State Farm dropped my road towing because I used it 3 times a year for the last 3 years, and raised price for 6 months from $68 a month to $80! Legal?

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Insurance Question from Alpena, MI

Asked on 10/15/2011

State Farm dropped my road towing because I used it 3 times a year for the last 3 years, and raised price for 6 months from $68 a month to $80! Legal? I am 63 years, and female, and drive my vehicle for pleasure, and am on low income basis! I pay my insurance by the month, and have State Farm Insurance. I got a letter that told me I was using my road service too much, and they cancelled it! They told me I was using it 3 times a year for 3 years, and this is excess of their policy! Now, today I got the bill for the new 6 month policy, and they raised it from $68 a month to $80 a month! I think they did this to punish me for what they say is excessive road service! Garages are screwing us over on high chgs. for delivering gas in theirown cars!

Answer given on October 16, 2011

Insurance companies offer roadside service to their customers at a nominal fee presuming it will be used lightly. If the insurance company feels the service is being used excessively they do have the right to drop the coverage unless you can provide them with evidence that you have resolved the problem. An example is that if you had to get a jump start several times, if you show you purchased a new battery, they may be willing to continue the coverage.The renewal premium does not have any connection to the dropping of the roadside service. The losses for roadside service are not rateable, and cannot be used as a rate adjustment. It is probable that there was a rate change made by the insurance company recently and it affected you at the renewal. You should contact your agent to explain the rate increase and see if there is some way you could reduce your costs through coverage adjustment, increased deductibles or find additional discounts.


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