June 29th, 2010
Bristol West Insurance has announced on their website that Farmers, which is the parent company of Bristol West, has proposed to acquire AIG’s Personal Auto Insurance business. This includes 21st Century Insurance Company all found on their website. Once this acquisition is finalized, Farmers will be the 3rd largest auto insurance company in the United States. Bristol West customers can expect to continue the excellent service they are used to.
Also in company news, Bristol West Insurance Group and the Foremost Group of Companies are combining. Foremost has members of the Farmers Insurance Group of Companies. Insurance documents will reflect the new Foremost brand for customers, but excellent claims handling, and customer service will continue.
Bristol West has received AM Best Rating of A (Excellent) for their various companies including Bristol West Casualty Insurance Company, Bristol West Insurance Company, Bristol West Preferred Insurance Company, Coast National Insurance Company, and Security National Insurance Company.
June 26th, 2010
The recent earthquake in Ontario, Canada was felt throughout many states in the US, including Vermont, New York, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. It was a reminder of the vulnerability of the US to this type of the disaster according to the article found on insurancenewsnet.com from a news release by The Insurance Institute.
Earthquakes are not covered under standard US homeowners insurance policies nor auto insurance policies. Cars and other vehicles may be covered under an optional comprehensive portion of an auto insurance policy. Ohio auto insurance and companies such as Eastwood Insurance may have various options for you to look into.
Earthquake insurance policies usually carry a deductible in the form of a percent rather than a dollar amount. The deductible range can vary anywhere from 2% to 20% of the building’s replacement value. Earthquake insurance rates differ greatly from state to state and company to company. Several factors are considered such as location, construction materials, and how close a structure is to a fault line. If you think you may be at risk look into what options are available with your insurance provider.
June 24th, 2010
According to the press release “The Hartford Tops Ranking of Auto Insurance Web Sites” found on Business Wire, Hartford Auto Insurance has one of the most user-friendly websites.
The Hartford Financial Services Group, INC, announced recent research put forth by Change Sciences Group, which gives their website top marks for consumer use. The study looked at ease-of-use, content quality, the use of social media, and persuasiveness compared with the top 17 auto insurance companies. Based on this information, this would be an easy site to use to get quotes on auto insurance as well as purchase a policy.
Pam Pavliscak, a partner at Change Sciences Group says The Hartford scored the best in the research because the site requires lower user effort and simultaneously providing valuable information. They practice hyper usability, which is working to ease the burden of entering data and navigating the site. They provide the appropriate information at the right time, making it easier for consumers to get through the site with ease. Hartford Auto Insurance prioritizes the improvement of their online presence because they realize how important it is to an overall successful insurer.
June 20th, 2010
According to the article “Auto Insurance Industry Improving…Will Rates Decrease?” by Brad Ricahrds posted on WorldBreakingNews.com, the auto insurance industry has reported slight growth over their 2009 results. They are hopeful this means the industry is making an upward turn for the long haul and will result in lower auto insurance rates over time.
During tough times many drivers cut back to the most basic auto insurance coverage possible to save money. Some carry no coverage at all. As the economy picks up again, consumers start upgrading their insurance protection which is good news for auto insurance companies. Many are hoping that this recovery will cause auto insurance rates to go down.
A new bill, Proposition 17, is expected to pass and will require auto insurance companies to give discounts to car owners that have had auto insurance protection for periods of time. It’s expected to work as a reward system for loyal customers but is could reduce overall auto insurance rates for many drivers on the road.
June 16th, 2010
According to the article “State Farm Changes Auto Insurance Rates” by Rapid City Journal.com, State Farm Auto Insurance has increased their insurance rates in South Dakota an average of about .1% as of July 12.
Once this rate change goes into effect, State Farm’s overall average auto insurance rate will be 14.2% lower than they were 13 years ago. This is fantastic news during this tough times for those struggling with South Dakota auto insurance quotes.
Currently, premiums for comprehensive and collision coverages are increasing. Comprehensive coverage takes care of losses from theft, fire, damages from weather, vandalism, and broken glass. The cost of liability as well as medical payments will decrease for many customers. Rate changes will vary from customer to customer, depending on what type of coverage they choose, where they reside, the type of car they drive, and how often it is driven.
June 10th, 2010
According to the article “AAA Hawaii Lowers Car Insurance Rates” posted on USInsuranceonline.com, car insurance quotes are going down in Hawaii.
Auto insurance from AAA Auto Insurance in Hawaii will be costing drivers about 10% less because of a recent approval from the state insurance commissioner. AAA says the lower rates will save residents about $120 per year on average.
State insurance Commissioner Jeffrey Schmidt says The Insurance Division carefully reviewed the rate filing and they were happy to approve a discount for Hawaii drivers. In addition to the drop in auto insurance rates, AAA states that drivers could get even more discounts for various different reasons. Discounts will be available for having more than one car on a policy, holding more than one policy, and having a history of safe driving. This is great news as many try to save money during these tough times.
June 8th, 2010
According to the article “Saving Money On Auto Insurance as a Senior” found on favstocks.com, there are special steps senior citizens should be taking to ensure they are getting the best auto insurance rate.
First and foremost, seniors should be shopping around to see what type of rates are out there. It doesn’t have to be hard to compare auto insurance quotes. Getting numerous quotes from various companies can ensure they are getting the best deal. Another key is to get educated on driver discounts for seniors. There is a 10% discount for drivers over the age of 55 who have taken a safe driving course in 35 states, including some of the top retirement states.
Seniors will also want to consider what address they are using for the auto insurance quote. Many seniors own two homes and spend somewhat equal time in each so it can be beneficial to get quotes at both addresses and see what state has the best deal. You will have to consider where you are registered to drive though and you must be upfront about how much time you spend in each location to ensure the auto insurance company has the most accurate information.
June 3rd, 2010
Progressive Auto Insurance has been named by CIO Magazine to its 2010 CIO 100 this week according to the article on Powernewsnetwork.com by Magan Salano. This is the second year in a row that Progressive has received this award. The CIO Awards give this honor to 100 companies that use innovative technology to enhance their business.
Progressive currently uses Microsoft NET with their company’s systems. This type of technology is used by Progressive to provide an infrastructure that enables easy expansion for their products and services. Ray Voelker, Progressive’s Chief Information Officer says their goal is to provide their customers with access to a large range of products, including the ones developed by other services.
This type of recognition lends to the success of Progressive. They were one of the first auto insurers that offered to compare auto insurance quotes for the customer, and they continue to be very successful. They are one of the nation’s largest auto insurance groups, and they are the largest seller of motorcycle policies and are a leader in commercial auto insurance based on their policies written.
May 31st, 2010
Not everyone realizes that AARP (formerly known as the American Association of Retired Persons) has an auto and home insurance program through The Hartford. They offer great coverage at competitive rates geared towards their members.
AARP Auto Insurance offers a unique blend of benefits for their retired members. Availability of features and benefits varies from state to state but by getting a quote you can see what is offered. They offer first accident forgiveness which is a great benefit for otherwise very safe drivers. Lifetime renewability is available where you do not have to worry about losing your auto insurance protection.
Known as a disappearing deductible, AARP reduces your collision deductible by $150 if a clean driving record is maintained. They even continue to drop your deductible by $50 for each additional year you keep a safe driving record until it reaches $0. The auto insurance feature called RecoverCare helps pay for the cost of services in the home such as cleaning, shopping and transportation if you are hurt in a car accident. It’s these types of unique benefits that makes AARP auto insurance a great buy. They truly look out for their members and that is worth your time and money.
May 29th, 2010
One of the major factors auto insurance companies use when determining your car insurance rates is your driving record. According to the article “Are You Driving Distracted, and is Your Auto Insurance Suffering” published on lexch.com, even non-fatal crashes are bad to have on your driving record. Driving safely can end up saving you a lot of money in the long run.
According to Distraction.gov, which is the official US Government site for distracted driving, there are 3 main types of distractions which include visual, manual and cognitive. In 2008, distracted drivers caused about 5870 fatal car crashes. This is a staggering statistic which should motivate us all to stop unnecessary distractions while driving such as talking on our phone, texting, or eating. Even having a conversation with other passengers can distract you from focusing on the road.
Before you get car insurance quotes, be sure to understand where your driving record stands. Accidents do fall off your record over time as well as tickets and even some DUI’s. But it’s important to note that the safer you drive, the less likely you are to be in an accident and pay higher car insurance rates. Not to mention you may save lives, including your own and friends and family, if you are consistently a very safe driver. There are so many reasons to drive safe, and no good reason to risk it and distract yourself from paying constant attention to the road.