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Monthly Archives: June 2017

Credit Score and Insurance Score of Auto Insurance

The companies generally do not look at the actual credit report. They just look out for the credit score. In fact they receive the credit score from any of the three major national credit depositories – Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. Credit scoring is a method to determine the likelihood that credit users will pay their bills.

Credit scores are prepared by analyzing a borrower’s credit history. The factors considered while calculating a credit score are :

The duration for which credit is used.

The amount of credit used versus the amount of credit available.

Record of whether payments are made in time.

Employment history.

Length of time at present residence.

Negative credit information such as bankruptcies, charge-offs, collections, etc.

Now the insurance score is based on the FICO score. It is a credit score developed by Fair Isaac and Co.

Raise the FICO score: One can raise the FICO score over a period of time through the following ways:

Pay your bills in time. Late payments can have a serious impact on your score.

Reduce your credit-card balances. If you are “maxed” out on your credit cards, this will affect your credit score negatively.

If you have limited credit, obtain additional credit. Not having sufficient credit can negatively impact your score.

Do not apply for credit frequently. Having a large number of inquiries on your credit report can worsen your score.

Insurance score: There is another concept called insurance score which also plays an important role in determining the cost of insurance. An insurance score predicts whether a person is likely to file a claim in the future. This helps the insurance companies to determine the amount of premium to be charged. An insurance score is a numerical ranking based on a person’s credit history. It predicts the average claim behavior of a group of people with essentially the same credit history. Typically a good score is assumed to be above 760 and a bad score is below 600. People with low insurance scores tend to file more claims. But there are exceptions. For example, It has been found that teenagers as a group have more accidents than people of other age groups. But there are some teenager drivers who never had an accident.

Insurance scores do not include data on race or income because companies do not collect this information for insurance. Insurance score is not much concerned with the tendency to take a new credit. Instead it focuses on the issue of stability.

Studies have shown that how a person constructs his financial planning is a good predictor of insurance claims. It is accepted that people who manage their finances well can also manage other important aspects of their lives, such as driving a car. The factors such as geographical area, previous crashes, age and gender, insurance scores collectively enable auto insurers to price more accurately, so that people less likely to file a claim pay less for their insurance than people who are more likely to file a claim. Insurance scores are useful to the insurer to differentiate between lower and higher insurance risks people and thus to charge a respective premium.

There exists a kind of debate regarding the use of insurance credit scoring. Insurance companies claim that the use of these scores helps them to issue new and renewal insurance policies based on objective, accurate, and consistent information, better anticipate claims and better control risk. This enables them to offer more insurance coverage to more consumers at a fairer cost.

Opponents of insurance credit score argue that companies can use insurance credit scores to non-renew coverage regardless of whether a claim has been filed or premiums have been paid in time and that credit scoring focuses on a consumer’s economic status. People with poor credit scores sometimes pay 4 to 5 times as much as the other consumer.

One aspect of insurance score is very important. While it is easy to obtain the credit score, it is difficult to get the insurance score. There is no hard and fast rule on the part of companies to hand it over and most companies don’t.


Tips to Get Cheap Car Insurance

Keep it safe. If you want a little more cover, you can reduce costs by parking your car in a secure garage, this reduces the likelihood of theft and your premiums.

Get a cheap car. That’s right. If you’ve got a Lamborghini, you won’t be able to get very cheap insurance. A cheap car normally means lower premiums as its less likely to be stolen.

Keep your record clean. If you have more tickets than sense, then its going to be very difficult for you to get cheap or even reasonably priced insurance. Be a safe driver, a careful driver, a driver who has money left over for petrol after he pays for his insurance. Being female may also help, but there’s not much you can do about that if you’re a guy.

Get it online. Many companies offer discounts if you buy your insurance online, and why not. Saves you time and money and you can’t beat that.

Don’t let the kids drive the car. Teenagers can add massive amounts to your premiums because of their propensity to crash into things. If you want to save money then keep them in the passenger seats.

Combine it. Combining your car insurance with house and contents can lead to savings in both areas. It’s worth thinking about if you have some nice things at home.


Things to Consider about Cheap Car Insurance

1. It’s easier to find very cheap car insurance during a soft market, also called the buyer’s market, rather than a hard market, also called the seller’s market. During a soft market, rates are low, companies are competitive, and you can find coverage on more areas.

2. Find out whether or not your other insurance providers offer car insurance as well. For example, you may call your home owner insurance provider and discover that they offer car insurance, too. If so, ask for a quote and any discounts or deals they might have. Or, you may find a car insurance provider that also offers home insurance and discounts for switching to them for your multiple insurance needs.

3. If you already have car insurance, make a point to look critically at your policy and ask questions before you renew rather than just pay. You might find that you can make variations to lower insurance costs.

4. Also, if you already have car insurance, consider changing your deductible amount. People with good driving records and who are willing to pay higher deductibles in the event of an insurance claim can lower their insurance costs.

5. Ask about multi-family and multi-policy discounts. Some insurance providers offer discounts if you insure more than one vehicle.

Understand that other factors such as the type of car you drive, years of driving experience, geographic location, your credit history, driving record, occupation, and marital status can affect your car insurance costs. Some of these factors can be changed; some can not. Yet, those that negatively affect your insurance costs can be avoided in the future.