Dallas-Fort Worth area car insurance rates are set to rise now that severe weather season has arrived in the region.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reported hail damage as the biggest drivers of car insurance rate increases.
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The Zebra, an Austin-based company that collects and compares car insurance rates across the industry, found Dallas-Fort Worth area insurance customers in 2017 paid an average insurance premium of $1,867.10. They found premiums have increased 46 percent since 2011.
“Texas in general is a state hit by a variety of severe weather events: hurricanes, hail, storms,” Adam Lyons, founder of The Zebra, said in an email. “Additionally, many cities in Texas are growing rapidly. The weather events, combined with more people on the road and increasing population density means more cars damaged by weather, more claims filed from accidents, therefore leading to increased premiums.”
Insurance rates across America have increased by 22 percent since 2011.
The neighborhoods paying the highest insurance premiums were in Dallas and included the zip codes 75207, 75216, ,75203, 75210, 75241, 75237, 75247, 75232, 75215 and 75227.
Residents paying the lowest insurance premiums in DFW live in communities including Glen Rose, Denton, Lantana, Flower Mound, Aledo and Weatherford.
The Zebra and the Consumer Federation of America recently found car insurance rates stay the same regardless of how much a customer drives.
“The nation’s largest auto insurers generally offered little or no premium reduction to low-mileage drivers even though insurance research indicates that how much you drive is among the most important factors in predicting accidents,” said CFA Director of Insurance J. Robert Hunter.
The CFA report looked at insurance quotes in 12 US cities from five major insurers – Allstate, Farmers, Geico, Progressive and State Farm. The average savings in premium was a mere 1.6 percent for every 5,000 mile-reduction in miles traveled, or less than $3 a month.
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