A good credit score for car insurance is 700 or higher, and scores of 750 and above are considered excellent. People with good or excellent credit tend to pay much less for car insurance than drivers with no credit or bad credit. But even though you can tell a lot about your potential car insurance costs by checking your normal credit score, it’s important to note that car insurance companies actually use credit-based auto insurance scores, which are a bit different.
Auto insurance scores are different from credit scores because they are designed to calculate your risk for insurance carriers rather than lenders. Like traditional credit scores, insurance scores are based on the contents of one of your major credit reports. But the categories are weighted differently than in your normal credit score, and the score ranges aren’t always the same.
While credit scores range from 300 to 850, FICO Auto Scores fall between 250 and 900. A good score is anything above 700. LexisNexis Attract Auto Insurance Scores go from 500 to 997, and scores above 776 are considered good. Finally, TransUnion auto insurance scores, officially called Insurance Risk Scores – Auto Model, range from 150 to 950. TransUnion doesn’t specify what a good score is within its own range, but it does say that 770 is generally a good insurance score.
Although auto insurance scores are important, every insurer uses them slightly differently, meaning that you should take the exact number with a grain of salt. Additionally, insurers in California, Hawaii, and Massachusetts are legally banned from taking credit information into an account. And in every state, many other factors affect car insurance rates, meaning that an insurance score is only one piece of the puzzle.
Unlike credit reports, you are not entitled to free information on your insurance score. However, you can purchase access to your insurance score from LexisNexis. Checking your credit reports and correcting any errors is also a smart move, since improving your credit score will raise your insurance score and lower your premiums.
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