Shopping for Auto Rates
Learning about how automobile insurance rates are determined will help you to navigate why rates vary and assist you with your auto buying decision. Factors that impact auto rates include the following:
The Type of Vehicle You Drive – Both size and performance impact premium costs:
Size: Larger cars tend to be less expensive to insure than smaller cars because they typically suffer less damage in an accident.
Performance: High-performance vehicles, such as sports cars, tend to be more expensive to insure since they are statistically driven more aggressively. As a result, they tend to be involved in accidents more frequently.
Value and Age of Car – As a simple rule of thumb, the more expensive the car, the more it will cost to insure. The newer the vehicle, the more it costs to insure.
Car Features – You can earn premium discounts based on the vehicles safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, anti-theft devices and having more than one car on the policy.
Vehicle Usage and Location – Typically, the higher the mileage, the higher the premium. Additionally, the more densely populated an area is, the higher the auto premium.
Studies indicate that drivers with past claims are more likely to have future claims, so the driving records of the individuals listed on the policy greatly impacts the cost of the policy. Drivers with moving violations, accidents and/or claims in the past three years will usually pay a higher price for their automobile insurance than those insuring the same vehicle but are “loss-free.”
The higher your deductible, the lower your premium.
You can earn premium discounts based on the vehicle’s safety features, such as anti-lock brakes, air bags, anti-theft devices and having more than one car on the policy.
Top Ways to Save on Your Auto Premium:
1. Consider raising your deductible.
2. Keep up your good driving record.
3. Drive a car with safety features such as anti-lock brakes and airbags.
4. Install an anti-theft device.
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