Why Insurance Companies Charge Different Rates for the Same Coverage
The price difference for the same coverage can be huge. We're talking price differences of up to $5,000 per year!
How is it possible for different auto insurance companies to charge such different rates?
The answer lies in the way each one calculates risk. There are hundreds of factors used by car insurance companies to determine what your risk profile is and how much they should charge you.
For example, one insurance company may have a large number of claims from Honda Accord owners within a certain geographical area.
This may just be a statistical anomaly, but if you happen to own a Honda Accord in this area they will quote you a high rate based on their claims history.
The same insurance company may offer low rates Toyota Camry owners if they show a lower incidence of claims in that area. As you can see, the same insurance company can give you a terrible rate or a great rate depending on one individual factor.
Now realize that there are many different factors used to calculate premiums. Your goal is to find an insurance company that has a good history with people similar to you.
Real Life Example
We checked car insurance rates for a 25 year old male with one traffic ticket on his record. He lives in Los Angeles and drives a Honda Accord.
Here are the annual premiums charged by different insurance companies for standard coverage. They range from $1,451 to $5,702 - a price difference of over $4,000 for the exact same coverage!
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