Affinity Membership Discount for Car Insurance

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What are car insurance discounts for affinity memberships and professions?

There are a couple of ways to earn discounts on car insurance quotes based on your occupation or on a different factor in relation to your occupation. Some insurance providers differentiate these classifications, while others simply loop them together. To make things easy, these discounts are simply called affinity/membership and professional discounts. Let’s explore.

What’s an affinity discount?

An Affinity Discount refers to when insurance companies offer discounts based on your membership to a common (and pre-approved) organization. This can be business organizations, clubs, fraternities or sororities.

What’s a profession-based discount?

A professional discount refers to when a person falls into a certain job that earns them a discount. This discount differs from an affinity group because not all companies require you to belong or pay dues to the club. For some companies, you automatically qualify based on your occupation. Typical jobs are:

Why do these discounts exist?

These types of discounts exist for a couple of reasons. Affinity/membership discounts follow the buying-in-bulk kind of mentality. Insurance companies offer these organizations discounted rates based on the belief they will encourage their members to purchase them. Thus, give them business. They get a customer and you get coverage. Win, win!

For the profession-based discount, the reason is slightly different. Some insurance companies look at members of certain professions as ideal clients. These occupations, which we will outline, are less likely to take risks which could lead to a potential claims payout by their insurance company. So, as a way to encourage these types of clients, insurance companies offer a discount.

How much can you expect to save?

These discounts aren’t meant to halve your car insurance premium. For that, you will have to do a little more work. On average, if you qualify for these discount (which depends on your company and your state), you can see a 3-5% savings or $40-$60/year. If you’re looking for ways to save on car insurance, consider how much you could be saving by switching companies. Only with The Zebra can you shop 200+ companies at once. Start saving today.

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How can I find the best auto insurance for my family?

Some insurance companies offer occupational discounts, including for teachers and educators. On average, teachers paid $1,515 annually for auto insurance — 2% less than the national average.
Feb 13, 2020 North Little Rock, AR

Can I get an EMT discount with Nationwide?

To my knowledge, Nationwide does offer discounts to EMT but I'm not 100% if there are any specifics to the state of California. Because car insurance is regulated at the state, there could be some implications regarding California's state legislation that would prohibit employment status from being considered.
Aug 27, 2018 Los Alamitos, CA

Why do some jobs get insurance discounts and others don't?

Insurance companies analyze a lot of information to better forecast risk (customers). This basically means that they try to determine how likely it is that a person will file a claim and charge that customer accordingly.
Feb 25, 2017 Frankfort, KY

Why do certain jobs pay less for car insurance?

The discount you are referring to is known as an "Affinity" or "Membership" Discount. Basically, insurance companies use historical data to prove that certain occupations equate to less risky drivers.
Mar 31, 2018 Cedar Park, Texas

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Ava worked in the insurance industry as an agent for four-plus years.

Ava currently provides insights and data analysis as one of The Zebra's property and casualty insurance experts. Her work has been featured in publications such as U.S. News & World Report, GasBuddy, Car and Driver, and Yahoo! Finance.

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