THESE ARE THE THINGS YOU NEED TO CLARIFY FIRST WITH YOUR CAR INSURANCE PROVIDER BEFORE SEALING THE DEAL
Choosing a car insurance policy is difficult enough, but things can get harder once people realize the many important things they weren’t told by their provider.
And when their first bill arrives, some people might still be confused about the specifics that go into the price of their premium’s pricing. Here are some of the things insurance providers often forget to clarify with their clients.
CAR OR DRIVER?
Oftentimes a person’s car insurance will be attached to the vehicle they drive. In these cases, the benefits will kick in no matter who was the person driving the car when an accident happens. However, there are cases when specific uses of the vehicle will not be covered.
It’s best if one reads the fine print first before letting somebody else drive, just to be safe. There might also be an option that allows people to exclude certain individuals from using their vehicle.
CREDIT SCORE IMPACT
People living in certain states will find that their credit scores actually have an impact on the premium they’ll end up paying for their car insurance. According to studies done by the Federal Trade Commission, an insurance company may end up charging a person with a lower credit score higher rates since they deem them to be riskier.
However, those living in the states of California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts are lucky as these places don’t factor in one’s credit score when pricing policies.
ACCESS TO INSURANCE REPORTS
Insurance companies typically share information with databases like the Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE). These then keep a record of the various claims that drivers make over the years.
Each individual is entitled to a free copy of their record every year or so. Records typically stay on the database for around five to seven years. It’s worth noting that making requests to get one’s reports don’t have any negative impacts on their credit score.
THE AGE FACTOR
Now, this next one isn’t really a secret. Insurance companies do factor in their client’s age when calculating the price of their premium. Generally, it’s the drivers on the opposite ends of the age spectrum that end up paying the most.
According to sources, 18-year-old drivers tend to pay the most expensive premiums. However, this number steadily declines year after year until they turn 25. Then their premiums would more or less remain the same for the next 30 years or so. But it would return to its rising trajectory once a driver turns 55 years old reaching a high at the age of 75.