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Car insurance should be simple. If you are a safe driver you should pay less than someone who is more accident prone. But we all know that isn’t how it works. A multitude of other factors also determine your rates, including your credit score. A recent study shows that depending on where you live and who your…
You pay obscene amounts of money just for the privilege of driving your car. But have you ever considered not doing that, maybe by not being a person with 10 points on your license and two DUIs to your name? Have you ever considered, instead, being a 55-year-old married man, with no speeding tickets, living in…
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.
Living in Detroit, I learned quickly about the racket that is auto insurance in the city. There’s a cottage industry for one-week premiums, and if you want a steady monthly plan, it can cost hundreds of dollars per month. Many see it as a modern-day form of redlining. A new report from ProPublica and Consumer Reports…
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.
Having your car damaged, even if it is minor, is a hassle. No one likes driving around in a beat-up ride. However, when you are leasing a car you may not be real motivated to make repairs on a car you don’t own. Whether or not you should depends on the situation.
Allstate, the second largest insurer in the U.S., has found new ways of monitoring what you do in your car, including everything from the volume of your stereo to the people you ride with.
Insurance companies, cut the shit.
Selling car insurance is a tricky thing, because you aren’t really selling something someone wants. Most of the time it’s just something they have to have. But when it comes to incessantly stupid, Liberty Mutual’s new campaign has the market cornered.
We have already established that CarFax and other vehicle history reports are far from perfect. However, many of us use them as a first line of defense against cars that have been damaged or totaled. But what happens when CarFax doesn't report the information in time? One couple found out the hard way.
Progressive Insurance offers customers the option to plug a device into their cars' OBDII ports to track their driving and lower their insurance rates. Unsurprisingly, it's about as secure as a Tiffany necklace left on a sidewalk. But that doesn't mean the dongle will turn your car into a killer robot.
You slow down for a red light and the moron behind you is texting. He doesn't stop in time and hits you from behind, not hard, but just enough to damage your bumper. You make a claim with your insurance and pay your deductible. Then you go to trade your car and find out that the accident has cost you in the way of…
I myself have totaled a car and came close to totaling a second. It was much easier than I thought possible.
A lot of husbands like to think they're better drivers than their wives. A lot of wives like to think that they're better drivers than their husbands. So what do they tell each other when they do something wrong in a car? Apparently, not much.
Hurricane Sandy had absolutely devastating effects on the Northeast last week. And as we exclusively told you, that included a fire that destroyed 16 Fisker Karma plug-in hybrids in Port Newark, New Jersey.
Meet Two Face the Camaro. Can you tell which is the good half and which is the bad on this '68 convertible?
Mere weeks after Hollywood train wreck Lindsay Lohan crashed a rented Porsche 911 into the back of an 18-wheeler on the Pacific Coast Highway, it has come to light that she violated the terms of an insurance policy by driving.