How Much Does 2003 Toyota ECHO Insurance Cost?

Looking for cheaper car insurance rates for your Toyota ECHO? I really doubt anyone rejoices having to buy car insurance, especially when they know their premiums are through the roof.

Numerous insurance companies battle to insure your vehicles, and because of this it can be hard to compare insurance companies to find the absolute lowest cost out there.

If you are paying for car insurance now, you stand a good chance to be able to cut costs considerably using these techniques. Finding affordable coverage is easy if you know what you’re doing. But car owners can benefit from knowing how the larger insurance companies market insurance on the web.

Free insurance coverage quotes

To find low cost quotes, there are a couple of ways to get quotes from companies that offer insurance coverage in your state. The easiest way to find competitive 2003 Toyota ECHO insurance rates is to perform an online rate comparison. This can be done using a couple different methods.

  1. The most recommended method to get quotes would be an industry-wide quote request form (click to open form in new window). This type of form saves time by eliminating repetitive form submissions for each price estimate. One form submission will get you rate comparisons from several companies.
  2. A slightly less efficient method to compare rate quotes is going to the website for every company you want to comare and go through the quote process again. For instance, we’ll pretend you want to view quotes from Allstate, Safeco and GMAC. In order to get each rate, you would have to spend time on each company’s site and enter your policy data, which is why the first method is quicker.

    For a list of companies in your area, click here.

You can choose any of those ways to find more affodable coverage, but make absolute certain that you use equivalent coverages for each comparison quote. If the quotes have unequal deductibles or liability limits it will be next to impossible to get a fair rate comparison. Quoting even small variations in coverages can make a big difference in price. And when comparison shopping, comparing more company’s prices will improve the odds of getting more affordable rates. Not every company allows you to get online quotes, so it’s recommended that you also compare prices on coverage from those companies, too.

Do you qualify for discounts?

Not many people think insurance is cheap, but there’s a good chance there are discounts that could help you make your next renewal payment. Many of these discounts will be applied automatically at the time of quoting, but less common discounts must be asked for in order for you to get them.

  • One Accident Forgiven – but a few companies such as State Farm and Allstate will turn a blind eye to one accident without raising rates if you are claim-free for a particular time prior to the accident.
  • Online Discount – Some of the larger companies will give a small break for buying a policy and signing up on their website.
  • Driver’s Ed – Reduce the cost of insurance for teen drivers by having them take driver’s ed class as it can save substantially.
  • Professional Organizations – Belonging to certain professional organizations could earn you a nice discount when shopping for insurance coverage.
  • Low Mileage Discounts – Fewer annual miles on your Toyota can earn slightly better insurance coveragerates than normal.
  • Cautious Drivers – Drivers without accidents can save as much as half off their rates on ECHO coverage compared to accident prone drivers.
  • Anti-lock Brake System – Cars that have anti-lock braking systems are much safer to drive and qualify for as much as a 10% discount.
  • Multi-Vehicle Discounts – Purchasing coverage when you have multiple cars or trucks with the same insurance coverage company can get a discount for every vehicle.
  • Discounts for Seat Belt Usage – Drivers who require all vehicle occupants to use their safety belts can save up to 10 percent (depending on the company) off the personal injury premium cost.
  • Savings for New Vehicles – Buying insurance on a new vehicle can cost up to 25% less due to better safety requirements for newer models.

Don’t be shocked that some credits don’t apply to the overall cost of the policy. A few only apply to the price of certain insurance coverages like collision or personal injury protection. Even though it appears you could get a free insurance coverage policy, companies don’t profit that way.

Insurance companies that may offer policyholders some of the above discounts may include but are not limited to:

If you need lower rates, check with all companies you are considering which discounts can lower your rates. A few discounts might not apply in your area. To choose insurers with the best discounts, click here.

Don’t assume everyone needs the same insurance coverage

When choosing adequate coverage, there really is not a one size fits all plan. Everyone’s needs are different so your insurance should reflect that For instance, these questions might point out whether you might need an agent’s assistance.

  • What is PIP insurance?
  • Does coverage extend to a rental car in a foreign country?
  • I have health insurance so do I need medical payments coverage?
  • Is my trailer covered?
  • Is rental equipment covered for theft or damage?
  • What companies insure drivers after a DUI or DWI?
  • If my pet gets injured in an accident are they covered?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions but you think they might apply to your situation, you might consider talking to a licensed agent. If you don’t have a local agent, complete this form or you can also visit this page to select a carrier

Get cheaper insurance prices by understanding these factors

A large part of saving on insurance coverage is knowing the rating factors that help calculate your policy premiums. When you know what positively or negatively influences your rates, this allows you to make good choices that could result in much lower annual insurance costs. Lots of things are considered when you get a price on insurance. Some factors are common sense such as your driving history, although some other factors are less obvious such as your credit history or your vehicle rating.

  • Do you work long hours in a stressful job? – Jobs like real estate brokers, business owners and medical professionals tend to have higher premium rates because of high stress levels and lots of time spent at work. Conversely, jobs such as professors, engineers and retirees have lower than average premiums on ECHO coverage.
  • Driver age impacts rates – Youthful drivers tend to be less responsible when driving so insurance coverage rates are higher. Adding a youthful driver onto a policy can be very expensive. More experienced drivers have been proven to be more responsible, file fewer claims and tend to be get fewer driving tickets.
  • A lcoverage lapse is a bad thing – Not maintaining insurance is illegal and any future policy may cost more because you let your insurance lapse for non-payment. In addition to paying higher premiums, getting caught without coverage might get you a revoked license or a big fine. You will then be forced to provide proof of insurance in the form of an SR-22 filing with your state DMV.
  • Car and home together may be cheaper – Most major insurance coverage companies will award lower prices to policyholders that purchase more than one policy. It’s known as a multi-policy discount. The discount can add up to 10 percent or more. Even if you’re getting this discount you still need to compare other insurance prices to ensure the best deal.

Don’t believe everything you hear

Popular auto insurance providers such as Allstate and Progressive consistently run television and radio advertisements. They all seem to make an identical promise that you’ll save big just by moving your policy. How is it possible that every company can say the same thing? It’s all in the numbers.

Most companies give the best rates for a prospective insured that will generate a profit. One example of a preferred risk might have to be a female over age 40, carries full coverage, and has excellent credit. Any person who fits those characteristics will get a cheap rate quote and therefore will pay quite a bit less when switching companies.

Insureds who do not match the “perfect” profile must pay higher prices which results in the customer not buying. The trick companies use is to say “drivers that switch” not “everyone that quotes” save money. That’s the way insurance companies can confidently make claims that they all have the best car insurance rates. Because of this risk profiling, you absolutely need to compare quotes as often as possible. It is impossible to guess with any certainty which company will have the best rates for your profile.

Insurance policy coverages for a Toyota ECHO

Knowing the specifics of a insurance policy can be of help when determining appropriate coverage and proper limits and deductibles. Policy terminology can be impossible to understand and even agents have difficulty translating policy wording. Listed below are typical coverages offered by insurance companies.

Comprehensive protection

This covers damage caused by mother nature, theft, vandalism and other events. You first must pay your deductible and the remainder of the damage will be paid by comprehensive coverage.

Comprehensive coverage protects against things like hitting a deer, a tree branch falling on your vehicle, vandalism, damage from getting keyed and theft. The maximum payout a 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 dropping full coverage.

Collision coverage

This pays to fix your vehicle from damage from colliding with another vehicle or an object, but not an animal. You first must pay a deductible and then insurance will cover the remainder.

Collision can pay for claims like crashing into a building, colliding with another moving vehicle, colliding with a tree, crashing into a ditch and hitting a parking meter. Paying for collision coverage can be pricey, so consider dropping it from older vehicles. Another option is to increase the deductible in order to get cheaper collision rates.

Coverage for liability

This will cover damage or injury you incur to other people or property. This insurance protects YOU against other people’s claims, and doesn’t cover damage to your own property or vehicle.

Coverage consists of three different limits, bodily injury for each person, bodily injury for the entire accident, and a limit for property damage. Your policy might show policy limits of 25/50/25 which means $25,000 bodily injury coverage, $50,000 for the entire accident, and a total limit of $25,000 for damage to vehicles and property.

Liability coverage protects against things such as loss of income, structural damage and emergency aid. How much liability should you purchase? That is a personal decision, but buy higher limits if possible.

Uninsured or underinsured coverage

This protects you and your vehicle from other drivers when they either are underinsured or have no liability coverage at all. Covered claims include injuries sustained by your vehicle’s occupants and damage to your Toyota ECHO.

Because many people only carry the minimum required liability limits, it doesn’t take a major accident to exceed their coverage limits. This is the reason having UM/UIM coverage should not be overlooked.

Medical expense coverage

Medical payments and Personal Injury Protection insurance kick in for immediate expenses like EMT expenses, chiropractic care, X-ray expenses and dental work. They can be utilized in addition to your health insurance policy or if you lack health insurance entirely. Medical payments and PIP cover both the driver and occupants and also covers getting struck while a pedestrian. Personal Injury Protection is not available in all states but it provides additional coverages not offered by medical payments coverage

Power to the consumer

A few companies do not provide rates over the internet regional carriers work with independent agents. Lower-priced insurance can be sourced both online as well as from independent agents, and you should compare price quotes from both to get a complete price analysis.

We just covered a lot of ways to shop for 2003 Toyota ECHO insurance online. It’s most important to understand that the more times you quote, the better chance you’ll have of finding affordable car insurance. You may be surprised to find that the best premium rates are with a smaller regional carrier. Regional companies may only write in your state and offer lower prices as compared to the big name companies such as Progressive or GEICO.

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Comments About 2003 Toyota ECHO Insurance

  1. Indira Dickerson

    Good detail in your article. I’m in the south part of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Quoted prices online for a 2003 Toyota ECHO. Ended up at about $100 savings annually. Went with State Farm. Ask about discounts. It’s only liability tho.

  2. Darell Stone

    Lots of useful info here. From Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Got quotes from GMAC, AIG Insurance, Sentry, and a couple others for my Toyota and saved just over $70 a year. I have a teen driver too. Might find lower rates online. Not worth enough to pay for comprehensive and collision.

  3. Vicenta Molina

    Not sure what I should be paying. Checking in from Rutland, VT. I compared lots of rates. Saved about $30 a month. State Farm was the best choice for me. Only insure liability on my ECHO.

  4. Michele Bond

    I live north of Rockford, IL. Quoted rates from Allstate, Esurance, and Hanover for my Toyota and saved just over $80 a year. Was with Auto-Owners. Not sure if rates are cheaper online or through an agent.

  5. Brande Lowery

    I went with State Farm at renewal. Best rates in New Haven, CT. Insured with Nationwide before. Thankfully I have a good driving record. It’s still not cheap enough. When should I drop full coverage?

  6. Assunta Gibson

    Proud to be from Raleigh, NC. I quoted with Amica, Esurance, and Sentry for my Toyota and I think I saved about $20 each month. I have a couple other vehicles on the policy.

  7. Dennise Parsons

    Proud to be from Cleveland, Ohio. Got car insurance prices from Nationwide, Encompass, State Farm, and AIG Insurance for my 2003 Toyota ECHO and saved around $90 a year. LOL I don’t insure for physical damage though.

  8. Cordell Britt

    It all costs too much. I’m in Sioux Falls, SD. Got rates from Travelers, American Family, Liberty Mutual, and Sentry for my ECHO and saved $72 a year. Left Amica to switch. I have kids on my policy, too. Not sure if rates are cheaper online or through an agent.

  9. Gerry Winters

    Good detail in your article. I live in a small town just outside of San Jose, California. Quoted with Progressive, Liberty Mutual, and Encompass for my 2003 Toyota ECHO and saved $83 a year. Insured with AIG Insurance before. :P Book value doesn’t justify full coverage anymore.

  10. Charmain Shepard

    If you don’t have tickets and are close to Aurora, Colorado, check out State Farm. You might save some money. Have a couple speeding tickets too.