It would be good to believe the world always works the way you expect, i.e. in a way that’s basically fair. Except, if you choose to believe such a thing, you will nearly always be disappointed. More importantly, by not protecting yourself, you are opening yourself up to potential losses. Take auto insurance as an example. Perhaps in a perfect world, all the focus would be on you as a driver. The insurer would look at how well you have been driving, whether you have made any claims and, if so, how much the insurer has had to pay out. You might believe the insurer uses each person as an individual profit center. So if you pay $1,000 for ten years and there’s only one payout of $1,000, the insurer has made a gross profit of $9,000 on you so that should earn a loyalty discount and premium rate reductions to celebrate. Except that’s not how insurance works. Everyone pays into a central fund. No one is counted as an individual profit center. The profit is calculated by looking at whether there’s enough money collected in the fund to pay all the claims plus the administration costs.
Put another way, the insurers do look at you as a person but the focus is not just on you as a driver. The idea is to make an overall assessment of you as a “responsible” adult. Based on the statistical evidence, insurers take the view that people who are not responsible in the management of their money are less responsible when driving on the road. The cold reality of this view is to penalize people who are already struggling with their finances. Indeed, it specifically targets the poor and marginalized members of the community who may, through no fault of their own, miss a payment on a debt or make one or more payments late. This does not make them dishonest nor does it bear directly on their ability to drive. But making such people pay higher than average premium rates is distinctly unfair. These people probably live in parts of a town or city not well served by public transport. Without access to a car, they cannot find and keep a job. This locks them into poverty unless they take the risk of driving uninsured. If they are caught, they are criminalized.
No matter what your financial situation, you must ensure your credit score is at least accurate. You have a legal right to a free copy of your credit history. If you find mistakes, you have the right to correct the record. If your score improves, the next car insurance quote will be lower. To ensure you get the best rates, use this site to get comparative car insurance quotes. Only if you are proactive on this issue can you protect yourself, particularly in more expensive no-fault states. Remember this site delivers Florida car insurance quotes free of charge. You can quickly see whether you are paying too much.