Looking ahead in order to plan your budget, you love any spendinghs to be easily or at some degree predictable. But the real life is rarely a predicatble thing so, without any warning, you can suddenly find all your careful plans thrown out of joint. Insurance rates are no exception to this. To understand why, we need to remind you how auto insurance works. Everyone pays into a central fund. When accidents happen, people claim and the money is paid out. The rest must cover the administrative costs and provide a profit. So, in their business model, insurers are looking for drivers who will never claim or only make small claims. If you suddenly look like a bigger risk, your personal rates will rise. If too many people have been claiming, your rates will rise. But there may be other less obvious reasons for your rates to rise.
Let’s start with changing your vehicle. Most people upgrade, buying a new or newer vehicle. With more money at risk, you may decide to buy collision and comprehensive cover. This will be required if you have taken out an auto loan. Inevitably, this means you will pay more unless your new vehicle is cheaper to insure. Look carefully at the theft rates and insurance ratings before deciding what to buy. Now think about changing your job. If you now have to commute a longer distance during peak hours, the risk of an accident rises and so will your premium. If your new job will involve more driving, the rates will also rise. Similarly, before you change your address, look at the premium rates associated with the proposed ZIP code. Many people face an increase even if all they are doing is moving across the street. If you manage to take these three factors under your control, you can minimize their impact on your auto insurance quotes next time. Failure to plan could mean a very unpleasant surprise when the next auto insurance quotes arrive and throw all your careful budgeting into disarray.