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I Can’t Read My Car Insurance Bill

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 08/30/2016

Q: I used to pay the same amount each month for my car insurance bill and all of the sudden it has gone up and I don’t understand why.

A: First, read the breakdown in your bill very carefully. Your car insurance bill should include the balance you still owed on your policy before payment last month, last month’s payment, any changes to your policy premium and finally the current balance.

The changes to your premium, if there are any, will be the easiest way to learn why your monthly bill increased. These changes could be additional premium being added because your policy renewed or any changes that were made to the coverage of your current policy. If there are no changes showing on the bill, then it’s time to talk to your agent about your car insurance bill.

 

Your Credit Score and Your Car Insurance Premium

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 07/30/2016

Q: Why does my credit score have anything to do with my car insurance premium?

A: When insurance companies started using credit scores as one of their rating factors there was a huge outrage as people did not understand how their credit score had anything to do with how safe of a driver they were. And honestly, credit score has nothing to do with how safe of a driver you are.

However, that’s not why insurance companies use that as a factor in your premium, you can thank all of the people that have successfully and unsuccessfully filed fraudulent claims in the past. They use your credit score as an indication as to whether or not you are likely to try and commit insurance fraud because you need the money. Insurance companies have stated that they have data that backs their claim that people with lower credit scores are more likely to commit insurance fraud.

With that being said though, some states are working to overturn this rating practice and we will see what happens in the future.

Roadside Assistance on Your Car Insurance

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 07/31/2016

Q: My car insurance agent said that I can add roadside assistance to my car insurance policy, but I already have AAA. Which one is better?

A: Actually the best thing to do is to ask your insurance agent for the details in writing of what is covered in the roadside assistance that is offered as an option on your insurance policy. Then compare what is offered there to what you have on your  AAA roadside assistance.

Each insurance company offers different roadside assistance packages so it is different from one company to the next. There are even different levels of the packages within the same company. So get the details of what is being offered on your specific company’s car and do a comparison.

Why Did My Car Insurance Premium Go Up?

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 07/30/2016

Q: I just got my car insurance renewal and my premium went up, but I have had no claims or tickets. Why did it go up?

 

A: If you have not had any claims or tickets, your car insurance most likely went up because the company had a state-approved rate increase since you last renewal. Increases can also be because the safety and claims data for your vehicle has been updated, this can happen on any year vehicle but more often on current or next year vehicles.

Your credit score can also have an affect on your car insurance premium.

If you have seen a recent increase in your premium, talk to your insurance agent to find out why. If you are unhappy with the answer you can always have your car insurance agent get you quotes from other companies to see if they cant find you a better rate.

Claim with Fast Moving Car

Written by Michele Wilmonen. Posted in Ask An Insurance Question Last Updated: 07/29/2016

Q:  July 11 I was driving on the highway at 10:20 pm and collided with another car when I tried to change lane. I honestly said that I checked my rear mirror first to make sure of any cars and turned my signal to the right, check my right side mirror to make sure two lights are visible and checked the passenger side window to the right to make sure there’s no car beside me before I changed lane. I was driving 60 mph and slowed down when I tried to changed lane. Was I at fault? She was driving pretty fast. The paint on the passenger side door of her car were scratch on the surface, though mine was OK, just very little. How will this affect my insurance?

A: If she was not in the lane and was speeding to the point that she came up on you during your lane change, then most likely she is at fault.  I don’t know how it will affect your car insurance premiums, as there is a lot of information that goes into creating the premium specific to your needs and details.

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