Auto Insurance

With all the choices about deductibles, coverage, liability and more, finding the auto insurance you need can be challenging. The articles in the Auto Insurance section can help you make a smart, informed decision.


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Is your car over-insured?

With all of the different types of car insurance available, it might seem like some are unnecessary. But is that really the case?

How Auto Insurance Companies Work

Here's a concept: You pay a company money to protect you from an accident that may never happen. How do auto insurance companies calculate risk and make money while keeping you from financial ruin?

5 Common Auto Insurance Scams (And How to Avoid Them)

As if the idea of a car accident isn't stressful enough, imagine if that accident were a staged scam. We've listed some of the most common auto insurance cons, along with some advice on how to stay vigilant.

How does the color of your car affect your insurance rate?

Will buying that flashy, red sports car you always wanted hike up your insurance rate, or is that just a myth? Find out what really affects your premium.

Cracks and Chips: Is full glass coverage worth the money?

Driving is fun, but car insurance ... well, not so much. Unfortunately, you have to have it, but do you need the extras? Is it really necessary to buy additional coverage for your windshield and windows?

The truth about rental car insurance: Do you need it or not?

Seasoned travelers once turned their noses up at rental car insurance, but is that such a good idea today? Well ... it depends.

What type of insurance do you need for your classic car?

If you own a classic car, you probably treat it like one of the family -- maybe a little better. But if you're like many other classic car owners, you also put your most precious ride on your regular auto insurance policy. Why is that a bad idea?

What does comprehensive auto insurance cover?

Liability or collision insurance covers car accidents, but what about all the other ways in which a vehicle can be damaged? That's where comprehensive auto insurance comes in.

5 Things You Should Tell Your Insurance Company Immediately After a Crash

You've heard lots of things you shouldn't tell your insurer after a wreck, but what do they need to know to fairly and promptly process your claim?

5 States with Unusually High Auto Insurance Rates

Think your auto insurance is high? It could cost you a lot more if you live in one of these five states.

Does auto insurance cover the car or the person?

Unless you're a Transformer or Turbo Teen, the fact that you're reading this means you're not a car. So why do parts of your auto insurance cover you?

5 Unusual Things that Raise Your Car Insurance Rates

Most consumers are aware that certain things, such as causing an accident, will cause their auto insurance rates to take a hike. But there are some factors that can raise your rates -- like the five on this list -- that may surprise you.

How does getting married affect your auto insurance?

Studies show that getting hitched can be good for your health -- and sometimes, your pocketbook. Find out how walking down the aisle can save you money (driving) down the road.

What happens if you get into an accident and don't have insurance?

Chances are your state requires that you have car insurance. But what happens if you get into an accident and you don't have it?

How does buying a hybrid car affect your insurance rate?

Hybrid cars are good for the environment, but are they good for your wallet? Let's take a look at how these fuel-efficient vehicles stack up against traditional gas guzzlers when it comes to insurance rates.

Does car insurance lower at a certain age?

Insurance can often be complicated, but most people believe that when you hit 25, your rates automatically go down. Is that true?

How much insurance do you need for an older car?

Your car may have seen better days, but car insurance covers more than the vehicle itself. How can you avoid underinsuring your faithful clunker?

How Liability Insurance Works

Liability insurance is any insurance you purchase to protect others against something you do -- hit and damage a car, for example. But are there limits to liability auto insurance that can leave you high and dry?

What is no-fault auto insurance?

Could you imagine getting into a car accident and walking away without neither a scratch nor a stiff repair bill? That might be your reality if you have no-fault insurance.

5 Tips for Buying Car Insurance for Teenagers

Teens are expensive, especially when it comes to car insurance. There's good reason for that -- they get in more accidents -- but there are ways to insure them without breaking the bank.

How does where you live affect your auto insurance rate?

You probably know that insurance companies base their rates on many factors, including your age and the type of car you own. What may come as a surprise, though, is that where you live can also have a big effect on your insurance premium. How?

How does GAP insurance work when a car is totaled?

Don't think you need GAP insurance? Don't even know what GAP insurance is? We'll tell you if and when you do and how it could save you big bucks in an accident.

5 Things You Can Do to Lower Your Auto Insurance Rates

Auto insurance can put a huge dent in your wallet. But you don't want to be caught without it if you end up with a dented front end. We'll tell five ways you can lower your premium.

10 Questions to Ask Before Buying Car Insurance

Insurance companies don't just have different rates -- they vary greatly in everything from their coverage to the speed of their claims service. What questions should you ask while shopping around to make sure you get the best policy?

How does the car you buy impact your insurance rate?

Before you hit the car lot in search of your dream vehicle, do some research. Will that red sports car rev up your rate? Is an older, more reliable model a better bet? We'll start you off with this article.