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For similar cars and comparable drivers, automobile
insurance for collision damage has always cost more
in Greatport than in Fairmont. Police studies, however,
show that cars owned by Greatport residents are, on
average, slightly less likely to be involved in a collision
than cars in Fairmont. Clearly, therefore, insurance
companies are making a greater profit on collisiondamage
insurance in Greatport than in Fairmont.

In evaluating the argument, it would be most useful to
compare

(A) the level of traffic congestion in Greatport with
the level of traffic congestion in Fairmont

(B) the cost of repairing collision damage in
Greatport with the cost of repairing collision
damage in Fairmont

(C) the rates Greatport residents pay for other
forms of insurance with the rates paid for similar
insurance by residents of Fairmont

(D) the condition of Greatport's roads and streets
with the condition of Fairmont's roads and
streets

(E) the cost of collision-damage insurance in
Greatport and Fairmont with that in other cities
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This argument assumes that the cost of insurance alone determines the profit a car insurance company stands to make. Specifically, the argument contends that an insurance company in Greatport that charges more than one in Fairmont will be more profitable, especially if drivers in Greatport are less likely than those in Fairmont to get into an accident.

However, there could be another factor besides cost of insurance and the likelihood of a collision that determines how much profit an insurance company stands to make. (B) provides a compelling alternative explanation: if car repairs are significantly more expensive in Greatport than in Fairmont, then Greatport insurance companies will not be more profitable than those in Fairmont. Thus in evaluating the argument we need to know the cost of car repairs.

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Re: For similar cars and comparable drivers, automobile [#permalink] New post 04 Aug 2012, 02:19
(B) tells us that the post collision issue should be related to the insurance company's main job which depends on ;
* the cost of repairing collision damage in Greatport with the cost of repairing collision damage in Fairmont.
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Car insurance in Greatport > Car insurance in Fairmont

(A) the level of traffic congestion in Greatport with the level of traffic congestion in Fairmont - Infomation on the traffic congestion in two cities does not provide information why there is difference in insurance costs - Incorrect
(B) the cost of repairing collision damage in Greatport with the cost of repairing collision damage in Fairmont - If the cost of repairing in Great port is greater than in fairmont, it is highly likely for the insurance companies to charge more for the car insurance - Correct
(C) the rates Greatport residents pay for other forms of insurance with the rates paid for similar insurance by residents of Fairmont - Out of scope - Incorrect
(D) the condition of Greatport's roads and streets with the condition of Fairmont's roads and streets - No direct relation between insurance costs and road conditions. Scope missing - Incorrect
(E) the cost of collision-damage insurance in Greatport and Fairmont with that in other cities - Irrelevant information - Incorrect
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