What Affects Car Insurance Prices?

by Steve Wilson

The cost of car insurance varies by insurance company and by:

What you buy

  • How many coverages you buy
  • The deductibles

What kind of car you drive

If you are buying or selling a car, you will need to re-evaluate your auto insurance needs.

Generally, the more expensive the car, the more you pay.

Where you drive

Due to higher rates of vandalism, theft, and accidents, urban drivers pay more for auto insurance than those in small towns or rural areas.

How much you drive

People who use their car for business and long-distance commuting normally pay more than those who drive less.

Your age, sex and marital status

Accident rates are higher for all drivers under age 25, especially young males and single males.  Insurance prices in most states reflect these differences.

Your driving record

Drivers who cause accidents generally must pay more than those who are accident-free for several years.

Your credit history

Studies have shown that credit history is a powerful predictor of future auto insurance losses. Many insurance companies consider certain credit characteristics in addition to many other factors when determining an individual’s rate.

What can you do to save money on your auto insurance?

  • If you’re shopping for a car, consider how your choice will affect premiums before you buy it!
  • Some insurers increase premiums for cars more susceptible to damage or occupant injury, and lower rates for those that fare better than the norm.
  • Ask about discounts for good students, insuring more than one vehicle, accident-free driving, and others available discounts.
  • Consider joining a car or van pool, or finding other transportation to work. If you reduce your driving mileage enough, you may lower your premiums.
  • Most importantly – Drive carefully.

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