Have you ever compared your car insurance rate with a friend or family member and found it wildly different—even if you both use the same insurance company?

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It’s not that your carrier likes one of you better than the other. In fact, the way rates are determined is based on many different factors—some obvious, some you might not expect:

  • Accident History and Driving Record: Okay, this one’s a given. If you’ve had many accidents in the past, you’re likely to have more in the future, and your insurance rates will be accordingly higher to make up for the risk. The same logic applies if you have a slew of speeding tickets or other traffic violations on your record—higher risk, higher price.
  • Mileage and Vehicle Usage: This factor boils down to simple probability: the more you drive, the more likely you are to be in an accident.
  • Vehicle Make and Model: This factor tends to surprise a lot of people, but it is an important part of your insurance rate. Some cars are just safer than others, while some tend to crumple if you look at them sideways—which affects risk, and in turn, rates.
  • Demographics: Demographic information  is a very good predictor of who are the most—and least—safe drivers out there.
  • Insurance Score: You probably knew you had a credit score, and that all-important number helps us calculate your insurance score. Believe it or not, there’s a strong relationship between how you manage your credit and your likelihood of loss in a car accident, which is why we take it into account when calculating your rates.

We hope this helps shed some light on how auto insurance rates are calculated, but if you’re still confused, give us a call.

We’ll not only help you find a great rate (from the right company) that fits your needs, we’ll also help explain it.

Do you actually know your dentist? Your accountant? Your hairdresser?

Shouldn’t you know your insurance agent, too…?

At Virgil E. Brown Insurance, we live and work on the East Side of Cleveland, which means we can serve and understand your needs in ways that the bigger companies can’t. (Or won’t.)

Call Stan right now at 216-851-3304 or email him at info@virgilbrownins.com to learn exactly how we can help.

About the Author

Stan Collins, Jr.Insurance Agent
With over 10 years of experience in the industry, I have come to truly love my chosen profession. I consider myself a serious student of industry trends. Taking the time to get to personally know my clients is important to me, so that I’m able to truly match them with the policy that fits their needs. Reading, golf, fishing, creating music, and spending time with my family all account for time not spent working.

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