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How Much Car Insurance is Required in Your State?

Without car insurance, the financial consequences of an accident can be devastating. Car insurance requirements by state vary so it’s good to know what is required where you live. But, most states insist you have car insurance to drive a car so it’s important to have the right amount of coverage. If you’re buying a new car, adding a driver to the family, or moving to a new state, now is the time to revisit your automobile insurance policy. Ensure you hold the required amount of car insurance, at a minimum, to protect you and your family should an accident…

Your Kid’s at College – Do You Keep Insuring the Car?

Should you keep your college student on your car insurance policy or have them take out their own car insurance policy when they go away to school? There’s not one right answer. For college students, car insurance premiums can vary widely due to factors such as vehicle type and age, the miles the student drives each year, where the vehicle is garaged, the grades he or she gets in school and driving record. All of which raises the question, are there reasons to keep my college student on my car insurance policy? Or is is better to have them take…

Leasing a Car – Does it Make Sense for Your Money?

According to data at Statista, about 30 percent of Americans lease their vehicle. Are they onto something good or are they making a huge financial mistake? Let’s take a look at how vehicle leases work, pros and cons of leasing a vehicle, how a vehicle lease impacts your auto insurance, and whether or not a vehicle lease makes sense for you. How Car Leases Work When you buy a car, with or without a loan, it is clear you own the car. And it’s clear what happens when the loan is paid off. With a lease, things work differently. Rather…

What are the Benefits of Bundling Home and Auto Insurance?

We’ve all seen the ads. Whether in a museum of inexplicable accidents or a fitness class where alter egos debate coverage, the messaging often includes: Bundle your home and auto insurance.  But should you? It often leads to greater savings and better service. Let’s explore why. Most Carriers Offer Multiple Products Bundling home and auto policies provides a good deal for most. If you can get a single stop for your insurance needs — and save money — who wouldn’t?  Aside from financial savings through companion discounts by purchasing multiple policies, a single carrier can save you time. Bundling Policies Should Save…

What’s Covered by Insurance When Your Car is Stolen?

Pop quiz: What is the most popular vehicle in the United States? If you answered the Ford F-150 pickup, you know the auto industry. What about the most popular vehicle among car thieves? If you said the 1996 Honda Civic, you know the insurance industry. So what happens if your vehicle disappears from your driveway, parking garage or wherever you last parked it? From an insurance standpoint, it all depends on the type of policy you purchased to cover the vehicle. If you’re driving a ’96 Civic, chances are you’re carrying only liability and/or collision insurance. That’s a wise decision…

What Impacts the Price You Pay For Auto Insurance?

Many factors can affect how much you pay for auto insurance. Most insurers start with demographics, but personal behavior matters too. What matters most to insurers? It is a variety of reasons but some things are out of your control. The Gender Gap While it might sound discriminatory or unfair, how you identify might increase your premiums. Statistics show women are more likely to avoid accidents, less likely be cited for moving violations, such as driving while impaired or speeding, and tend to buy cars that cost less to insure. Women also don’t drive as much as the typical male.…

Personal Finance Habits for Your 50s

After reaching important financial milestones in your 20s, 30s and 40s, things should calm down a bit in your 50s. If you followed good financial practices, you should have sizeable and growing retirement savings, shrinking debt and a clear path to retirement. And if you are off of your ideal plan, be sure to put the right habits in place right away to get yourself on the right track. While you can’t go back in time and change past spending and savings habits, you can start the right habits today. Start with these five personal finance habits for your 50s…

How Much Car Insurance Is Enough?

Accidents happen. In the blink of an eye. In a left-hand turn. Life can throw you a curveball. That’s what happened to Maggie. It was a few days before Thanksgiving. Her daughter was home from college. The two were out having a great morning catching up. Then, as Maggie turned out of a shopping center, her SUV hit an oncoming minivan and flipped it onto its side. The accident happened so fast. Maggie and her daughter are still unclear how it happened. Luckily, no serious injuries occurred. However, the passengers in the other vehicle sued for musculoskeletal and emotional damages.…

Renting Cars Through an App and How It Impacts Insurance

Most cars stay parked more than they roam the road throughout most of their lifetimes. Seems like a waste. What if, simply by using an app, you could not only get additional use from your car, but also make a little money on the side? Perhaps to help finance the payments or insurance, take a trip or just to save some extra cash? Copying business models similar to those of Uber and Airbnb, peer-to-peer car-sharing services use apps to make this happen for folks across North America and the world. What do you need to know about any rules, regulations…

Questions to Ask When Financing a New Car

If you’re like most Americans, you don’t have $36,270 (the average new car price) saved up and burning a hole in your pocket. However much or little you have saved toward the purchase price, you’ll need to finance the rest. Once you reach a deal, it’s time to talk financing. Knowing what to ask will determine how much or how little will be added to that purchase price. Where Will You Get Your Financing: Bank or Dealer? There are pros and cons to either option, and lots of exceptions. You can’t beat dealer financing for convenience. But sometimes a bank…

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