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If you’re looking for the best car insurance rates, a 40 percent discount for good students or a 25 percent discount for having more than one policy with the same insurer will probably catch your attention. But when you read the fine print, you may find limits on those eye-opening discounts.
Insurers tend to use such phrases as “save up to 25 percent,” but you may save far less on your car insurance premiums than you initially thought.
Using terms like “up to” and “could save” provide lots of leeway for insurance companies. “What does it actually mean for consumers?” asks John Breyault, a vice president at the National Consumers League.