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Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Auto Insurance Rates In Ohio Are Lower

According to recently released report by Ohio Department of Insurance the Ohio auto insurance rates are now lower for the second consecutive year. The report has been issued by NAIC (National Association of Insurance Commissioners).

The current rates make Ohio having 13th lowest costing auto insurances in United States. The average Ohio auto insurance premiums are as of this writing $668.93 compared to $829.17 being the US national average.

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Sunday, June 17, 2007

Low Cost Auto Insurance Gets Another Boost In California

As I have covered here few times California has been in a continuing process of making auto insurance more affordable for ever more and more Californians. Last time, in the spring 2007, the special program has been covering 22 counties including: Alameda, Contra Costa, Fresno, Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Merced, Monterey, Orange, Riverside, Sacramento, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, Sonoma, Stanislaus, Tulare and Ventura.

Now plans are made ready to expand it to 32 California counties in total. The program called California Low Cost Automobile Insurance Program allows low income drivers to obtain a liability auto insurance coverage for under $400. The names of the California counties being added to this program will be: Napa, Placer, Solano, Yolo, Kings, Lake, Madera, Marin, Mendocino and Santa Cruz.

The minimum requirements of this auto insurance savings program include age of over 19 years old, a 'good driving record' and income of under $25,525 for a single driver and $51,625 for a household made of four people.

To find out more about this program you can call 866-602-8861

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Thursday, June 07, 2007

Michigan State Considering New Auto Insurance Regulations

It is estimated that the cost of auto insurance in Michigan is three times higher in city like Detroit then it is in the country side. That puts the city folks in Michigan at a considerable disadvantage compared to the rural area residents when it comes to purchasing auto insurance coverage.

And skipping auto insurance in Michigan is not a safe option as it is illegal in Michigan to drive without basic liability and personal injury insurance.

Michigan is the only state in United States that offers unlimited medical which adds to the cost of the auto insurance. And it is the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association which covers the claims above $420,000.

So the new initiative in Michigan promoted by some lobbying organizations is to reduce the medical coverage to levels on pair with most other US states. The results of that move are estimated to enable reduction of auto insurance premium costs by 32 percent of the mandatory policy fees. And that in turn is expected to reduce the number of uninsured drivers by 40 percent.


Sunday, June 03, 2007

New Auto Insurance Law Released In British Columbia

A new bill 93 has been now signed in British Columbia, Canada creating a morel leveled field in the local BC auto isurance market. It will give British Columbia drivers more options in choosing their auto insurace coverage.

The ICBs monopoly on mandatory coverage though is still currently unchanged. And in the words of Lindsay Olson, Vice-President of british Columb ia and Yokon Insurance Bureau of Canada "The provincial government has taken positive measures to bring more options to drivers".

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

New Lower Car Insurance In The California Counties Of Merced and Tulare

Starting today there will be a new lower car insurance available for under $400 in the California counties of Tulare and Merced.

The basic conditions applying to that have to do with the driver's meeting the minimum income requirements and having a clean driving record. This program is viewed as helping those who drive without insurance to get one; California has one of the highest rates of drivers driving without auto insurance in the United States.

For a good low cost auto insurance company you might want to check the 21St Century Insurance available in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Washington and Wisconsin US states. Otherwise a noteworthy auto insurance group is 2Insure4Less which operates in all 50 United States states and besides auto insurance also offers insurances for life, annuity, long term care, health, homeowner, auto proffered, auto standard, auto high, renter, disability, cancer, burial, business and benefits. They give you a quick and comprehensive multi quote from Farmers, Kemper, The Hartford, Mercury, Liberty Mutual and Nationwide.

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Wednesday, January 03, 2007

State Farm Lowers Auto Insurance Rates

According to State Farm Insurance spokesperson the company is about to lower its auto insurace rates by 10.1 percent. Also their home insurance is to be lowered by 20 percent in total.

State Farm is is the larges vehicles and homes insurer in California therefore the amounts of savings passed to their customers will be substantial - totalling $489 million and including $259 million paid to vehicle owners and $230 millions to home owners.

According to Insurance comissioner John Garamendi these rate cuts are to start taking effect in April.

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Monday, November 13, 2006

Ways Of Saving On Auto Insurance

Many small factors determine the actual cost in involved with auto insurance. Paying attention to such details will markedly minimize the expense of insuring your vehicle.

The law in most places requires of the vehicle driver to carry an auto isurance policy and many people approach it something as something that must be done but preferably avoided. Often then, they go to the same place every year possibly not aware of important savings that are available to them.

One of the simplest things to do is just to have a good look around. It is not that difficult to get a few quotes from a few insurance companies around in order to notice which one provides the best features for the dollar. These days with the wide spread use of the Internet such task is made very easy and insurance quotes can be received in few minutes right on one’s own personal computer.

Certainly, one of the things determining the cost of the insurance premium is the driver’s insurance credit history. Naturally then having it improved can save money. Without going into details of credit management – it should be noticed that everyone is entitled to a free credit report. Equifax, Experian and Trans Union companies are each obliged by law to provide it for free to those who request it, once in 12 months.

How can one improve the credit score? Naturally paying all the bills on time will have the biggest impact. Also each of those reports will contain the positive and negative information determining the overall score. Some of such can be erroneous and if so can be removed by one of the above companies. Also switching to new auto insurance after any particular derogatory remark in the report expires – as these all do – will have a positive impact on the insurance premium paid.

Basic credit report is all that is needed. Also there are some credit-reporting firms stating that their reports are free while in the meantime they charge ‘membership fees’ for it. So it pays to check the fine print in such cases.

And last but not the least idea for saving on auto insurance premiums has to do with the fact that not all the vehicle models are considered equal by the insurance companies. For instance vehicles that statistically show to be stolen the most will also carry higher insurance cost. And if the particular car parts tend to be more expensive so then will be the insurance.


Sunday, November 12, 2006

Auto Insurance Minimum Coverage State By State

Each state sets its own values determining the minimum auto insurance coverage that can be activated by any auto insurance company for that state. Here they are listed alphabetically.

Alaska 50*100*25

Alabama 20*40*10

Arkansas 25*50*15

Arizona 15*30*10

California 15*30*5

Colorado 25*50*15

Connecticut 20*40*10

Delaware 15*30*5

Florida 10*20*10

Georgia 15*30*10

Hawaii 20*40*10

Idaho 20*50*15

Illinois 20*40*15

Indiana 25*50*10

Iowa 20*40*15

Kansas 25*50*10

Kentucky 25*50*10

Louisiana 10*20*10

Maine 50*100*25

Maryland 20*40*10

Massachusetts 20*40*5

Michigan 20*40*10

Minnesota 30*60*10

Mississippi 10*20*5

Missouri 25*50*10

Montana 25*50*10

Nebraska 25*50*25

New Hampshire 25*50*25

New Jersey 15*30*5

New Mexico 25*50*10

Nevada 15*30*10

New York 25*50*10

North Carolina 30*60*25

North Dakota 25*50*25

Ohio 12.5*25*7.5

Oklahoma 10*20*10

Oregon 25*50*10

Pennsylvania 15*30*5

Rhode Island 25*50*25

South Carolina 15*30*10

South Dakota 25*50*25

Tennessee 25*50*10

Texas 20*40*15

Utah 25*50*15

Virginia 25*50*20

Vermont 25*50*10

Washington 25*50*10

Wisconsin 25*50*10

West Virginia 20*40*10

Wyoming 25*50*20

The above vehicle insurance numbers are in thousands of dollars. The first two sets of digits there show maximum car insurace liability coverage for bodily injury and the last one maximum property damage. So let’s take the California auto insurance numbers there being 15*30*5 What it means is that if there were say two people involved in an accident – each would get maximum of $15,000 coverage and the total maximum would be $30,000. The maximum ‘property damage’ in that auto insurance claim would be $5,000. Although if the ‘bodily injury’ claim exceeds $30,000 in that example then the insurance would not cover the excess of it and the person there considered to be ‘at fault’ could be sued for that reminder cost.

Of course these numbers are subject to continuous adjustments so please double check with your auto insurance provider for the most current details of it.

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Sunday, October 08, 2006

New GPS Auto Insurance

In the previous post I have mentioned the Norwich Union having a special GPS based for folks under 25 years of age.

Now this same insurance company has announced a new GPS based insurance plan geared for general public. It will aloow the insurance rates to be continously adjusted on the go based on where and how the given drivers drive. The data in consideration will include information on times of the day and night driven, types of road traversed and the total mileage during the billing period.

What's next? GPS travel insurance figuring whether you are on a safe part of town? :-)


Monday, August 07, 2006

Far Out British Auto Insurance Scheme

If you live in England and are under 25 years old then you can qualify for an all new type of auto insurance promising to save up to 40 percent on insurance costs. What's the catch? Well, you agree not drive between 11pm and 6 am. The stats have it that the likelihood of an auto accident increases by the factor of 2 during those hours.

The vehicle tracking of that system is accomplished by a custom GPS satelite positioning tracker installed in each car signed up for that deal. For each night of driving during those blackout hours there is an extra fee of 25 British Pounds.

The firs British insurance company on board of that new auto insurance game has been Norwich Union.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

Insuring car and driving in Mexico

Although driving in Mexico is on the right side of the road and the driving rules are much the same - the laws concerning road accidents and auto insurance are vastly different.

When driving to Mexico one should make sure their auto insurance is issued by one of the insurance companies authorized by Mexico.

Also if involved in an auto accident in Mexico, one is considered 'guilty until proved innocent' which means that if involved even in a 'not at fault' car crash in Mexico one is still very likely to spend some time in jail before cleared out by local legalities and procedures. Also driving without at least civil liability insurance in Mexico is considered a felony.

There are also some quirks regarding the specific of the Mexican auto insurance. For example vandalism is not covered under most auto insurances in Mexico. Almost always the car has to be physically gone in order to file a theft claim. Otherwise if you, say have a car window broken by someone, it is the owner who needs to pay, not the auto insurance policy.

And as a side note, almost all of the car leases in US prohibit driving a leased vehicle to Mexico.


Wednesday, June 28, 2006

New Auto Insurance Climate In Michigan

The state house in Michigan has just passed two bills that might be of benefit to drivers over 50 years old. The catch is that they must complete a traffic accident prevention course in order to qualify but once they do - such drivers would qualify for an auto insurance fee discount. The bills are now being moved to the state senate. The word has it that the bills were introduced to provide a relief to the older Detroit drivers.


Sunday, June 04, 2006

New Mandatory Auto Insurance In China

Chinese officials has announced that as of July 1st this year all vehicle owners in China will have to purchase a mandatory non-profit auto insurance or else risk their vehicles being confiscated.

The step is said to provide funds for those claiming car isurance compensations. Currently China has 130 million motor vehicles of which but 35% have commercial insurance.

The stats are that globally approximately 1.2 million people die annualy in road accidents, of that 20% happens in China. That is some 250,000 people a year or 680 a day.
Also with the Chinese economic boom, there is 14,000 new vehicles being added to the Chinese roads a day. Most of those involved in fatal Chinese traffic accidents are pedestrians and those driving bicycles.


Monday, May 22, 2006

State Farm to rise insurance premiums in Florida

State Farm Florida Insurance Company is asking the Florida government to rise insurance premiums by 58.8%. And the automotive division of the company being State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company is asking for a 71.5% hike.

State Farm is the largest private US property and casualty insurance carrier and it is also the biggest one in Florida. The proposed increases are very significan and met with some public resistance but these are to be necessarey to cover much higher insurance claims then in the rest of the country - should the recent high frequency and intensity of hurricanes to continue in the region.

As high as these proposed rates are, these vary by the particular Florida region. For example State Farm is asking for a 117.7 rates hike for mobile homes in the Palm Beach area.

And State Farm is not alone in this trend - some Florida insurers asked for average rate hikes up to 92%.

Also Florida Insurance Comissioner Kevin McCarty said last week that he was 'deeply concerned' about these developments.

Meantime Allstate Corporation being currently the second largest home insurer in the US is seeking to close its Florida operations.


Sunday, May 07, 2006

VIN Stands For Vehicle Identification Number

Yes, did you know that VIN stands for Vehicle Identification Number?

Those 17 digit codes being usually placed around the upper left part of the dashboard can tell you a number of things about your vehicle. The history of VIN started in around the 1950's when american auto manufacturers begun stamping numbers on auto parts and the vehicles themselves. It was not untill the early 1980's though before the National Higway Traffic Safety Administration - a division of US Department of Transportation created the current 17 digit VIN standard which requires all newly manufactured vehicles to be identified by one. Actually, technically speaking the current Vehicle Identification Number standard was first introduced in February of 1977 by the ISO standards commitee under the number 3779 which was precursor for the later official US governmen standard adoption.

Now, what do those numbers mean? All right - the first threee numbers are called WMI or World Manufacturer Identifier except when the manufacturer makes less then 500 vehicles of a given type then the third digit is always 9 and the second position of it is in digits 12, 13 and fourteen. The WMI is specified in the ISO 3780.

Next, the characters 4 through 9 correspond to the VDS orVehicle Descriptor Section and can be used by manufacturers for coding their vehicle description.

And then the last 8 characters of VIN are called VIS or Vehicle Identifier Section while the last 4 characters of it are to be always numeric. ISO also reccomends that the VIN possition number 10 relate to the vehicle production year when such is being encoded. And the position number 11 is to reffer to the factory plant code with letters from A to Z and digits from 1 to 0 except the letters I, O and Q with no spaces or signs in the whole VIN otherwise.

In Europe, the European Union has also issued a vehicles identifying procedure, albeit not as stringent. In it, the year part is not mandatory and the relating of VDS part to the vehicles attributes is also optional.

The VIN plays also an important part in the auto insurance industry as this is the key number by which the insured vehicles are being tracked.

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Saturday, April 22, 2006

Geico Announced Having Sold 7 Million Auto Insurances

Geico also known as the Government Employees Insurance Company has announced having sold its 7th million auto insurance. The purchaser was Kevin Percell of Shelton, Conneticut who was looking for a new company to insure his vehicle. And the event took place in Buffalo, NY 13 March 2006.


Sunday, April 16, 2006

Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance Opens New Collaboration With Ford

Ford Motor Credit Company has joined with Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance in providing very competitive personal auto and home insurance. The new insurance plans will be available to the currently more then 20 million Mercury, Ford and Lincoln users.

The new insurance offerings will be marketed as part of Ford Motor Company Insurance Services by both Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance as well as the Ford Motor Credit, the later being a financial division of the Ford Motor Company (Public, NYSE:F) . Meanwhile Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance will be conducting the claims, sales and service of this new joint financial undertaking.

And as a reminder I will mention that in January I have also written here more about Costco and Ameriprise Auto & Home Insurance.

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