Your auto insurance policy is meant to provide coverage and protection for you and your vehicle. However, life happens and your circumstances can change after purchasing a policy. This is where mid-term adjustments, or MTAs, come in.
An MTA allows changes to be made to your existing auto insurance policy before it renews. These changes help ensure your coverage still matches your needs. Here’s a breakdown of what MTAs are and how they work.
What is an MTA?
MTA stands for Mid-Term Adjustment. It refers to any modification made to your car insurance policy before the end of the policy period. MTAs can be initiated by you or your insurance company.
Reasons for an MTA:
- You change vehicles
- Your vehicle usage changes (commute length, personal vs commercial)
- You move to a new home
- You add or remove drivers on the policy
- You modify your vehicle (upgrades, performance parts)
- You want to change your coverage levels
- Major life events like marriage or retirement
The MTA Process:
- Contact your insurer and notify them of the desired change.
- Provide any needed documents like a new driver’s license or proof of address.
- Your insurer will re-evaluate your policy based on the new information.
- You’ll receive a revised quote that accounts for the adjustment.
- Review the changes, sign documents, and pay any additional premium or receive a refund.
Impact of an MTA:
- Your premium may go up or down depending on the adjustment
- Your coverage levels and what’s included may change
- The policy terms and conditions will be revised
MTAs provide flexibility if your needs change. Just be aware adjustments can affect your rates and protection, so carefully review any policy revisions. Don’t hesitate to shop around if another insurer can offer you a better deal after an MTA.
Frequently Asked Questions:
What changes qualify for an MTA?
Common changes that qualify for an MTA include adding or removing vehicles, drivers, changing your address, increasing or decreasing coverage limits, and other major life changes like marriage or retirement. Essentially any permanent change in your situation can be adjusted through an MTA.
How much does an MTA usually cost?
The cost of an MTA can vary depending on the type of change requested. In general, adding a vehicle or driver will increase your rates, while removing one may lower your rates. Changes like updating your address typically do not impact premiums. You’ll receive a revised quote to determine if any additional premium is due or if a refund applies.
How long does the MTA process take?
Most insurers aim to complete the MTA process within 10-15 business days upon receiving all necessary documentation from the policyholder. However, it may take longer depending on the insurer’s workload and complexity of the changes requested. Ensure you leave enough time before your renewal date for any adjustments to be fully processed.
What happens if I don’t notify my insurer of a change?
Failing to notify your insurer of an eligible change could potentially void your coverage. If you have an accident or make a claim and the insurer discovers a change was made but not reported through an MTA, they may deny the claim. It’s important to disclose changes upfront to maintain valid coverage.
Can I request an MTA online or over the phone?
Yes, most insurers allow policyholders to request an MTA online through their website portal or mobile app. You may also call your agent or insurer directly to discuss changes over the phone. Submitting documentation electronically or verbally often expedites the process.
Am I eligible for an MTA refund if I cancel my policy?
In some cases yes, cancelling your policy mid-term could make you eligible for a partial premium refund through an MTA adjustment. However, refund amounts depend on your insurer’s cancellation terms and how much of the policy period you already paid for. There may also be cancellation fees applied.
How many MTAs can I request in a year?
Most insurers do not limit the number of MTAs that can be requested within a single policy term. However, requesting numerous changes could potentially result in higher rates at renewal if your risk profile fluctuates often. Two to three MTAs per year is typically considered reasonable by most carriers.
MTA or mid-term adjustments allow policyholders to make changes to their existing auto insurance policy before the policy renews. Common reasons for an MTA include changing vehicles, drivers, address, or coverage needs. The MTA process involves notifying your insurer of the desired change, providing documentation, getting a revised quote, reviewing changes, and paying any additional premium. An MTA can impact your rates and protection, so it’s important to carefully review any policy revisions. Overall, MTAs provide flexibility if your circumstances change during the term of your policy.