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Underwriting Factors


Insurance companies underwrite to assess risk associated with an applicant.  That is, what groups are at a higher risk to make more claims. The groups with a higher claim history will pay more for auto insurance. Underwriting factors that affect cost are:

Driving Record - Drivers with previous traffic violations and at fault accidents would be placed in a higher risk group.

Marital Status - Claims among married policyholders are less than single policyholders putting them in a lower risk group than single policyholders.

Residence - The location where you garage the vehicle (usually your residence) also affects the rates. More claims are made from urban areas than rural areas.

Age and Gender - Some age groups fall into higher risk groups. Teenagers have many more accidents than the rest of the population.

Use of Vehicle - Higher annual mileage will usually result in higher cost because of the higher exposure to risk.

Vehicles driven to and from work or school.

Type of Vehicle - The type and cost of the car you drive will affect the cost of the insurance.

History of Prior Coverage - If you were cancelled because of non-payment of premiums from a prior Insurance company your rates in some states might be affected adversely.

"Better Risk Discounts" - If you qualify, discounts you should ask for:

Multiple Vehicles
Safety Devices - Automatic seat belts, Anti-Lock brakes, Air Bags etc. 
Good Driver
Anti-theft devices 
Driver Education courses for young and old drivers

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