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Auto insurance companies pay back $6.5 billion, but is it enough?
Auto insurance companies pay back $6.5 billion, but is it enough?

Auto insurance companies have pledged to refund or credit drivers more than $6.5 billion over the next two months due to the coronavirus pandemic but some insurers are treating policy holders more equitably than others, according to a report card issued this week by the Consumer Federation of...Read More»

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Allstate and other auto insurers giving money back to drivers

Allstate plans to return $600 million to auto insurance policyholders over the next two months due to the coronavirus pandemic. "This crisis is pervasive," Tom Wilson, President and CEO of Allstate, said in a statement on Monday. "Given an unprecedented decline in driving, customers will receive a...Read More»

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Insurer to monitor drivers via cell phone data

First, there were insurance companies using dongles — devices that plug into your car’s data port and transfer vehicle information like acceleration and braking data to your phone, which then relays it to insurance companies. Now, one insurer is taking things a step further and directly...Read More»

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Tesla partners with British insurer for Autopilot discount

British insurer Direct Line is now offering a 5 percent discount to Tesla drivers to encourage them to use semi-autonomous driving tech. The offer is part of a collaboration between the insurance company and Tesla, which is estimated to have sold over 2,500 vehicles equipped with its Autopilot tech...Read More»

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The most (and least) expensive states for car insurance

Like all insurance, auto insurance premiums can be affected by a wide range of variables, including a driver's age, driving record, and credit score. One of the most important factors in determining that rate, though, is where the driver lives. State laws can have a huge effect on what insurance...Read More»

Wells Fargo forced 274,000 borrowers into delinquency because of unnecessary auto insurance post thumbnail
Wells Fargo forced 274,000 borrowers into delinquency because of unnecessary auto insurance

If someone told you that a bank--a major bank at that--forced borrowers to shell out more money for services they really didn't need, which bank would you immediately think of? Yes, Wells Fargo has done it again. The bank that can ill-afford another scandal is at the center of another one. A plague...Read More»

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Report: Auto insurers charge higher premiums in minority neighborhoods

A new report suggests that auto insurers are charging car owners in minority neighborhoods higher premiums than folks in predominantly white neighborhoods. Sadly, that might not sound like big news. After all, insurers often set rates based on a vehicle owner's ZIP code, and it's not uncommon for...Read More»

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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»

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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»

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

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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»

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

If You Have A Fender-Bender On A Test Drive, Who's Liable: You Or The Dealer? post thumbnail
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»

J.D. Power: Drivers Ignore High-Tech Car Features, Don't Want Apple CarPlay Or Android Auto post thumbnail
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»

Good Grief: Widows Pay Up To 226% More For Auto Insurance After Spouse Dies post thumbnail
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»

How Much Cash Will An Autonomous Car Save You? More Than $1,000 Per Year post thumbnail
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»

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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: Insurance Rates Hold Steady, Despite Aluminum Body post thumbnail
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»

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