Car Insurance Costs Rise With Each Claim: Report

December 18, 2013

Drivers pay an average of 38 percent more for car insurance after making a single claim, according to a new report. The hike is steepest in Massachusetts, where just one claim leads to an average premium increase of 67 percent.

California (+62 percent) and New Jersey (+59 percent) are not far behind. Maryland has the lowest post-claim increase (+20 percent), followed by Alabama (+22 percent) and Michigan (+23 percent).

A second claim puts an even deeper dent in Americans’ wallets: a driver with two claims pays nearly twice as much for car insurance as a claim-free driver (+86 percent).

“The biggest lesson for consumers is not to file a claim unless absolutely necessary,” said Laura Adams, a senior analyst at “Making a claim for a few hundred dollars doesn’t make sense if your premium is going to skyrocket as a result.”

In addition to geography, the increases are also affected by the type of claim. Bodily injury and property damage (including collision) claims are the most expensive (+42 percent and +41 percent, respectively). Comprehensive claims (for non-collision events such as theft) are the cheapest, barely moving the needle at +2 percent.

The full study, as well as a helpful “Should I Make a Claim?” calculator, is available¬† on the company website:



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  • December 18, 2013 at 3:44 pm
    Adirondack 46er says:
    Curious if the two gentlemen who posted prior would go without insurance if not required by law? Is it more a distain for the insurance companies or the product itself?
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    Chuck says:
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    dan says:
    Insurance is a scam in itself. Insurance companies have a captive audience in that we are required by law to carry insurance (so their revenue stream is guaranteed) and they c... read more

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