Credit History And The Impact It Has On Your Premiums
When you mention credit score probably the furthest thing from your
mind would be insurance premiums. That way of thinking though maybe
changing for many people who are seeing increased insurance premiums.
Most people do not realize the impact that credit scores can have on
your insurance premiums. Let us take a closer look at credit scores and
how they affect your premiums.
Years ago credit scores were not even talked about as a factor in what you pay for your insurance. Insurers though have found some interesting facts when you factor credit scores into the equation. People with lower credit scores are more likely to file insurance claims. Studies also indicated that drivers with higher credit scores have fewer accidents as well. These numbers were sobering to insurers and they started to add credit scores as part of the process in figuring what to charge for premiums. Not every insurance company uses credit scores, but the majority of them do to figure premiums. This does not mean though you cannot lower your premiums.
One of the first things you will want to work on is increasing your credit score. First you will need to get your credit report and see what is on it. If you have any outstanding items on it get them taken care of as soon as possible. Anything that is on the report you disagree with also get it corrected. No one is perfect and even some credit reports have mistakes on them. Always try to pay your bills on time as well. Insurance companies look at how prompt you pay everything. Avoid applying for new credit cards as well. The more inquiries into your credit report the more chances your credit score can go lower. Try to lower your debt to credit ratio as well. It is something that can really affect your credit score.
Insurance premiums continue to rise these days and credit scores are just part of it. If you want to lower those insurance premiums protecting your credit score has become a must. More and more people are just learning how much a credit score can affect their everyday lives.