Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Detroit car insurance: Why Cleveland has it way cheaper A Free Press investigation found that residents of Ohio's largest black-majority city pay far less for car insurance than Detroiters. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. 22 Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs JC Reindl, Detroit Free Press Published 7:00 a.m. ET March 23, 2018 | Updated 4:15 p.m. ET March 23, 2018 CLOSE Detroit drivers face the highest average insurance rates for cars and other vehicles in the country, Wochit CONNECT TWEET LINKEDIN 22 COMMENT EMAIL MORE CLEVELAND — When Detroiters think of Cleveland, they might snicker about its disparaging old … [Read more...] about Detroit car insurance: Why Cleveland has it way cheaper
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How would you answer this question of ethics? You just got a job in high-tech near Los Angeles. That will mean driving 50 miles a day each way on the notoriously congested I-405. Do you call your car insurer and tell on yourself? Answer: Do you want to fork over an additional $1,000? When it comes to the cost of car insurance, in most U.S. states mileage matters, research from insuranceQuotes.com shows. The survey separated drivers with increased annual mileage into three buckets. People who went from driving 5,000 miles per year to 10,000 miles saw their premiums rise 7 percent; those who increased their driving to 15,000 and 20,000 miles saw rate hikes of 8 percent and 9 percent, respectively. In some states, the costs of driving more are considerably steeper. For California motorists, an increase from 5,000 to 20,000 miles nets you a 26 percent boost in car insurance premiums. By contrast, an increase in annual mileage doesn't earn you any increase in premiums. … [Read more...] about Auto insurers put your mileage under a microscope
TOKYO U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman on Monday urged Japan to open its market to American cars and insurance companies, which would pave the way for a broader regional free trade agreement. Froman told reporters that the ongoing talks with Japan dealing with such historical sticking points are tied to the success of the larger and parallel Pacific free trade negotiations. "There are longstanding issues," he said at the Japan National Press Club. Japan joined the Trans-Pacific Partnership negotiations involving 12 countries on July 23, aimed at achieving regional free trade. The Japan-U.S. talks are dealing with non-tariff barriers such as the auto and insurance industries. Froman, in Asia for talks on the regional trade pact and meetings with his Southeast Asian counterparts, said the historical issues highlight a sense in some industries that "Japan's success came at the expense of others." He said that imported vehicles make up a tiny fraction of the Japanese market, … [Read more...] about U.S. trade rep urges Japan progress on auto access
Last Updated May 5, 2010 8:28 AM EDT As Neil Sedaka's Breaking Up Is Hard to Do plays in the background, actor Dennis Haysbert speaks directly to the camera in his most presidential baritone: "drivers who switched [to Allstate] saved an average of $396 a year ... $473 if they dumped GEICO." Wow, sounds enticing. And yet, auto insurer 21st Century boasts an even better deal: Its customers saved an average of $474 a year by dumping their carrier, the company says. But wait, there’s more! Drivers who switched to Progressive saved an average of $550, according to Progressive. Are these savings figures for real? And can you really save $400 or more a year by switching your car insurance? After trying to squeeze the truth out of insurance companies and speaking to consumer advocates, we found that the answers are: Yes, you can probably save a lot of money by making changes, but there’s no single company that offers the best deals. How Insurers Get Their Savings Figures It … [Read more...] about Car Insurance: Save Money by Switching?
(MoneyWatch) It seems like Hurricane Katrina and the BP (BP) oil spill should be enough troubles for one state. But if you live in Louisiana, you also pay the highest auto insurance rates in the country. According to a just-released study by the website Insure.com, the $2,536 average cost to insure a car in Louisiana is nearly three times the $889 average in Maine, the lowest-cost state. Factors that push up rates include a large number of uninsured drivers, state insurance laws, how many insurers compete in the state and whether recent natural disasters have pushed up claims. "Many of these problems are outside the control of drivers," says Amy Danise, editorial director of Insure.com. "But even if you live in an expensive state, you can hold down your insurance costs by keeping your driving record as clean as possible and selecting a car that is cheap to insure." After Louisiana, Oklahoma ($2,047) and Michigan ($2,013) are the next most expensive states. High levels of … [Read more...] about Most and least expensive states for car insurance
Is buying a used electric car a wise financial move? One thing that’s certain is that some of the same concerns that have dampened widespread acceptance of plug-in cars, particularly about battery range, have held back secondhand sales. At the same time, that reluctance is making many used models almost ridiculously cheap. A used electric vehicle or plug-in hybrid can represent a real deal for the thrifty shopper who wants to go green and is willing to do a bit of work to find the right car. Growing market A few years ago, there were almost no used plug-in vehicles to be had. The Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt, the first modern mass-produced battery-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles, respectively, weren’t launched until late in the 2011 model year. Leases didn’t start running out until the beginning of 2014, and because the cars initially were sold in only a handful of states, availability and selection were limited. But now there are almost two dozen … [Read more...] about Used plug-in cars could be a bargain
Want to get a one-way rental car for dirt cheap? The calendar can be your friend twice a year! RELATED: Here’s how your passport could be useless, even if it’s not expired Have you ever heard of a re-positioning cruise in the cruise ship industry? That’s where you get a super-cheap price on a cruise simply because the cruise line has to move the ship back from where it already is to a hot vacation market ahead of a peak travel time. Not a lot of people know this, but it’s possible to get the equivalent of this in the car rental industry. Twice a year, car rental companies have to move cars around to meet demand. They will give you a great deal on a one-way rental if you can help them! Right now, we’re about to enter one of those periods. What you need to know about re-positioning rental car deals As peak season comes to an end in Florida, car rental companies need to get their vehicles out of the state and move them up North along the East … [Read more...] about How to get a cheap rental car — Clark Howard style!
Kansas is the second-best state in the country for driving, according to an analysis that compared 23 metrics, including gas prices, rush-hour traffic and road quality. Missouri did not make the top 10 or the bottom 10 lists for overall ease of driving, but the state did stand out as having the lowest average regular gas price at $2.266 per gallon, according to the study by WalletHub. Missouri has the fourth-lowest gas tax at 17.30 cents, according to the Tax Foundation. That means less money for road and bridge maintenance. WalletHub, a personal finance website, on Wednesday released its 2018 rankings of the best and worst states to drive in. Factors considered in the study included the cost of vehicle ownership and maintenance, traffic and infrastructure, safety, car theft, and even precipitation. Overall, Missouri was in the middle of the pack, ranked 28th. The best state for driving, according to the analysis, is Texas. The worst state is New York. Interestingly, most of the states … [Read more...] about Kansas is among the best states for driving, study says, but Missouri has cheap gas
If and when self-driving vehicles are adopted, seismic shifts are expected in just about everything, including how and where homes are built. Clare Trapasso, provided by Published 5:00 am, Thursday, December 7, 2017 Photo: Mercedes-benz.com; IStock; Realtor.com Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Photo: Mercedes-benz.com; IStock; Realtor.com Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live 1 / 1 Back to Gallery The revolution is coming—and it's driving itself. As autonomous cars make their autobahn-paced transition from fanciful, emerging technology to mainstream reality, they're expected to leave a forever-altered world in their rear-view mirrors. And it isn't just highways and commutes that will be transformed—it's also the homes and … [Read more...] about Self-Driving Cars Will Transform the World as We Know It—Including Where We Live
Select your slogan of choice. "Fifteen minutes saves you 15 percent." "Nationwide is on your side." "Discount double check" "Are you in good hands?"Those advertising themes are bombarding the American consumer."It's not helpful," says Jake Conkling, owner of the Spencerport Insurance Agency. "They send a message that price is the only thing that's important. You don't want to sacrifice coverage to save $15 a year."In the end, it's the policyholders who end up paying for those ad campaigns."Auto-insurance premiums have skyrocketed in the 12 months ending August 2017, up more than 8 percent, or four times the overall rate of inflation," said Consumer Reports in a recent survey of the industry. "If your income is treading water in today’s economy, car insurance is taking a bigger bite out of your household budget."By itself, GEICO — the insurer with the cute gekko mascot — spends, on average, an estimated $3 million a day on … [Read more...] about Auto insurance comes with advertising and heated competition. Here’s how to shop around