Auto Insurance Rates Are on the Rise - Here’s Why

capitalgazette | May 22, 2019

Auto insurance rates have been climbing up at a steady rate lately, and this is becoming more and more obvious to the average person. In fact, some people have started to get worried about the situation and the implications it holds for the future. And the worst part is, many of those people have a very poor understanding of the auto insurance market and how it works, and as a result have no idea what's causing these changes. Understanding the current market dynamics is important if you want to get the best deal on your own insurance, and it's even more important if you're planning any big purchases of this type in the future. You have to make sure that you can get the best deal on your future insurance plans.

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An extended warranty, sometimes called a service agreement, service contract or maintenance agreement, is a prolonged warranty offered to consumers in addition to the standard warranty available on a new item. The extended warranty may be offered by an insurer, a retailer or a manufacturer.

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An extended warranty, sometimes called a service agreement, service contract or maintenance agreement, is a prolonged warranty offered to consumers in addition to the standard warranty available on a new item. The extended warranty may be offered by an insurer, a retailer or a manufacturer.

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Counterpart, Aspen Insurance Holdings | July 21, 2022

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Zurich Insurance Germany Selects Cognizant as Strategic IT Partner to Transform its General Insurance Application Landscape

Zurich Group Germany, Cognizant | July 07, 2022

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Piper Sandler Expands Insurance Investment Banking Team with Addition of Christopher Grady

Piper Sandler Companies | July 06, 2022

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