AAA members who insure their vehicles through the Interinsurance Exchange of the Automobile Club will receive a fourth premium refund totaling approximately $70 million. This latest COVID-19 financial relief is in addition to almost $92 million in refunds provided in May, $58 million in July and $46 million in November, bringing the total amount returned to Auto Club auto insurance policyholders in Southern California to approximately $266 million.
According to the financial services publication S&P Global Market Intelligence, the Interinsurance Exchange and its affiliated insurers are among only a few insurance groups in the country to provide additional premium refunds through to the end of 2020.
For this most recent refund, every policyholder with auto insurance in effect from Oct. 1, 2020 to Dec. 31, 2020 will receive a 10% policy refund. Refunds will be applied as a credit to the member's premium due. Checks will be issued for policies already paid in full or that were canceled. Members do not need to take any action to receive their refund.
For more than 30 years, the Interinsurance Exchange has paid annual dividends to auto insurance policyholders in California. Combined with this latest premium refund, the Auto Club anticipates that the amount returned to California policyholders for policies in effect in 2020 will total over $532 million.
The additional relief package is due to continued reduced driving and fewer claims because of the pandemic.
“Ten months after the pandemic began, and with many people running out of assistance, COVID-19 continues to financially harm many people, including AAA members,” said John Boyle, President and Chief Executive Officer. “Since we are seeing fewer claims because of reduced driving, we believe it is important to provide additional help to members in these difficult times.”
Free Roadside Assistance Continues for Medical Personnel
The Auto Club will also continue to provide free roadside assistance services to medical personnel and front-line first responders. The program helps these critical workers if they have a vehicle breakdown, battery problem, or flat tire. Medical personnel and first responders who need a service during this crisis can call 800-400-4222. Since this program was announced in April, the Auto Club has served more than 6,000 first responders and medical personnel.
For more information, members can visit AAA.com.