I recently acquired a new 2017 Kia Optima Hybrid EX. However, this post is not about the car, but my insurance carrier. Last time I got a new car, they tried to jack up my rate by $80/mo. I had to threaten to switch carriers to get them to back off. Now that I’m getting another new car, they’re trying the exact same scam (except $100/mo this time.)
If I go to a competitor’s website and enter the new car, I get a rate suspiciously similar to my old rate with my old carrier on the old car.
Is it a common practice to subject new car buyers to this kind of rate hike?