There's no direct effect between car insurance and your credit, so paying your insurance bill late or not paying it at all could result in debt collection reports. Debt collection reports appear on your credit report (usually 7 to 10 years) and can be read by future lenders. While your car insurance policy will never affect your credit rating, the opposite can happen. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 95% of auto insurance companies use what is called a credit-based insurance rating to calculate premiums in states where this practice is allowed.
Unlike loan payments, paying your car insurance premiums can't improve your credit rating. In addition, buying car insurance won't affect your credit, and car insurance companies will do what's called a soft consultation to check your credit when looking for coverage. That means it has no impact on your credit, even if you receive quotes from more than one insurer. The credit bureaus won't know if you make all your car insurance payments late or on time, and your credit won't be affected in any way.
However, if you pay premiums with your credit card, your car insurance payments could indirectly affect your credit rating. As a result, having good credit can help you when looking for a new insurance policy or when your insurance company renews your policy. Yes, most major auto insurance companies offer you the option of paying your car insurance premiums with a credit card. Some auto insurance companies will charge a fee if you use a credit card; however, most insurers offer a discount if you pay for your car insurance in full at the start of the policy term.
It's important to make timely payments on your car insurance policy, but not necessarily for reasons related to your credit rating. Auto insurance companies don't report their premium payments to credit bureaus, so your policy doesn't appear on your credit report. Paying your car insurance premiums on time doesn't help you build credit, but not making payments doesn't hurt your credit either. However, you could face late payment charges from your insurer and eventually lose your car insurance coverage completely.
Canceling your car insurance doesn't hurt your credit, but it's still not a good idea if you don't have another policy. Unpaid car insurance isn't included in your credit or worsens your credit rating, but if you forget to pay your credit card bill after using it to pay insurance premiums, yes. Even in states where there are no such limitations, insurance companies generally do not use a credit-based insurance rating as the sole basis for increasing rates or for refusing, canceling, or refusing to renew a policy. However, your credit score isn't the only thing that affects your insurance premium, depending on the type of insurance you're looking for, but your driving record, geography, property value and claim history can affect the amount you'll pay per month.
While your unpaid car insurance could be used for collections, your insurance company is more likely to simply cancel your policy if you don't make too many payments.