Does Getting Insurance Quotes Affect Credit In 2020?
By Sa El
Last updated 03/16/2020
Summary: Learn if getting an insurance quote can affect your credit score in 2020.
Going through the process of buying any insurance can be very overwhelming and extremely frustrating.
Also it doesn’t help if you are worried about it affecting your credit score.
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Your credit score does have an effect on the final outcome of your insurance rates. Still, only certain insurance products affect your score.
In this post, I will help you understand if getting an insurance quote will affect your credit, what other things may or may not affect your score, and how an insurance credit score works.
Do Insurance Quotes Hurt My Credit?
The fast answer is No. When you get an insurance quote (depending on the product), you will receive an inquiry on your credit report; this inquiry doesn’t hurt your score.
So, you can take a deep breath and shop around for as many quotes as you would like, no matter how many you get, your credit score won’t be affected.
You will be able to see these inquiries on your personal credit report. Still, they won’t do anything to your score, and lenders can’t see these types of inquiries on your credit.
Do All Insurance Companies Check My Credit?
No, primarily because not all insurance products require your credit to be checked.
When applying for insurance, usually the only products that check your credit will be property and casualty products like:
However, your insurance score and credit score will not be checked for life and health insurance products such as:
And keep in mind:
Even though your credit is reviewed, it isn’t the type of inquiry that can affect your credit score.
Below we will discuss the two different types of inquiries and how they work.
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Two Primary Types Of Inquiries
When dealing with credit, there are two types of inquiries that you can get on your credit report. One is called a “hard pull,” and the other is a “soft pull.”
Hard Inquiry (hard pull)
Whenever you actively look to obtain new credit by completing an application, you will receive a hard pull.
The lender will use this hard pull on your credit to review your report and make a decision on your application.
It’s basically an indicator that you are currently looking for credit, and that will lower your credit score.
Soft Inquiry (soft pull)
Getting a soft pull on your credit happens typically when you check your own credit or creditors want to send you pre-approval offers.
If you find yourself receiving a ton of those, it’s because lenders are soft-pulling your credit and noticing you qualify for their cards.
Mostly when you aren’t actively seeking new credit, it will be a soft inquiry.
The reason insurance quotes fall under the “soft pull” umbrella is because you aren’t actually seeing to obtain new credit.
Even though you get a quote or fill out an application, you just want insurance.
Also, you might not know this, but there is an actual credit-based “insurance score” that is separate from the scores used to determine your eligibility for credit.
Soft inquiries will never hurt your credit score, be sure to always ask if your credit will receive a hard pull or soft pull before you submit any applications.
What’s An Insurance Score?
An insurance score is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a credit score that is only used when you attempt to get a quote or purchase a specific type of insurance, as we discussed above.
The goal of these scores is to help an insurance company predict the likelihood of a customer’s future claims on an insurance policy.
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Insurance Score Factors
Your insurance score is still a 3 digit number, and it’s created by also using factors from your credit report such as:
Now, some companies use their own internal insurance scoring formula based on the data they gather.
However, there is some information that isn’t used when calculating an insurance score which will be things like:
Now, of course, your age, marital status, and where you live are all parts of determining the cost of your insurance policy.
However, they have nothing to do with your insurance score.
What Factors Hurt My Insurance Score?
Oddly enough, most of the same things that can hurt your standard credit score can affect your insurance score.
However, it will affect it in different ways and levels of severity.
Some things that can hurt your insurance score are:
How Can You Improve Your Insurance Score?
You guessed it, by doing the exact opposite of what can hurt your score, you can increase your insurance score. In general, keeping good credit habits will help you to improve your score.
Some things that could help increase your score are:
Overall it comes down to being educated on how to manage your individual credit properly
The better you are at that, the better your personal credit score and insurance credit score will be.
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Actions That Can & Can’t Hurt Your Credit
It’s essential to understand the actions that could actually hurt your credit and when you don’t need to really worry about your credit being affected, below is the list:
Actions That Will Hurt Your Credit
Actions That Won’t Hurt Your Credit
This list should help protect you when you are trying to determine if an action you take will or won’t hurt your credit.
Just remember, stay away from anything that says “hard pull” if you want to protect your score.
Your credit score won’t be affected just by getting an insurance quote; however, your rates can absolutely be affected.
To make sure you get the best rates, you should work on building your personal credit score so that it can help increase your insurance score.
You should read about what’s a good credit score and also how to build your credit to assist you on your journey.
Remember, your credit-based insurance score won’t be the only factor affecting your rate, but it can be one less thing you have to worry about.