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Auto insurance. Ohio.

Ohio auto insurance information

   The state of Ohio does not require drivers to buy car insurance. However, Ohio does require you to have a guaranteed way to pay for injuries or damages that result from your negligence or the negligence of anyone operating an auto you own. That guarantee is called "proof of financial responsibility." Under Ohio's Financial Responsibility (FR) Law, you have many choices. For additional information, contact the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV). Most drivers only have one real choice – to buy liability insurance.
   Ohio law requires you to show your insurance I.D. card to any police officer who stops you for a traffic violation or safety check. Additionally, you should take the card to court if you're cited for a traffic ticket or have been in an accident.
   It is important to keep your insurance I.D. card in your car's glove box. Make sure everyone who drives the car knows where it is!
   If you're unable to show the police officer your I.D. card or some other proof of financial responsibility, the officer will write that on the ticket. You will have another chance to show proof of FR when you pay the ticket or go to court.
   If you are caught driving without FR you will soon be walking. The penalties can include:

  • Suspension of driver's license for a minimum of 90 days and up to two years
  • Impoundment of your license plates and/or your automobile
  • Court costs
  • No driving privileges during suspension
How Do Companies Establish The Price Of Auto Insurance?
The overall cost of auto insurance is affected by certain costs the insurance pays for including
  • Medical care for persons injured in accidents,
  • Auto repair, theft and fraud,
  • Defending lawsuits against insureds, and
  • Administrative expenses.
   The company has the right to charge enough to recover those costs and make a reasonable profit.
   The Ohio Department of Insurance regulates but does not set auto insurance rates. When a company wants to change its rates, it must file supporting data with the department. The Department’s rate experts review the data to make sure the new rates are justified.

What are some typical factors companies use to set rates?
  • Where you live: city residents tend to have more accidents. Auto insurance prices are generally higher in cities than in rural areas. Rates are also higher in some cities than others. In general you will pay higher premiums if you live in an area where claims are higher.
  • Your age, sex and marital status: young, single, male drivers generally have the highest accident rates and pay the highest prices. After (approximately) age 26, the differences are usually smaller.
  • Your driving record: prices are lowest when you've had no tickets or accidents.
  • How you use the car: you pay more if you drive to work than if you just use the car for pleasure.
  • Your car: physical damage coverage is based on what it would cost the company to repair or replace your car. The more expensive the car, the more it generally costs to insure.
   Your premium can go up if you cause an accident. The company can raise ("surcharge") your premium if you are at fault in an accident or if you get several traffic tickets.
   But, you should not be surcharged for a minor moving violation or a single accident that was not your fault. Premiums can not change until your next renewal date.

What If No Company Will Insure Me?    If your driving record is so bad that even the high-risk companies will not insure you, an agent can help you apply to the Ohio Automobile Insurance Plan. (Auto Plan)
   The Auto Plan is required by state law to guarantee you can buy liability coverage. Your insurance will be placed with a company at rates that could be higher than even the high-risk companies rates. For information call the Ohio Auto Plan at (614) 221-2596.

   You can earn a discount on your auto insurance premium if you are age 60 or older. To qualify for the discount, you must:
  • Be older than 60 and pass an accident prevention course,
  • Provide the insurance company with a certificate proving you have passed the course, and
  • Have a satisfactory driving record, your insurer may consider your driving record for the prior three years.
   Once you qualify for a discount, it is good for three years. Every three years you may have to take another driving class and pass the exams again to renew the discount.
   The law permits every company to set its own discounts. Most companies have a discount of either 5 percent or 10 percent - other discounts are as low as 2 percent, or as high as 15 percent.
   Companies are allowed to give discounts on only the premium for your liability coverage. Therefore, your company might offer a 10 percent discount on liability coverage, but because you also have comprehensive and collision coverage, you would not see a full 10 percent reduction in your total premium.
   Even without senior discounts, many companies include older drivers in their lowest rating categories.

When can I get a license?
   You can get a temporary permit at age 15 1/2 . The permit allows you to drive as long as you have a licensed driver age 21 or older in the front passenger seat. You must carry your permit and an identification (ID) card while driving.
   You must complete driver education, any other required training and pass the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicle tests. Then you can be eligible for a probationary license, which is valid until you turn 18.

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