Insurance

For Slight Speeders, State Considers 'Pointless' $150 Warning Tickets
For Slight Speeders, State Considers 'Pointless' $150 Warning Tickets

Verify the speed limit, add a few miles per hour, and set the cruise control. It's a routine that many long-distance drivers are conditioned to, and in most states you're ignored if you're close to the speed limit. But in South Carolina you could soon be seen as a moving bankroll by cash-strapped...Read More»

2011 Chrysler Town & Country
Chrysler Town & Country Tops List Of Models With Lowest Insurance Cost

Are insurance premiums breaking the family budget? It might be time to ditch that sport sedan and consider a minivan. Compared to some roadsters and sport sedans, the Chrysler Town & Country (as many other vans and crossovers) costs less than a third as much annually as several of the...Read More»

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Fewer Auto-Insurance Claims In 2010, Yet Premiums Are Rising

After average auto-insurance premiums for U.S. families have fallen for five straight years through 2009, they're back on the rise. Premiums were up slightly in some parts of the country in 2010, and that goes against a host of indicators that you think would actually be lowering them. According to...Read More»

Progressive Snapshot device
Progressive's 'Snapshot' Program Tracks Your Driving To Lower Your Rate (UPDATED)

UPDATED: See below* Are you a safe driver? Are you sure about that -- sure enough to let your insurance company monitor your driving habits? What if the company offered you the chance to lower your premium by 25%? Progressive Insurance hopes that some of its customers will be brave enough to give...Read More»

Toyota Corolla and Toyota RAV4 bumper mismatch
IIHS: Mismatched Bumpers Between Cars And SUVs Can Cost Big

Low-speed impacts between two vehicles of the same type aren't likely to show much damage. But even in seemingly minor bumps, collisions between cars and SUVs—even those from the same automaker—can involve hefty damage bills adding up to nearly $10,000 in some cases. So says the...Read More»

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Family Cars Dominate InsWeb’s Least Expensive Cars To Insure

Sometimes you just get good news. In this case, it’s the fact that family cars dominate the list of least expensive cars to insure in 2010 – according to InsWeb, a leading online insurance comparison provider. To arrive at the list, InsWeb compared all car insurance quotes (covering 400...Read More»

General Motors' OnStar
GM Wants To Give OnStar Subscribers A Break -- On Insurance

General Motors' OnStar service has been popular with consumers, but it's facing stiff competition from other providers that offer many of the same services -- often, for free. How can GM stay competitive? By scoring insurance rate reductions for OnStar subscribers. GM has been working to secure...Read More»

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Keeping Teens On Parents’ Policy Safer, More Affordable

If you’ll soon have a new teen driver in the household, you’ve probably already given some thought to what vehicle they’ll be driving. But have you thought about insurance? If you haven’t, you might be in for some sticker shock. And you should probably set aside some extra...Read More»

2009 Mitsubishi Lancer
Insurance Losses Point To Risky Drivers More Than Vehicle Safety

By most indications, a late-model used Mitsubishi Lancer is a good, safe choice. It's earned four and five stars from the federal government in recent model years, and while some of the model line has lacked electronic stability control, it's one of the better-handling small cars—which should...Read More»

2004 Dodge Ram 1500 ST
NICB Names Top Ten Stolen Cars

The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) has released the top ten stolen cars in the United States in 2009. Topping the list is the 1994 Honda Accord; three trucks and one minivan make this year’s list. Is your car in danger of being stolen? If it's in the top ten, beware: 1. 1994 Honda...Read More»

1997 Nissan 240SX SE
Today in Car News: Nissan 240SX, Night Driving and EVs

The latest estimates on the auto-industry bailouts are in--and GM shares would have to be priced above $133 for us to get back all our $49.5-billion investment in the automaker. [Wall Street Journal] Nissan won't build you a new 240SX, but would you be interested in something like a Sentra coupe...Read More»

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Vehicle Thefts Down In 2009, But Fewer Vehicles Recovered

Annual crime figures were released this week by the U.S. FBI, and on the vehicle front there's some good news: For one, vehicle theft is way down. It's apparent that all the anti-theft measures—like alarms, immobilizers, and more sophisticated ignition locks—introduced by automakers...Read More»

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How To Steer Clear of the Swoop and Squat and Other Car Fraud

Lackluster economies bring out the worst in people, as they attempt to adapt to diminishing incomes. Some turn to easy money in the form of insurance fraud--and some become part of it on a huge scale that goes far and beyond low-level "mom and pop" fraud scams. The Greater Toronto Area is...Read More»

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Where Are America's Safest Drivers? Not In Philly Or Los Angeles...

Fort Collins, Colorado has again been named America's Safest Driving City, while drivers in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Dallas leave a lot to be desired—if you wish to avoid an accident, that is. So assesses Allstate Insurance Company [NYSE:ALL], in its annual America's Best Drivers...Read More»

2008 Mitsubishi Lancer
Five Cars With Surprisingly High Insurance Costs

Get a more expensive car, and you might expect the insurance premium to be quite a bit higher.But that's not always true. Instead, the most expensive cars are often those models most often involved in accidents. Insurance companies know they're more likely to have to pay out a claim on cars that...Read More»

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Insurance Fraud Up Again: Inflated Bills, Staged Accidents Rampant

Smashed windshields, staged accidents, and suspicious fender-benders and vehicle fires might remain relatively common tactics for deceiving insurance companies—and might be more rampant in a down economy—but insurers are definitely catching on. Last week, the National Insurance Crime Bureau...Read More»

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AA: Apple iPod Turns Drivers Into Zombies

The Apple iPod and iPhone are the root of more than a dozen accidents every day in the UK, and one insurance company says its nation's drivers are losing their grip on good driving thanks to "iPod oblivion." AA Insurance says drivers fall into a "zombie-like state" when using their Apple and other...Read More»

2010 Cadillac Escalade
Cadillac Escalade A Beacon For Thieves, Says Insurance Data

If you plan to purchase a Cadillac Escalade, Ford F-250 Crew Cab, Infiniti G37, or Dodge Charger Hemi, you might want to check in with your insurance agent first. Why? Because these vehicles have the highest theft rates (from inside, or of the vehicle itself) of any models one to three years old...Read More»

Old Driver
For Older Drivers, Mental Workouts Help Reduce Accidents

Play a musical instrument? Take hikes on the weekend? Do the morning crossword puzzle? As odd as it might sound, any of these things might make you a better, safer driver. It found that simply getting a daily mental workout will help significantly reduce the chances of being in an accident. For a...Read More»

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