Understanding Why Auto Insurance Premiums Are Very Costly

These days, we’re all complaining about the high cost of living. It appears as if anyone who owns and operates an automobile is hit by a good dose of bills that require struggling with: the cost of purchasing the car, fuel costs, maintenance and repair costs – and the super BIG ONE – auto insurance premiums.

If you haven’t yet verbalized it, no doubt the glaring question is underscored in your mind: Why does car (read car, truck, motorcycle, RV and so on) insurance have to be so very, very expensive?!

The answer to anything related to insurance comes from the industry itself and this is no exception.

“Insurance rates differ from person to person and are based on a few factors,” says a noted specialist working in the Tri-State area and employed by an independent agency. “It all boils down to how much of a risk you as a driver may be.”

Eight Factors that May Affect Your Auto Insurance Bill

Some of the things that determine how much you pay for auto insurance are listed below.

• What Type of Vehicle you Drive

There is a clear difference between makes and models of cars in regard to safety. Moreover, higher-end cars attached to a bigger price tag are more attractive to car thieves and are more expensive to replace; they are also more expensive to fix after an accident.

• Your Address

If you live in a place that has a higher crime rate, your premium will reflect the risk of theft. If you locality has proportionately more auto accidents and submitted claims, it will have an effect on your premium as well.

• How You Use Your Car

If you use your car for the commute to and from the workplace or use it for business purposes, you’ll find that you will have a higher premium than those that drive just to go to the grocer or for leisure trips.

• If You Are a Good Driver

If you never have gotten a driving ticket or never been an accident, you will have a lower insurance rate than those who have a less pristine driving record.

• Your Claims Record

If you have previously filed insurance claims, especially if they have resulted in big payouts, your insurance premium will reflect that. But you may also find a rate increase if you have only filed claims in regard to accidents where you are not at fault.

• How Old You Are

Young drivers, especially boys in the teen years, are grouped together as riskier drivers because the statistics say they display poor driving habits and are involved in and cause many more serious accidents than older drivers. To a lesser degree, those sixty-five and older may find their insurance rates up due to age matters that contribute to poorer reflexes, eyesight issues and more.

• Marriage Status

Studies show that husbands and wives are not involved in as many collisions as those who are not married.

• How Your Credit Rates

Though this may not seem fair to some, insurance companies may class you as a driving risk due to your poor credit score.

Speaking to a knowledgeable specialist employed by an independent insurance agency will help you navigate through the web of insurance policies so that you are presented with the most tailored one at the most competitive price.

Understanding the Auto Insurance Claims Process

If you own a car, truck, motorcycle or any other vehicle, you know you need related insurance. All is good as long as you pay your monthly premium and do not make a claim.

Then you are involved in an accident. What then?

For many auto insurance policyholders, the auto insurance claim process is very, very complicated. Here, we bring you the basics of understanding with the following oft-repeated questions.

How long does it generally take to process an auto insurance claim?

A: If the insurance company has all the facts, a settlement should be achieved fairly quickly. By providing much of the details involved in the collision, the policyholder him or herself will help get the process off the ground. Any insurance company worth its reputation will do its utmost to process the claim as efficiently as possible.

Why is the estimated cost of repairs less than the actual payment check?

A: This is because the auto policyholder must first pay out-of-pocket for the deductible. Only after this, is the remaining balance given through a check.

What is the reason for the auto lien holder to be placed on the insurance payment check?

A: Many states make this a requirement for the simple reason that the lien holder has an insurable interest in the repair work done on the vehicle. In order for the policyholder to get the funding for the repair, he or she must be in touch with the lien holder.

What is the meaning of Direction of Payment?

A: Most auto repair shops require you to sign a Direction of Payment form so that they have documented evidence that the insurance company has permission to pay them for the repair work they complete.

What is common practice of insurance companies in regard to rental cars during the time the insured car is in the shop for repairs?

A: Most times, an insurance company will supply a rental car if the insured car is inoperable and in for repairs.

What about towing costs?

A: Generally speaking, towing is a covered service provided by the auto insurance company following an accident.

What is the procedure if the insured incurs injury during an auto accident?

A: The policyholder should be in touch with the insurance company if he or she is injured. The claims person will inform the policyholder about the related medical care and treatments that are covered under the policy.