Giveaways, Charity Part of Holiday Cheer from Car Insurance Companies

Posted on November 28, 2013

Christmas presentsThanksgiving’s end settles all arguments about whether or not we’re in the holiday season.

The turkey’s carved and eaten. The Cowboys, Steelers and Lions are all done playing. That mom chatting everyone up in the Wal-Mart line is now elbowing you in the temple for a PS4.

Yes, it’s definitely those happy holidays again.

Even car insurers know it, and are joining in on the holiday spirit with giveaways, donations and cheery charity that’ll warm any heart.

Progressive Gifts Mother with Car and Free Coverage

One Kentucky mother unwrapped a sweet holiday surprise this week after Progressive pulled the cover off of a recycled 2012 Hyundai Elantra.

After two months of getting its crash damage fixed on at Oxmoor Auto Collision Center, the vehicle went to Stephanie Sinkfield and her 10-year-old daughter.

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Auto Insurance in Unlikely Places: Gangs, Ghosts, and Greeks on this Global Trip

Posted on November 25, 2013

World TrafficAuto insurance is commonplace: everyone needs it, most people have it, but not everyone talks about it. So it’s always a kick whenever the topic turns up in unlikely places.

Check out our previous articles on those unlikely places, when we touch on some oddball stories across the U.S. and on television and in video games.

In this entry, a review of recent topics that’ll take you across the globe as we talk Yakuza, ghosts, Greeks, and auto insurance.

Armed with Nonrenewal Clauses, Japanese Car Insurers Step into Mob Fight

An insurer nixes your policy, and tucked away in its notice are the typical euphemisms: Contract nonrenewal. Coverage exclusion. Coverage exclusion leading to contract nonrenewal.

In Japan, Yakuza mobsters have their own tidy euphemism, “anti-social elements,” as the notorious gangland-ers start getting auto coverage cancellation notices en masse.

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Auto Insurance in Unlikely Places: A Media Tour and Beyond

Posted on November 15, 2013

map-of-united-statesAuto insurance is commonplace: everyone needs it, most people have it, but not everyone talks about it. So it’s always a kick whenever the topic turns up in unlikely places.

Check out our previous article on those unlikely places.

In this entry, we’ll review recent topics that’ll take you from San Diego to Washington, D.C., and beyond, with auto insurers and industry groups even making news overseas.

Video Games Might Help Your Driving—or Make It Much Worse

Australian financial firm Mozo posted an interesting article that touched on Grand Theft Auto 5, the video game bestseller covered in our last entry.

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Driving in Old Age: Liberty Mutual Tries to Jump-start Dialogue with ‘Age Suit’

Posted on November 8, 2013

Older coupleFederal officials estimate that the elderly population (those 65 years or older) is about 40 million, by their latest count.

With the figure estimated to hit 72 million by 2030, more and more American families will be having (or trying to have) the conversation with elderly drivers about handing over their keys and giving up their driving privileges.

Liberty Mutual created its “age suit” with those conversations mind.

Profiled in a blog entry from The New York Times, the insurer’s “age suit” replicates the experience of driving in old age for those who haven’t quite made it there yet.

Blogger Benjamin Preston outlines what the suit entails.

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The Coming Cold: Car Maintenance Reminders Before Icy Weather Hits

Posted on November 7, 2013

Woman cleaning snow from the car A cold is coming on, but it’s not the body that should prepare for it.

Online Auto Insurance (OAI) is talking about the coming cold weather season and car-related preparation tips so you can avoid hazards when driving in a winter wonderland.

Check out OAI’s first entry on the topic, which lists car insurance-related reminders for motorists to heed before winter comes.

A Car Maintenance Checkup

Cold weather means more than the daily morning shoveling of a driveway or scraping of a windshield (see poor lady in photo).

Allstate points out some other parts of the car, besides your windshield, that deserve a check in cold weather:

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