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News Story
11/12/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Pennsylvania, California and 13 other states that require auto insurance companies to get prior approval before they can raise rates do the best job of keeping insurance premiums in check, according to a report by the Consumer Federation of America. While auto insurance premiums nationwide have risen an average of 43 percent from 1989 through 2010...
News Release
11/12/2013
Posted by Consumer Watchdog
Washington, D.C. – In a report released today, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) studied state auto insurance rate regulation in every state.  It found that, over the past quarter century, auto insurance expenditures in America have increased by 43 percent on average, with the median state, Wisconsin, jumping 56 percent....
Blog Post
10/16/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Auto insurance rates in California have to be based primarily on a motorist’s driving safety record, the number of miles you drive each year, and how many years you’ve been on the road.  That’s one of the mandates of insurance reform Proposition 103, approved by California voters in a David versus Goliath battle with the...
Blog Post
6/21/2013
Posted by Jamie Court
California is the only state in America where drivers spent less per year on auto insurance in 2010 than they did in 1989. That startling fact comes from the insurance industry’s own data just analyzed by the Consumer Federation of America. The group’s report credited California’s insurance reform Proposition 103 -- the toughest...
News Release
6/19/2013
Posted by Harvey Rosenfield
Santa Monica, CA – Californians spent less per year on auto insurance in 2010 than they did in 1989, a rate reduction that no other state in the nation achieved according to a new Consumer Federation of America analysis of insurance industry data. California voters approved Proposition 103 in 1988 to regulate auto insurance rates and the...
News Release
4/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Santa Monica, CA -- Mercury Insurance Company’s latest attempt to escape responsibility for overcharging tens of thousands of California motorists has been rejected by the courts. Facing hundreds of millions of dollars in fines in an administrative proceeding now being prosecuted by the California Department of Insurance, Mercury had asked...
Blog Post
3/20/2013
Posted by Doug Heller
Yesterday, the insurance sales website Insure.comreleased a poorly constructed and remarkably misleading study on auto insurance rates.  (More surprising, perhaps, is the fact that some journalists uncritically posted the study as news.) The study purports to organize states according to how expensive it is to buy auto insurance in those...
News Story
2/10/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
What you pay for car insurance depends on more than what you drive and how you drive it. It depends on where you live, your credit score, and sometimes your occupation and education level. High school dropouts may pay more than people with master’s degrees — even when the well-educated have worse driving records. Janitors may pay more...
Legal Update
1/29/2013
Posted by Laura Antonini
Mercury Insurance – the company that California regulators say “has a deserved reputation for abusing its customers and intentionally violating the law with arrogance and indifference” – is infamous for playing every angle in its effort to avoid accountability for cheating its customers. Mercury has spent tens of millions...
News Story
1/20/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
People who don't volunteer for snitching device may end up with higher rates by default. More auto insurance companies are asking customers to ride around with a little electronic tattletale. The device is the size of your palm. Plug it into your car and it will tattle to the insurer about how fast you drive, the time of day and the mileage...