They use a FICO insurance risk score to figure out the price of your auto policy -- but you can't see that, either
Another factor insurers use (where allowed) when figuring out what to charge you for auto insurance is an “insurance risk score” developed by FICO. You can obtain a copy of your FICO credit report – but you’ll never find out your insurance risk score.
The insurance industry says that, statistically, those who have poor insurance scores are more likely to file claims, according to the Insurance Information Institute (III), although some insurers defy the conventional wisdom. Cure's Eric Poe says, “We buck the trend. We only look at how well you drive.”
About 300 insurers nationwide use the insurance risk score to calculate their insurance quotes, according to FICO spokesperson Craig Watts, who describes insurance risk scoring as "fairly arcane." And it's likely to stay that way. Like ISO, FICO treats this as proprietary information.
Pages in this slideshow:
- 10 dirty little secrets of insurance companies
- They use a FICO insurance risk score to figure out the price of your auto policy -- but you can't see that, either
- They might use proprietary software to shortchange you on accident injury claims
- They know if your attorney is a wimp
- They sneak percentage-based deductibles into your homeowners insurance policy
- They might replace your lost Pottery Barn items with Walmart merchandise
- They make hospitals charge other health insurance companies more
- They'll force you to buy a more expensive homeowner's insurance policy
- They don't tell you their "preferred providers" may be cutting costs
- They don't contact your life insurance beneficiaries when you die