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Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life
Tesla now offers insurance and maintenance for life

Self-driving cars are going to ruin everything--in a good way. If all goes as planned, they'll dramatically reduce auto accidents and highway fatalities; boost fuel efficiency; minimize traffic jams; and maybe even cut the number of vehicles we own. Autonomous vehicles are likely to wreak havoc on...Read More»

HighwayHero app from Liberty Mutual
Liberty Mutual's new apps turn safe driving into a competitive sport

We learned a lot of interesting things in the first decade of the Smartphone Era. We now know that, though nearly all of our friends have mobile phones, few like talking on them. We've learned that "freemium" is never free. And of course, we know that if you really want to make bank in the App...Read More»

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Detroit is America's most dangerous city for drivers

This summer, many of us will take road trips, hitting the open highways, rolling down the windows, and letting the wind blow through our hair. That'll be a welcome change of pace from the bumper-to-bumper traffic and crowded parking lots we endure the rest of the year. No doubt about it, city...Read More»

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Latest active-safety systems may not cut your car-insurance bill...yet

Active-safety systems like automatic braking and collision avoidance minimize the chances that you'll be seriously injured in a crash. Unfortunately, these semi-autonomous systems may not reduce your auto-insurance premium--at least, not yet. That's likely to come as a surprise to many of you...Read More»

General Motors ignition assembly parts, packaged and shipped Thursday, April 17, 2014
Insurance companies want you to get recalled cars repaired, too

Last week we discussed some of the new, unorthodox methods that car companies are using to track down owners of recalled vehicles. But automakers aren't the only companies that want consumers to have their flawed car fixed. Insurers feel the same, and at least one is letting its customers know when...Read More»

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Say What? As Gas Prices Drop, Insurance Rates Will Probably Go Up

Earlier, we discussed today's low gas prices and how many indicators suggest that they could fall further in the future. To anyone with a car, that probably sounds like good news, but as the folks at Forbes point out, there's a potential downside to cheap gas: higher insurance rates. ALSO SEE: 2016...Read More»

Tesla Model S P85D 'Insane' mode acceleration  [frame capture from DragTimes video]
If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer?

When you're shopping for a new ride, you always take a test drive, right? But what happens if you're in an accident during those 15 or 30 minutes? Who can be sued? That question was recently posed in a Colorado court of law, and as Auto News reports, the dealership was found to be just as liable --...Read More»

Volkswagen iBeetle and iBeetle Cabriolet
J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto

This week, J.D. Power released its 2015 Driver Interactive Vehicle Experience (DrIVE) Report, which reveals that motorists often don't use or appreciate the high-tech features in their new cars. The results should be a wake-up call to automakers around the globe. Heck, even Apple and Google should...Read More»

Scarlett O'Hara in mourning, Gone With The Wind
Good Grief: Widows Pay Up To 226% More For Auto Insurance After Spouse Dies

We've all heard horror stories about men and women who've lost their spouses, then learned that their better half was so deep in debt, those they've left behind are left out in the cold. We like to think those cases are extreme, but in fact, they happen every day -- even in cases where a spouse...Read More»

Google autonomous car prototype
How Much Cash Will An Autonomous Car Save You? More Than $1,000 Per Year

Self-driving cars are just around the corner. Many people worry about the added expense of autonomous technology and the effect it'll have on car prices, but in fact, self-driving vehicles are likely to save owners a good bit of money. How much? By some estimates, $1,000 or more each year -- and...Read More»

Teen driver - busy street- AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety
Insurer: Braking Style ‘Highly Predictive’ Of Accident Risk

Insurance companies gather a lot of information. Age, gender, the car you drive, your driving record, your zip code, and your credit rating (where it’s legal): It all influences insurance rates—and your relative risk, as insurers see it. Placing bets on our likelihood of an accident is...Read More»

2015 Ford F-150
2015 Ford F-150: Insurance Rates Hold Steady, Despite Aluminum Body

Wise people often say, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it", and if ever there was a vehicle that wasn't broke, it's the Ford F-150. That pickup has been America's best-selling ride for nearly 40 years. And yet, for 2015, Ford upended conventional wisdom by "fixing" its hugely popular truck, ditching...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Auto Industry Shakeup, Part 2: Insurers Anxious About Autonomous Cars & Shrinking Profits

Yesterday, we discussed automakers' growing concern over Apple and Google. They're not just worried about the tech firms' plans to begin selling autonomous vehicles by 2020, they're also worried about the ways in which autonomous vehicles themselves will radically change the auto industry. As it...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Insurance Companies Sued For Forcing Garages To Make Shoddy Repairs With Cheap Parts

Americans are wary of insurance companies. In fact, a recent Gallup poll about trustworthy professions put insurance agents near the bottom of the "trusted" list, besting U.S. Senators, Representatives, and, sadly, car salespeople. A new series of lawsuits against insurers isn't going to do the...Read More»

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Study: Even First Accident Claim Raises Car Insurance Rates For Years

Afraid that making just one auto-insurance claim will raise your rates? That fear is entirely justified by the results of a new study—pointing to a premium rate hike of 41 percent, on average, after making just one $2,000 claim. That’s about $370 annually, on average, and a premium that...Read More»

Detroit (via Google Maps)
10 Most & Least Expensive ZIP Codes For Car Insurance: Are Your Neighbors Driving Up Your Rates?

Most insurance ads would have you believe that your premium is based solely on your driving history. They talk about forgiving motorists for accidents and reducing premiums for those who don't file claims. But the truth is, your insurance rate is largely determined by your neighbors. To prove it...Read More»

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Walmart Eases Into The Auto Insurance Business

Walmart sells everything -- everything but insurance. Now, the big-box retailer is hoping that a new foray on that front will boost revenue at a time when many of its shoppers are struggling. ALSO SEE: Could Interstate Tolls Finally Bring Americas Roads & Bridges Up To Speed? The New York Times...Read More»

Police officer with radar gun
So, You Got A Ticket. How Will That Affect Your Insurance Rate?

No one likes getting a ticket. For starters, there's the fear that comes with being pulled over, even if you're the goodiest goody-two-shoes in the shoe store. Then, there's the 15 or 20 minutes that's stolen from your busy life while the officer checks your paperwork and writes the ticket. If...Read More»

Uber's updated insurance policy as of March 14, 2014
Uber & Lyft Upgrade Insurance For Drivers: Is That Enough?

The way we travel is changing. Planet Earth's automotive fleet has begun the long, slow process of shifting from fossil fuels to electricity. Simultaneously, the future of car ownership is in question, as vehicle-sharing programs like Zipcar take off. Ride-sharing companies like Uber and Lyft have...Read More»

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