Your car insurance bill may have gone up recently, likely due to insurance companies responding to changes in the marketplace. Below, Auto-Owners Insurance has provided some answers to questions you may have about why your car insurance premium may increase.
Why did my car insurance go up?
Several unprecedented changes are driving up car insurance rates, the first being the increased costs of a car insurance claim. This increased claim cost is largely due to:
- Increased severity of car insurance claims
- Price increases for replacement parts
- Availability of replacement parts
- Repair shops are short-staffed
- Repairs are taking longer, which increases the total cost to rent a vehicle since you may need it longer
There is also a shortage of new and used vehicles. Because of these shortages, the prices to replace a vehicle have significantly increased, making claims for totaled cars much more expensive.
Of course, we can’t forget inflation. Just like many other industries right now, inflation is driving up prices.
How much can I expect my car insurance to go up?
The amount that your car insurance will increase varies by state and depends on your policy. There is no set percentage that all insurance companies are increasing. The adjustment is based on the price increases they’ve seen in their claims and adjustments for inflation. All rate changes also have to be approved by your state’s department of insurance.
What if I didn’t file any claims?
Filing a claim can affect your rates. However, this particular rate increase is usually going to be more heavily motivated by the drastic changes in the marketplace.
Should I switch my insurance?
Seeing your rate increase may prompt the question of switching insurance companies. Since this is a change affecting the entire insurance industry, rates may not be that much different. However, it never hurts to check.
Your local, independent insurance agent is a great resource and can help you compare quotes from multiple insurance companies to find the coverage and rate best for you.
While it’s tempting to switch to achieve that lower price tag, make sure you check the insurance company’s service ratings, coverage options and limits. This is especially important today, since repairing and replacing a vehicle is far more challenging. Switching to an insurance provider that has a lower rate but also lower service ratings or coverage limits may leave you scrambling when you submit a claim.
We know it’s hard to see a rate increase that is both unexpected and out of your control. However, all the fast-paced changes over the last few years has made it a necessary step. For more information about the rate increases you’re seeing, reach out to your local, independent insurance agent.
Source: Auto-Owners Insurance