Car insurance prices all fall down to one simple factor: how likely does your insurer think you are to make a claim? A simple question, yes, But with no simple answer.
The answer to this is affected by a number of different factors; from your age, where you live and the type of car you drive, insurers can calculate the chances of you having to claim on your car insurance in the future. The more likely you are to claim, the higher your insurance costs will be.
Some of these factors can seem unfair to drivers that have to pay more based on factors that they cannot change, but so far this is the most accurate way insurance companies have of calculating your premiums.
New drivers between the age of 17-25 will know first hand that age can have a drastic effect on car insurance costs. Adult drivers are less likely to have an accident than a younger driver which is the main reason insruers look more kindly on older drivers. Young drivers who choose powerful cars can see insurance costs that match the cost of the actual car so it is vital that you look at purchasing an appropriate car for your first vehicle if you fall into the younger age brackets.
Insurers use your address to study local statistics on general driving behaviours, how busy the area is, the crime rate – most notably around vehicle theft or vandalism – as well as the number of both legitimate and fraudulent claims made in the area.
Fortunately for female drivers they are statistically less likely to be involved in a car accident which is something that is reflected in car insurance costs. Women, on the whole, pay less than the average man for car insurance when all other aspects are taken into consideration.
The vehicle itself has a number of categories which are assessed in order to calculate your insurance premiums including the value of the car, the power of the engine, any modifications that have been made and the desirability of the car itself.
Unfortunately, if your car is one that is deemed ‘desirable’ then it is considered more likely to be stolen and will result in higher insurance costs. More powerful cars are more likely to be involved in accidents as they are often driven at higher speeds and if you do make modifications to your car be sure to inform your insurer because if you don’t you may see your insurance voided.