I was with Liberty Mutual for about 15 years and was very satisfied with their prices and service, although I never filed a claim. When I retired and moved from California to Florida, my auto rate went up a ridiculous amount, to almost $10,000 a year even though I had no accidents and one minor moving violation in the last ten years. On top of that, Liberty Mutual screwed up my umbrella policy and told me it was “unenforceable,” whatever that means, but I had to pay for the policy anyway up to the time I canceled and switched to Progressive, which cost about one third the cost of Liberty Mutual for an identical policy. Even good companies change over time.
Factors that insurance companies use to determine what premium will be charged include your age, occupation, where you live and the type of car you drive. Of these factors, you can really only influence the type of car that you drive or are considering. Even if you can afford to buy a sporty car, an expensive car or a car with a high performance engine – don’t. Even if you can afford the car – you probably won’t be able to afford the car insurance premium. Instead, choose a car with a small or medium sized engine – a middle of the road vehicle that is not too old.
Hi Stephen – I think you’re doing the right thing – as long as the premium continues to be reasonable compared to the competition. Even though we obsess on low rates, quality of service matters. It does little good if you get the cheapest policy, then they stick you when you have a claim. With must auto claims there’s going to be a human error factor (especially with new drivers), and you can’t be with companies that will hold that against you to such a degree that it seems like they no longer want your business.
I was in a car accident with a progressive client. I was the one filing the claim and had to be out of the country for a month. The progressive agent worked her ass off in order for me to have my car evaluated for damages. By the time I got back from my trip a check was sent for me with all the instructions. After this I just switched to progressive. Their service is amazing.