Each state sets its own policies on auto insurance and when rates can be raised for drivers. California insurance officials have not approved a rate increase in the past few years. The state plays a role in making sure insurance companies can charge auto insurance premiums at a rate in which they can be profitable while protecting consumers from excessive pricing. Let’s discuss what else plays an important role in deciding your auto insurance premiums in California.
Here are the key factors that affect California's car insurance premiums.
The most significant factor that affects your auto insurance premiums is your driving record. If you never get speeding tickets or other violations, you'll pay a lower rate than if you did. Living in a low-crime zip code is another factor in your favor at a price reduction. To demonstrate you are a responsible driver, you can take a state-accredited defensive driving course, which can lead to paying lower insurance rates.
The more cars on the road, the more chances of traffic accidents. California is the most populated state in the nation and has the most drivers. If your commute is regularly through heavy traffic, you'll pay a higher insurance cost than commuting on a less-traveled road. One way to lower insurance costs is to take alternative transportation a few days per week.
Healthcare costs keep rising for various reasons, such as inflation, labor shortage, new technology, and supply chain issues. Rising healthcare costs force insurers to push up auto insurance premiums for liability coverage.
Auto repairs have become increasingly more expensive, despite the widespread adoption among auto repair shops of digital diagnostic equipment that speeds up repairs. The rise in material costs is driving up the price of car parts.
California has snow storms and heavy rainfall in various places across the state. Severe weather conditions increase risks for drivers and insurers, as slippery roads cause thousands of accidents every wet season. Thick fog covers San Francisco in the winter, resulting in low visibility for drivers. Insurance is more expensive in the Bay Area and Los Angeles than in other parts of the state.
Your car insurance rate will further be affected by how much coverage you need to meet the requirements of either the state and/or financial lenders. The state requires all drivers to carry liability coverage up to $30,000 for the injury or death of multiple people. Drivers must also carry coverage of at least $5,000 for property damage.
Most cars purchased in California are financed through bank loans. Financial institutions usually require borrowers to purchase comprehensive coverage as well as minimum coverage. Comprehensive is broader coverage that protects the value of the vehicle.
An insurance option to consider if you don't drive much is usage-based insurance, also known as the "pay-as-you-drive" model. It involves installing a telematics device in your car that monitors mileage and driving behavior. The data is transmitted wirelessly to the insurance company, which can then assess a premium price reduction. Telematics technology is also used to reward drivers with lower rates for demonstrating driving safety.
Don't just assume all auto insurance premiums or policies are the same. We are here to serve your individual needs. Contact us today at Udell Family Insurance for more information on the best auto insurance plan that works for you.