Life Events and how they Affect your Auto Insurance Rates

While auto insurance rates may not be your favorite topic in the world, they have probably been included in at least one of your conversations as of late especially considering the state of the economy. Auto insurance can represent one of the most expensive bills that individuals and families can pay each year. While these policies can certainly save us from financial ruin in the event of a catastrophic accident, it is also important that we try to save money on these premiums whenever we can. Many life events can affect our premiums both positively and negatively and it is important that as a client you understand how they can so that you can better plan for and budget for your auto insurance needs whenever one of these life events happens to you.


The following is a list of five of the most common life of ends and how they can have an affectation on your auto insurance rates.
Age-age is certainly a life event we deal with each and every year. Auto insurance rates are at least partially figured using the age of the driver. Newer drivers and those all the way up to age 25 often pay much higher insurance rates than those people who are between ages 25 and 65. In addition, individuals who are age 65 and older see a rate increase as well as the older they are, the more likely it is that they will be involved in an auto accident.

Marriage-getting married can actually represent a discount on your auto insurance. Individuals who are rated as inexperienced operators or those under 25 will often get rated as adults when they get married which will help to significantly lower their insurance premiums. In addition, when a married couple decides to put all of their cars with one insurance company, they will usually receive what is known as a multicar discount which will help to further lower the premiums as well.

Children-having children, like marriage, can lower insurance rates. That is, until the children hit 16. Once your child begins driving, your insurance rates will almost always go up. This is simply due to the fact that younger drivers have the most accidents. This is certainly a life event will want to sit down and talk over with your insurance agent to make sure that you understand the risks involved for your new driver as well as any discounts that you can apply for to help lessen the burden on your pocketbook.

New Job-some may not even think to talk to their insurance company when they take a new job, but this life event can sometimes affect your insurance rates on your automobile. The main reason for this is the amount of miles you will drive to and from this new job. If the new position you just took is only a few miles away from your home, you may be driving less which could work to reduce your insurance rates a great deal. On the other hand, if your commute is much farther, this could have a negative effect on your insurance rates. In addition, if you have to use your vehicle like a truck as part of your new job, make sure that the truck repair costs are included with the insurance company as well to make sure the policy you have currently will cover your automobile in the event of an accident.


Moving-moving to a new location is another common life event will almost always result in a change in auto insurance rates. You see, your insurance premium takes into consideration such things as crime statistics and the amounts of automobile accidents that happen within a particular area. If you moved from the rural countryside to the bustling density of a major metropolitan area, your insurance rates are almost surely going to skyrocket. This is an important life event to speak with your agent about as well so that you can examine your policy to see if there is anything you can do to help mitigate or offset this rate increase.

Life events are, well, part of life. Each and every change we make in our lives often affects other aspects of our lives as well and your auto insurance rates are no exception. Make sure to schedule regular checkups with your insurance company so that you can make certain your insurance plan continues to meet the changing needs of you and your family.

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