ATLANTA — To help carriers understand the ever-changing market and offer them benchmark insights, LexisNexis® Risk Solutions released its latest Insurance Demand Meter, reporting on Q3 U.S. auto insurance shopping activity. The Meter shows that both shopping and new business policy volumes increased overall in the third quarter, but slowed in August, likely impacted by the end of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act benefits, significant hurricane activity, and the wildfires in the West.
Extreme weather events
Destructive hurricanes in the Gulf, including hurricanes Laura and Marco, which both made landfall in Louisiana less than a week apart, and an unusually large number of wildfires across the West seemingly significantly impacted auto insurance shopping on a regional level.
Uninsured and Insured Shopping
Insured shopping volumes saw a positive growth of nearly 10% in Q3. Conversely, uninsured shopping started falling in August, holding a steady -10% growth rate from mid-August through September, likely a result of a combination of unemployment benefits expiring at the end of July and insurance carrier cancellation moratoria that resulted in fewer insureds leaving the market.
“Despite a challenging Q3 for many consumers, as the economy continues to improve and unemployment levels normalize, we expect consumers to return to the auto insurance market, which will accelerate new policy growth and ultimately help to decrease uninsured motorist claim frequency,” said Tanner Sheehan, associate vice president of auto insurance at LexisNexis Risk Solutions. “Extreme weather events also proved to disrupt the auto insurance market this quarter and if no improvement is shown, we could see continued negative implications for insurance carriers down the line.”Additional key insights from Q3 include:
“Given the unprecedented impact we’ve seen thus far, the COVID-19 pandemic will likely continue to influence the auto insurance shopping market throughout 2020 and continue to affect market dynamics into 2021. As of now, potential stimulus and Americans eventually returning to work in-person will be the biggest drivers of results in the insurance market in the near term,” Sheehan continued.About the LexisNexis Insurance Demand Meter
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