Taylor Swift : Can you save on your future premiums if you switch to a different insurer after an accident?

Response : Once you have had an accident even if you change your insurers, your premium will be surcharged. If you have a forgiveness clause in your policy and this is the first accident you will not be charged higher. Generally the surcharge ranges from 15%-35% over a 3 year period.Secondly,if you try to switch companies you WILL NOT qualify for preferred rates and you will receive standard rates which will usually be higher than you old rates + the surcharge.
That being said it is still possible to save on auto insurances and one should be constantly on the look out for savings, since there are number of ways the premium can be saved :
1) Having higher deductible as indicated.
2) Having safety features installed – like airbags, alarm system if not already installed.
3) Decreasing the mileage – use by car pooling.
4) Online discounts
5) Placing all policies with one insurer – home and auto or all auto polices with one insurer.
The insurance rates are also dependent on the claims experience of the insurance companies so shopping around is certainly a good idea. Compare auto insurance quote online and you will be suprised how much you can really save, although you have a claim. Remember that the auto insurance rates are dynamic and do keep on changing depending upon a lot of factors.

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