After lull, cost of coverage for cars could rise again

PREMIUM ­PRESSURES: Bruce Messier, president of Butler and Messier Insurance Inc., says higher costs for car repairs because of the effects of the ­COVID-19 pandemic could push insurance premiums much higher this year.  / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO
PREMIUM ­PRESSURES: Bruce Messier, president of Butler and Messier Insurance Inc., says higher costs for car repairs because of the effects of the ­COVID-19 pandemic could push insurance premiums much higher this year. / PBN PHOTO/
MICHAEL SALERNO
When the pandemic struck Rhode Island in 2020, and a stay-at-home order was issued, the highways and byways around the state and country became desolate, leading to auto insurance companies doling out rebates, refunds and credits to drivers who weren’t on the road as much. Now, heading into 2022, mileage is returning to pre-pandemic levels…

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