Why is the car insurance for my 2016 Ford Escape so expensive?

"I recently got a vehicle after not having one for six months. I was previously paying $190 with Liberty Mutual. I got a quote from them today that's $290. I looked at other companies and they want to charge me close to $400.

I had a speeding ticket and an accident three years ago, but I can't figure out why my insurance is so expensive now. "

“While there are many different factors that go into determining car insurance rates, one that most carriers look at is prior insurance. Many carriers offer a discount for being continuously insured.
Since you haven’t had insurance for six months, insurance carriers deem this to be a lapse in coverage, which impacts your rates. It can also take three to five years before any accidents or violations stop impacting your rates.
Although it’s frustrating to see an increase in your car insurance rates, it is possible to find cheap car insurance.
You should continue to shop around with other carriers. You’ll want to check with larger carriers as well as smaller regional ones. They may be able to find you a better rate than what you’re currently being quoted.
Once you’ve been insured continuously for six months with no accidents or violations, you should start to see your rate decrease.
Emily Maracle
Answered on May 17, 2021
Emily Maracle is a car insurance specialist living in New York. Originally from the Pacific Northwest, she has a degree in English Literature and a background in customer service. She enjoys cooking, gardening, and living sustainably. In the future, she can't wait to upgrade to a hybrid or electric car.

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