Now more than ever it is essential to have a local independent insurance agent. We work for you by reviewing discounts, policy benefits, and compare quotes with multiple insurance companies at your request.
Texas insurance companies have paid out more in auto claims than they have in the trailing years. For the drivers, this means you could see an increase in your monthly auto insurance rates. This rise in monthly premiums may have less to do with you and more to do with inflation combined with population growth in Texas.
One of the contributing factors is the cost to repair newer vehicles that have more airbags, exterior sensors, cameras and media equipment. In the past vehicles have not had all these “bells and whistles” and the rates have only been minimally adjusted to compensate. Combine the cost of these newer parts with inflation, an increase in the total number of accidents, natural disasters, plus flooding; and the outcome for Texans could be a rise in their monthly vehicle ownership costs.
1 – New cars are on the road—and they’re being driven more than ever before
|New cars sold in the U.S.||Miles driven in the US|
|2014 16.5 million||2014 3.042 Trillion|
|2015 17.45 million||2015 3.148 trillion|
|2016 17.55 million||2016 3.2 trillion|
2 – Drivers are more distracted
An estimated 660,000 drivers were using electronic devices while driving during daylight hours. Distracted driving increases the risk of accidents.
3 – New auto technology protects—at a cost
Adaptive headlamps use sensors to cast beams in the direction of a curve to ensure better visibility. Average repair cost has increased drastically. Check out these examples below:
|Toyota Camry Headlight||Honda Accord Bumper||Acura ILX Distant sensors|
|Non-adaptive – $367||1996 – 13 parts||2014 – Didn’t exist|
|Adaptive – $941||2015 – 23 parts||2016 – $1,000|
4 – Claims have increased across the industry
From 2005 to 2013, the average cost per-paid bodily injury liability claim Increased 32.71%
5. Texas insurance rates were similar when compared to the national average up until recent years
However, the increase in catastrophic weather and hail storms, flooding, combined with the devastation from hurricanes and natural disasters the last few years have led to premium adjustments with all insurance companies in Texas.
Even though you are a good driver and have a spotless record, don’t speed when you’re late. There are many more factors that go into calculating your insurance premium.
What can you do?
If you find your rates are less affordable at renewal, simply contact your local independent insurance agent. We will review your policy and compare quotes with all our companies at your request.
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