Will Adding Renters Insurance Lower My Car Insurance?

Many insurance providers provide car and renters bundle policies at discounted rates to save you hundreds each year.

Bundling may not always be the optimal option; to ensure you get the most out of your policy, compare quotes to ensure that it provides adequate protection. In particular, check whether or not your coverage extends to high-value personal belongings such as jewelry and musical instruments.


Cost of renters policies varies based on your coverage choice and can be obtained either through speaking to an agent or submitting a request through your auto insurer’s website. Be prepared to provide details such as personal property limit and liability limits when seeking a quote for yourself.

Standard renters policies often cover your possessions up to an actual cash value limit, which reduces any claims should items depreciate over time. Replacement cost coverage allows insurers to provide enough payments that match what is necessary to replace items without taking depreciation into account.

Consider whether or not your renters policy covers similar perils as your auto policy, such as theft and fire. If this is the case, make sure both policies have the same limits; otherwise you could be left footing more expenses in case of loss.

Some states mandate minimum liability coverage levels when driving. Others will require you to have an excess-liability policy in case claims don’t reach their minimum limit; these excess policies could also serve as apartment insurance options.

Reviewing your policy periodically, especially after moving or other life changes that could change its coverage is essential. When looking at various quotes from various providers you could also compare bundle discounts – this way if you decide to bundle both car and renters insurance you will know about any savings as well as potential discounts that might apply.


Liability coverage in a renters policy provides financial relief in case someone is injured on your property, covering legal and settlement costs and medical bills as a result. Liability limits typically begin at $100,000; additional protection can usually be purchased via an umbrella insurance policy at around $200 to $350 annually for $1 million worth of protection.

Replacement cost coverage is an attractive upgrade you can add to your standard renters policy, providing enough compensation in the event that an item is stolen or destroyed to cover its replacement at current retail prices, rather than decreasing your payout based on depreciated actual cash value. Note that certain policies only offer this protection up to certain limits – for more details check with an agent.

Additional options you could add to your policy include pet liability coverage and scheduled personal property coverage, which can usually be added either as standalone policies or integrated into the main renters policy.

Make sure that you inquire with your insurer as to whether a multi-policy discount exists for bundling your car and renters policies together, as many insurers provide these savings that can add up quickly over time. Also request quotes from multiple providers so you can compare pricing and coverage options – make sure that these quotes include similar auto and renters policies with comparable coverage types and limits so you can accurately measure any savings potential.

Medical Payments

Additionally to property and liability protection, many policies also include medical payments coverage in case anyone who visits your rental home is injured on its premises. This feature can help cover injury costs without filing a lawsuit and save both time and money in legal expenses.

Consideration should also be given to your policy’s deductible, which is the amount you must pay before your insurer begins covering claims. Raising it may lower premiums; just ensure it remains affordable should an emergency arise.

Some policies offer additional coverage add-ons that you can purchase to augment the basic policy, such as identity theft or other insurance riders that help shield against specific perils.

Location can have an effect on your policy as well, such as moving from high-crime urban areas to safer suburban neighborhoods where rates might change. Your credit history and claims history also play a factor.

Reviewing your policy periodically, especially as assets increase, is recommended for optimal coverage. Reviewing deductible and liability limits to make sure they remain sufficient can also save money in some instances; bundling car and renter policies together or increasing personal property coverage to meet minimum state minimum requirements may be useful options to explore; compare quotes from multiple providers if your current provider doesn’t offer competitive pricing; combining policies may save money too – though never sacrifice coverage to save on insurance!

Property Damage

Add-on coverage can expand your property damage coverage, which reimburses for damaged items minus your deductible, by purchasing add-on policies. These often include additional living expenses coverage in case a fire or covered event prevents you from living in your home; and personal property floaters to cover higher-value items, like jewelry and art that might exceed standard policy coverage limits; though upgrading will increase premiums by about 14% according to NerdWallet’s rate analysis.

Bundling car and renters insurance with one provider often results in savings, although you should carefully consider your needs before selecting policies to combine. It may be best to keep each policy separate until finding one with suitable coverages and pricing structures.

Renters insurance rates depend on several factors, including location, coverage options chosen and whether or not any claims were filed in the past. Furthermore, poor credit will lead to higher premiums as insurers often use your FICO score or similar measurements to assess risk.

Your auto insurer offers quotes for adding renters insurance to your policy online or via telephone; simply give them your details (name, address, birth date and the details of each policy you wish to add) so they can generate personalized quotes that allow you to compare personalized prices and find the most cost-effective coverage solution. Furthermore, bundle car and renters policies together for added savings!

Identity Theft

As opposed to homeowner’s policies, which cover the dwelling structure itself, renters policies typically do not cover it directly; instead they cover personal belongings instead. Should anything happen such as fire or another disaster that destroys these items – such as clothing and electronics. Furthermore, renters policies usually also cover theft from vehicles or loss while away from home as well.

Liability protection is another standard coverage available through most renters policies, providing reimbursement of medical expenses incurred by anyone injured on your property whether or not they can be held directly responsible. This coverage can come in particularly handy when hosting guests for parties or hosting guests in your home who might sustain injuries that aren’t necessarily your responsibility. Some policies also offer identity theft coverage to cover legal fees and lost wages associated with this common crime.

While many may assume that renters insurance is unnecessary, its benefits can be immense to those who rent. Without adequate protection in place, replacing all your possessions would be prohibitively costly without adequate coverage.

For an estimate of how much coverage is necessary, create an inventory list or inventory of all of your personal belongings and record their values using notebook, pen and paper or mobile app. Add up all the values once you have an idea of their total amount – that should tell you exactly how much coverage is necessary!