5 Things That Raise Premiums Quickly

Excessive moving violations can send your insurance premiums skyward.

Excessive moving violations can send your insurance premiums skyward. (image by norcalblogs.com)

While our primary focus is getting you the cheapest online car insurance quotes from the highest quality car insurance companies, we also devote quite a bit of time towards education.

Part of that we do is in an effort to lower the price you pay for your auto insurance premium, such as specifying discounts you can take advantage of to lower your costs of insuring your car. But it is an unfortunate but true fact that car insurance rates don’t always decline. Sometimes they rise, and dramatically so.

Here are five events that can quickly hit you in the pocketbook by causing your car insurance premium to rise:

1) Excessive Moving Violations

A single ticket that you can have erased by attending a state-provided driver’s educational program will likely have no effect on your car insurance premiums. Multiple moving violations, such as excessive speed, speeding in questionable areas, such as construction or school zones, or disregarding a traffic control device by running stop signs or red lights will have an effect.

Because any driver that demonstrates that they engage in risky behaviors and that put themselves and others in danger, it shouldn’t come as a shock that auto insurers would suddenly see them as high risk drivers. The higher the risks, the more a policy will cost. Luckily, these effects will disappear from the calculations used to quote a policy after three years or more.

2) Conviction of DUI

The social stigma attached to being convicted of a DUI has certainly increased dramatically in the last thirty to forty years of driving history. But despite the seriousness of such an event, being convicted of this offense need not be the end of the world.

A hike in the policy premiums of those convicted of DUI shouldn’t come as a surprise, and they will be hefty increases as well. Beyond this and the various fines and court costs you’ll be out, you may also be required by your state to carry much higher policy limits than the state minimums. Multiple DUI convictions will make it extremely hard for a driver to obtain car insurance if they ever do regain the restoration of their driving privileges.

3) Buying/Leasing a New Car

Buying a new car to replace one on your current policy can actually go either way. If the car you’re replacing was a high-theft, high-injury automobile, and you’re doing so with a much safer car that isn’t such a prime target for thieves, you may just be quoted a rate lower than the one you currently pay.

But if you’re leasing a much more expensive car than the one you currently drive, taking advantage of one of the primary benefits of a lease, you may significantly increase your policy premium.

4) Moving

At first glance, basing your car insurance premium partially on where you live might seem strange. But insurers have actuary tables full of statistics broken down into zip codes and even as granular as individual streets or addresses.

These statistics include traffic saturation levels, road quality, thefts/vandalism occurrences and more. Generally speaking, those who live in urban settings are penalized greater than those who do so in rural or suburban neighborhoods.  This also relates to where your car is parked at night. Being in a monitored garage or lot (urban) or on a carport or in an attached or detached garage or carport (suburban or rural) means less risk, no matter where you live.

5) Adding a New Driver

We’re not talking about marriage or domestic partnership additions, as they will normally offer savings over two individual policies. No, we’re talking about adding a new teen driver to your policy.

Because they’re the least experienced drivers on the road, not to mention that they are prone to making rash or questionable decisions, teenagers represent an extremely high risk segment of the driving population – the highest risk segment overall.

While you may be able to obtain a cheaper version of a family policy from your insurer, you can be assured your car premium is going to increase dramatically. Being able to take advantage of driver training courses and good student discounts will enable you to blunt some of this pain.

If any one or more of these things have happened to you, try and work with your insurer to see if there are any potential solutions to lower your premiums. And as you’re doing that, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the buyer’s market and see what other car insurance companies might be able to offer. Our free online quotes can do that quickly and easily.

About Cecil Helton

Cecil Helton Cecil Helton is a U.S.-based writer and editor with passions for cars, motorcycles, boats, technology and social media. Much of his professional life since 1996 has been web-centric, and he’s written and developed content on a variety of subjects. His work in the houseboat industry received wide acclaim, such as winning the 1999 Cisco Systems Growing with Technology award and being named one of five finalists in the manufacturing sector of the 2000 Computerworld-Smithsonian Awards. As an Air Force brat, he spent much of his childhood in a two-year cycle of moving to a new place, making new friends, establishing a life, and then moving again. Destinations included: Kentucky, Illinois, Texas, the Greek isle of Crete, California and Ohio. Today you’ll find Cecil coping with his 15 year old son’s decision to pursue a motorcycle license at the same time he gets his driver’s license, being active across the web on multiple social media sites, and of course, writing articles and creating content on automotive and car insurance related topics right here at CarInsurance.org.

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