One of the big rating factors companies look at is whether or not you are currently insured and have been for the past six months. When you canceled your policy to go out of the country, this caused a lapse in coverage. This means you have not been insured continuously for the last six months. The longer you have insurance continuously, the better your rates will be.
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Once you have had your insurance again for six months, you will start getting credit for continuous insurance which will help get your rate back down. Sorry, you were given incorrect information before you canceled your policy. There could be other things impacting your rate as well. For more information on car insurance rates, see our guide here.