The Truth Behind 5 Car Insurance Myths

Have you always thought the color of your car affects your premium? Or that one traffic ticket could send your insurance costs skyrocketing?

These and other assumptions about car insurance may be common, but they aren’t accurate.

Keep reading to learn the truth about these five popular auto insurance myths — then you can make more informed decisions about which vehicle to buy next or what kind of coverage you need.

Myth #1: Car color impacts your premium.
Have you avoided buying a red car because you thought it would be pricier to insure? Luckily, car color doesn’t factor into your policy premiums. What’s important when it comes to insurance is the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle after an accident, and the hue isn’t a factor.

Myth #2: Personal insurance covers business use of the car.
Whether you’re self-employed or drive for a ridesharing company, personal car insurance isn’t sufficient. If you’re using your vehicle for commercial purposes, reach out to make sure you’re properly insured.

Myth #3: Your credit score doesn’t affect your insurance.
Your credit score is one factor (among several) that may be used to determine your reliability. Too many negative events on your credit history can result in higher premiums.

Myth #4: Traffic violations automatically increase your premium.
One minor traffic ticket won’t necessarily increase your insurance expenses; however, a record of violations or a few severe ones could result in higher premiums.

Myth #5: Another driver in your car is covered by their insurance.
Auto insurance follows the car, not the driver. If a driver who isn’t on your policy uses your car, your insurance will still be the primary one used to cover any damages. It’s best to review your auto policy before letting anyone else drive your car.

Get in touch if you have questions about your car insurance coverage.