You may be surprised at the many factors that car insurance companies take into account when figuring out the rates they charge their customers. Some things you really have little to no control over, but there are some things that are factored in when determining your car insurance rates that just might surprise you.
The first thing any insurance agent is going to ask you about is your driving record. Have you been the cause or a victim of one or more accidents? Do you have a number of moving violations against you? Have you submitted too many claims to your current insurance company? If you can answer yes to any of these questions then you are going to pay more for your insurance because of your actions on the road.
Demographics play another big part in your insurance rates. A married woman could pay less for her insurance than an unmarried man because they take into consideration the risk factors of each class of driver. The drivers who are known to pay the most for their insurance coverage are teenage boys based on annual driving records. And if you live in the city you will pay more than your neighbors in the suburbs. Higher crime areas present higher risks and result in higher rates.
When you purchase a new car and add it to your policy is the time that you realize that the type of car you drive is also factored into your rates. Someone who drives a little red convertible is certainly going to pay more than another person who drives a medium compact 4-door sedan.
But the good news is more and more new cars have factory installed safety features that make insuring a new vehicle sometimes less expensive than an older one. Passenger side airbags, keyless entry and pre-installed alarm systems on newer vehicles cut down on the liability and in the end can cut down on the cost to insure them.
Keeping your credit score clean has a lot to do with how much you pay for your car insurance. The insurance industry is able to use your credit score to determine your rates, so if your credit score is good, you’re safe. If you are having financial problems, check your credit score and see if there are any errors on it. If there aren’t then set up a plan to pay your bills on time and your score could improve in as little as six months time.
How much time you spend on the road will be factored into your rates. Someone who is on the road commuting to work two hours a day is going to pay more to insure their car than someone who works from home and uses their vehicle mostly for leisure. Some companies even give discounts to retirees because they don’t spend as much time on the road as they used to.
Do what you can to correct the things that can increase your rates. Drive safely, keep your credit record clean, and let your insurance agent know if your driving times have been reduced. Every little bit helps and altogether they make a difference on how much or how little you will pay for your coverage.