Central Insurance Companies use an insurance score code derived from a consumer credit report in underwriting and rating personal insurance policies upon authority granted by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act. We use this information to develop your insurance premium, but it is only one of many factors considered. The insurance scores we use in underwriting and rating your insurance policy are provided to us by LexisNexis Risk Solutions, Inc. More information about this company is available at www.risk.lexisnexis.com.
How the Credit Scoring Process Works
Upon receiving a request from Central, LexisNexis runs your consumer credit report through its mathematical scoring model Attract, which assigns a numerical score based on the model's analysis of the information contained in the report. Next, the score is converted to an alphabetical Score Code ranging from A to Y. The Score Code is representative of the likelihood of future loss activity, with an A Score Code representing the least likelihood of future loss potential and a Y Score Code representing the greatest likelihood of future loss potential. Policies where an insurance score cannot be determined are assigned a Z Score Code, a neutral designation.
The Score's Just One Factor That's Used
The Insurance Score Code is used to underwrite or rate the policy, but is only one of many different factors that are considered. For example, your driving record, coverage limits, vehicle type, and years of driving experience (along with several other factors) are evaluated along with your Insurance Score Code in determining your auto insurance rate. In determining your homeowner's rate, we review not only your Insurance Score Code, but also factors such as your prior loss history, the value of the home, the construction type and age of the home, the fire district's protection classification, and if the home has security features installed like smoke detectors, deadbolt locks, and alarm systems.
Central complies with all state and federal laws that regulate the use of insurance scoring in underwriting and rating personal insurance policies.
The Central Insurance Companies are comprised of Central Mutual Insurance Company, All America Insurance Company, and CMI Lloyds (Texas).
Features of the Attract Model
The credit characteristics evaluated in the Attract model cover three broad areas of the credit report: public records, account information, and inquiries. In all, over 50 characteristics are evaluated.
Variables not used include information such as age, address, race, employment history, income, national origin, sex, marital status, and non-consumer initiated inquiries (pre-approved credit card offers that you did not solicit, etc).
How To Improve Your Score
LexisNexis provides these tips on improving your score:
Need More Assistance?
Central does not have the ability to look at an actual credit report and give you any guidance on how your Attract score was developed. In fact, LexisNexis only sends us the numerical score along with the four most significant reason codes that affected the score. However, LexisNexis, as the developer of the Attract scoring model, has material available on its website that explains the various reason codes used by the Attract model in developing your score. This site is located at www.consumerdisclosure.com.
If you've been adversely affected because of our use of a consumer credit report, you are entitled to a free copy of your consumer report from LexisNexis within 60 days of receiving the notice of adverse action. You also have the right to dispute the accuracy or completeness of any information in the report. You can contact LexisNexis to obtain your free copy or dispute information on your report by writing to them at the LexisNexis Consumer Center, PO Box 105108, Atlanta, Georgia 30348-5108. You may also contact them by phone at 1-800-456-6004 or online via their consumer disclosure website www.consumerdisclosure.com.
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