000 of coverage for damaged property.

Liability can pay for claims like medical services, emergency aid and loss of income. How much liability coverage do you need? That is up to you, but consider buying as large an amount as possible. California state law requires minimum liability limits of 15/30/5 but you should think about purchasing more liability than the minimum.

The next chart demonstrates why minimum state limits may not be adequate.

Persistence pays off

When getting Chula Vista car insurance quotes online, don't be tempted to skimp on critical coverages to save a buck or two. There have been many situations where an insured cut comprehensive coverage or liability limits only to discover later that their decision to reduce coverage ended up costing them more. The goal is to buy enough coverage at the best cost, but do not sacrifice coverage to save money.

Some insurance providers may not have online rate quotes and these small insurance companies only sell through independent agencies. Lower-priced Kia Optima insurance in Chula Vista can be sourced online in addition to many Chula Vista insurance agents, so you should be comparing quotes from both to have the best chance of lowering rates.

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