Re-posted on 5/3/19

When Should I File An Auto Insurance Claim?

You have an auto insurance policy just in case the unexpected happens and you find yourself responsible for a collision. But what happens when you need to file a claim? Is it even worth it? Knowing when to file a claim and understanding how it could affect your monthly premium is essential in making the best decision in the event of an accident.

Why Your Auto Insurance Premium Rises

Believe it or not, the increase in your premium isn’t a slap on the wrist from your insurance company; you’re not being punished for being involved in a collision. When your insurer is coming up with your insurance premium, it’s all about the numbers. Insurance providers use complex algorithms that take into account factors like age, gender, driving record, how many claims you’ve filed, where you park at night, marital status, and more. Your premium is based on these factors, which is why you and your neighbor could have the exact same coverage limits but pay vastly different premiums.

Filing a claim affects your premium because it changes the calculations your premium is based on. Statistically speaking, after you’ve filed a claim, you’re more likely to file additional claims in the future. As far as your insurer is concerned, there’s a greater risk associated with insuring you; therefore, your premium increases to offset the risk.

Which Type of Claims are the Most Expensive in Las Vegas Nevada?

Unsurprisingly, insurance claims in which your insurance company has to pay out for medical care result in the highest bumps in premiums. Comprehensive auto claims, on the other hand, generally cause the most modest premium increases. Also, remember that if you are in an accident but are not the at-fault driver, then you don’t have to worry about your monthly premium being affected.

Think Before You File An Auto Insurance Claim

Your insurance is there to help you take care of the unexpected, and filing a claim to cut down on your out-of-pocket expenses after an accident can help to ease the financial burden. However, before you file a claim, especially for minor damages, consider the true cost.

Say, for example, that you are responsible for a minor fender bender that left you needing a $550 repair. If you have a modest $250 deductible, it may be tempting to file with your insurance company to have them cover $300 of the repair. However, while filing may save you money upfront, doing so will likely result in an increase in your monthly premium. Before you know it, the increase in your premium will exceed the $300 that you saved by filing.

What to Do If Your Auto Insurance Premium Increases

If you are in a collision and have to file with your auto insurance company, chances are that you can expect to see a hike in your insurance premiums. Talk to your insurance agent to get some tips on what changes to your policy you may be able to make to bring your premium back down to a comfortable number.

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