California auto insurance refunds expected as insurers pay back pandemic windfall profits

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Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara puts a stop to the added profits insurers are taking in from COVID-19 changes. Millions of drivers are likely to receive additional California auto insurance refunds following Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara’s recent action to require insurers to pay back pandemic windfall profits. The commissioner received applause from consumer advocate and economic ethics groups. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice (CEJ) both applauded Lara for his decision to send pandemic windfall profits back to consumers through further California auto insurance refunds.…

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CFCEF petitions California auto insurance companies to lower rates or issue refunds

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Non-profit consumer advocate, Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation launched the action. The Consumer Federation of California Education Foundation (CFCEF) has petition the state insurance commissioner to require California auto insurance companies to reduce their rates, issue credits, or issue refunds. The CFCEF says that insurers in the state have been making massive profits at the expense of drivers. The CFCEF’s petition accused California auto insurance companies of “making windfall profits” as a result of the stay-at-home requirements in the state. Those orders were made on March 19, keeping millions…

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$500,000 care insurance fraud ring suspects arrested in California

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Four suspects have been arrested in this case for reportedly scamming insurers out of half a million dollars. Investigators in California have arrested four suspects for their alleged involvement in a car insurance fraud ring. Their alleged activities cost scammed insurers $500,000 until they were found out by the California Department of Insurance, San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, and the California Highway Patrol. The four arrests were made earlier this month following a substantial investigation into the scam. According to reports, the car insurance fraud ring involved dealers buying…

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Tesla Insurance launches, sending the electric vehicle maker into a new industry

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At first launch, the auto coverage will be available only in California and for the company’s customers. The Tesla Insurance coverage for the company’s electric vehicles and that was first announced earlier this year has now launched in California. The idea is to make premiums 20 percent to 30 percent more affordable for drivers of Tesla’s electric cars. Elon Musk first announced his intentions to launch the product back in April 2019. At that time, Elon Musk had assumed that the Tesla Insurance product would launch quite quickly. That said,…

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California auto insurance rates will no longer factor gender for premiums calculations

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At the start of the new year, outgoing Commissioner Dave Jones banned insurers from using gender. Outgoing California Insurance Commission Dave Jones banned the use of gender to calculate California auto insurance rates. This ban went into effect on January 1, 2019. The ban applies to rate setting for passenger cars throughout the state with the highest population. The ban on using gender to calculate California auto insurance rates does not represent the first time a rule of this nature was put into place. That said, this remains an impactful…

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Man attempts auto insurance fraud an hour after crashing his car

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An uninsured California man attempted to purchase a policy an hour after having an accident. A man from California is on his way to prison after having committed auto insurance fraud an hour after a crash. The man has been convicted and will spend 11 years in jail, according to an Insurance Business Magazine report. The man was uninsured at the time of the crash but attempted to buy a policy an hour later. According to prosecutors on the case, the man had an accident in his car, then bought…

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Auto insurance premium discount not in the cards for most low-mileage motorists

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Consumer Federation of America research found that drivers who don’t drive much don’t save. Most people would assume that drivers who don’t head out on the road much receive an auto insurance premium discount. However, the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) says otherwise. A recent CFA study shows motorists with low mileage aren’t enjoying car policy savings. The only state where an auto insurance premium discount is applied for low mileage drivers is California. The consumer advocacy group pointed out that the state legally requires insurers to provide the price…

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