Auto Insurance:What Is an Auto Insurance Score?
What Is an Auto Insurance Score?If you’ve taken money expert Clark Howard’s advice and signed up with Credit Karma to monitor your credit, maybe you’ve seen the auto insurance score that they provide in addition to credit score information. So what is an auto insurance score?
We went directly to Credit Karma to get some answers…
Car Insurance Answered:Your Questions Answered What Is a car Insurance Score?
First of all, Credit Karma provides much of the information you need to know about auto insurance scores on their site, where they explain that:
- Auto insurance scores are 3-digit scores calculated using information from your credit report that are designed to predict the likelihood that you will file an insurance claim
- These scores are not the same as credit scores and don’t factor in your driving record
- Insurance companies in most states can use your score — in conjunction with your driving record and other factors — to help set your premium
- California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts do not allow insurance companies to use credit-based scores to influence your insurance rates
How Do You Access Your Auto Insurance Score on Credit Karma?Finding your auto insurance score on Credit Karma isn’t necessarily easy. Here’s how to do it:
- Log in to Credit Karma
- Click “Auto” in the top menu
- Click “Go to my auto profile”
- Scroll down to see your score
If you click on that, you can see how your score may have changed over time.
As you can see, Credit Karma gets your auto insurance score from the credit bureau TransUnion. According to TransUnion, insurance scores typically range from 200 to 997, with anything above 770 being considered a good score.
Credit scores, on the other hand, generally range from 300 to 850.
What constitutes a good credit score is up for debate, but our credit expert says that anything above a 760 will generally qualify you for the best rates.
Other credit bureaus like Equifax and Experian also calculate insurance scores based on your credit files.
How Are Auto Insurance Scores Calculated?
The age of your credit history
The number of accounts you have in good standing
How many payments you’ve made on time
How much of your available credit you’re using
How Can You Improve Your Auto Insurance Score?
Final ThoughtAlthough you might not have been aware that car insurance scores even existed, you should know that they can impact your financial life. Having a score that’s too low could mean that you’re paying too much for car insurance, even if your driving record is spotless.
Since auto insurance scores are so closely tied to your credit record and credit score, the fact that they exist should be an extra incentive for you to make sure your credit is in as good a shape as possible.
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