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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.

 

Car Insurance Policy

When you purchase a comprehensive auto insurance policy, you are protecting yourself from the costs of damaging your car, but that is just one element that makes up full automobile insurance coverage. You need insurance that can cover the legal fees that may result during a lawsuit if you take another driver to court after an accident. You need insurance that can cover the cost of prescription painkillers that you may need to buy for yourself if an uninsured driver runs a light and hits your car. These and hundreds of other possible costs that have nothing to do with your actual vehicle can be covered by so-called automobile insurance. The act of buying an insurance policy for your car is an act of making sure that it is financially safe both for yourself and for anyone else who you may encounter when you are behind the wheel.

You need to protect yourself from the potential financial hardship of paying for the medical bills of anyone who you injure in an accident, and the costs of repairing any public or private property that you may damage. In addition, before you can hit the road in most states you need enough insurance that you will be able to pay for your own medical care if you are injured in a crash caused by an uninsured motorist. So far, none of these important elements of a standard car insurance policy even mention the automobile itself!

A good collision or comprehensive insurance policy will cover at least some percentage of the cost of repair to your vehicle after physical damage. However, since not every state requires that you have this kind of insurance, don’t assume that physical damage is covered by your policy unless your agent tells you so directly. Physical damage coverage is just one element of a good automobile insurance policy, and many people consider it optional rather than necessary. The actual cost of insuring the physical form of your vehicle is almost always dwarfed by the costs of the other kinds of insurance that you need in order to drive safely, responsibly, and legally.

Other options that you will be likely to encounter when choosing a car insurance policy include things like medical payments coverage, which will help you meet the costs of medical attention after an accident. Of course, a traditional auto insurance policy includes a certain level of protection against the costs of treatment, but things like co-pays are not covered by body injury liability coverage or uninsured motorist coverage. This leads many people to take out additional insurance so that they know that they will not have a larger than necessary financial burden if a hospital stay is necessary for them, for a passenger, or for somebody else harmed during a crash.

 

Things that Makes Classic Car Insurance Special

A classic car owner is more likely than a standard driver to make a claim for repainting after a tiny scratch, for example; whereas a typical driver will be much more likely to get into a highway pile-up than a classic car owner. The habits and requirements of the drivers who spends time behind the wheel of a classic 1950s Ford are obviously quite different from those of a driver who gets around in a used 1997 Taurus; so it makes plenty of sense that insurance companies would create policies specifically for drivers who own vintage cars.

One of the most useful facets of many classic car insurance policies has to do with the idea of flexible usage. This unique idea allows drivers to attain full coverage at a variable rate depending on how often they drive their car and in what situations. Most drivers with antique automobiles drive their vehicles over less than one thousand miles each year, but some collectors drive up to five thousand miles a year in their prized cars. Some drivers are extremely careful about distance because of its potential wear and tear on the vehicle, but just as many classic car enthusiasts are more concerned about what kind of situation they are driving in than how far they are driving.

Many vintage car owners only take their precious vehicles out for special events like auto shows or parades, but there are some drivers who enjoy taking the occasional drive outside of the umbrella that these events provide. With an insurance policy that supports flexible usage, a driver can pay only for the coverage that he or she needs to cover his or her classic car driving habits. This means that a driver who enjoys a leisurely weekend afternoon of driving through town in his or her car will be able to do so without risking the investment that the car represents, but also that a driver who only starts the engine during a special event will not have to pay extra money for open road privileges that he or she won’t use.

In addition to what is and is not covered, there are many conveniences that a classic car owner can enjoy by having classic car insurance instead of a standard auto policy. For one thing, having the agent who is responsible for the policy be knowledgeable about and sensitive to the needs of classic car owners can save quite a bit of hassle and phone time. Vintage car collectors are understandably very selective about where they get their cars repaired, and often will be unwilling to let anyone but their personally trusted mechanic look at their car. The reasons for this fact will be obvious to an agent who understands the needs and desires of people who own classic cars, but for an agent who is not experienced with these kinds of customers it can be a difficult fact to swallow.

 

Elderly Car Insurance

As the number of elderly drivers will double during the next ten years, this represents a problem for elderly drivers and their families – not to mention the insurance industry, police and indeed all of the emergency services!

You can probably predict the response from the insurance industry. Many insurance companies already reckon that drivers over 80 are as high a risk as the under 25’s – and charge premiums to match! Some are even progressively loading premiums once the driver reaches 60. Then at 70, you’ll find that many insurance simply refuse to offer cover. Norwich Union and Esure won’t quote after 70 and by the time the driver reaches 80, the field narrows to specialised insurers who insure elderly drivers. Help the Aged and Age Concern both market policies that have no upper maximum age. Cornhill only accepts new policyholders up to 84 but if you’ve been insured by them for a few years, there’s no upper age limit. RIAS and Saga are also pleased to consider older drivers.

As the price of car insurance is based on historical claims experience, a 75 year old male driver can expect to pay at least 33{ea74fb1876b09704ca77e61ba0740c2359bd142251766a3a187ca67fcb18aa63} more than if he were aged 50. By the time the driver reaches 80 the premiums hit boy racer levels! So if you’re in your early 50’s keep smiling at the lowest premiums you’ll ever experience – they won’t last forever!

And the fairer sex fare even worse. Whilst younger women are renowned for their safe driving, they become more accident-prone as they get older. Whereas male drivers improve with age. (Where have we heard that before!) As a result, elderly women drivers pay the highest rates for car insurance.

It’s a biological fact that eyesight and reaction times worsen as age creeps on. And with traffic becoming heavier and road networks ever more complex, elderly drivers can more easily become disorientated and confused. Even a fraction of a second’s delay can make the difference between an accident and a near miss. Insurers are reacting by insisting that more elderly drivers take a medical before agreeing to provide insurance. The best advice is to build up a no claims record and as soon as possible and buy No Claims Protection. This protection cost a bit more but it’s well worth the money. Then make sure you pay for any small bumps yourself.

But there are some simple steps that older drivers, and indeed all drivers, can take to reduce the likelihood of them having an accident and thereby making themselves more insurable. It’s often more about those little things and being alert to likely problems. For example, car parks are a breeding ground for small accidents. Knowing that take more care. Before you get back into your car, walk round it to see how much room you’ve got. Then edge out carefully making sure that other drivers in the car park aren’t driving into the area you’re moving into. Then, if advancing years has stiffened you neck and all-round visibility is a bit more difficult, take special care at junctions and when reversing. Remember to move you head and swivel your shoulders – that way you’ll increase your sweep of vision.

Many of the policies for older motorists contain special provisions designed to assist them. On Saga’s policy for example, ex company car drivers can use any no claims record they’d built up and if a couple are insured and the main driver decides to quit driving, then the spouse can take over the no claims record. Other policies also provide full insurance cover for anyone who takes over driving in an emergency. Cornhill will even payout £250 if the DVLA stops you from driving for health isues associated with age.

In moves to diminish the numbers of accidents involving the elderly, the UK Government is investigating the issue of deteriorating health amongst elderly drivers. It seems to be considering the idea of obligatory health checks for elderly motorists. At the same time some local councils are introducing initiatives of their own. Torbay council has launched a scheme to encourage families and GP’s to take more responsibility for encouraging elderly drivers who are not really fit drive, to give up. A road safety spokesperson for Torbay council said, “The problem is that the elderly can’t always see themselves when it’s really time to give up driving so those closest to them must take responsibility for that.”

In the meantime, a survey carried out by the Institute of Advanced Motorists confirms that older motorists are aware that they represent an increased accident risk. Seven out of ten older drivers surveyed said they would like to take a refresher course for motorway driving skills and six out of ten wanted to improve their performance at junctions and on unlit roads. In response to these issues, the Institute has extended its advanced tests to older non-members to encourage them to improve and build up confidence. The tests also help spot any serious problems that should encourage the driver pack up driving.

 

Great Car Insurance Tips

Motorists could be forgiven for not getting other quotes, it used to be a very laborious exercise involving long waits while getting routed through the call centre, and boring repetition of facts to sales advisors. Now, thanks to the internet, it’s all a lot more simple. Car insurers also offer extra discounts to people who buy online.

However, you need to consider the quality of the policy, not just the price:

– Check that your low quotation is not due to an extremely high excess.

– Check that you will get a courtesy car if your car needs to be taken in for repairs.

– Check that legal insurance cover is included, if you want it, and automatic windscreen replacement.

– Find out if there is an accident help line in case of an emergency.

It’s a good idea to ring the insurer direct to talk through the policy in detail before signing up online.

Money saving tips – recommended!

You can get a quote with over 40 car insurers if you input your details into a good car insurance broker’s website. You’ll only need to give your details once. Call the insurer with the quotation to check exactly what is and isn’t covered.

If you have a garage, then you’ll save by keeping your car there overnight. You’ll also make savings if you can keep your car on a driveway. This is because there is more chance your car being broken into or vandalised if it’s kept on the road.

Give your insurer an accurate picture of how many miles you do each year – you will save if you travel less.

Some occupations, like being a landlord, journalist or professional footballer (if only) attract higher premiums. You can save money if you work in finance or the civil service.

Get married! Men under 30 pay more if they’re not married – it’s just the excuse your girlfriend is looking for!

Under 25’s pay more, but you can get lower premiums if can put a driver over the age of 25 with a good driving record on your policy as a named driver. That person must be under 60 though, as premiums rise again at that age.

Agreeing to higher excess (the average cost is £100) will help lower your premiums.

If your car is not of a high value, you could get third party cover and make quite a saving compared to fully comprehensive insurance.

Pay as you go insurance is a new option for 18-21 year olds. It’s a recent development introduced by Norwich Union, in which you pay a unit cost per mile. The cost per mile is more between 11pm and 6am. You pay an initial fee of £199 to have a Global Positioning System fitted to your car, and then it transmits details of your mileage direct to Norwich Union. They send you a monthly invoice and you pay for the miles you’ve done!

Taking Pass Plus lessons to improve your driving abilities could save you around a third on your premiums. They cost £15 – £30 an hour and cover driving at night, in busy rush hour jams and fast motorway driving. You can find out more at www.passplus.org.uk . You can also improve your driving skills and make insurance savings with the Institute of Advanced Motorists ( www.iam.org.uk ).

Find out the insurance group of a car before you make the purchase. There are twenty insurance groups – the slower and less desirable the car (to criminals) then the lower the rating. You could make considerable savings by choosing a car in a lower insurance group.

If you want a high spec or performance car then you can expect to pay a lot more on your insurance. They’re a lot more likely to be stolen or involved in an accident. Making the sensible choice might be a bit boring, but it will be a lot cheaper.

Watch your speed. Most insurance companies will let you get away with a single fixed penalty fine but if you repeat the offence then your premiums will rocket.

Protect your no claims discount as soon as you can (usually after four years). It costs a bit extra but it’s well worth it.

Satellite navigation in your car will lower your premiums. Insurers have found that people concentrate more on their driving and less on trying to find their way, which means less chance of having an accident.

It’s a good idea to have an engine immobiliser or alarm fitted not just because it could help you keep hold of your car, it will also make you a saving of 5-8{ea74fb1876b09704ca77e61ba0740c2359bd142251766a3a187ca67fcb18aa63}.

If there’s two or more cars in the household, get them on the same policy to get a good discount.

 

Car Insurance Rate Variable

Rating Criteria

Credit Reports – Most of the insurance companies use credit as part of the equation when setting rates. Some people do not understand the relationship. Actuaries have come up with the statistics that prove credit to be a significant rating factor. There is a stability factor and relationship to accident frequency that coincides with the credit history.

Vehicle Types – This can be kind of tricky. Some newer vehicles actually have better rates than the older vehicles because of all the safety features. Some vehicles have high theft rates. Make sure that you get the vehicle identification number of any new vehicle purchase and give it to your insurance company to obtain your new rate.

Rating Territory – You are stuck with this one unless you move to another geographical area.

Driver Info – The driving records and ages of your drivers will play a significant part in your rate.

Discounts – There are several ways to discount your car insurance. Purchase the home policy with the auto policy to get a multi-policy discount. Good student and drivers training discounts are available to young drivers with some companies. Retirement discounts and discounts for taking a mature driving course are available for senior citizens.

The cheaper rate is really up to you. Do your home work and ask your insurance company a lot of questions.

 

Things You Must Know before Buy Motorcycle Insurance

Make sure you know who is underwriting the insurance.

The underwriter is the guy (or gal! ;)) who pays up if you need to use the insurance due to a wreck, theft, or vandalism. So you will want to ensure that you have a dependable underwriter for your motorcycle insurance. If your underwriter is not dependable, you could end up with no motorcycle to ride and no money to replace it!

Compare rates as well as policy details.

Just because one insurance rate is cheaper than all of the others does not necessarily mean that you are getting the best deal for your money. Check your state and local laws to learn exactly what insurance coverage you need to purchase for your motorcycle. In this way, you will not be paying for coverage that is not needed and you will have at least the minimum of what the law requires. You may want to get coverage that includes yourself or another driver, passengers, custom equipment, collisions, uninsured motorists, and medical payments. Ask your insurance provider what they offer in motorcycle insurance and compare them against several different companies to find the best price and insurance for you. Be sure to compare like with like in this area. Cheaper is not always better.

Many insurance companies offer a discount on motorcycle insurance if you take an approved motorcycle safety course.

Ask if your company does. There may also be discounts if you purchase other insurance from them as I mentionned above. It never hurts to ask what kind of discounts that a particular insurance company offers, as it may just save you some money! The worst they can say is that they do not offer any discounts. In which case you are no worse off anyway.

A few things that come into consideration when you are getting a quote for motorcycle insurance are your age, riding experience, driving record, and details about your bike, such as value, power, age of bike, modifications, and where it is kept at night. Be honest about the questions that the insurance company asks you. If you do not tell the truth and something happens, then your claim can be denied later on down the road! So be careful. Be prudent. Tell the truth!

Motorcycle insurance is the easy way to protect your bike and yourself from any number of things that can happen in life. It can protect you from financial ruin if you have an accident and cause property damage or other damage. And it also covers you in the event that your bike is stolen or damaged.

 

Finding Low Car Insurance Rates

There are some factors that can work in your favor when it comes to getting reduced costs for your car insurance. Are you female? Are you over 25? Are you in good health? Do you have a completely clear driving record? All of these things can work in your favor. The less of a risk you can prove yourself to be, then the chances are better that you can get lower premiums.

Other ways that you can get reductions on your car insurance are to package your car insure with house, contents and or life insurance. Having all your insurance together means that you might be able to get one relatively low premium, rather than having to pay separate premiums for each insurance need.

You can also look for reward deals. Some companies will drop their premiums for you if you’ve been with them for a certain amount of time without having an automobile altercation and needing to draw on your insurance to cover it. These can really work out to be much cheaper over time.

Another thing you can do to save yourself some money is limited insurance, meaning that you insure the car only for yourself, or perhaps for you and your partner. This will get reduced rates versus insurance that covers anyone driving your car, or insurance that covers your wild young teenagers driving your car.

The best way to get cheap car insurance though, is simply to be a safe driver.