Why A Juicy Auto Insurance Rebate May Be Headed Your Way

It’s not often you get money back.

But billions of dollars in auto insurance rebates may be headed your way, according to the Insurance Information Institute.

Industry sources say auto insurers will be giving back to policyholders $10.5 billion in premiums and benefits either as policy credits, percentage discounts, dividends, or added insurance coverages. One leading insurance carrier said it will rebate to policyholders up to 25% of auto premiums paid from mid-March through May, a massive refund totaling over $2 billion and affecting 40 million vehicles.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, drivers have been sheltering at home, spending less time and fewer miles on the road. The result is fewer accidents, lower insurance claims, and higher profits for your auto insurer.

“Stay-at-home mandates due to the COVID-19 pandemic have caused vehicles across the U.S. to sit in parking spots and garages much more than usual. Drivers are generally staying off the roads except for essential travel and occasional trips for food and household supplies,” says one insurance industry trade publication. “That’s why carriers are voluntarily stepping up with relief for their customers.”

Not every company has announced rebates. But insurers representing four out of five auto insurance policies sold in the United States have offered to refund some portion of driver premiums, according to the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice (CEJ).

For example, industry leader State Farm has announced premium discounts that will appear on consumer auto insurance bills as early as June. No additional action is required to receive the automatic credit. Many other companies have reported similar rebate initiatives, so check with your carrier for details, or call them to request a discount.

Want to see where your auto insurance company stands? The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice (CEJ) have put together a report card rating major insurance carriers from “A” to “F” based on how generously they’re rebating auto insurance premiums to policyholders.

You can see how your company rates by clicking here.

About Mari Adam

Mari Adam, Certified Financial Planner™ has been helping individuals and families chart their financial futures for over twenty-five years. Have a question about your financial situation? Ask Mari!

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