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A record-high number of serious collisions, skyrocketing used-vehicle prices and surging repair costs create an undesirable scenario for auto insurers: raise rates or go out of business. The newly-released J.D. Power 2022 U.S. Auto Insurance Study highlights that customer satisfaction … Continue reading
They’re frequently seen on the roads, and frequently the source of anxiety – stuff, after all, often falls off the back of those trucks all the time. Who hasn’t had the experience of picking up at least a little crack … Continue reading
According to Bankrate’s study, the average cost of car insurance in the US takes up 2.57% of a driver’s annual income, which is equivalent to $1,771 annually. Click here to read more.
Tesla says it is the second largest insurer of Teslas in Texas, one of its first auto insurance markets. Click here to read more.
In most states, comprehensive insurance covers replacement after you pay your deductible. Click here to read more.
As insurers rethink agent relationships, American Family Insurance is looking ahead, investing in digital tools and solutions that help agencies stay on top of trends and changing customer needs. Click here to read more.
If the Senate Bill 1410 recently passed in Arizona becomes law, auto glass shops that neglect to tell customers about calibration before they begin a glass replacement would be fined $2,500 —each time. The bill requires that customers be informed … Continue reading
Total Auto and Home insurance claims were $2.5 billion in 2021, down from $3.1 billion in 2020. Auto hail claims totaled $480 million. Click here to read more.
If you’re a Texas driver who’s insured by one of the larger insurance providers, odds are your bills could be going up this year. Insurance companies plan to hike rates in 2022, and some companies are raising rates by more … Continue reading
After giving customers premium credits and refunds in 2020 as people stayed home and insurance claims plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic, auto insurers are raising rates to help cover higher claims costs driven by increased driving, higher repair costs … Continue reading
Self-driving cars may be the way of the future, but rules and regulations around auto insurance are still playing catch up. Click here to read more.
GlassBYTEs.com’s series discussing the cost of calibration in different U.S. regions concludes this week with the South Gulf area, which includes Texas, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky and Arkansas. Thirty year-old Venable Glass Services operates locations in Brandon and … Continue reading
Through the mutual transaction and merger, originally announced in July, Liberty Mutual adds $2.3 billion in premium and becomes the second-largest carrier in the independent agent channel. Click here to read more.
Not only are electric-vehicle sticker prices higher on average than comparable cars and SUVs with traditional internal-combustion engines (ICE), the cost to insure an EV outruns its gasoline-guzzling cousins. Click here to read more.
GlassBYTEs.com’s series discussing the cost of calibration in different U.S. regions continues this week with the North Central area. John and Beth Earl own Earl’s Auto Glass in Cozad, Neb. “I would agree with that,” Beth Earl says of the … Continue reading
With inflation surging at the fastest pace in 40 years, consumers are feeling the pressure of higher prices behind the wheel. Motor vehicle insurance premiums rose 4% annually in January, which is slightly lower than the overall inflation rate of … Continue reading
A broken or cracked windshield is one of the most common vehicle repair problems motorists face. According to Insurance Journal, 30% of all automotive insurance claims are windshield-related. Approximately 14 million windshields are replaced in America each year. Drive long … Continue reading
In 2021, the insurance industry was buffeted by the four-pronged effects of climate change, social change, the pandemic and the evolving expectations of employees and policyholders. In the year ahead, we expect these forces to continue to accelerate digital transformation. … Continue reading
Action 9 exposes some “free” car windshield offers that can trigger lawsuits and higher car insurance premiums. Pat Carosone of Orlando said he felt like a winner when he answered a random phone call. Click here to read more.
In part 2 of our five-part series on the cost of calibration across the U.S., we look at the perspective of shops out west. Rick Valentine owns Intermountain Auto Glass in Boise, Idaho, where set pricing is in place for … Continue reading
On Jan. 1, Alberta became the latest Canadian province to implement a “direct compensation for property damage” (or DCPD) auto insurance model, following in the footsteps of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador, and Prince Edward Island. Click … Continue reading
As technology advances in automobiles, the necessity for calibrating Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) after repair or replacement of a windshield is growing. But, who should pay for calibration? In a five-part series, glassBYTEs.com explores the cost in different regions … Continue reading
Hundreds of drivers will be refunded for their car insurance after renewal letters incorrectly stating the price of no claims bonus protection were sent out. No claims bonus (NCB) protection is additional coverage that drivers can purchase which protects their … Continue reading
At the same time, regulatory bodies from several provinces laid the groundwork for auto insurance reform and took steps to improve insurance systems. Many of these initiatives will take effect in 2022. Here is a look back at the important auto insurance changes across Canada from 2021 and what drivers can expect this year. … Continue reading
The average cost of auto insurance slightly increased over the past year as more drivers parked at home during the early months of COVID-19 returned to the roads — but Michigan no longer has the highest average rates in the … Continue reading
Auto insurance rates are expected to rise by about 0.6% this year, according to a recent ValuePenguin study. Increased rates are attributed to increased technology in vehicles in the last six years. Click here to read more.
Private passenger auto insurers earned $250.6 billion in 2020 a report by the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) determines. The NAIC Report on Profitability by Line by State notes that findings are not determinations of “whether current rates are … Continue reading
Choosing between GEICO and Nationwide for your car insurance can be challenging. Both insurers have solid reputations and offer affordable rates for drivers across the United States. Click here to read more.
GEICO and Liberty Mutual are major companies with longstanding reputations in the car insurance industry. Both companies provide drivers with policies that offer different benefits and at varying costs. Click here to read more.
Motor insurance costs have already risen as insurers look to claw back profits lost from new regulations. Click here to read more.
Starting in the new year, the minimum insurance coverage that drivers will need to have for their vehicles will increase in Virginia. Senate Bill 1182 raises the minimum liability insurance coverage requirements over the next three years. Click here to read … Continue reading
An Uber driver says he was the victim of a road rage attack while driving in Northwest D.C. Friday, leaving him with $1,600 worth of damage to his windshield and making it more difficult to cover medical expenses. Click here … Continue reading
Auto Windscreens reports an early peak this year in weather-related claims in the United Kingdom following storms Arwen and Barra, which brought heavy rain and snow to the region. “We usually see the most weather-related claims between mid-January and March,” … Continue reading
Toyota Insurance Management Solutions (TIMS) is now offering customers automobile insurance via what it calls quality, customizable coverage at affordable rates. The product, fittingly dubbed Toyota Auto Insurance, aims to make the policy purchase process quick, easy, and flexible. Click … Continue reading
Strictly producing cars has proven to not be enough for electric car company Tesla. The revolutionary brand is now trying to take the auto insurance world by storm. Click here to read more.
Despite Michigan’s auto insurance reform law pushing down premiums by an average of 18% since its implementation – the steepest drop in the US – the state still has the most expensive auto policies in the country, a new analysis … Continue reading
With more Kiwis likely to be on the roads this summer, AA Insurance is preparing for more windscreen claims, and the costs that come with them. Click here to read more.
The Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association will issue $3 billion in auto insurance refunds — $400 per insured vehicle — to Michigan drivers, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Department of Insurance and Financial Services announced Tuesday. Click here to read more.
A whopping 84% of Canadians have stayed with their auto insurer for two or more years and 58% have remained with the same company for more than five years, according to a Ratehub survey. Click here to read more.
State leaders in Michigan are encouraging residents to secure auto insurance before the amnesty period expires and premiums begin to rise. The amnesty period is part of the state’s no-fault reform legislation, which took effect in July 2020. Click here … Continue reading
Advanced driver assistance systems result in fewer claims and reduce insurers loss costs by up to 23%, according to a paper by LexisNexis Risk Solutions. Click here to read more.
A protest was held in Livonia over changes in auto insurance put into place by no-fault insurance reform and a proposal for refunds that protestors say should help catastrophic accident victims. Click here to view video.
Scams such as ghost broking have been claimed to be on the rise, as fraudsters take advantage of motorists returning to their former driving habits. Ghost broking is when fraudsters pose as insurance brokers in order to sell counterfeit policies. … Continue reading
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association to deliver refund checks to every Michigander with auto insurance. It would be part of the auto insurance reform signed into law back in 2019, according to a news … Continue reading
Anti-theft devices can help drivers reduce the risk of having their cars stolen. Most new vehicles come equipped with some form of anti-theft device. Drivers who own older vehicles can make their cars safer by installing one or more anti-theft … Continue reading
Tesla’s new insurance product—based on “real-time driving behavior”—could help drivers save money, the company claims. Click here to read more.
Speaking on his weekly MoneySavingExpert ITV show, the finance guru urged drivers to take advantage of the so-called 21-day rule. Martin said: “The 21-day rule is if you’re coming up for renewal, that is the sweet spot to get your … Continue reading
While Washington stopped entertaining the idea of a fourth stimulus check, advocates and at least one state are still pushing car insurance companies to hand you some COVID-19 cash. Click here to read more.
Millions of California drivers are due refunds on their car insurance premiums, the state’s insurance commissioner said on Wednesday. Click here to read more.
The phrase “asleep at the wheel” could soon lose all meaning as Tesla and other automakers push self-driving cars closer to reality. CEO Elon Musk says select Tesla drivers could get their hands on “full self-driving” software as early as … Continue reading
Adding a novice driver to your auto insurance plan is bound to hike the price you pay – but in some U.S. cities, it can cost parents more money. Two parents who add a 16-year-old to their full-coverage auto insurance … Continue reading
GEICO is set to raise auto insurance rates in Illinois by more than 6% on average – one of its highest rate increases in the state in the last six years. Click here to read more.
Tesla Insurance is poised to launch in Texas next month and New York in 2022, according to CEO Elon Musk, who gave additional details regarding the electric automaker’s insurance initiative on Twitter last night. Click here to read more.
If the pandemic changed where you work, you may be able to get some auto insurance savings. If your commute ended or it’s now only a couple days a week—or you have always worked from home—you might benefit from pay-per-mile … Continue reading
The average price Americans pay for a new car has set a new record for five consecutive months. It’s likely to climb still higher this month. We can cite all the usual culprits — supply shortages, an economic recovery, people … Continue reading
The Consumer Federation of America (CFA) and the Center for Economic Justice (CEJ) have estimated that auto insurance companies made a nearly $30 billion profit in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Both say state insurance regulators have failed to … Continue reading
The Coronavirus forced the country into a state of constant change for months as medical professionals and government leaders tried to learn as much as they could while offering safety guidelines. The auto glass industry was directly impacted when states … Continue reading
As more states implement shutdowns in an effort to limit COVID-19’s reach, auto insurance providers run the risk of declines in insurance claims. J. Robert Hunter, Consumer Federation insurance director and Birny Birnbaum, Center for Economic Justice director, wrote a … Continue reading
There are a few insurance policies industry experts say are beneficial for auto glass companies to have. Of them, auto liability, general liability and workers compensation should be the main options needed, as stated in a recent webinar given by … Continue reading
A jury recently found Texas-based John Eagle Collision Center liable for injuries sustained by Matthew and Marcia Seebachan following a 2013 crash because a repair was not done according to OEM specifications, according to the verdict. Now, State Farm is … Continue reading
A Texas district court judge has issued an order of liquidation of Access Insurance Company, an auto insurer incorporated in Texas but headquartered in Atlanta, after the Texas Insurance Department found the insurer unable to pay off its debts. The … Continue reading
After much discussion, Arizona SB 1155, a bill aimed at strengthening the state’s current anti-steering laws and requiring timely inspections of glass claims, cleared the state’s Senate Committee on Government. “I come here before you today as someone who’s been … Continue reading
An Indiana bill designed to prohibit insurers and related entities from requiring an insured to use a specified auto repair shop has cleared the state Senate and is currently waiting to be heard in the House of Representatives. SB 164, … Continue reading
Florida state Sen. Dorothy Hukill’s proposed amendment to current legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection prior to a windshield repair or replacement cleared another Senate committee hearing. “[Auto glass repair] companies have been lurking in parking lots, waiting by … Continue reading
Arizona state Senator David Farnsworth has introduced an amendment to the state’s current legislation that relates to auto glass repair and replacement practices. More specifically, it addresses how auto insurers and third party administrators (TPAs) should handle auto glass claims. … Continue reading
The Iowa House of Representatives has introduced a bill that aims to add a section regarding automobile repair facility choice to the state’s law. However, the bill notes that “automobile repair business or location” does not apply to facilities that … Continue reading
A proposed amendment to Florida legislation that would require an insurer’s inspection before a windshield is repaired or replaced has been cleared by a Senate committee. The bill, which is identical in language to the House bill proposed by Rep. … Continue reading
If you’re looking to go the direct billing route, here are a few more tips and recommendations that could work for you. For more information on the topic, look to the January/February issue of AGRR magazine. 1. There’s an App … Continue reading
The proposed amendment to a current Florida legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced has now been introduced to the state’s legislature. The proposed amendment reads, “A policy … Continue reading
Over the course of nearly two decades, automotive insurance providers have slowly but surely offloaded their responsibilities to third-party administrators (TPAs)—businesses (or business divisions) set up for the sole purposes of dolling out referrals, making payments and shuffling electronic paperwork … Continue reading
Domestic sales for new autos experienced an uptick November to December. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales increased by 6 percent, or 20,900 units, on a month-over-month basis. Year … Continue reading
The proposed amendment to a previously pre-filed bill in New Hampshire has been submitted to the House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Affairs. The amendment would require auto insurers to reimburse independent repair shops—including glass companies—similarly to auto dealerships. If … Continue reading
Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased in November, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which includes auto glass, in the … Continue reading
The reinstatement of a lawsuit by five auto repair shops against insurers for violating antitrust laws has spurred more auto shops whose lawsuits have been stagnant since 2015 to follow suit. In September, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed … Continue reading
The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is urging the Florida Senate Banking and Insurance Committee to pass Senate Bill 396, which would require insurers to inspect a damaged windshield prior to it being repaired or replaced—an effort, the … Continue reading
Florida Rep. Rene Plasencia has proposed an amendment to current legislation that would require an inspection of a windshield’s damage by an insurer before it is repaired or replaced. The bill has been pre-filed in the Florida state legislature, and, … Continue reading
Prices for materials used in the auto glass industry increased notably in October after months of stagnation, according to recently released Producer Price Index (PPI) data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The monthly PPI for specialty glass, which … Continue reading
Geico General Insurance Company has asked the U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida Tampa Division to enter default judgment in its favor in the October 2016 lawsuit filed by VIP Auto Glass (VIP). The auto glass shop was seeking … Continue reading
Auto insureds have been slow to accept digital claims reporting despite insurers’ push toward using mobile apps and digital channels to purchase insurance, according to J.D. Power’s 2017 U.S. Auto Claims Satisfaction study. The report noted that the results were … Continue reading
Assignment of benefits can put all parties involved in a vulnerable position, but the practice is necessary for the survival of the automotive glass industry, according to Morgan and Morgan attorney Anthony Prieto. At Auto Glass Week™, he spoke to … Continue reading
With the rapid advancements in autonomous vehicle technology and regulations, the auto insurance sector could decrease by 71 percent, or $137 billion, by 2050, according to a recent report by KPMG. The report, which was originally released in 2015, has … Continue reading
Five auto repair shops, who claimed several insurance companies fixed repair prices, have had their case reinstated by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. The shops, which are located in different states throughout the country, originally had … Continue reading
Hurricane Harvey, now a tropical storm, pounded Houston and surrounding areas over the weekend, bringing with it devastating amounts of rain, which in some parts, have yet to cease. The National Weather Service forecasters expect some areas to see rainfall … Continue reading
Domestic sales for new autos continued to decrease from June to July. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales dropped slightly by 5.8 percent, or 23,400 units, on a month-over-month … Continue reading
The lawsuits Matthew and Marcia Seebachan recently dismissed against State Farm for its alleged role in influencing an auto repair not up to OEM specifications may be resurrected at a later date. The couple recently dropped their respective lawsuits for … Continue reading
Matthew and Marcia Seebachan have dismissed their cases against State Farm Mutual Automobile Company, which alleged the insurer influenced an auto repair that didn’t meet OEM specifications in order to increase its bottom line. The lawsuits, which were filed separately, … Continue reading
John Eagle Collision Center, a Texas auto body shop, is in the midst of a $1 million lawsuit for alleged negligence due to a repair of a 2010 Honda Fit roof. According to court documents, the collision center neglected to … Continue reading
Reliable Insurance Network, an independent agency servicing Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona, recently sent an email to its insureds recommending Safelite for all auto glass repair or replacement needs, specifically if the car is equipped with Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). … Continue reading
Auto Glass Week™ 2017—a three-day action-packed event with everything a technician could ask for—is welcoming Cohen Grossman Attorney at Law as a Cobalt sponsor. Whether you’re looking for advice, education on the latest industry products and tools, the latest installation … Continue reading
National Underwriter Property & Casualty recently released its annual list of the top earners in the insurance industry. The list is based on data from S&P Global Market Intelligence, a research and analytics company headquartered in New York City. The … Continue reading
Domestic auto sales experienced a slight decrease from May to June. According to the latest figures from the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), U.S. automotive unit retail sales dropped by 8.3 percent, or 36,200 units, on a month over month … Continue reading
U.S. consumers of all ages are willing to embrace connected cars and usage-based car insurance (UBI) in order to receive a better deal on auto insurance rates, according to a recent Wilson Towers Watson survey. The global risk assessment and … Continue reading
A July press release from the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) is warning Floridian consumers to not fall victim to rampant auto glass repair schemes that take place in the summer months. Since travel is up during the … Continue reading
Intelligent Mechatronic Systems (IMS), a connected car and insurance telematics solution provider, has been chosen by Amica Mutual Insurance Co. as its partner for an on-demand insurance telematics program. Amica’s upcoming program will be powered by IMS’ DriveSync connected car … Continue reading
Earlier this month, European Commission officials, as well as officials from the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC), carried out unannounced inspections at certain auto insurers in Ireland to investigate suspicions of price fixing. “The Commission has concerns that the … Continue reading
According to a recent report by the Insurance Information Institute (III), auto losses and expenses have increased steadily each year, surmounting private passenger auto premiums—but it’s not due to lack of increased rates. The report, which examined premiums and loss … Continue reading
J.D. Power recently released its 2017 U.S. Auto Insurance study, which examines customer satisfaction, reported that rates increased for 26-percent of consumers this year. This, unsurprisingly, caused price satisfaction to decline, though other areas of overall customer satisfaction increased, the … Continue reading
Massachusetts Senator Michael Moore introduced a bill to amend the state’s current definition of insurance, which umbrellas auto insurance. The proposed amendment reads, “Section 1 of chapter 157L, as added by chapter 493 of the acts of 2014, hereby amends … Continue reading
Startup Auto Insurer Root Hires CFO From Stalwart State Auto
Motorist Alleges State Farm Failed to Provide Benefits After Collision
Michigan Automobile Insurance Placement Facility Names Mark Wagenschutz as Executive Director
Use of Lawyers to Fight Insurers Shows ‘Failure’ in Auto Insurance System, Report Says
New Bill Would Lower Detroit Auto Insurance, but Could Raise it in Rest of State
Ontario’s Auto Insurance System ‘One of the Least Effective’ in Canada, Report Finds
Auto Insurance Reforms Pass Senate Committee, But Don’t Count on Rate Savings
U.K. Car Insurance Rates May Rise 28% to Record $1,200 a Year
Kuhnmuench: Insurers Echo Call to Reduce Auto Insurance Rates
How Tesla Might Change Personal Auto Insurance (TSLA)
Ontario Releases Report on Auto Insurance
New cars with crash prevention technology and Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) are causing auto insurance rates to rise dramatically, according to a Wall Street Journal article published April 3. The article explains that safety features such as autonomous braking, … Continue reading
Bill to Nix Use of Age, Credit for Auto Premiums Stalls
The Illinois-based insurance provider, who has been providing insurance to teachers since 1945, has added a new disclaimer to its Fast Glass Service hotline within the last year.When a caller is waiting to be connected to an agent, they will … Continue reading
Losses on Auto Insurance Hurt Nationwide 2016 Financial Results
Good2Go Auto Insurance® Becomes a Member of the National Safety Council as of April, 2017
Self-Driving Cars Raise Questions About Who Carries Insurance
True Mileage Unveils New Intelligent Usage Based Auto Insurance Device
Florida House Members Move On Auto Insurance Changes
NC Insurance Officials to Challenge Auto Rate Increase
Unemployment Is Affecting Auto Insurance Rates
How Artificial Intelligence Could Change the Auto Insurance Industry
Jupiter Auto Insurance Taps Elafris for AI Solution
Root Auto Insurance Launches “Lyft on Us” Program for Good Drivers
Louisiana car insurance rates are on the rise again and one big culprit could be the smartphone. The National Highway Safety Administration finds distracted driving is the cause for 20% of crashes in the state. State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says drivers are having a hard time putting down the cell phone and focusing on the road. Continue reading
No-Fault Auto Insurance Fee Going Up July 1
Auto Insurance Fraud Costs Canadian Consumers Billions of Dollars Each Year
This Auto Insurance Company Wants to Lower Rates for Tesla Self-Driving Cars
ACCC Rejects Commission Cap on Car Insurance Add-Ons
Senator Tony Mendoza Convenes Hearing on Autonomous Vehicles and Auto Insurance in California
The cost of motor vehicle insurance has gone up in the last year, and the emergence of new technology, including advanced driver assistance systems, could be playing a role in these increases. An Insurance Information Institute (III) analysis of the Consumer … Continue reading
Is OE glass now a requirement for recalibration after a windshield replacement? Continue reading
Customers of State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Co. brought a class-action suit against the insurance company, claiming it helped elect a judge and block a billion-dollar award against State Farm. Continue reading