- Date 20 Jun 2017
- Category Insurance Knowledge Base
For Your Knowledge
For a variety of reasons car insurance policies include substantial discounts for; high liability limits, paying in advance, and having prior coverage. Policyholders that qualify, or select these options, display behavior that has been identified as profitable for insurance companies. In addition to the favorable behavior, there are technical details why premiums can be reduced for these features. Even though a DUI driver is mandated to take high limits, pay in full, and maintain an active policy, via Florida FR44 insurance, the associated policy discounts still apply.
Discounts for high liability limits come about for two main reasons. First, most policyholders that decide on high limits are careful and responsible consumers, and they drive their car the same way. Second, liability rates per thousand of coverage, decreases as limits are increased. The diminishing rates are due to administration costs being the same for each policy, and claim payouts which are often small amounts do not access the higher limits.
A discount for full payment up front is mainly due to investment income. Paying in advance allows the company to earn investment income from your payment before it is fully earned at policy expiration. Companies can also extend the savings from not having to provide interval billings or cancellation notices for nonpayment. Also, there are few fraudsters in this group because cheaters typically pay the lowest amount to start a policy.
Companies usually provide a discount to their policies that renew, and many include a vanishing deductible or accident forgiveness program too. Renewal policies are less costly to the company than acquiring a new one because of reduced marketing and underwriting expenses. In order to motivate drivers to switch out from the competition, companies will generally offer discounts to policyholders from most any company. Anyone who maintains prior uninterrupted coverage will enjoy discounted rates whether from their current company or a new one.
Many consumers are shocked to find out they can obtain a lot more coverage for a lot less money when discounts are applied. Here is an actual quote to illustrate just how substantial these discounts can be. (Quote factors: 6 month policy, married couple, age 30, homeowners in Miami, Florida, average credit, one at fault accident, 2004 Honda Accord LX (liability only), 2008 Lincoln Navigator full coverage (500 Deductible); With one company a $3,500 quote with 10/20/10 limits, becomes $2,273 after prior coverage and full payment discounts are applied. At another company 10/20/10 is $3,068, and after discounts $2,400. At 100/300/50 limits the first company cost $4,155, and after discounts $2,130, while the other is $3,806, and after discounts $2,395.
How much does insurance cost depends a great deal upon what discounts are applied. It is hard to believe that ten times more liability limits can be purchased for the same risk, from the same company, for less money when discounts are applied. From the actual quote above a 100/300/50 policy including discounts cost $1,370 less than 10/20/10 limits from the same exact company when discounts are applied! Insurance companies make no distinction between drivers voluntarily choosing these options and those compelled to do so. DUI convicted drivers in Florida are required to maintain FR44 insurance with 100/300/50 liability that is paid in full and Florida FR44 insurance companies include the key discounts for them.