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Watch out: Car vandalism spikes on Halloween

This is a common sight on Nov. 1 thanks to Halloween car vandalismIf you have a garage attached to your house or access to a parking garage you may want to take advantage of it to protect your car tonight. Halloween is the worst day of the year for acts of car vandalism, according to a recent analysis by the Highway Data Loss Institute.
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Car insurance surprise: Want your car back fast? Pay up

If the other driver's car insurance company won't play ball, you may have to pay up to get your car back fastThe Friday evening before I headed to the Financial Blogger Conference, I was in a car accident. A college student making a left hand turn out of a parking lot hit my car. Thankfully, no one was hurt.

It’s been more than 12 years since my last car accident, and that happened while I was still on my parents’ car insurance; this is the first time I’ve had to deal with a car accident on my own car insurance policy.

In addition to being surprised by just how slow-moving the process was, I was also confronted with an interesting dilemma: Should I pay to get my car back faster?

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Let your car insurance company spy on your driving?

Would you let your car insurance company monitor your driving?There are big changes in the way car insurance gets priced coming, and you’ve got a chance to get in on them now. Question is, do you want to?

All the information car insurers have collected on you in the past — your age, your credit score, whether you’re married, whether you made the honor roll — are designed to help them make an educated, but ultimately flawed, guess about how likely you are to wrap your IROC around a telephone pole while trying to change your fantasy football lineup on your smartphone.

But thanks to the inexorable march of technology toward a dystopian future of robot overlords and Justin Bieber greatest hits albums uploaded straight into our brains, insurance companies now have the ability to measure directly what they could once only guess at: your driving behavior.


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