Thursday, July 17, 2014

Are You Driving a Used Vehicle That Isn’t Safe?

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) has just released figures showing that many teen drivers are behind the wheel of vehicles that don’t offer good crash protection and lack important safety features. To help guide parents and teens to safer choices, it has compiled a first-ever list of recommended used vehicles for teens.

There are two tiers of recommended vehicles with options at different pricing areas, from less than $5,000 to nearly $20,000.

The IIHS has these recommendations to consider when buying a used vehicle for a teen:

  • Young drivers should stay away from high horsepower. Vehicles with more powerful engines can tempt them to test the limits.
  • Bigger, heavier vehicles protect better in a crash. There are no minicars or small cars on the recommended list. Small SUVs are included because their weight is similar to that of a midsize car.
  • ESC is a must. This feature, which helps a driver maintain control of the vehicle on curves and slippery roads, reduces risk on a level comparable to safety belts.
  • Vehicles should have the best safety ratings possible. At a minimum, that means good ratings in the IIHS moderate overlap front test, acceptable ratings in the IIHS side crash test, and four or five stars from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA).

IIHS Ratings (Top 3 rated vehicles in each category.
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Best Choices: Recommended Used Vehicles Under $20,000

Large Cars....Price*
Saab 9-5 sedan (2010 and later)....$17,500
Lincoln MKS (2009 and later)....$15,500
Buick Regal (2011 and later)....$13,500
Midsize Cars....Price*
Toyota Prius v (2012 and later)....$19,100
Mercedes-Benz C-Class sedan (2009 and later)....$16,000
Honda Accord (sedan 2012 and later; coupe 2013-14)....$14,400
Small SUVs....Price*
Honda CR-V (2012 and later)....$18,100
Kia Sportage (2011 and later)....$13,800
Hyundai Tucson (2010 and later)....$13,100
Midsize SUVs....Price*
Volvo XC60 (2010 and later)....$18,000
Saab 9-4X (2011-12)....$17,800
Toyota Highlander (2008 and later)....$17,100
Large SUVs....Price*
Buick Enclave (2011 and later)....$19,900
GMC Acadia (2011 and later)....$17,800
Chevrolet Traverse (2011 and later)....$16,600
Chrysler Town & Country (2012 and later)....$18,100
Honda Odyssey (2011 and later)....$17,100
Toyota Sienna (2011 and later)....$16,400

Good Choices: Recommended Used Vehicles Under $10,000

Large Cars....Price*
Acura RL (2005 and later)....$9,700
Mercury Sable (2009)....$9,700
Kia Amanti (2009)....$9,500
Midsize Cars....Price*
Subaru Legacy (2009)....$9,900
BMW 3-series sedan (2006 and later)....$9,300
Mazda 6 (2009 and later)....$8,900
Small SUVs....Price*
Nissan Rogue (2008 and later)....$9,800
Ford Escape (2009 and later)....$8,700
Mazda Tribute (2009 and later)....$8,100  
Midsize SUVs....Price*
Mazda CX-9 (2007 and later)....$9,800
Ford Edge (2007-10)....$9,600
Hyundai Veracruz (2007 and later)....$9,600
Volkswagen Routan (2009-11)....$8,600
Dodge Grand Caravan (2008-11)....$8,200
Chrysler Town & Country (2008-11)....$8,100

*Prices, rounded to the nearest $100, were taken from Kelley Blue Book's on July 1, 2014, for the lowest trim level and earliest applicable model year based on the following criteria: vehicle in good condition, typical mileage and private party purchase in Arlington, Va.

Note: Some listed models include a “built after” date. This applies when a manufacturer makes changes to improve safety in the middle of a model year. Information about when a specific vehicle was manufactured can be found on the certification label typically affixed to the driver door or near it.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

The Top 10 Ways to Save on Auto Insurance

Looking for ways to keep your auto insurance premiums manageable? Today we'll
share 10 ways you can save on your insurance without sacrificing coverage.

1. Driving Record
Your driving record plays a big role in how much you pay for insurance. By keeping a
clean record for 3-5 years, you can save hundreds of dollars! Be a cautious driver, don't speed, and you'll lower your premiums. SAV-ON's 'Smart Driver' program is tailored to helping you get preferred rate insurance. Call us to find out more.

2. Defensive Driving Programs
Defensive driving courses are an easy way to achieve an extra discount. They can also help keep a ticket from showing up and messing up your clean driving record. Make sure to call us before taking the class if you're using it for a discount so we can verify that your policy qualifies.

3. Get Good Grades

If you're a high school or college student, keeping your grades up can earn you substantial savings on your insurance. Being a responsible student usually means being a responsible driver, and insurance statistics back that up.

4. Anti-Theft Devices
Installing an alarm or other anti-theft device can lower premiums on your vehicle. Make sure to discuss all features with us, sometimes even power locks and a remote can count!

5. Your Credit Score

While insurance uses a different formula then the credit bureaus, your credit still affects
the rate you pay. Good credit can save you hundreds -- or even thousands -- on your
premiums! Make sure to review your credit report on a regular basis and have any mistakes

6. Where You Live
Rural areas pay less for insurance than the big cities do. It's all about risk and with a
large population, there is more chance for an accident. Therefore, where you choose to live can impact your rates. Consider visiting with us before purchasing a home if you're concerned about the costs (it is based on the zip code).

7. Your Vehicle
The vehicle you choose to purchase also makes a difference! Some vehicles cost a lot
more to repair than others, such as luxury cars, which drives up their rates. Easy way to avoid buying a money-sucker? Call us first and let us quote the vehicle before you sign on the dotted line.

8. How Often -- and Far -- You Drive
If you take public transportation and only drive on the weekends, you'll pay less than
someone with a long commute. Make sure to review your annual mileage and daily
commutes with us (especially if they change) so that you can receive the extra savings.

9. Raise Your Deductible
A higher deductible (your out-of-pocket cost in a claim) means a lower monthly rate. If
you have $1,000 in savings and could afford to use it if you had an accident, then you'll
save on your insurance cost by having a $1,000 deductible instead of a $250. We can
help you review the costs and benefits in your specific situation.

10. Your Agent
And the best way to save? Work with a local agent! You'll get the coverage you need
plus you'll have an advocate working on your behalf to find the best rate, all the
discounts, and an easy explanation of any gaps in your coverage. It's the best way to control your risk, maximize your savings, and protect your family.

We want to be your insurance agency. Call us at 888-867-2866 to discuss your policy today. We'd love to save you some money!