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Study: Costs Rise, But Americans Happier With Auto Insurance
Study: Costs Rise, But Americans Happier With Auto Insurance

With initial damage estimates for Hurricane Sandy pegged at $20 billion or more, insurance companies are facing a very busy couple of weeks. But while they brace for massive payouts, agencies can take heart in one bit of very good news, courtesy of J.D. Power and Associates' 2012 U.S. Auto Claims...Read More»

Distracted driving
Texting Tickets Could Cost You Down The Road

In most of America, it's illegal to text and drive. Today, 39 states and the District of Columbia now have laws on the books forbidding the practice. Chances are, you live in one of them. The problem for police officers is that such laws can be difficult to enforce. Even though texting constitutes...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Progressive Insurance Stands Up For Killer Of Policyholder: UPDATE

UPDATED: Four times, and counting. See below. If you're looking for a happy story to get you through the day, this isn't it. In fact, it's enough to send many folks back to bed, wondering if they can ever win against Big Insurance. The details come from Matt Fisher, a member of the popular New...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Test Your Safety Skills: Try Progressive Snapshot For Free

Clearly, we have reached the dog days of summer. How can we tell? Because companies of every stripe have announced promotions to keep cash registers humming during these traditionally slower months. Yesterday, we heard about a special offer from Chevrolet. Earlier, we told you about one from...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Customer Satisfaction With Auto Insurance At All-Time High: J.D. Power

The words “customer satisfaction” and “auto insurance” don’t necessarily seem to go together, but a new study from J.D. Power and Associates shows that, in fact, they do. The 2012 U.S. Auto Insurance Study found that customer satisfaction improved largely because...Read More»

Ford SYNC
Uh-Oh: State Farm Uses Ford Sync To Make You Pay By The Mile

If you love the thought of letting a car insurance company monitor your driving habits but think, "Hey, why stop there? Why not let them keep tabs on my traveling, too?", well, today's your lucky day. Last year, we told you about State Farm's grammatically challenged Drive Safe & Save program...Read More»

Flo, for Progressive Insurance
Americans Are Happy With Their Auto Insurance. Well, Mostly

Chances are pretty good that you're happy with your auto insurance -- at least that's what a new study from J.D. Power indicates. Power surveyed 16,100 individuals in January and February of this year and found that just 25% of them had shopped for new car insurance within the past 12 months. Why...Read More»

Jack Colker Union 96 gas station in Beverly Hills, via oobject.com
Behind On Your Insurance? Could That Keep You From Buying Gas?

If your daily commute involves a toll bridge or highway, you may already be familiar with cameras that read license plates to extract turnpike fees. Now, the British government is exploring ways to use similar devices to keep uninsured motorists off the roads -- by preventing them from filling up...Read More»

Car repair
Drivers Still Like Their Insurance Companies, Despite Longer Repair Times

The last time Gallup polled people about the insurance industry, only 10% of respondents thought their agents were "highly honest and ethical". But a new study from J.D. Power shows that, despite such misgivings -- and despite some serious changes in the way insurance companies do business -- folks...Read More»

Jewel's Cadillac SRX Crash
Uninsured: One In Seven U.S. Drivers Cost The Rest Of Us

In a frail economy, families are surely looking for ways to cut costs. So drivers have downsized, changed vehicles, and tried cut their fuel budget by limiting their driving. But there's one tempting solution that might just end up biting you hard in the end: Canceling your insurance. More...Read More»

Vauxhall/Opel electric car concept for 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
Saab's In Trouble, Reese Witherspoon Hit By Car: Car News Headlines

Reese Witherspoon has been hit by a car driven by an 84-year-old. [MotorAuthority] In an era of downsizing, GM says the small block V-8 isn't going away. [TheCarConnection] The Bamby P50 truly begs the question: how small is too small? [GreenCarReports] Saab has been denied bankruptcy protection by...Read More»

Tracking device for AAA's 'ACE Teen Pilot Program"
AAA Insurance Monitors Teen Drivers With Onboard Gadget

Within the past year, we've seen at least two major companies launch programs that promise to lower insurance rates for customers willing to give up a little privacy. For better or worse, another has now joined the ranks: AAA. To recap: you've probably heard about Progressive's "Snapshot" program...Read More»

2009 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade Once Again The Darling Of Thieves

Families appreciating the luxury appointments and roominess of the Cadillac Escalade also know that their insurance premiums are rather costly compared to other large SUVs and family sedans. It’s not hard to figure out why, since it's been thieves’ top target for the past several years...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Escalade EXT
Cadillac Escalade: A Magnet For Thieves, Report Insurers

The Cadillac Escalade is perhaps a little too successful in its mission of flaunting wealth. Cadillac's big SUV is a magnet for thieves; it has ten times the overall theft losses of the typical 2008 to 2010 model-year vehicle, and it's more than six times as likely to be targeted by thieves. These...Read More»

State Farm's In-Drive telematics system
State Farm Launches OnStar Competitor: In-Drive [UPDATED]

It's no secret that car shoppers are smitten with technology, and nothing is hotter right now than the mix of navigation and concierge services known generally as "telematics". GM has made a bundle with OnStar, and now State Farm has partnered with Hughes Telematics to grab its own slice of the pie...Read More»

2006 Mazda Miata
Young Drivers Master The Manual, Thanks To Hagerty Insurance

There’s been a lot of press lately over the demise of the manual transmission, with some fighting tooth and nail to retain the row-it-yourself gearbox and others seemingly indifferent about its passing. On cars equipped with a dual-clutch automatic transmission (like Porsche’s PDK, or...Read More»

Car thief
Vehicle Thefts In The U.S. Hit Lowest Levels Since 1967: Video

The future ain't what it used to be -- and neither is car theft. In fact, vehicle theft has been on the decline for the past seven years, and in 2010 it hit rates that haven't been seen since Lyndon Johnson was in office. (Translation: a long time.) The news comes from the National Insurance Crime...Read More»

2010 Smart Escooter Concept
Women Flocking To Scooters: Report

When push comes to shove and people are looking for any way to save money on gasoline and car-related costs, is it any wonder one huge driving population – women – are turning to scooters for transportation? According to a recent report from the Motorcycle Industry Council, sales of...Read More»

2007 Nissan 350Z
At Your Own Risk: These Vehicles Have The Highest Death Rates

It's might be hard to believe looking at safety equipment lists, or even crash-test results, but you're statistically a few hundred times more likely to die if you're behind the wheel of a Nissan 350Z or Chevrolet Aveo than if you're in a Toyota Sienna or Audi A6. Looking at driver deaths per...Read More»

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