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20 12, 2010

Texas drivers will see boost in auto insurance premiums next year

By | December 20th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

Texas drivers with minimum liability insurance are going to see their rates increase on January 1, according to the Texas Department of Insurance.The rising costs of automobile repairs and medical expenses associated with car accidents spurred the increase, said Jerry Hagins, a department representative.About 7.5 million Texas motorists with minimum liability insurance will see their [...]

24 11, 2010

Car insurance policies could be taxed by plan to fix Idaho roads

By | November 24th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

A report released from a special Idaho task force on transportation said the state must be willing to raise $543 million to pay for infrastructure improvements. The imposition of new fees and levies on gasoline, auto and trucking registrations, and car rentals were among the possible methods identified. A one-cent fuel tax was one of [...]

17 12, 2010

Twitter account posts first stolen car recovery for Seattle Police

By | December 17th, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

A follower of a Seattle Police Department Twitter account that gives out the details of vehicles reported stolen helped officers recover a Honda Civic earlier this week, according to a story in the Seattle Times.According to the newspaper, the city's police department activated the "getyourcarback" Twitter account earlier this month. Whenever officers receive a report [...]

23 11, 2010

Experts offer ways to save money for auto insurance buyers

By | November 23rd, 2010|Recent Articles|2 Comments

There are some simple ways drivers can both save money on their car insurance policies and improve the quality of their coverage, according to an article in Forbes Magazine.One type of car insurance no driver should be without, according to Forbes, is uninsured motorist coverage. While someone whose car is damaged by another driver with [...]

16 12, 2010

Fun behind the wheel increasingly important, study says

By | December 16th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

When it comes to automotive brand loyalty, American consumers are beginning to place a heavier emphasis on how much fun a vehicle is to drive, according to a J.D. Power and Associates survey released earlier this month.By contrast, the study found resale value fell in importance as a measure of customer loyalty 10 percentage points [...]

23 11, 2010

NHTSA investigates U.S. rental car companies over repair work

By | November 23rd, 2010|Recent Articles|0 Comments

American car rental firms are being investigated by a government watchdog over accusations they did not complete necessary repairs to vehicles that were the subject of safety recalls. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's action comes months after an alliance of consumer advocates asked the government to find out whether such repairs were completed by [...]

15 12, 2010

Another car sharing service launches in San Francisco

By | December 15th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

The latest car sharing service launched in California in the wake of a recent change in auto insurance law was unveiled this week. RelayRides, which bills itself as "the world's first neighbor-to-neighbor car sharing service," is open for business in the San Francisco area.The concept is the automotive equivalent of a computerized peer-to-peer network. Owners [...]

22 11, 2010

New Jersey cop accused of auto insurance fraud pleads guilty

By | November 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

An East Orange, New Jersey, police officer pleaded guilty to insurance fraud last week after admitting to torching his 2002 Cadillac Coupe DeVille. Kareem Spence faces three to five years in state prison when he is sentenced early next year.Spence was indicted in March 2010, at which point he was suspended from the force. He [...]

14 12, 2010

Toyota recalls 2011 Sienna over brake light malfunction

By | December 14th, 2010|Recent Articles|1 Comment

A problem that could cause the brake lights on 2011 Toyota Siennas to become stuck on has led the automaker to issue a voluntary recall of the model. Toyota says the notice could cover as many as 94,000 vehicles.The issue, the company says, is that a bracket containing the switch in the brake pedal is [...]

22 11, 2010

Poll shows car owners support right-to-repair legislation

By | November 22nd, 2010|Recent Articles|2 Comments

Roughly four out of five motorists surveyed by auto repair information website AutoMD.com say they support prospective legislation which would require automakers to release all the tools and information necessary to repair their vehicles to independent mechanics and the public.AutoMD.com's president, Shane Evangelist, says such legislation would help both drivers who do their own repair [...]