How do credit ratings matter?

Many car owners don’t know that their insurance rates are affected by a factor that seemingly has nothing to do with auto insurance at all. Credit rating is used by many (but not all) insurance companies as a factor when calculating rates. And while this may seem as lacking any logic from the customer’s point of view the insurance companies have a perfect explanation to using your credit score when determining your rates. Moreover, they aren’t breaking the law in any way by using your credit information without your consent and knowledge. Let’s learn how is that possible and what consequences your credit score may have with respect to insurance.

Insurers have got the right to access the personal information of their clients including the insurance record until they agree to not disclose this information to any third parties. So don’t haste filing a court case since its perfectly legal for insurers to do so. As for the purpose of doing so the insurance companies sure have one even if you may think otherwise. But you will have to start thinking as an insurer in order to grasp the importance of credit score from this perspective.

The crutial thing for insurers is assessing the risk of covering each client that apply for anauto insurance policy. If the risk is low then they can offer lower rates as to reward the low probability of a claim from such a client. If the risk is high then they will charge higher rates as to cope with the costs involved with a higher probability of a claim. And the insurers will use any piece of information that will help them evaluate their risks no matter how strange it may sound for consumers. Those who got lower credit scores file more insurance claims as a matter, whereas customers with higher scores file less claims than the average. So it’s logic that the insurance companies will adjust their rates according to this observation and use customers’ credit scores. But what if you’re not satisfied with how your score may affect your rates?

There are two options for you to consider. The first one would be improving your credit rating by reviewing your report and eliminating any unused credit lines and debts if possible. It will certainly take more time but the effect will be more profound as there are more benefits to a good credit score than just affordable auto insurance. The second option is finding a company that doesn’t use credit scores when calculating their rates. Though the majority of insurers do, there are still plenty of company that don’t, so you would want to stick to those providers.

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