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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New coalition takes aims at health insurance mergers in the US

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Consumer groups form coalition to target mergers of health insurance providers Two consumer advocacy groups in the United States have formed a new coalition in order to create pressure of antitrust regulators concerning the merger of large insurance providers. These mergers would cut the number of for-profit health insurance companies from five to three, which may have a dramatic impact on consumers in terms of insurance options and costs. The coalition may be able to shed more light on the potential impact that mergers will have, encouraging state regulators to…

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Pennsylvania issues warning to the insurance industry

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State has warned insurers not to practice price optimization as it is unfairly discriminatory Pennsylvania has joined seven other states in warning the insurance industry against practicing “price optimization,” a technique that insurers often use to raise premiums for those they deem unlikely to search for better deals. The Consumer Federation of America notes that this practice is unfair and illegal, as it often makes use of socio-economic information that insurers are banned from using to price coverage in some states. The organization suggests that this pricing practice is a…

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Consumer group may have uncovered an auto insurance pricing scheme

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Advocacy groups claims to have found information regarding a pricing scheme within the auto insurance sector The Consumer Federation of America, a prominent consumer advocacy group, has raised the alarm on what it believes to be a pricing scheme in the auto insurance sector. The organization suggests that insurers are employing a practice called “price optimization” to drive up insurance premiums for drivers. The Consumer Federation of America claims to have uncovered this practice when investigating rate filings from some of the country’s largest auto insurance companies. Insurers may be…

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Auto insurance is too expensive for low income drivers, study

Research conducted by the Consumer Federation of America has shown that this coverage is tough to afford. A recent report has been issued by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA), which reveals that the vast majority of Americans (76 percent), feel that minimum liability auto insurance coverage for under $500 per year is a fair amount to pay, and 40 percent believe that drivers should have to pay an amount under $250 per year. That said, the five largest vehicle insurance companies in the United States do not offer that…

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Report highlights growth of auto insurance rates in the US

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Auto insurance rates have been on the rise for the past 25 years The Consumer Federation of America has released a new study highlighting auto insurance rates throughout the U.S. According to the study, auto insurance rates have been on the rise for the past 25 years. The only state that has shown any significant average decrease in these rates has been California. As auto insurance rates continue to rise throughout the country, coverage may be getting too expensive for some drivers to afford. This could lead to many people…

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Auto insurance rate calculation factors may harm lower earners

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Americans whose incomes aren’t as high are being viewed unfavorably by many vehicle insurers. A number of large auto insurance companies in the United States are still using a driver’s education level and occupation as factors that are used in the calculations of his or her rates. A recent report is suggesting that this practice is pricing out earners in the low and moderate income brackets. The Consumer Federation of America has now released a report that has looked into the impact of the behaviors of auto insurance providers when…

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Auto insurance fairness questioned by Consumer Federation of America

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The CFA performed research on premiums calculations which revealed unexpected results. The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) has used the profiles of two hypothetical drivers in order to receive quotes for auto insurance coverage from a number of different insurers, only to discover that the prices they were issued were not at all what they had expected. The two profiles involved female drivers who were 30 years old and who had the same road experience. These two profiles also lived within the same ZIP code and were seeking to receive…

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Auto insurance rates may be higher for safe drivers

Auto Insurance rates for safe drivers

Safe drivers may be facing significantly higher auto insurance rates There are many factors that go into determine auto insurance rates. Driving history, place of residence, credit score, and age can all be used to determine the price of a policy for a particular individual. Those with good driving records, typically known as safe drivers, are often considered to be charged the absolute lowest auto insurance rates possible. This is not the case, according to the Consumer Federation of America. The consumer advocacy group has released a new study that…

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Auto insurance takes many non-driving factors into account when calculating premiums

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Rates are determined by many things, not all of which occur behind the wheel. Auto insurance companies take many different factors into account when they calculate the premiums that will be paid every month by their policyholders, but not all of them have to do with driving. There are many additional elements such as occupation, education, and ZIP codes that can also be included. A consumer group is now taking action against some of these behaviors by asking New York insurance commissioners to limit the ability of insures to apply…

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