How to compare car insurance

Many drivers don’t know how to compare car insurance except by looking at price.

There’s nothing wrong with comparing based on price, but you won’t get the best car insurance unless you know what you can change to make your coverage better or cheaper.

Use our tool to compare car insurance quotes from different companies. It only takes about 10 minutes, and you’ll be able to see side-by-side quotes from top carriers free. Start now!

Here is a step-by-step guide on how to effectively compare car insurance quotes and coverage options.

  • Compare car insurance companies
  • Gather up-to-date information
  • Re-evaluate your coverages and limits
  • Compare deductibles
  • Look for big discount potential
  • Compare payment options
  • Read the fine print

How to switch car insurance

It’s easier than ever before to compare car insurance quotes and find a better deal. You can do it using’s quote comparison tool below or over the phone.

But switching car insurance companies the right way is every bit as important.

You don’t want a gap between your policies that can come back to haunt you. You don’t want your old insurance company to cancel your policy for nonpayment and report you to the state. And you want a refund of any premiums that may be due.

  • When to switch car insurance
  • Be sure to get new car insurance first
  • You don’t have to wait until renewal
  • Watch for cancellation fees
  • How to cancel your old auto insurance
  • Confirm cancellation and get a refund

New Auto Group to Help Prevent Cyberattacks


A new group has been formed by The Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers and Association of Global Automakers to help prevent cyberattacks on cars and trucks.

Alliance President CEO Mitch Bainwol said, “Network security must be incorporated from design to roadway, and our auto companies are exploring the best ways to enhance cyber resiliency while continuing to be nimble and responsive to new developments.”

The new group is currently in the early stages and may not complete its findings until next year.

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Real Estate Agents Are Jumping Ship and Becoming Free Agents


More and more real estate agents are switching brokerage firms to pursue better deals and commissions.

“There’s not a lot of brand loyalty,” said Billy Rose, an agent and co-founder of the Agency in Beverly Hills, CA. “A lot of times they become mercenaries.”

The Agency is a firm that attracts many real estate agents because of its marketing support. While most firms have one or two marketing people, the Agency has 20 for tasks like posting listing photos. This kind of support gives agents more time to close more deals.

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Wells Fargo Adding More Car Loan Branches Nationwide

Wells Fargo revealed to Reuters on Tuesday that it has begun creating more branches devoted to car loans and financing for auto dealers as a way to increase its auto lending business in a relatively low-risk environment.

According to the news source, Wells Fargo currently operates 56 branches for car and dealer financing, with the most recent one having just opened in Cherry Hill, N.J.

“It’s a differentiator for us,” Dawn Martin Harp, head of dealer services, said. Wells Fargo’s chief executive John Shrewsberry, meanwhile, added that the sector is “providing a big opportunity because so many cars are being sold.”

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New Report Shows Auto Insurance is More Affordable for Teens on Parents’ Plans


A new study conducted by found that 18-year-olds pay an average of 18 percent more for car insurance when they sign up for individual plans than they do when they remain on their parents’ policies.

The report, which was just published earlier this week, also noted in some states, like Pennsylvania, that number rockets as high as 24.94 percent.

“In most states, individual policies significantly add to the already high cost of insuring a teen driver,” says Laura Adams,’s senior analyst. “Parents with an 18-year-old on their policy pay an average of 77% more than they would without the teen. While this certainly isn’t cheap, it’s usually much better than the individual policy option. Parents who wish to foster financial independence can still ask their child to pay for all or at least some of the increase.”

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New Report Reveals How Marriage Affects Car Insurance Rates


A new report released by Consumer Federation of America earlier this week has revealed that married women pay less for car insurance than their single and widowed counterparts.

According to Money Talks News, which assessed the findings on Tuesday, the CFA sought out auto insurance quotes in 10 different cities from several different providers, and only one major company – State Farm – consistently charged married and non-married drivers the same rates.

Meanwhile, Geico always charged non-married drivers more, and Farmers, Progressive, Nationwide and Liberty almost always charged them more.

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4 Tips for Finding Cheap Car Insurance Online

Earlier this week, NerdWallet put together a handy new guide to help consumers find the cheapest car insurance rates online.

According to the site, a little bit of Internet research can pay off big time, especially when you take into account the relatively small amount of time it takes to look around.

But before you embark on your search, take a few minutes to prepare. Gather all of your information, decide the type and amount of coverage you’d like, gets lots of quotes and then – if necessary – talk to an expert to help you make sure you’re making the right decision for you and your family.

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Auto Sales Set for Big Second Half of the Year


Industry experts are preparing for a big second half of the year after auto sales soared higher than expected in the first six months of 2015.

“A couple of months ago we thought sales would start to level off and maybe pull back, but now we’ve changed our forecast,” Jeff Schuster, Senior Vice President of Forecasting for the consulting firm LMC Automotive, told CNBC.

With the average vehicle in the U.S. clocking in at over 11 years old, we are starting to see many people taking advantage of the relatively strong economy and low unemployment rate to finally take the plunge on a new car.

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New Study Shows Adding Teen Drivers Can Double a Family’s Car Insurance Premiums

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Bad news for the parents of teenagers: A new study conducted by, which was released on Monday, found that the monthly premium a married couple pays for car insurance can jump by as much as 80 percent once a teen driver is added to the policy.

The good news, however, is that there is some relief in sight for the families of young drivers who meet certain criteria.

“I’ve seen discounts as high as 25 percent for students who maintain at least a B average in high school or college,” Laura Adams, senior analyst for said in a statement. “Students and their parents need to proactively request this discount.”

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