When to Switch Car Insurance Companies
Regularly review your auto insurance coverage to make sure that you’re receiving the best insurance value for your money. You’ll discover that it pays to shop around and compare car insurance rates. In most states, premiums for identical levels of coverage vary widely among different companies. Auto insurers consider many factors when setting your rate — your age, your driving record, where you live, the model of car you drive, among others — and each company weighs these variables differently.
One of the biggest factors is a company’s claims experience with policyholders in your coverage group (e.g. people of similar age, number of accidents, type of vehicle, etc.). For example, if a large number of people in your coverage group files claims during a given year, your rates will likely rise. When this happens, better discounts and lower overall premiums may be available at other companies.
There are many reasons to switch car insurance companies. You might be unhappy with the service that your present company provides, or perhaps you’ve simply found another company willing to offer you the same level of coverage for considerably less money. Nowadays, performing a regular car insurance quote comparison and and investigating your options has never been easier. When you decide to switch your auto insurance to another company, you’ll find that it’s fairly easy to do so.
Get New Car Insurance First
Always have a new policy in place before canceling your old auto insurance coverage. You don’t want to have a lapse in car insurance for even one day. Your new company will be able to time the onset of your new policy to coincide with the cancellation of your old coverage.
When to Switch Policies
The best time to shop for insurance is about three to four weeks before your old policy is about to renew. Depending on the regulations in your state, a renewal notice will be sent to you approximately a month before your new policy period begins. The notice will describe your coverage, discounts, and your premium amount. Using that information, you can shop online for the same coverages to see your options.
You Don’t Have to Wait Until Renewal
All standard auto insurance policies contain a provision giving you the right to cancel your policy at any time, once proper notice is given to the insurance company. You don’t need to wait until renewal time. However, cancellation before a policy has renewed makes the most sense. That way, you don’t have to worry about recovering the unused portion of your paid premium. But if you choose to cancel in the middle of a cycle, the company will prorate your latest premium payment up to the cancellation date and return the remainder to you.
Don’t just walk away from your old policy without formally canceling it, because most policies are “continuous” – which means your policy will continue to be renewed every six or 12 months, unless you cancel it. If you fail to cancel, your auto insurance company will continue to bill you for insurance and will eventually cancel the policy for failure to pay. It’s much easier to cancel in writing when you’re ready to switch.
Once a policy is canceled properly, you should expect a final notice confirming the cancellation and a pro-rated refund of your premium from the date of your cancellation through the end of your term.
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