Can Life Changes Impact Your Auto Insurance?
By John Voket
Life can naturally be unpredictable, and various events may cause your car insurance rates to fluctuate.
Paul K. Improta, CPIA, AAI, LUTCF of Underwriters, Inc. advises consumers that if they plan on making any significant change in the future, they should be aware of which common milestones could affect their premium.
A few of the most common life changes are:
- Moving to a new area. In some states, your ZIP code is the primary basis of your car insurance rate. Details like population size, crime rates and even weather can affect your costs.
- Accepting a new job. Changing your daily commute may also change your premium based on annual mileage and other risk factors.
- Becoming a homeowner. Adding and bundling the new policy could lead to a homeowner or multi-policy discount.
- Getting married. Marital status often influences your coverage, especially if any policyholders, including kids, will be added or removed in the process.
- Buying a new car. This one might seem obvious, but it’s a good idea to do some research before purchasing a vehicle so you’re not surprised by your new premium.
So, in any of these cases, can you reverse a rate increase?
Improta says it may not be possible to reverse a rate increase, especially if it was due to an expansion of coverage.
However, sharing updates about automatic security features in your car and doing a record review of other drivers on your policy may prevent outdated information from further raising your monthly rate.
Keeping your insurance up to date starts with revising your policy to include major life changes, Improta says. And doing an annual review of coverage will help make sure it still corresponds to your and your family’s needs.
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