How Do Auto Insurers Determine Your Premium

Applying for auto insurance is fairly easy. Simply fill out an application (honestly) and submit the document. Soon after, a quote should arrive within a relatively short period of time.

Upon receiving the quote, a driver might be thrilled, shocked, or just plain confused about the price. Did the insurance company just randomly select a figure? No, that is not how insurance pricing works.

There are a few deliberate items taken into consideration by the provider.

 

The Driving Record

Is it any surprise that the driving record of a person plays a role in determining prices? A person with numerous moving violations (speeding tickets, unsafe lane changes, DUIs, etc) is going to pay higher premiums. A driver whose record is pristine and clean won’t be levied with massively high premiums.

 

Rewards for Certain Drivers

Those who choose to take defensive driving courses may find an insurance provider drops the premium cost. The same may be true for someone whose record remains clean of any tickets for, say five years or has remained with the same insurance company for many years. Always check into available rewards and discounts. The deals might not be offered unless claimed or requested.

 

Age of the Insured

The age is going to effect how insurers determine your premium. Younger drivers under the age of 24 are going to be levied higher insurance premiums. Younger drivers, particularly young male drivers, are riskier than older persons. A young driver, by his or her very nature, is a less-experienced driver than someone with several decades navigating the roads. Fair or not, the age of the applicant factors into premium costs.

 

Usage of the Car

The more a car is on the road, the greater the chances the car could end up in an accident. Those who do not put a lot of miles on their vehicles per year are going to pay less than people with long commutes. In a similar vein, how and where the vehicle is parked could have an effect on premiums. A car parked on a driveway or in a garage is at far less of a risk that one parked on the street.

 

Location of the Insured

The big city comes with many benefits and conveniences, but metropolitan areas are known for certain vehicle risks. More cars on the streets and more pedestrians inflate risks of accidents. Coverages in an auto policy take where the insured lives into consideration. City dwellers just end up paying more.

 

Credit Score

This may seem like an odd criterion on which to base an insurance premium. A person with high credit card balances ends up with a lower credit score. Fine, but why does this factor into car insurance costs?

Insurance companies feel there is enough statistical evidence to show people with good credit scores are less of a risk. They pay bills — such as insurance payments — by the due date and are responsible persons.

Hence, people with good credit are good insurance prospects.