Why do my auto insurance rates go up, but my car is older???

A question for the ages for sure.

At Hannon-Murphy Insurance, many of our clients ask this question so we’re going to break it down into a few concepts.

First things first, even though it’s called car/auto insurance, it covers more than just your car. It should technically be called “auto-owners” insurance, similarly to how home insurance is actually called “home owners insurance”.

It’s important to understand that there are a lot of variables that go into insurance premiums, and with auto insurance, it’s no different.

The insurance company is much more concerned with you crashing into someone and causing them (or yourself) bodily harm, or death, than they are about your car. A car is a material possession which can be replaced.

A human life is not.

 

When is the last time you looked at your auto insurance policy?
If you look at it you’ll notice there are a lot of different coverages on your auto policy. Things such as:

Bodily injury
Property damage
Un-insured motorist
Under-insured motorist
Medical Payments
Loss of Income
Funeral Expense
Loss of use
Rental Reimbursement

These are all things that you are covered for on your auto policy. How many of them have to do with your car? None. 

How many of them have a price next to them on your policy?
All of them.

Your car isn’t the only thing you’re being charged for on your policy.
That’s because auto insurance covers far more important things than your car as mentioned above.

Let me re-phrase that: your car insurance rate isn’t just based on your car.

DON’T FORGET:   You’re not the only one…

It’s also important to understand that you are not the only person your insurance company insures. You are one fish in an ocean of other fish, sharks, and sea creatures, all who have different characteristics and risk profiles.
Insurance is all about spreading costs over a large number (risk pool) of people, which each person paying their fair share. That risk pool is constantly changing, and is impacted by a lot of different things, including the overall economic climate.

We hope this helps. And remember, We’re Here for You.