Auto Insurance Customers with Poor Credit Pay Up to 60% More

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According to the report, a low credit score could result in up to 60% higher car insurance rates. With that much at stake, insurance policyholders should look for ways to improve their credit.

Melanie Musson, nationally recognized car insurance expert with, said, "It's unlikely an insurer will run a policyholder's credit once their policy is established. Since credit score significantly impacts rates, the policyholder should request an updated credit report check."

The practice of relying on credit reports to determine auto insurance premiums is controversial. Insurance providers point to the statistical connection between lower credit scores and an increased risk of claims filing. Still, several states have legislation banning or restricting insurers from using credit scores for assessing risk.

In addition to credit score, lists the following factors as contributing to insurance premiums:

  • State requirements
  • Policyholder age
  • Vehicle make and model
  • High-risk traffic violations
  • Driving record
  • Marital status
  • Gender
  • Annual mileage
  • Driving experience
  • Location
  • Driving history

Some other factors in this list are as controversial as credit scores. And one of those is location. Insurance companies using location to calculate rates have prompted opponents to accuse insurers of discriminating against policyholders in specific neighborhoods.

Insurers have a reason for this practice though. Individuals who live in areas of high traffic and high crime have a greater risk of being involved in an accident or having their vehicle vandalized or stolen. Insurers couldn't stay solvent if they didn't accurately analyze their risk when underwriting policies. provides tips for reducing auto insurance costs, no matter the individual's risk level. Those tips include the following:

  • Check for discounts
  • Opt for lower coverage levels
  • Raise the deductible
  • Reduce annual mileage
  • Shop for new coverage

Read's entire report here: Factors That Affect Auto Insurance Rates (2023).


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