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PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 4:15 pm 

Joined: Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:42 pm
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reflections wrote:
Unfortunately you just justified all the insurance industry claims! Live and learn....man does that sound DAD-like or what.

You have no idea how much I wish that sounded like my dad. They have live ballistic missiles which will be safer to be around, then when he found out. I've told my mom and she is just disappointed that there's no way we can't tall him.

If all young male drivers started out with normal rates, there would be a lot of collisions with thousands being payed out after only having collected a couple hundred bucks from the insured.

Yes I do realize this ticket just further confirms the stereotype.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:57 pm 
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pch2004 wrote:
Why not start by charging normal rates -- then raise rates according to the driver's record?

Short answer: Because that would cost them $$$ in profits, as golfer0012 was saying.

The insurance companies try to predict how much money they'll have to pay out in claims per driver. They look at how much money, on average, driver "X" will cost them based on crash history, age, etc., and compare them to the statistical average, then they set the rate. In short, it's pre-emptively stocking up the cash in anticipation of a claim. I agree that it is unfair to responsible young drivers. Unfortunately, there are also enough irresponsible young drivers on the road.

Some insurance companies do a more in-depth analysis, which is why a handful of them will forgive minor traffic infractions like speeding 15 km/h over the limit, if it happens once every couple of years - said driver is not statistically more likely to crash than any other average driver. Others use any variation from "absolute law abiding driver" to raise the rates.

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