Taking out auto insurance is a serious business; so much more goes into it than you might know. You may already be aware that auto insurance companies look into your driving history before offering you insurance. However, do you know they research your financial records and criminal history as well? Do you want to know how and why most insurers carry out this exercise? We’ll be revealing it all in this video!
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One important thing you need to note about insurance generally and auto coverage specifically is that it is all about risk. There’s the possibility that you won’t end up costing your insurer more than you pay as premium. Similarly, there’s also the chance your insurer will end up spending more on maintaining your policy than what you pay as premium, in which case, they lose out. That is why risk evaluation is crucial to auto insurance. It has a direct bearing on what you end up paying as your premium.
Low Risk Equals Low Premiums, And High Risk Equals High Premiums
To accurately determine the level of risk offering you coverage poses, insurers will check the following about you:
- Your driving history
- Your credit and financial history, and
- Your criminal history
Your Driving History
This is usually the first and fastest detail that auto insurance companies can look up when preparing to offer you coverage. It is imperative to insurers because they believe that how you drove in the past is the clearest indicator of how you’re likely to drive in the future. Every auto insurer has a tool for looking into your driving history on their computer. If your history is filled with cases of filing at-fault claims, you can expect your premium to be huge.
Your Credit Record
The next thing they look over is your financial background. The primary motivation for doing this is to ascertain whether you’ll be able to pay what is expected of you as a premium. To do this, many insurers will usually use the credit information you filled in when applying for the policy to get in touch with your bank.
Your Criminal History
Certain criminal acts are actually relevant to your auto insurance policy. For example, if you’ve ever been involved in a hit and run, this might influence whether or not your insurer will extend your coverage. This is regardless of the outcome of the case. Sometimes, simple tools like search engines are more than enough to reveal a criminal record. In other cases, your insurer might reach out to the police force to request information about you.
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