How To Switch Insurers

Are you ready to stop overpaying for car insurance? You’ve already done the research, and you know you could see huge savings by making the switch to per-mile insurance. So what’s stopping you?

A lot of people assume that switching insurers is a huge hassle. If all that is holding you back from making the switch, is making the actual switch – then we have some good news! Switching is simple, and most insurers don’t charge cancellation fees.

Ready to make the switch, but don’t know where to start?

What You NEED to Know Before Switching Insurers:

  • You can switch at any time during your policy term
  • If you do decide to cancel your policy in the middle of your term, any unused premium must be refunded to you
  • Most insurers don’t charge cancellation fees – call your insurer to check with them beforehand

How to Cancel Your Policy & Make The Switch:

    1. Do your research. Make sure that making the switch will be worth it to you. Consider the overall cost, coverages, any discounts, and your lifestyle.
    2. Consult your insurance policy contract. Your policy contract will contain cancelation instructions. Many insurance companies will accept cancellation over the phone, by email, or by a letter notice. This does vary by insurance carrier.
    3. Check for penalties. As we mentioned above, most companies don’t charge cancellation fees. Be sure to check the fine print of your policy contract to see if there are any fees associated with cancelling.
    4. Decide which day is best to cancel. Keep in mind you don’t want a lapse in coverage, so when cancelling your policy make sure that you start your new policy on time.

    • * Expert tip: Most companies won’t let you cancel midday and can only do an effective cancellation of midnight, so plan accordingly.*

    5. Process your new policy and sign all necessary documents. Choose an effective start date of your policy, before you cancel your current policy. Get familiar with all their policies and processes.
    6. Confirm the cancellation. Usually insurance carriers will send a cancellation confirmation. So keep your eyeballs peeled for it. If you don’t get confirmation then follow-up and make sure your old policy was cancelled correctly. Make sure that your leasing or financing company is updated on the switch you made. Most insurance companies will inform your lien holder on your behalf, but double check that this is taken care of.

That wasn’t so bad right? Easy and painless.

Making the switch to a new insurance company is easy and can save you a lot of money in the long run. If you are a low-mileage driver then you should stop overpaying for auto insurance and sign up for per-mile insurance today. Don’t delay, make the switch to Metromile today!

Kelsey Glynn is a contributing blog writer for East Valley Moms Blog, social media content creator, an avid photo taker. She is Metromile’s Senior Social Media Advocate and helps to maintain our online communities. You can catch her adventuring around AZ and living the mom life on Instagram.

Top 5 Reasons You Need to Switch to Per-Mile Insurance

End of the year is always a good time to assess your financial situation and see where you can save money in the coming year. Metromile has you covered with per-mile insurance which helps low-mileage drivers save. But, we have so much more to offer our customers than just savings.

Top 5 Reasons You Need to Switch to Pay-Per-Mile Insurance

Metromile is an Insurtech company that uses technology to invent ways to manage risk and offer better insurance at a fairer price to our customers. We truly believe it is unfair that low mileage drivers are subsidizing high mileage drivers when it comes to auto insurance. So, day-in and day-out, we continue to disrupt the auto insurance industry by not only giving low-mileage drivers a way to save on car insurance but also by building groundbreaking technological features that make owning a car easier.

Still not convinced? Here are five reasons you need to switch to per-mile, that aren’t just cost savings:

    1.Street sweeping alerts – Our nifty Pulse device can alert you when you are parked in a street sweeping zone in select cities – San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Chicago. We use city data to determine if your car is parked in a street-sweeping zone, and, if so, you will receive a push notification or an email (depending on your preferences) 12 hours before the scheduled street cleaning. If you miss the first alert, there will be a second alert with one hour to spare. Saving you from getting a $63 to $73 dollar ticket.

    2. Diagnosing car health – You are driving down the freeway and all the sudden a light pops on your dashboard telling you there is something wrong with your car. But, what does it mean? You dread looking through your owner’s manual to try to figure out what could be wrong with your car. With the Pulse device it can detect engine codes and let you know through our smart driving app or online dashboard what the codes mean. That way you can feel at ease and determine your next steps for getting your car healthy again and back on the road sooner.

    3. Roadside assistance – Need a jump, a tow, a locksmith? We have you covered with 24/7 assistance. You can request roadside from the convenience of the smart driving app or online dashboard without even having to call in. We also have a feature that allows you to see in real-time how close roadside is to the location you requested. That way your mind can be put at ease with how long it will take to get help.

    4. GPS Tracking – Through our smart driving app you can view each trip your vehicle takes. This will allow you to see how much you spend on gas or how long it takes you to get from point A to B. Also, no need to wander around trying to remember where you parked your car, our technology can help to locate your vehicle and show where your car’s current location is. We have also helped customers locate stolen vehicles in times of need.

    5. Claims ExperienceWe understand the last thing you want to do when you get into an accident is deal with tedious calls or damage inspections or worry about when your claim will be resolved. You can easily file a claim with Metromile through the smart driving app or online dashboard. And, AVA, our AI claims assistant, can verify eligible claims in seconds and quickly resolve them. AVA collects your claim information to help you file, guides you through collecting damage photos and helps get your payment issued as soon as possible. AVA recently got upgraded and now helps you find a repair shop and if you have rental reimbursement coverage, you can request a rental car through the smart driving app or online dashboard. So your claim can be a convenient and an easy process.

Metromile is always seeking ways to improve customer experiences and these are only among the latest technologies we are offering if you are a customer. We will continue to invent the future with new features and ways to improve how auto insurance is done. So what are you waiting for? Get a fast and free quote today and join us in revolutionizing the car insurance industry.

Don’t Drive Much? How to Save (and Even Make) Money

Just because you own a car doesn’t mean you are regularly taking it out for a spin. Perhaps you only use it when you are heading on a road trip, grabbing groceries from the store, or rushing to work when you “didn’t hear your alarm”. When you realize you’ve only clocked 5,000 miles in the past year, you might feel pressed to justify such a large investment. But it’s your car, it’s your way of driving your friends to the beach this weekend. We get it, which is why we compiled some easy ways to keep your car running smoothly and maybe even leverage it to earn some extra cash.

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Try pay-per-mile insurance: If you are a low-mileage driver and drive less than 10,000 miles a year (around 200 each week) you could save a lot of money with pay-per-mile insurance. Your monthly bill is based on the miles you drive, so if you don’t drive much, you won’t pay much. Worried about the occasional road trip? Metromile won’t bill you for more than 250 miles a day (150 in certain states)! If you are interested in seeing how much money you could save, try getting a free insurance quote.

Join a carpool: Chances are you aren’t the only person driving a similar route to work — daily traffic is proof of that. Team up with others in your neighborhood and start a weekly carpool to save on gas and sneak in some valuable work time when you aren’t behind the wheel. There are lots of apps that can aid in this endeavor, like Carma, Ride and even a new pilot from Uber.

Know the basics: There’s no need to spend a lot of time on car maintenance when you aren’t driving much, but there are a few tips to remember in order to avoid costly repairs. Know how to deal with a flat tire and keep your tires properly inflated. It’s also important to change your oil on a regular basis as it keeps your car running smoothly and extends the life of the vehicle. Lastly, fix your brakes if they are squeaky because that likely means the brake lining is starting to wear thin.

Be smart about car storage: If you are leaving your car idle for a long time, the ideal place to store it is in a garage because it prevents theft and also protects against the elements like that blazing summer sun. Garage parking can be expensive, especially in the city, so if you don’t need frequent access to your car you should shop around for the cheapest garage space instead of paying a premium to park in the closest garage. If the most viable option is keeping it outside, consider purchasing waterproof car cover to keep it clean to save on long-term costs of wear and tear.

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Don’t Drive Much? How to Save (and Even Make) Money

Just because you own a car doesn’t mean you are regularly taking it out for a spin. Perhaps you only use it when you are heading on a road trip, grabbing groceries from the store, or rushing to work when you “didn’t hear your alarm”. When you realize you’ve only clocked 5,000 miles in the past year, you might feel pressed to justify such a large investment. But it’s your car, it’s your way of driving your friends to the beach this weekend. We get it, which is why we compiled some easy ways to keep your car running smoothly and maybe even leverage it to earn some extra cash.

drive less car tips

Know the basics: There’s no need to spend a lot of time on car maintenance when you aren’t driving much, but there are a few tips to remember in order to avoid costly repairs. Know how to deal with a flat tire and keep your tires properly inflated. It’s also important to change your oil on a regular basis as it keeps your car running smoothly and extends the life of the vehicle. Lastly, fix your brakes if they are squeaky because that likely means the brake lining is starting to wear thin.

Be smart about car storage: If you are leaving your car idle for a long time, the ideal place to store it is in a garage because it prevents theft and also protects against the elements like that blazing summer sun. Garage parking can be expensive, especially in the city, so if you don’t need frequent access to your car you should shop around for the cheapest garage space instead of paying a premium to park in the closest garage. If the most viable option is keeping it outside, consider purchasing waterproof car cover to keep it clean to save on long-term costs of wear and tear.

Try pay-per-mile insurance: If you are a low-mileage driver and drive less than 10,000 miles a year (around 200 each week) you could save a lot of money with pay-per-mile insurance. Your monthly bill is based on the miles you drive, so if you don’t drive much, you won’t pay much. Worried about the occasional road trip? Metromile won’t bill you for more than 150 miles a day (250 in WA)! If you are interested in seeing how much money you could save, try getting a free insurance quote.

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Metromile Brings Pay-per-mile Car Insurance to New Jersey

Driving in New Jersey is expensive. In fact, it’s the fifth most expensive state to own a car in! Residents of the Garden State – you’re in luck because we’re here to make car ownership more affordable. Metromile is bringing the first and only pay-per-mile car insurance offering to New Jersey, so if you don’t drive much, you likely won’t have to pay much for car insurance.

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With this revolutionary pricing model, your monthly bill will be determined by the miles you drive each month*. That means that the less you drive, the less you pay. On average, we are saving our low-mileage customers $500 annually. An increasing number of New Jerseyans are choosing to ride bikes, take trains or buses, or even walk instead of drive, so we expect to see a lot of people that will save money with per-mile insurance. Here at Metromile, we like to think of ourselves as the “uninsurance” company, making car ownership easy and affordable for low-mileage drivers.

We also alleviate many of the hassles of car ownership with our free smart driving app, which we just totally redesigned and gave a fresh coat of paint. Features include the ability to locate a missing car, view trip details, and decode those pesky check engine lights. The key to all of this is the Metromile Pulse, a device given to all per-mile insurance customers that plugs into the car’s OBD-II port to deliver useful data and insights.

New Jersey marks the third state on the East Coast where Metromile’s per-mile insurance is offered, and joins California, Illinois, Washington, Oregon, Virginia and Pennsylvania. We have more planned for 2016, so sign up for our waitlist to get notified when we arrive in your state!

*Insurance rates are determined by driving history and record, car make and model. Mileage does not determine the base rate or per-mile rate.

The Major Benefits of Driving Less (Infographic)

We recently released a report showing that Metromile test drivers who used our smart driving app to measure mileage and later switched to per-mile insurance ended up driving 6% less after the switch. This seemingly small reduction in driving can actually have a significant impact on our economy and environment, especially if everyone reduced their driving by this amount. To illustrate just how much of a positive effect this could have, we created an infographic to show all of the benefits. Check it out:
Drive Less Benefits Infographic

If you would like to dig a little bit deeper, you can check out our original report or the Brookings Institution’s report about pay-per-mile car insurance.

Hello, Pennsylvania! Per-mile Insurance & Driving App Now Available

The wait is over. Per-mile insurance is now available in Pennsylvania! We are rewriting the rules of the road by introducing a totally new type of car insurance where the monthly bill is based on miles driven.

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Over 60% of drivers in Pennsylvania are considered low-mileage (drive less than 200 miles per week), and large cities like Philadelphia and Pittsburgh already have great public transportation and bike-friendly commute options. In fact, Philadelphia has more bike commuters per capita than any of the other ten biggest cities in the U.S. It is likely that Pennsylvanians who rarely drive are overpaying for car insurance, so we anticipate that pay-per-mile car insurance will be much-needed solution!

We also plan to help Pennsylvanians become smarter drivers with our smart driving app. Insurance customers will receive the Metromile Pulse, a device that plugs into the car’s OBD-II port to deliver useful driving data and smart services.

Pennsylvania is the second state on the East Coast where we offer per-mile insurance, and we have more planned on our roadmap. Sign up for our waitlist if you would like to be notified when we arrive in your state!

Would You Drive Less If You Paid for Insurance by the Mile?

The following is a post from Jim Levinsohn, Director, Jackson Institute for Global Affairs, Yale University, and George Mohler, Director of Data Science, Metromile

If you’re like most drivers, the answer seems to be “yes.”

We analyzed 191,699 trips made by Metromile customers who started out on a free test drive program and later switched to pay-per-mile insurance. (Each switcher had at least 30 days of driving before and after the switch). On average these individuals drove 16.4 miles per day before purchasing per-mile insurance. After switching, they drove on average 15.5 miles per day—a reduction of 6%.[1]

What’s going on here? It turns out that economics predicts exactly this outcome. When you buy traditional car insurance, you pay a fixed premium. That means that when you’re deciding whether or not to make a given trip, insurance cost doesn’t enter the calculation since that cost is invariant to whether or not you make the trip. You might consider the cost of gasoline and your time, because those costs increase if you make an extra trip, but not insurance costs. One consequence of traditional car insurance is that drivers with below average mileage in effect subsidize the premiums of drivers with higher mileage (an individual’s risk of an accident in a year increases with miles driven).

But when your car insurance is on a per-mile basis, the equation changes. Drivers with below average mileage start to save money, whereas drivers with above average mileage pay more. The less you drive, the lower your premium, so there’s a clear incentive to reduce your miles driven. In order to achieve the same incentive for reducing mileage, the tax on gasoline would need to be on the order of $0.74 per gallon! This is larger than the state gasoline tax in even the highest tax states. Simply changing the way insurance is priced has significant environmental advantages. (more…)

Don’t Drive Much? How to Save (and Even Make) Money on Your Car

Just because you own a car doesn’t mean you are regularly taking it out for a spin. Perhaps you only use it when you are heading on a road trip, grabbing groceries from the store, or rushing to work when you “didn’t hear your alarm”. When you realize you’ve only clocked 5,000 miles in the past year, you might feel pressed to justify such a large investment. But it’s your car, it’s your way of driving your friends to the beach this weekend. We get it, which is why we compiled some easy ways to keep your car running smoothly and maybe even leverage it to earn some extra cash.

drive less car tips

Know the basics: There’s no need to spend a lot of time and money on car maintenance when you aren’t driving much, but there are a few tips to remember in order to avoid costly repairs. Know how to deal with a flat tire and keep your tires properly inflated. It’s also important to change your oil on a regular basis as it keeps your car running smoothly and extends the life of the vehicle. Lastly, fix your brakes if they are squeaky because that likely means the brake lining is starting to wear thin. There’s no need to stop your car on the side of the road, but you should get them serviced soon after you hear the noise. If you are hungry for more car maintenance advice, we had one of our customer experience advocates share her favorite tips.

Be smart about car storage: If you are leaving your car idle for a long time, the ideal place to store it is in a garage because it prevents theft and also protects against the elements like that blazing summer sun. Garage parking can be expensive, especially in the city, so if you don’t need frequent access to your car you should shop around for the cheapest garage space instead of paying a premium to park in the closest garage. If the most viable option is keeping it outside, consider purchasing waterproof car cover to keep it clean to save on long term costs of wear and tear. Read more in our recent blog post about car storage tips.
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Commuting in Illinois: The Major Headaches for Drivers

Owning a car is liberating, but it can also try your patience. Since we’re all about making car ownership as easy as possible, we recently ran a survey to uncover the habits and headaches of Illinois drivers (one of the states where Metromile offers per-mile insurance). We hope to use these insights to guide future innovations, and maybe these stats will encourage drivers to drive a little less and walk (or bike) a little more!

Of the 500 people that responded, more than 62% commute less than 20 miles by car per day, with nearly 30% commuting less than five miles per day. Despite the low daily mileage, 36% said that what bothers them the most about driving a car in Illinois is traffic and congestion.

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According to TomTom data, Chicago is one of the top 10 US cities with the most congestion, with a 27% increase in overall travel time compared to driving without any traffic. There is a 43% increase in time traveled during the morning commute and a 59% increase in the evening, which explains why Illinois drivers are so frustrated with the traffic they face in such a short commute. In 2014, the average commuter spent an extra 100 hours traveling during rush hour alone. That could have been one awesome long weekend!

We also found that the costs of driving and car ownership are frustrating. 25% stated that gas prices were one of the biggest problems associated with car ownership, and another 10% don’t like the cost of parking and parking tickets.

This is where per-mile insurance comes in. We’re learning that Illinois car insurance customers who pay-per-mile actually drive less (more on that soon!). Fewer cars on the road results in fewer traffic back-ups and ultimately fewer accidents. It also means paying for gas less frequently, and probably fewer parking tickets. Plus, when your monthly bill is based on miles driven, if you drive less then you will pay less! You can learn more about how per-mile insurance works here.