Competition Drives Down Car Insurance Premiums

A highly competitive auto insurance marketplace is making policies cheaper for for all drivers, according to the Insurance Information Institute (I.I.I.). Last month, the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) found that car insurance has gone down every year from 2013-2016.
Since most drivers have many car insurance companies competing for their business, prices continue to slide slowly. The ratio of auto insurance costs to family income dropped from 1.27% in 2014 to 1.05% in 2016. State car insurance pools have not gained a huge following. California’s state-sponsored Low Cost Auto Insurance Program (CLCA), for instance, had fewer than 12,000 policies in effect as of year-end 2011 even though the state is home to more than 30 million people. The CLCA was created in 1999 but the private-sector has addressed the low income needs of insureds better than California State.
The best way to lower the price of auto insurance is pay per mile coverage, lower medical care cost, auto repair, and insurance fraud, mostly in no fault car insurance states such as Florida, Michigan, New Jersey and New York. But in at-fault states, car insurers are able to underwrite drivers based on their driving record, credit score, the type of car, driver’s age, gender, miles driven, and amount of coverage they buy. State insurance regulators monitor insurers rates they charge.
Allowing car insurers to compete drives down prices. Drivers have many choices when it comes to buying coverage, what to buy and even how to buy it; from a broker or getting quotes online. But if Drivers do shop and switch carriers there is often a cancellation fee.
Car insurers are financially strong. But they are only so many drivers to compete for. They have to keep current policyholders happy and gain market share against other strong carriers. They must also pay claims and get rid of drivers that become high risk.
The fact that car insurance continues to drop in an environment that medical cost continues to go up gives us all hope the government will look to free market solutions to solves nationwide problems. If governments allow carriers to become efficient, consumers will continue to pay less.