What is an Insurance Renewal?
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You will receive a declaration page along with other information explaining your policy. New proofs of insurance are usually enclosed with the renewal information.
When does a policy renew?
The renewal date of your insurance policy is based upon the date your policy took effect. So it could actually take place on any day of the year depending on when you originally started the policy. The other factor in determining your renewal date is the length of your policy period. Policies usually renew annually or semi-annually.Some auto policies are locked in for a full year. Home owner’s policies are always one year and motorcycle. boat, and RV policies are often renewed annually.
It is very common to have an auto policy renew every six months. Some motorcycle, boat, and RV policies also renew semi-annually.
Renewal information is usually mailed or emailed to you 45 to 30 days in advance of your renewal. You will receive a declaration page along with other information explaining your policy.
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New proof of insurance is usually enclosed with the declaration page.
My insurance is renewing, is there anything I need to do?
- Review your policy
Making your payment notifies the insurance company you want to continue the policy. It is especially important to pay your renewal payment on time because some carriers do not allow any grace period on renewals. It is equally important to cancel your insurance policy if you do not want to continue because some companies do extend a grace period and may charge you for the grace period if you do not notify them of cancellation.
renewal price went up, what happened?
Rates often change at renewals. One or both of the following can increase your insurance rate.
- Overall insurance carrier rate increase
If you received a traffic violation or were involved in an at-fault accident. more than likely your insurance rates will be increased at your renewal.
Can I make a change before my renewal?
- Auto policy: Yes, coverage is often changed between renewals.
- Motorcycle, boat, and RV policies: Sometimes insurance carriers restrict changes on these policies to renewals only. Adding vehicles is always possible, but taking coverage on and off existing vehicles may not be. Check with your insurance carrier to see what is available in regards to changing coverage on your motorcycle, boat, or RV policy.
My rate went up $10 this month and it is not my renewal, what is the deal?
So if rates only change at renewal, you might be wondering why you are getting an additional $10 dollars tacked onto your payment. Usually if you see an mid-term rate change it is a fee. Slipping up and paying late one month on your insurance policy will result in a late fee. Late fees can range in price from 5 to 15 dollars. One good thing about late fees is it will go away next month so long as you pay on time.
Insurance policy renewals are a standard part of insurance. All policies renew and insurance companies have the ability to recalculate your insurance rate. Use your next renewal as a reminder to review your policy and think about possible changes.Source: carinsurance.about.com