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With so many variables associated with insuring a car, establishing an 'average' is difficult. With that, insuring a vehicle in an urban area is more expensive than coverage in a rural area, securing total coverage is more expensive than obtaining only liability, and your driving record will factor significantly into your rates. Most studies suggest an across-the-country average of $800 per year, but insuring your 16-year old might cost four times that, while obtaining only liability on your 16-year old minivan might be 1/4th that.
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Few things complicate travel as much as a car accident or hospitalization. And if involved in a car accident on a vacation, you or your passengers might suffer both. Insurance is important wherever you and your vehicle might be, but it's exceptionally important when traveling. When comparing insurance providers, you need to consider three aspects of your coverage: Personal Liability, the Collison Damage Waiver and Supplemental Coverage. Personal Liability coverage pays the bills if you are at fault, the Collision Damage Waiver will repair or replace your vehicle, and Supplemental Coverage is just that - a means of covering those unforeseen expenses that are an inevitable product of an unforeseen accident. It's why they're called accidents.
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If you park an expensive vehicle on the street in a congested, urban area you are probably paying a great deal for your auto insurance. Conversely, if you drive a less expensive, older vehicle in the suburbs and garage that vehicle every evening, you'll probably pay significantly less. However, if you're staying where you are and driving what you drive, you can still reduce costs of insurance with the addition of an anti-theft menu of modifications to your car, maintaining a clean driving record while opting for defensive driving, and improving both your driving habits and driving routine.
Generally, coverage while behind the wheel goes with the vehicle you're in - and not who's in the vehicle. If, however, the vehicle you're driving is not insured, or the coverage does not match those costs associated with the accident, your policy's coverage will kick in to close that gap. For specific answers to the limits of your coverage, regardless of what you're driving, it's best to consult your insurance agent.
While driving a rental car or truck your own insurance coverage may or may not cover you, your passengers and vehicle. In that this coveage will vary state by state, it's best to take the question to your insurance company for a complete and accurate evaluation of your current coverage, as well as the costs associated with any supplemental coverage you might need or wish to secure. It's far better to pay the relatively small fees prior to a rental than the thousands of dollars in out-of-pocket costs if your own policy were to fall short.

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These car cams are all the rage nowadays

These car cams are all the rage nowadays.

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Startup raises $100 million it'll use to expand nationwide

Startup raises $100 million it'll use to expand nationwide.

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Making the ‘switch’ lowered his premium by $1,100

Making the 'switch' lowered his premium by $1,100.

Feds will hear testimony today about some little-discussed consequences

Feds will hear testimony today about some little-discussed consequences.

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We show you how to use safety ratings and features to choose a car

It's true that vehicles get a little bit safer, cumulatively, with every passing year. Each time a car, truck, SUV, or van is redesigned, the automaker can optimize it to ace the safety ratings and incorporate new features that car buyers value to help protect their families and others on the road, like pedestrians and bicyclists. But new cars are subject to more comprehensive safety testing than ever, and there's a gradient of available safety out there.

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Oxbotica shares self-driving data with insurers to assess, control risk

Who is responsible when an autonomous car crashes? That's a difficult question to answer. Is it the owner? The company who built the car or its autonomous hardware? The people who programmed the car to make decisions? It's a complex issue, and one that gives legislators — and the general public — pause.

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500,000 customers were forced to buy car insurance they didn't need

Wells Fargo & Co will pay $1 billion to settle with U.S. regulators who say the bank wrongly layered insurance on hundreds of thousands of drivers and routinely hit homebuyers with excessive fees, officials said on Friday.

It's facing sanctions from two different federal regulators

Wells Fargo & Co is close to settling a record fine of $1 billion imposed by two U.S. regulators for its risk management business, a source familiar with the matter told Reuters on Thursday.

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On a 2016 Toyota Camry, 15 commonly stolen parts cost $11,000

On a 2016 Toyota Camry, 15 commonly stolen parts cost $11,000.

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Being familiar with the lingo could help get you a better deal.

Incentives are more common during seasonal sales or are offered on slower-selling models. They encourage the dealer to make room for new inventory.

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Tesla crash rates have decreased 40 percent since Autopilot's introduction.

Customers with Autopilot can save five percent on insurance premiums.

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That covers insurance, maintenance and service for 24 months.

Flat monthly fees for the 2019 XC40 start at $600.

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“We want to reinvent leasing in the 21st century, and this is a step in that direction.”

"We want to reinvent leasing in the 21st century, and this is a step in that direction."

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Though details on outright purchasing aren't yet sorted.

The 600-horsepower hybrid Polestar 1 has a targeted price of between $153,000 and $177,000. Still, a subscription model is being pushed by the company.

Car Buying

Some say new cars are for suckers.

Straight purchase price doesn't tell the entire story.

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Fatalities are reduced by 86 percent.

U.S. drivers like to turn the systems off, though.

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EVs would rank better if not for their high depreciation

Large vehicles are rather pricey.

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Tesla calls data AAA uses for price hike 'flawed.'

AAA cites data saying Tesla Model S and Model X drivers make more claims, and the repair costs are higher, than other 'large luxury' vehicles.

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