Good morning! Welcome to The Morning Shift, your roundup of the auto news you crave, all in one place every weekday morning. Here are the important stories you need to know.
Of all the insurance companies I can think of—the one with the lizard or that girl or that talking box, or whatever—there’s really only one that seems to give a damn about people’s interest in vintage cars. The company is Hagerty, and, let’s be clear, their interest is in making money by insuring classic cars. Even…
National insurer AAA said it’s raising rates for Tesla Model S and X vehicles, due to a high frequency of claims and costly repairs, according to Automotive News. Tesla decried the move in near Trumpian-fashion as being based on an analysis that’s “not reflective of reality.”
A casual look through car renting service Turo yields some pretty sweet and unusual stuff. Why rent a Nissan Sentra at the airport when you can rent some local enthusiast’s Porsche instead? It’s easy to get wrapped up in fantasies of having rare and cool cars to drive for a weekend, but how does the reality insurance…
Cars are getting smarter. Features like collision mitigation and blind spot monitoring have been shown to help prevent accidents and save lives. But these features cost a lot to repair even in a minor collision, and the insurance companies are reacting.
You already know a speeding ticket can hike up your insurance policy. Depending on where you live, it could be hundreds of dollars a year. NerdWallet analyzed their auto insurance data to see how much a speeding ticket increase rates across the U.S.
It’s smart to periodically check in on your goals, spending plan, or investment portfolio, but you also want to reevaluate your monthly bills and expenses every now and then, too. If you haven’t looked for a better car insurance policy for a while, it might be time.
Don’t be fooled by that cute little fluffball in the picture; mention the word “Marder” to any German, and you’ll send shivers down their spine. Marder is the German word for Marten, a little furry animal that crawls into cars’ engine bays and wreaks havoc on coolant hoses, spark plug wires and more, causing tens of…
Most states require drivers to have auto insurance, but what that insurance covers can vary from state to state, policy to policy, and even person to person. The result is you could think your insurance covers something it doesn’t, and this list helps separate fact from fiction.
In high school, car insurance is cheaper if you get good grades. When you turn 25, your premium changes again. Car insurance companies assign rates based on how responsible they think you are and how likely they think you are to get into an accident. Fair enough, but some of the criteria they use are a little…
Most states require you to buy some form of insurance for your car before they will allow you to drive it. But all they ask to see is “Proof of Insurance”—a piece of paper saying you have it. In this day of Photoshop and decent printers, some people have figured out how easy it is to make their own “insurance.”
Scoring points is a good thing, unless it's on your driving record. Still, if you know how your state's point system works, you'll have a better game plan for keeping your license —and your auto insurance rates low.
Insuring a car in the city of Detroit is ridiculously fucking expensive and it forces a lot of us to drive less-than-exciting vehicles just to get from point A to point B. Rates are among the highest, if not the highest, in the country. Detroit's new mayor is looking to alleviate that.
How many times have you logged into one of your credit card or bank accounts and seen a bogus charge or late fee appear out of nowhere? You wanted to call the company right away and have them refund your money, but you had no idea what to say to get the fee waived. So you just let it slide. Time after time.
I'm not exactly a savvy sales person, but I need to sell my car. I know how much I paid for it and how long I've had it, but I don't know how to translate that into a sticker price. How can I figure out how much my car is worth?
Your current auto insurer (and perhaps other service providers) may be holding out on you. If you're eligible for a lower rate, you probably won't be automatically given one unless you ask for it. In one case, the New York Times reports, one man would have been paying twice as much on his policy had he not gotten a…
America's auto insurers will push for new driver monitoring systems, such as in-car video cameras, as a way to cut costs and crashes. Who needs driverless cars when all drivers could soon get an electronic nanny?
Your insurance agent likely prefers you drive a Corvette instead of a Mitsubishi Lancer. That's because, according to the IIHS, Lancer owners report the highest relative insurance losses. Corvette owners? The lowest. Here are the ten biggest insurance losers.
How do you sell an unsexy product like car insurance in Russia? With breasts, of course. Hey, if it worked for Russian tires, it'll work here. Warning: These two videos are definitely NSFW.