Shopping for coverage can feel a little bit like walking the tight rope in a circus act. On one hand, one wants the right amount of coverage to protect their own assets as well as meeting their obligations for financial responsibility in the event of a car accident. On the other hand, one wants car insurance that is affordable and will not break the budget. While it can be tricky to determine how much coverage one needs, it is also useful to keep in mind the following four factors that insurance companies take into account when determining car insurance rates.
It stands to reason that the more expensive the car is to repair in the event of an accident, the more that coverage will cost for the vehicle. So luxury cars are going to cost more to insure than standard cars. Yet, there are other considerations that insurance companies factor in where they decide on the risk model for any specific vehicle. For instance, SUVs often carry a higher insurance premiums because, as larger cars, they tend to do more damage to other vehicles in an accident. Also, with their higher center of gravity, SUVs are more prone to rolling over in an accident which can lead to significant driver and passenger injury.
Safer drivers receive the best rates all around for car insurance as they represent a significantly reduced accident risk. Drivers with speeding tickets and other moving violations on their record will pay more in car insurance premiums because they are deemed more reckless drivers and more likely to end up in a car accident.
One may wonder what a credit score, which is a measure of financial responsibility, has to do with one's car insurance premium. More and more insurance company risk models are equating lower credit scores with less responsible driving habits. Research looks to indicate that those who manage their personal finances properly also tend to manage other aspects of their lives, like their behavior behind the wheel, more responsibly as well. Maintain good credit pays off in lower rates.
Married drivers, especially males, tend to see a dip in their car insurance rates after they tie the knot. Married people often pay lower insurance premiums because, at least according to insurance underwriters, marriage confers a new sense of responsibility on to many people and causes them to drive more carefully, especially if they end up having children as well.
Purchasing the best car insurance policy can seem complicated, but by keeping the host of factors that effect rates in mind, a good insurance deal can be easier to find