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Switching from One Auto Insurance Company to Another

Switching to another company for auto insurance coverage can occur for a variety of reasons. First, one insurer might provide you with whopping discounts or maybe your current company?s coverage policy is not adequate enough. These days, many insurance companies give consumers 24-hour rate information through their websites, so shopping around for the finest options has never been simpler.

Switching to a new auto insurance company comes after a thorough investigation of your current option. Periodically, check your auto coverage policy to make sure your money is well spent. Shop different auto insurance carriers like Geico, Progressive, and State Farm because premiums for similar looking policies can change amongst these different companies in some states. Price variation is a subtle science, largely attributed to the auto insurer?s claims experience with holders in your coverage group (i.e. type of accidents, kind of vehicle.) For instance, if you?re a college student and thousands of other college students in your coverage group file claims during any given period, your rates will head skyward. In this scenario, scouting other companies for their premiums and discounts rates is a good idea. Canceling your old policy is easier than you think.

Basically, any claims to cancel means writing a letter to your insurance company telling them the date you want the policy canceled. In many states, your new auto insurance carrier has to inform your old insurer of the chance in policy. Many companies will request that you send back the actual printed policy. Your soon-to-be ex insurance carrier will then provide cancellation request forms for your signature and return. Check out the form with hawk eyes to check all information is correct and send it off in time. If it?s been two weeks since you last sent your letter, contact your insurer as quickly as possible to check on the status of your cancellation. A formal cancellation must occur before switching to a new policy. An informal cancellation might force the insurance company into believing you wanted to continue your coverage, which may lead to a terminated policy due to non-payment of premiums. Neglect can cause a dent in your credit rating and your chances of getting a new policy in the future.

When is the Best Time to Switch Policies?

It is most strategic to switch auto insurance providers before your old policy is about to renew. This avoids the paperwork and fee encouraging bureaucracy that comes with starting the policy renewal procedure. In addition, you may avoid the guesswork in figuring out the amount of any unused premium that should be given back to you. Expect a renewal notice from your soon-to-be ex insurer a month before a new policy period begins, depending on your state. All notices will provide in-depth information on coverage, premium amounts owed, and discounts. By the time your current policy renews, a new policy should be lined up despite the fact many states allow a month after renewal to switch. Cancellation penalties may be incurred if you miss the deadline.

Posted on: 12/4/06 3:38:14 P


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