Auto Club’s Affiliate Files for 5 Percent Rate Reduction

The Interinsurance Exchange of the Auto Club filed with the state Department of Insurance for an overall 5 percent reduction in its California auto insurance rates. The rate reduction should save Auto Club policyholders an average of $80 per policy. The filing is based on a reduction in the number of bodily injury, property damage and collision claims.

“Our claims costs have been going down, and when we save money, we want to make sure that our policyholders get the benefit of those savings,” said Thomas V. McKernan, president & CEO. “That’s why we have asked the Department of Insurance to allow us to reduce our rates.”

The amount of the adjustment to individual policies will vary, depending upon the type of coverage, applicable discounts and type of car. About 90 percent of policyholders will see a rate reduction. Pending approval from the Department of Insurance, this rate change would become effective on Aug. 1, 2004.

Since 1993, the Auto Club’s affiliated insurance company reduced rates by over 19 percent. Following approval of this latest request, rates will have declined during the past eleven years by nearly 24 percent on average.

This rate reduction is on top of the annual premium savings dividend the Exchange has returned to its policyholders each year since 1990. In 2003, policyholders received a premium savings dividend that averaged 9.5 percent, or approximately $152 per policy.

“In addition to reduced claims costs, we’ve continued to work hard at reducing operating costs and improving efficiency,” McKernan added. For the second consecutive year, the Exchange was ranked second in the nation in 2003 for overall customer satisfaction by a leading consumer satisfaction study.