When you first begin driving your insurance will most likely be the highest it will be in your life-time. This is because an insurance company needs to know you’re not going to cost them too much money. When you first begin driving they have no idea what kind of driver you’ll be; courteous, law-abiding and careful or reckless, fast and inconsiderate.
The fact that you may have more accidents and this could end up costly for the Insurance company in the early days ,reflects your initial premiums.
ASSESSMENT OF RISK:
The fact is they have no track-record to look at for them to access your driving skills and so actuaries will base their risk in the policy and cost of premiums for a type of cover at the higher rate for your first year, that will decrease year on year providing you have no accidents or points on your licence. The other factors that their risk assessment will take into account are age, under 25 and automatically your premium will be loaded, with some form of excess. Also should you be a high mileage driver they will take this into account. Other factors affecting cost will relate to where you park your car at night, be it a garage or on the open road. In the past gender used to play an important role, but with more and more companies rating the customer as one gender for price, due to changes by the “Equality Rights Commission” this does not play such an important part in pricing.
Knowing which factors can reduce the amount you pay can help you know how you should drive and what you can do to reduce those costs, however when it comes to renewal how do you know you’re getting the best offer for your safe driving? The renewal you’re sent through the door is almost never the best deal you could get. Even ringing them directly doesn’t mean that they can offer you the best deal for you. On-line comparison sites tend to be the best way to get value for money. You can decide on your type of cover and see offers from many insurers and choose the one you prefer. There are many price comparison sites and they will use the rule of providing a policy on the information you type into their search machine, but remember you only get what you pay for, and exclusions apply with every policy! They are not providing this service for nothing, and will have metered into the premium costs their commission somewhere down the line ,even though as a consumer this will not be obvious.
During the time l was selling insurance for both car and household l kept one thing in mind at all times ,this was that the most important person in everything l was doing was the customer. Nowadays we are blinded with technology, that on the face of it looks like it is assisting us with the best arrangement ,but as l have found out through research and years of experience, things are not as they seem.
The real fact that everyone should be looking at is not so much the price or the cover, but simply what are you not covered for in this well written and presented insurance policy! So look carefully at the part in the policy document that states ” What this Policy does not Cover” and should anything be in there that you thought was covered, decline to sign up.
REMEMBER: Always ask for a copy policy document before you agree to the New Policy or sign any policy agreement ,as once you have and pay the first premium, it is harder to stop the policy and get yourself a full refund.
You never know how good a company is until you claim!
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