Car insurance is categorised on statistical risk, so there are several different factors taken into consideration when you get a quote for cover. This is why everyone pays a different price for their policy.
Age: This is a factor because, generally speaking, older and more experienced drivers are less of a risk than a young person that has been driving for less than five years. You will find that more experienced drivers will usually get much cheaper insurance premiums.
Gender: Even though insurers are no longer allowed to discriminate on gender, men still often pay more for their insurance. This is simply due to the cars they drive being statistically more powerful and that they drive more hours than women, amongst other factors.
Type of car: If you have an expensive or powerful car then you are seen as a higher risk for a number of reasons. If it’s expensive, it has a higher risk of being stolen. If it’s powerful, it’s deemed more at risk of getting into an accident driving at speed. If you want to see how your car impacts your insurance, you can check which insurance group it’s in for an indication.
Location: The location of your car is also factored in, because if the area has a high crime rate, then you are statistically more at risk of your car being stolen, damaged or vandalised.
Occupation: If you have a job where you drive more hours, then you are riskier in the eyes of insurers because you are literally on the road more. Or if you have expensive equipment as part of your job, it could be stolen from your car, therefore you present an increased risk.