No. There are no auto insurance companies that don’t check your driving record. Most auto insurance companies check your driving record for the past 3 years when you submit your application for coverage, and some check your driving record as far back as 7-10 years.
However, auto insurance companies generally do not check your driving record just to give you a simple quote, with no obligation to buy. It costs money to check someone’s official driving record, so the agent (or online tool) will initially generate a quote for your car insurance coverage based on the driving history you submit. Once you accept the quote and commit to move forward, an underwriter from the insurance company will check your actual driving record to make sure the quote is valid.
It’s also common practice for auto insurance companies to check your driving record when it’s time to renew your policy, generally every 6 or 12 months. They will typically run a check on your driving record about 45 days before a policy is going to expire. If you’ve received any new tickets or gotten into an accident since the policy began, you may be required to pay a higher rate. However, if you’ve been with a company for a long time and maintained a clean driving record, the insurer may choose to forgo continuously checking your driving record due to the cost.
Know What’s In Your Driving Record
Since there are no auto insurance companies that do not check your driving record, knowing what an insurer might find out beforehand could be key to helping you get the cheapest insurance rate. For example, it’s helpful to know if an old traffic violation is going to fall off your record soon, as that may be a good time to shop around for a better auto insurance rate. On the other hand, if you’ve accumulated several points on your license recently, you may want to take a defensive driving class to help prevent your insurance rate from going up or having your coverage canceled. Also, if your motor vehicle record is so bad that your driver’s license is suspended or revoked, your policy could be canceled or you could be prevented from getting auto insurance altogether until your license is reinstated.
To get ahead of what an insurance provider might find in your driving history, you can request a copy of your official driving record from the department of motor vehicles for each state in which you’ve held a valid driver’s license. Keep in mind that each state has its own rules about how long it keeps personal driving history records and how you should request those records.
Another source of useful information regarding your driving record is a Comprehensive Loss Underwriting Exchange (CLUE) report, which offers a detailed history of claims you’ve made through insurance providers. With your CLUE report, you can dispute errors and have a clear idea of what insurance companies will be reviewing.
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