You can change your payment method with Erie by calling 1-800-458-0811 and speaking with a Erie customer service representative. To change your payment method, you will need to give certain details about your policy, such as your name and policy number. You may also be able to make adjustments to your payment method using the Erie app or by logging into your account online.
Yes, Erie has a grace period of 30 days for payments. During the grace period, policyholders can pay their past-due premium in order to avoid a lapse in coverage. If the grace period ends without the necessary payment being made, Erie will cancel the policy. Even if the policyholder pays the balance within the grace period, Erie will still charge them $10.… read full answer
If you miss a car insurance payment, Erie will usually send you a notice of cancellation that includes the final date that they will accept payment before your coverage lapses. Since almost every state requires you to have car insurance, a lapse in coverage could lead to serious consequences, including fines and even a license suspension if you’re caught driving. Additionally, going without insurance designates you as a high-risk driver and can make car insurance more expensive in the future, so it’s important that you pay your car insurance premium prior to the final cancellation date.
Yes, most car insurance companies have a grace period for late payments. Car insurance grace periods can be anywhere from 1 to 30 days depending on your insurance company how much time you have to make a payment before your coverage is canceled.
An insurance company generally will issue a notice of cancellation within a few days of your missed due date. This notice states the final date your provider will accept payment to keep your policy active. Paying within the allotted grace period will allow your insurance to continue without a lapse in coverage.… read full answer
Insurance companies are not very transparent about their late payment grace periods. In most cases, the grace period is highly dependent on state law but most often ranges from 1 to 10 days.
Grace periods ensure that even if you pay late, your coverage is intact. You can file a claim for an accident that happened during your grace period, and those claims are usually covered. You’ll need to get caught up on your payment before making a claim, though, and you need to do so before the end of the grace period.
If you don’t have a grace period or you miss the deadline, you won’t be covered for a claim. Your coverage stops at the end of the grace period. If you get into an accident even one day after, you’re on your own, leaving you personally liable for any damages.
Lapses in coverage also make you seem like a higher risk to the insurance company and will probably result in more expensive premiums when you go to get insurance the next time. You could face legal consequences, too – like fines, license suspensions, and even jail time – if you’re caught driving without insurance.
You should pay your car insurance bill once or twice a year in most cases. How often you pay car insurance premiums depends on the company and your preferences, but annual or semi-annual payments are best. That’s because most car insurance policies last six or 12 months, and most car insurance companies give a discount – as much as 20% – for paying your premium in full upfront.… read full answer
Most people either pay in full or choose monthly installments, but your insurer may also offer quarterly payment plans, meaning you’d pay every three months (four times a year). You may want to think twice before choosing one of the more frequent payment options, however.
The more frequently you pay, the more your coverage is likely to cost, due to:
Higher Premiums. If your insurance premium costs $1,000 a year, your insurer might charge slightly more than $83.33 per month (how the math works out if you divide by 12) if you want to pay monthly. They might charge $87.50 per month, for example, bringing your annual total to $1,050. The extra cost is needed to cover additional administrative expenses associated with monthly billing.
Fees and Penalties. There often are processing fees for electronic payment methods like bank transfers and credit cards. They apply to each payment, so fewer payments means fewer fees. There’s also the added risk that you’ll forget a payment when you add more due dates to the mix, and that could result in late fees as well as penalties for lapsed coverage.
Remember, you are required to pay your bill in advance to be covered, but how far in advance depends on your preferences and the insurer’s policies. On a monthly payment plan, you’re paying for next month’s coverage in advance. If you miss a payment or pay late, you’ll be left uninsured. The insurer must collect the premium for your policy to be binding and up-to-date.
Finally, it’s worth noting that most car insurance quotes are based on a six-month policy paid in full at the beginning of each term. But insurers generally have other options available. Before you pick a payment plan, make sure you’re clear on the details and ask about other discounts you may qualify for.
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