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Accident Surcharge Info
When you file an insurance claim for an at-fault accident with damages in excess of $500,
you accrue surcharge points that automatically increase the cost of your policy for the next five years.
At-fault accidents $500-$2000 = 3pts
At-fault accidents over $2000 = 4pts
Every point increases the amount you pay for four policy coverages:
compulsory bodily injury
damage to someone else’s property
Simply put: the more points you have, the higher your car insurance bill.
Inexperienced drivers (>6yrs driving record) pay 7.5% above the policy base rate per point
Experienced drivers (
Let’s say you’re an experienced driver with a $800 policy. In this case, the 5-year surcharge penalty amount of a minor accident claim (damage under $2000) would be $1800 above the base policy rate (meaning you pay $5800 for insurance over 5 years, instead of $4000).
$800 policy x 15% surcharge x 3 points x 5 years =$1800
0 points = 0 Surcharges + DISCOUNT (over time)
Drivers with no at-fault accidents or moving violations have 0 points and 0 surcharges. If you manage to not accrue any points for more than 5 years, you’ll be eligible for a discount on your insurance.
Drivers with at least 5 years of clean driving will receive the
Excellent Driver Discount – a 7% decrease in their premiums (in 2006)*
Drivers with 6 years driving experience + 6 years of clean driving will receive the
Excellent Driver Discount Plus – a 17% savings on their premiums (in 2006)*