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Monthly Archives: July 2018

Car Insurance Rates

It is entirely possible to lower the cost of your auto insurance rates by altering your behaviour, and you can do this by having a better understanding of how the rates are assessed.

Car insurance rates are based on an assessment of risk. Whilst insurance companies vary their rates to compete with other insurance companies, they also vary their rates based on their assessment of the risk posed by a particular driver driving a particular car. They do this because there is no point in buying business with low car insurance rates and then insuring high risk drivers at these rates. This is a recipe for losing money.

So, if you lower your risk, you lower your car insurance. How do you
lower your risk? Well there’s a number of ways that your own driving and car behaviour can affect your car insurance rates.

Have a look at the car you drive. Is it suitable for your current needs? If not then would it be worthwhile to consider a change?

Different cars attract different auto insurance rates. Sports cars, high powered cars and cars at greater risk of theft attract higher rates. How long have you had your car and would it be wise to think about another one that would be cheaper to insure and more useful to you?

Are you a safe driver? Do you stick to the speed limit? Are you at risk of other driving offences? Many people do not think about some of the consequences of speeding tickets and driving offences until after they have seen their subsequent car insurance bill.

Your risk profile is a direct result of your driving record. A clean driving record and you will be rewarded by cheaper rates. A poor driving record and you will be penalised, usually for quite a while.

Are you willing to attend driver training courses? Many car insurance companies offer specific discounts for drivers who have attended a course. Why? Lower risk.

Are you willing to drive less? Could you car pool or use public transport to get to work? Car insurance companies look at the amount of driving their clients do when assessing their car insurance rates. Why? Lower risk. Less miles driven equals less risk. And you’ll save on other car costs too.

Auto Insurance Premiums Very Costly

“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.

Young Driver Car Insurance

Did you know that most automobile accidents involve young drivers, and most
fatalities caused by automobile accidents involve young drivers? It’s sad but
true. While we want to protect our young drivers, we can’t feasibly stop our
young drivers from obtaining their driver’s licenses until they are older and
more experienced. Besides, they wouldn’t be able to gain that crucial driving
experience if we did.

One of the most important and beneficial ways to lower young driver car
insurance is to enroll your young driver in a driver education and/or driver
training course. Not only could it help lower young driver car insurance, but it
will also teach the young driver valuable lessons in driving.

Driver education courses will teach your young driver how to operate a motor
vehicle safely, quite possibly in a variety of driving conditions as well as in
problematic situations that may arise. Aside from the driving experience, driver
education courses will teach your young driver the importance of vehicle
maintenance and how the condition of the vehicle will affect the vehicle
operates. These courses also teach drug and alcohol awareness.

Most U.S. high schools offer these types of courses in their curriculum, and
some even make these courses mandatory. These kinds of driver course are also
offered by many states throughout the country, and some states require that new
drivers enroll in and successfully complete these courses before they can obtain
their driver’s licenses. You can also have your young driver take a driver
education course online. Sure, this isn’t going to provide them with the actual
driving experience, but when used as a supplemental teaching tool, an online
course along with your driving instruction can help make them safer and more
responsible drivers.

 

About Car Insurance No Claims Bonus Explained

Put simply, if you have had Car Insurance for 4 years and you have not made a claim in that time, then you have 4 years No Claims Bonus. No Claim Bonus is probably the single biggest factor affecting the cost of your Car Insurance premium. Every year that goes by without you making a claim is another year of No Claims Bonus.

Generally speaking, the more No Claims Bonus years you have, the cheaper your premium will be for the car you need to insure. This is because Car Insurance companies can see that your history regarding making any accident claim is a good one.

When changing provider, Car Insurance companies will usually ask you to prove your No Claims Bonus in the form of a renewal notice or a letter from your current Car Insurance company. If you have several years of No Claims Bonus but then make a claim, the Car Insurance company will usually apply it’s rules of how much to knock back your No Claims Bonus Years. Some companies such as Accept Direct [http://www.acceptdirect.co.uk] offer to protect your No Claims Bonus for an extra fee during the quotation process. Having full no claims bonus can also entitle you up to 75% discount on your car insurance premium.